Marco Polo Recap: White Moon
“Marco Polo” Season 1 Episode 6 “White Moon” has been up for streaming on Netflix since Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at 12:01 a.m. Go over what took place in this particular episode in the recap below.
This episode opened with a flashback to the Blue Princess’ past. Apparently, she’s not the real Kokachin (Zhu Zhu), as the Blue Princess ended her life when the Khans wiped out her people. The woman assuming the identity of Kokachin is actually her servant, who worked together for the princess with Tulga (Nicholas Bloodworth), the man she’s now allied with.
Back in the present period, the princess is in her quarters at the Khan’s castle, and her bodyguard has called out on her for losing so many of her trinkets. She’s been giving this to Tulga who sells them, but for what purpose, it’s still not yet revealed. Once again, her bodyguard warns the princess that she needs to be careful with her every move.
Later, Marco confronts the princess about the snakes in her trinket box, which bit him (in the episode “The Fourth Step”). But she reveals that it was actually her who placed the snake in there for fear that someone will discover it. Marco also asks her about Tulga, and she admits that Tulga has been serving her, and they are good friends. Marco offers to handle her selling of the trinkets from now on to keep her out of danger.
Marco’s father and uncle prepare to leave the Mongol castle. Now branded as thieves, the uncle is really pissed at Marco, as it will be harder for them to trade on Silk Road. His father, however, is grateful to his son for sparing their lives, but more than that, he is already planning on how he will be able to get back into Kublai’s (Benedict Wong) favor.
Kaidu’s (Rick Yune) daughter, Khutulun (Claudia Kim) arrives in town. She and her soldiers will be staying for the White Moon festival to serve as added security for the festivities for the Khan. Byamba (Uli Latukefu), Kublai’s son from one of his consorts, is quite taken with Khutulun, and the feeling is mutual.
Marco’s next task, along with Byamba, is to find the traitor in Kublai’s court, after discovering (in the episode “Hashshashin”) that someone from Kublai’s allies paid the assassins to kill the Khan. Prince Jingim (Remy Hii) wants to know what the two found out, but Byamba wouldn’t discuss this with him, as promised to Kublai. They needed to find more proof.
The two visit the family of Sanga, the dead tax collector. In the note they got from the elder at the golden gate, the handwriting detailing the job to assassinate Kublai was actually very familiar, as it was Sanga’s. But they found nothing from this visit, except to match the note from one of Sanga’s written poems and love notes to his wife.
Meanwhile, the Blue Princess and Khutulun are in a room together with the Empress Chabi (Joan Chen). Kokachin isn’t fond of Khutulan, by virtue of the fact that she made advances to Marco before (in the episode “Feast”). Kokachin also remarks to the empress that someone might be foolish enough to try to kill the Khan during the festival, as not everyone loves Kublai as much as the empress would like to believe.
Jing Fei (Shu An Oon) secretly arrives in the Cambulac to bring Mei Lin (Olivia Chen) her new orders from her brother Jia Sidao (Chin Han). She also hands her a poison. Mei Lin knew what this meant, and she has to carry out her brother’s orders or else her daughter would suffer a fate far worse than having her feet bounded.
Back to the investigations, Marco and Byamba were able to talk to Ahmad (Mahesh Jadu), Kublai’s adopted son, and Yusuf (Amr Waked), Kublai’s vice regent, as they used to employ Sanga. Both deny that they had a hand in ordering the Khan’s assassination. It should be noted that Ahmad continues to convince his brother, Jingim, to influence him about his choices and decisions, more so his perception of Marco Polo. Ahmad is definitely scheming and plotting something.
Marco reports to Kublai to tell him that their investigations were not conclusive, and as soon as he left the room, Yusuf emerges from the back. He tells the Khan that it looks like Marco can be trusted; that his father didn’t leave him there to spy on Kublai’s court.
Marco, by the way, confronted Tulga about the trinkets, but he learned something that bothered him more — that he and Kokachin are more than friends. This made Marco wonder — how can a princess be in a relationship with her servant?
It’s the night before the White Moon festival, and Kublai and the empress want to commemorate this by seeking pleasure from the consort. Mei Lin uses this time to carry out Jia Sidao’s orders. She paints her lips with the poison. Her target: Empress Chabi. But the empress didn’t want to kiss her, so Mei Lin had no choice but to kiss another girl from the consort. Later, this girl was found dead, with no one having any clue as to how and why she was poisoned.
At the Chinese empire, the empress manages to remove Jia Sidao from the council and orders him to go back to his village to plant rice. However, this isn’t the last we’ll see of the chancellor. He’ll be much harder to get rid of.
It’s finally the White Moon festival, and Marco sees one of Sanga’s daughters from the crowd. He comes up to her and tells her how he’s sorry about her father’s death. The young girl tells him, however, that she knew it was Ahmad who ordered her father to hire the assassins. She also hands Marco one of Kokachin’s trinkets and asks him to keep quiet about Ahmad.
Marco confronts Kokachin, but not about the trinket from Sanga’s daughter, but about the fact that she and Tulga are in a relationship. What’s up with the deception? Kokachin would not have anything to say about it. As they were talking, the empress eyes Kokachin and says to Kublai that maybe it’s time to seek Jingim’s second wife.
The festivities have started, but Mei Lin, in her desperation, decides to come out in the open to assassinate the empress during the parade. She makes her way to the front line, foiling every guard who stopped her. But in a surprising and pretty bad ass move, she’s shot in the arrow by none other than Empress Chabi. With that, the guards finally captured Mei Lin.
There you have it for the recap of “Marco Polo” Season 1 Episode 6 “White Moon,” which can be seen on Netflix as a full season release as of Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at 12:01 a.m.
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