“Marco Polo” Season 1 Episode 8 “Rendering” is already out on Netflix. The full season of the series has been streaming since Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at 12:01 a.m. For this episode, check out what happened in the recap below.
After gaining his position and power back, Jia Sidao (Chin Han) receives word that Wu Chang has fallen and the Chinese troops have retreated. The Chancellor confronts the Dowager Empress next, asking her about the attempt on his life. Did she send Hundred Eyes to kill him? The Empress demands to see her son, the five-year-old Emperor of China, but Jia Sidao would not have it. He would have to keep the Empress “detained” as part of her “protection.”
At the Mongol’s camp, Kaidu (Rick Yune) arrives to announce his victory over Wu Chang. Immediately, his daughter Khutulun (Claudia Kim) tells him the news that she was bested by Byamba (Uli Latukefu), Kublai’s son. She surrendered her honor to him to further her father’s political advantage in the Khan’s court. Later, Kaidu assesses Byamba and comes to the conclusion that he’s fit for his daughter. Meanwhile, Kublai (Benedict Wong) welcomes his ally and cousin Kaidu with a victory celebration.
At the palace, Tulga (Nicholas Bloodworth) demands Kokachin (Zhu Zhu) to leave the Mongol empire while it’s still safe. But because Empress Chabi’s (Joan Chen) is planning on having her marry Prince Jingim (Remy Hii), the Blue Princess decides to stay. This will play well for her own plans. Tulga becomes mad and violent, managing to kill Kokachin’s bodyguard in the process. But Kokachin shots an arrow through his heart, killing her boyfriend and the only other person who knows her biggest secret — she's not the Blue Princess.
In the other part of the palace, Empress Chabi is with Ling, the young daughter of Mei Lin (Olivia Chen). A healer has examined her bounded feet and tells the Empress that it may take a while to reset the deformation, but it would be possible. Meanwhile, Mei Lin remains unaware that her daughter is already safely in the same palace as hers. She’s also growing closer to Ahmad (Mahesh Jadu), Kublai’s adopted son, who has plans of using Ling as leverage. Later, Ahmad tells Mei Lin that Ling is just in the next room, and he’s the only guy who can make sure that her daughter is not harmed if Mei Lin would do as he says.
At Kublai’s court, Marco Polo advises the Khan that now would be the best time to attack the Walled City. But before carrying this out, Kublai instructs his own chancellor, Yusuf (Amr Waked), to meet with Jia Sidao and set some terms. They later hold a parlay, which was tensed at best. Jia Sidao, however, realizes that Empress Chabi is, in fact, still alive and that Jing Fei (Shu An Oon) lied to him about it. When he returns to his own palace after the parlay with Kublai, Jing Fei performs a dance for him using a sword, which she stabs herself with.
Marco Polo gets chummy with a Chinese prisoner from Wu Tang, who tells him that he’s willing to be a subject of Kublai Khan as he’s the better man than Jia Sidao. Marco realizes that he actually likes working for the Khan, despite his reputation, and he’s in the midst of a really exciting time for the empire, so why give this up and leave now? However, Byamba, once again, warns Marco to leave if he already can. Byamba is aware that his other brothers, Ahmad especially, think that Marco and his kin are plotting to kill the Khan. His life would be in danger if he stays.
Deciding that Byamba was right, Marco starts packing his stuff but stops when he sees Kokachin crying in one corner. She tells Marco her secret — she’s really just the Blue Princess’ servant and that she fears for her life. Because of his feelings for her, Marco declares that he will be her protector; and as long as he is in the Khan’s court, she will be safe. They end up sleeping together, consummating their relationship.
The next morning, the Mongols attack the great walls. However, they could not break through it and many of the warriors got trapped, giving the Chinese the advantage. Frustrated, Kublai had no choice but to order them to retreat, and Prince Jingim puts all the blame of their defeat on Marco Polo.
That’s it for the recap for Marco Polo” Season 1 Episode 8 “Rendering,” which has been streaming since Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at 12:01 a.m.
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