So, these are my thoughts on the series.
I am watching Netflix's Marco Polo and honestly, I'm not impressed. The dialogue is bland and the historian in me wonders why, with the wealth of source materials and research done in this area, the series finds it necessary to be "historically accurate" when it sees fit, for example the way women were viewed and treated at this time and place in history, while completely dramatizing and creating a world that never really existed. In my opinion, Marco Polo is a softcore stag film better suited for a 1 am Cinemax television special meant to objectify women, and further portrays women of Asian decent in a Western stereotypical light as nothing more than sex crazed nymphs. Indeed I applaud the production for hiring a diverse range of Asian American cast members but unfortunately it seems only to view them as the "other" rather than actors. I do not recommend watching this series for enjoyment, or for a greater incite to the Kublai Khan's court, or for the story of Marco Polo, but rather as an opportunity to see a prime example of how Western media still fetishizes non-Western women of Asian decent to appease the supposed sexual appetites and fantasies of Western male viewers. Well this Western male viewer does not appreciate nor want this type of rendition of history created and in all honesty it is embarrassing that it ever was. Netflix's Marco Polo is not good story telling, not good history, and not a good viewing.