'Marco Polo' series takes its time to get going

December 11, 2014 11:29 PM

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"Marco Polo," the big-budget saga with occasional references to the real-life 13th-century Italian merchant who hung out with Kublai Khan, is action-packed, compelling and filled with intrigue and sex … eventually.

And by "eventually," I mean only after you slog through four slowly paced hourlong episodes filmed in semi-darkness, with a script filled with declamatory dialogue that does little to either humanize the story or help untangle the deceptively labyrinthine script.

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