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'Marco Polo' fan recap: 'Serpent's Terms'

Season 2 | Episode 6 | “Serpent’s Terms” | Aired Jul 1, 2016

“Serpent’s Terms,” the sixth episode of Marco Polo season 2, revealed the plans to take down Kublai and his empire. As we gear up for the push down the home stretch with the last four episodes, the enemies are closing in around Kublai and his empire.

To the West, the church and Europeans want to stop the Mongols’ westward expansion. Inside in Kublai’s empire, Kaidu challenges him; Ahmad manipulates him. All of the treachery is reaching a breaking point, and it still does not appear that Kublai has any idea what’s happening around him. While Kublai and the rest of his army and court are away gathering support from his Chieftains in Xanadu, Ahmad, Kaidu, and Nayan have a secret meeting back in the capital. Together, they agree to overthrow the Khan and do whatever it takes to make Kaidu the new Khan. Although Kaidu seemed above this shady business and more honorable than to make a deal with Ahmad, Kaidu caves when his mother pressures him and pushes him. 

Byamba, who was sent South with the larger portion of Kublai’s army, seems to be the one who could spoil whatever Ahmad has planned with Kaidu and Nayan. Byamba grows suspicious over blast powder that is being transported to an undisclosed location. Byamba leaves his post and begins to follow the blast powder after he realizes what the amount of blast powder could be used for if it falls into the wrong hands. If Byamba realizes what might be going on between Nayan, Kaidu, and Ahmad, or if Khutulun tells him, he might be the only one who could tip off Kublai before it’s too late—if there is still a chance for Kublai’s survival. It could already be too late.

In the last episode, the real Blue Princess supposedly returned. In “Serpent’s Terms,” it is revealed the real Blue Princess is not actually there and that our Blue Princess is on the brink of a psychotic break. She is hallucinating and talking openly about how her child was conceived. At this point, she might be too far gone for the empress to reign her back in. Hopefully, the empress doesn’t go to extremes to remove the threat that the Blue Princess could pose to the empire if she can’t distinguish reality.

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The episode ends on an interesting note that has been ongoing since the first major fight scene of the season between Mei Lin and Marco and Lotus. As you recall, Marco shocked Lotus with his fighting skills when they went to retrieve the boy emperor. We knew Lotus and One Hundred Eyes had history then, but they didn’t come close to meeting until “Lullaby,” when Lotus tries to make contact with him and then chickens out at the last second.

While meditating in the field for what has to be days, One Hundred Eyes notices a shift in the universe and stops his meditation. As the camera zooms out, we see Lotus standing in the field with One Hundred Eyes. Then, the screen goes black.

After an episode filled with so much treachery and plotting Kublai’s demise, it’s peculiar to see the episode end like this. It could be foreshadowing big things to come from One Hundred Eyes and Lotus.

All 10 episodes of Marco Polo season 2 are available on Netflix now.

Bryce Olin is a FanSided contributor and an editor at Netflix Life.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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