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'Marco Polo' fan recap: 'Lost Crane'

Season 2 | Episode 7 | “Lost Crane” | Aired Jul 1, 2016

Titled “Lost Crane,” the most recent episode of Marco Polo is the most important episode of the season thus far.

If you recall, the last episode ended with Lotus and One Hundred Eyes standing in a field together. This episode picks up right where the last left off, in the same field, and a good portion of the episode is devoted to One Hundred Eyes and Lotus’ history and story. Through flashbacks, we see they were lovers and training partners in an ancient Chinese village that was attacked by Kublai’s forces. One Hundred Eyes and Lotus were not able to protect their people as Kublai’s forces slaughtered the villagers. During the battle, Lotus was struck with an arrow. She survived, but One Hundred Eyes thought she had been killed.

One Hundred Eyes then, joined Kublai and trained his warriors while Lotus bounced around from place to place plotting her revenge. Now, she has returned to One Hundred Eyes and pleads with him to run away with her. One Hundred Eyes decides he can’t leave the life he has clung to all these years. The pair face off in the most epic martial-arts battle on the series to date.

While the backstory between One Hundred Eyes and Lotus is fascinating and helps us understand their characters more fully, it’s basically a filler to get to the crucial reveal of the episode.

The entire episode comes down to an interaction between Mei Lin and Marco that tips the scales back in Kublai’s favor. Mei Lin and Ling Ling, Mei Lin’s daughter, were transported to Kublai’s hunting camp in Xanadu with Ahmad. There, Mei Lin reaches out to Marco. In exchange for Marco bringing Ling Ling to Mei Lin so they can escape, Mei Lin will reveal Ahmad’s secrets. Marco obliges, and Mei Lin reveals that Jingim’s death awaits in the East but a greater threat emerges in the West.

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Marco passes this information to Jingim, and Marco and Jingim decide to head West instead of East to find the greater threat. When they arrive, they see a huge army has set up camp and appears to be preparing for war. After meeting up with Byamba, Marco and Jingim also notice that Kaidu, Nayan, and the Church’s army have formed an alliance to take down Kublai. Among them, Marco’s father appears from the tent along with Kaidu and Nayan. The episode ends in a close-up of Marco’s face as he takes in the fact that his own father is part of the plan to take down Kublai.

This is the series’ biggest revelation so far. Now, both sides seem to be on a level playing field. Kublai will finally know about the giant threat that moves to unseat his reign and kill his family.

With only three episodes remaining in the season, there’s only one thing left to get to, and that’s the huge battle between both sides. Who will win? History could tell us, but it’s much more fun to find out via Netflix than Wikipedia!

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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