s-k-s December 20, 2014 Share December 20, 2014 Yeah, speaking as an Asian American guy, having the obligatory white guy focal point who saves the day (and is apparently the only one around who understands siege warfare, instead of the Iraqi siege engineers that were used by the real Kublai Khan) was annoying. It would've been more tolerable if the actor was halfway decent, but he was just godawful. It didn't help that he spent so much time acting against Benedict Wong. So much of this show was really good. It has to be one of the least white TV productions ever attempted, and the showrunners also managed to give us multiple interesting and complex female characters - but its still hard to get over the white guy saves the day ending (while also showing up the dumb arrogant Asian son by being nobler and better in battle, for which the Asian son then gets to make a nice grovelling apology. ARGH.). What's incredibly irritating is that apparently the source of the trebuchet story is from the Marco Polo books, written by a westerner who claimed to have been imprisoned with Marco Polo and recounting the stories he was told. Scholars have since established (supposedly, at least according to Wikipedia) that this particular battle was over before Macro Polo even came to Kublai's court. And now his lies are being picked up and once again spread to another generation. Really true how the victor creates the "history" of what happened. 2 Link to comment
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