Curious. Are there limits to predictive algorithms? Do viewers like to feel that they are in sync with those ‘in the know’ – and seek validation from critics? [Guilty pleasures are an obvious exception]
Well, it doesn’t appear that we will have to wait too long for the first binge-ers to start reporting their findings.
Marco Polo may be one of the most ambitious shows Netflix has produced thus far — but will it also be its biggest flop? One could certainly think so after reading a few reviews.
The streaming service is set to release the entire first season of the 13th century explorer drama — ten episodes total — on Friday, but critics had advance access to a few episodes of the show, and they didn’t like what they saw. Here are a few examples:
Time’s James Poniewozik had this to say about the drama:
“Marco Polo (…) feels less like precision targeting than a flurry of wildly fired arrows, the scattershot, overstuffed result of a “You Might Like…” algorithm run amok. If you like Game of Thrones, and historical drama, and pay-cable softcore, and martial arts movies (…)–and you want them crammed together, narrative sense be damned–you might like this…
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