Ah, the first problematic serial. Problematic in that IT DOESN’T EXIST. The first of several completely missing stories, and its excessive length of seven episodes made it a daunting prospect. But I sought out a recreation and tried my damnedest to see past the medium and enjoy the story being told.
And you know what? I really enjoyed it. It’s just a great story, and while it would obviously be much better if you could actually see it, the material was strong enough to keep me engrossed and hold my concentration. The unusual format certainly helps – having Marco as the narrator and using map graphics helps the story zip along.
The baddy is a bit too obviously a baddy, but the journey across the Gobi Desert is gripping, and Ping Cho is one of the greatest companions that never was.