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Recap Notes: On We Go

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Tom Wu as Hundred Eyes. Image from Marco Polo, streamed via Netflix

There has been a slow down on my posting on Recap Lab. If you followed my old blog, then you'd know this is not unusual for me. I love working on Recap Lab, I've loved working on Recap Lab from the time I launched the old blog in 2013, but it is also a project that takes a lot of time. Sometimes, a lot of times, I need to use that time for real life things, like working for money rather than the sheer happiness of writing about shows I love.

In any case, here is a rundown of a few things I've noted in the past week:

♕ I grew up with an awareness of how beloved Lady Diana was in certain circles, but I did not really start royal watching until the dating years of Prince William and Kate Middleton. So, I saw the things that people who only started royal watching after their wedding no longer saw. I saw how different the stories were pre-engagement, when compared to what we saw after the wedding, and definitely after the entry of Meghan Markle into the royal fold via marriage to Prince Harry. The coverage and fan response to both couples over the years has been interesting to watch. What I hadn't been paying attention on was Instagram.

For some time now, I have been seeing Harry and Meghan fans point to the curious case of the KensingtonRoyal and the SussexRoyal Instagram accounts. To put it simply, though SussexRoyal appear to be on tract to surpass the follower count of KensingtonRoyal, for some reason, KensingtonRoyal gains just enough followers to stay ahead. The New York Times wrote a detailed account of the royal Instagram saga, and I encourage anyone royally curious to read it. I am happy that reporters are doing more data driven reporting on royals. And, since Harry and Meghan have stepped down as senior royals, I hope data driven reporting will continue on the remaining senior royals, especially the very popular (based on their Instagram follower count) Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. What impact have they had on their patronages? What projects have they nurtured from the ground up in their almost a decade as a royal couple?

♕ Stylist is a website I recently discovered as a result of my royal watching. I haven't really had much time to go through it just yet, but I did see a couple of interesting posts about Meghan Markle. One is an indictment of the tabloid bullying of Meghan Markle. The other is about Meghan Markle's commitment to feminism, and how her final duty as a senior royal may reflect that.

■ There has been a lot of Twitter buzz of late regarding the cancellation of the Netflix show Spinning Out. I have said my piece on why I think it ought to be renewed, but I also have made my peace that this is unlikely. One of the earliest shows to be cancelled by Netflix was Marco Polo, way back in 2016. According to a source by The Hollywood Reporter, Marco Polo's two seasons were responsible for a $200 million dollar loss for Netflix. That is an astonishing amount of money. Unlike most critics, I found much to like about Marco Polo, though in the age of #MeToo, the many female nude scenes across the series bother me even more than they did when I first watched the show. I do wonder, if Marco Polo were released now that Netflix viewers have become more used to watching international productions, would it have been more successful? If you are interested in Marco Polo recaps, please check out

As always, thank you so much to everyone who continue to support Recap Lab. Till next time!

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