Netflix recently released a series that has been in everybody’s mouth. It is definitely Kaleidoscope, a TV series created by Eric Garcia, consisting of eight episodes. The show premiered on the American streaming platform on January 1. The series is on its way to becoming one of Netflix’s best bets for 2023. The series is number 3 in the ranking of the most watched in Spain. Yet why is this show so popular? Let’s find out.
Kaleidoscope is unique for its shuffled order, which follows the story of master thief Leo Pap and his crew attempting an epic heist worth 7 billion dollars. Still, betrayal, greed, and other threats undermine their plans. The thing about the series is that all eight episodes can be watched in any order, an introduction (“Black”) explains the show’s concept, while the episode is intended to be the series finale, giving 5040 possible ways in which the episodes can be watched. The last episode is titled “White”.
The cast is formed by:
- Giancarlo Esposito as Leo Pap / Ray Vernon, a career criminal and the leader of his heist crew.
- Rufus Sewell as Roger Salas / Graham Davies, Leo’s former partner-in-crime
- Paz Vega as Ava Mercer, a lawyer, Leo’s closest friend, and the weapons specialist of Leo’s crew
- Rosaline Elbay as Judy Goodwin, Stan’s ex-girlfriend and the explosives specialist of Leo’s crew
- Jai Courtney as Bob Goodwin, Judy’s husband and the safe cracker of Leo’s crew
- Tati Gabrielle as Hannah Kim, Leo’s pregnant daughter who works as the head of digital security at SLS
- Austin Elle Fisher portrays a young Hannah Vernon
- Peter Mark Kendall as Stan Loomis, Leo’s former cellmate and the smuggler for Leo’s crew
Is there a correct order to watch Kaleidoscope? This idea is a bit relative and depends on each user. there are some people who choose to watch the series in chronological order, so they will have to ‘cheat’. The order of the episodes would be as follows:
Violet, Green, Yellow, Orange, Blue, White, Red, and Pink. However, going in chronological order is likely to ruin the experience, as it is a series with a non-linear narrative. This does not mean the series is like Black Mirror, where each episode tells a different story that is not relayed in the previous episodes.