A Colorful Heist: Netflix’s ‘Kaleidoscope’ Offers A Unique Viewing Experience To Kick Off The New Year - Arts & Culture

“I suddenly need to know every single person’s Kaleidoscope order,” says Netflix’s Instagram account bio.

Netflix’s new series Kaleidoscope lets its viewers watch the episodes in almost any order they want to.

When the show was added to the streaming service’s roster, the episode list was randomized for every Netflix user. This means you’ll probably have a different viewing experience from most of the people you know.

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With seven interchangeable episodes and one set finale, there are over 5,000 possible combinations. None of them are numbered, all episodes are simply named after colors (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet, Pink, and White).

Partly inspired by a real life event, the whole story spans 25 years. It starts from the incident that motivates main character Leo Pap (played by Giancarlo Esposito) to plan the heist until months after the team completes the job.

Their ultimate goal is to break into a high security vault to steal $7 billion in bonds. The entire cast of characters have their own reasons for teaming up with Leo, and none of them are entirely squeaky clean.

Image via Netflix

For Esposito, the different colors for each episode represent “a tapestry of Leo Pap’s and the other characters’ lives.”

Regarding the experimental storytelling technique, Tati Gabrielle who plays the character Hannah Kim says, “When you have to think a little bit harder about the story, about how it all connects, that it’s not just handed to you, that was very exciting for me.”

You can already dive right in and watch the show in the order Netflix has randomized for you. But if you’re looking for a sequence that makes just a little more sense (like chronologically or the orders that resemble a Tarantino film or a classic detective story), there’s no shortage of fans who have some strong suggestions.

Banner photo via Netflix.

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