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Netflix’s ‘Kaleidoscope’ Puts Gamified Spin On The True Crime Viewing Experience

Netflix’s ‘Kaleidoscope’ Puts Gamified Spin On The True Crime Viewing Experience

‘Tis the season to spiral into another crime show on Netflix, but this time with a twist.

Introducing Kaleidoscope— the newest heist drama set over the span of 25 years and produced with the intention of being viewed in a different order by everyone who watches it.

The nonlinear series stars Giancarlo Esposito, Paz Vega, and Tati Gabrielle and is loosely based on a true story. 

The show surrounds the real-life loss of $70 billion in bonds that went missing in downtown Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy. While in reality these bonds were most likely flooded, it sparked an idea in show creator Eric Garcia that it may have actually been a super clever heist. 

Netflix says each viewer will have a “different immersive viewing experience. Some members may start with certain episodes (like episodes ‘Yellow’ or ‘Green’), then move deeper into their own personal viewing order with varying episodes (‘Blue’ or ‘Violet’ or “Orange,’ followed by ‘Red’ or ‘Pink’) until the epic ‘White: The Heist’ story finale.”

In a time of spoilers and TikTok movie analysis, Kaleidoscope is a refreshing addition to Netflix, as viewers come away with different interpretations and ideas about characters, depending on how they viewed the show. 

As mentioned before, the episodes will be organised by colour, allowing audiences to easily pick one out and then hop to the next, although it appears all viewers will watch episode “White” last. 

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This isn’t the first time that Netflix has released a nonlinear series. The streaming service did something similar with the return of Arrested Development in 2013.

In this instance, the structure is perfect for a crime story to keep the mystery alive. 

Kaleidoscope premieres January 1st exclusively on Netflix.

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