Netflix Eight-Part Series Can Be Watched In Any Order And It Will Affect How You View The Story

If you’re on the lookout for a Netflix series with a bit of a twist, we could have just the thing for you…

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If you’re on the lookout for a Netflix series with a bit of a twist, we could have just the thing for you…

If you’ve already raced through the likes of Bodkin and The Footballer, His Wife and the Crash, then it could be time to give non-linear anthology series, Kaleidoscope a go.

But what is a non-linear series? Well in this context it means you can watch Kaleidoscope’s eight episodes in any order - you can choose - with each variation designed to leave viewers with different takes on the show's characters and events.

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Spanning 25 years, and loosely inspired by an actual underground vault that was flooded, the groundbreaking show follows a group of experienced thieves who attempt to break into a vault for a $7 billion payday.

Titled Kaleidoscope, you can watch each episode - named after a colour - in no particular order.

Eric Garcia, lead creator on the show explains: “After Hurricane Sandy, $70 billion worth of bonds got flooded in the basement of the DTCC, which is a large clearing effort that’s owned by a bunch of the big banks.

“To my mind, I was like, ‘Well, that’s a perfect coverup for a heist!’”

Viewers are offered a ‘unique immersive experience’ that can start and end with any episode. The eight episodes span from 24 years before the heist to six months after, so depending on which episode you watch, you’ll be jumping into the crime at a different point in time.

If you did want to watch them in chronological order though, this is how to do it:

  • Violet - 24 years before the heist

  • Green - 7 years before the heist

  • Yellow - 6 weeks before the heist

  • Orange - 3 weeks before the heist

  • Blue - 5 days before the heist

  • White - The heist

  • Red - The morning after the heist

  • Pink - 6 months after the heist

Although it’s mostly up to you in which order you watch, the producers do suggest that White, the heist episode, should be watched last.

Executive producer Russell Fine said: “When you watch Kaleidoscope, all the information is there to be able to connect the dots and know the story.”

Garcia added: “Being able to move around and watch different orders gives you a different viewpoint on the characters. There are questions that are going to be asked in one episode that are answered in another episode.


“Similarly, there'll be answers in an episode that you're watching that you don't even know are answers to something until you see the question when you watch another episode.”

The series stars Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito, Paz Vega, Rufus Sewell, Tati Gabrielle, Peter Mark Kendall, Rosaline Elbay, Jai Courtney, Niousha Noor, Jordan Mendoza, Soojeong Son and Hemky Madera.

So, what do people think of it? Well it seems to be pretty divisive, with a 45 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes suggesting you'll either love it or hate it.

Kaleidoscope is available to watch on Netflix now.

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