A piece of epic story telling, can be watched in any order, Netflix’s Kaleidoscope tells the story of a heist and the betrayals around it.
Kaleidoscope stars Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle) and Jai Courtney (Terminator Genisys).
Spanning 24 years, the jigsaw centre’s around the largest heist ever attempted, and the vengeance, scheming, loyalties, and betrayals that surround it.
It’s loosely inspired by the real-life story where seventy billion dollars in bonds went missing in downtown Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy.
Each episode is a different colour, and you get a bit more information each time also each episode is set at a different time and they aren’t in order.
In that sense it reminds me of Pulp Fiction.
It says you can watch the episodes in any order, but we watched the episode with the actual heist in last which is the White Episode and I felt it worked pretty well that way.
I don’t mind non-linear storytelling and the show was perfectly watchable in the order I got it, but all in all there is very little payoff.
I also figured out the twist quite early, because it’s pretty obvious if you watch a specific episode early on so when I got the actual heist episode as the last one there was no surprise, and it was pretty lacklustre.
Think about how Ocean’s Eleven would feel if the actual heist wasn’t even interesting.
Overall, it wasn’t a terrible show.
My Rating: 6/10