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The Constantly Changing Narrative of Netflix's “Kaleidoscope”!

Written by Devon James. Published: January 16 2023


Netflix continues to push the boundaries on how we consume media with their new mystery series "Kaleidoscope". If you're unfamiliar, let me catch you up: the gist of it is, the streamer presents each viewer with a different viewing order for every episode of the series, except for the climactic final episode, giving everyone their own unique storytelling experience. This isn’t the first time that Netflix has added a mind-bending narrative to their repertoire of shows. The “Bandersnatch” movie allowed audiences to choose their own plot. “Black Mirror” showed the capacity of single-episode anthologies ability to explore humanity's greatest innovations and dark sides in an innovative way. Now, a new structure where Netflix chooses the order for you to watch. 




Admittedly, this may make talking to friends about the show a little awkward, but that is entirely the point. What you experience will be different from what your co-worker experiences and what your mother experiences. A non-linear narrative allows for the audience to never fully be able to guess what is happening next. We always want to be one step ahead, but you may find yourself scratching your head as you try to piece the puzzle together.  


The season has 9 episodes total that are labeled with a different color: black, violet, orange, blue, green, yellow, pink, white, and red. Each person that watches will get a unique experience as the story  revolves around one heist where a team assembles. There is Leo Pap the master (Giancarlo Esposito), Judy (Rosaline Elbay) and Bob (Jai Courtney) the combustion experts, Ava Mercer (Paz Vega) with weapons, Stan Loomis (Peter Mark Kendall) is the smuggler, RJ Acosta Jr. (Jordan Mendoza) the driver, and many more -- a "kaleidoscope" of criminals who each come with their own baggage in a show about the limits of good and bad and walking the line. 


An episode of “Kaleidoscope” is like a date in a diary entry. Some episodes take place one week before, where others take place years before. If you want to make sure you get the most of your experience, Netflix has released some of the best ways to watch, unless you want your own unique thing. As everyone experiences a different journey, see how you will get to the end. 



What order did you watch it in?