Kaleidoscope Review: Ignoring all the clichés of a rather basic heist story, this series had a nice concept that seemed to work in its favour.
Kaleidoscope Review: The writers of Kaleidoscope woke up and chose violence when it comes to the distribution of the episodes. This show is about a generic heist and it tick marks classic heist things one needs to do before the actual heist, from the complexities of finding a squad to actually executing the heist. Viewers have the liberty to start this show from whichever episode they like which makes it more interesting as we go further into the heist. Kaleidoscope‘s episodes span 24 years before the heist to 6 months after and each one represents a colour which at first seems fun to watch but becomes a hectic roller-coaster ride later. Each colour further represents the time zone of the plot so that each viewer can have a different experience.
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Though Netflix encourages viewers to watch the episodes in whatever order they want, they do list the episodes in a specific order. The episodes are listed like this – Yellow: This episode takes place six weeks before the heist. Green: This episode takes place seven years before the heist. Orange: This episode takes place three weeks before the heist. Violet: This episode takes place 24 years before the heist. Blue: This episode takes place five days before the heist. Red: This episode takes place the morning after the heist. Pink: This episode takes place six months after the heist. White: This episode is meant to serve as the finale and shows what happens during the heist.
Created by Eric Garcia, Kaleidoscope’s entire heist revolves around Leo Pal (Giancarlo Esposito) the mastermind behind this plan to steal $7 billion in bonds from a seemingly impenetrable vault in New York. for which he forms a team and just like every other heist show, everyone is given work depending on what they do best. While forming the team, besides picking people he barely knows, Leo also seeks help from his old friends.
Bob Goodwin (Jai Courtney) is the heist’s safe cracker, Goodwin’s wife Judy Goodwin (Rosaline Elbary) is the heist’s headstrong demolitions expert. And what’s a heist story without a weapon specialist? Paz Vega plays Ava Mercer who is also Pal’s old friend. Stan Loomis (Peter Mark Kendall) is probably the only loyal character within the crew who is also a smuggler. It felt like RJ (Jordan Mendoza) was just an eye candy in the show except there was no candy. This elite team did everything in their power to execute the plan the way Leo wanted it to happen but just like every other heist story, things don’t go according to plan. Since the protagonist was betrayed by his own teammate, Kaleidoscope is proof that you should be careful about who you trust.
With a plot so predictable, the ‘watch-from-whichever-episode-you-like’ concept kept the viewers seated. I watched the show in the order that Netflix recommends ie. from Yellow to White but by the time I got to the Orange episode, things got messy in my head and I lost patience. Because one moment you’re watching ‘5 days before the heist’ episode and the next moment you are taken to the next morning after the heist. If you’re okay with constantly fighting the urge to skip whole two episodes and watch the last episode which is ‘The Heist’, then this series is one you might like!
Kaleidoscope is now streaming on Netflix.
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