We are entering 2023 and TV enthusiasts have already witnessed a potential game changer in the form of Kaleidoscope. It is the first series of its kind in the sense that its episodes can be viewed in any order. Everyone will have a unique experience, and it’s already been interesting to see how the experiences have been compared and contrasted.
Created by Eric Garcia, the American crime drama premiered on Netflix on Sunday, January 1, 2023, inviting audiences to experiment.
Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul) plays Leo Pap, a master thief who plans a $7 billion job for his crew. Can they pull it off? When will it take place in your timeline? These are all questions that audiences will desperately need to learn.
First, second, let’s learn the meaning of Kaleidoscope episode names and why they are not numbered.
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Kaleidoscope episode names on Netflix explained
Kaleidoscope episodes are identified by color, not number. There are eight in total and they are titled Yellow, White, Green Blue, Orange, Purple, Red, and Pink.
As the series will run in a different order for each viewer, there was no sense in numbering the episodes. Watch series like 2, 4, 7, etc. would just make it look like it’s being watched out of order unintentionally.
Because it’s designed to be consumed in any order, it was best to avoid the idea of a timeline established through numbered episodes.
As for why they are separated by color, a kaleidoscope is a toy consisting of a tube containing mirrors and pieces of colored glass. The reflections create changing patterns as the tube is rotated. Ultimately, the series pattern depends on the color order.
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“I think it’s genius”
Giancarlo was recently interviewed by ScreenRant about the kaleidoscopic non-linear presentation of the series, sharing his thoughts:
“When I first heard it was going to be done this way, I shook my head and thought, ‘What does this mean?’ …All of a sudden, I realized that if I was an audience watching a show in the non-linear format, I would feel like I was making up the story. And so for me, I think that’s genius. Because I’m making this film, it’s ownership of what structure is.
He added, “I can choose orange, green, white, red, purple, and it gives me the power and the feeling that I’m partially telling the story I want to see. For me, it’s phenomenal.
Chronological order of the kaleidoscope
If you were wondering what the linear approach of the series would be, check out the order below:
Kaleidoscope is streaming exclusively on Netflix.
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