Much has been said about the Netflix original series, Kaleidoscope! A huge part of the buzz of this show has been that you can watch the episodes in any order! How crazy is that? It is a real testament to the creator Eric Garcia that you can do this. I was engaged from the start until the end and it is one of my favorite heist shows, it was so good, later in the year, I will give it a rewatch in a different order!
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The Movie Review
Now, the order I watched the show was the order that Netflix had listed the episodes for me, so the way I experienced it is probably a bit different from how you experienced it. What we have here Kaleidoscope is a heist story and a story about revenge and not being able to let go. What really drew me to this more than the “gimmick” was the fact it stared Giancarlo Esposito who I am a massive fan of.
Ray Vernon is a man who is in prison and learns that he has Parkinson’s. Ray has a close relationship with his cellmate, Stan and the two of them decide to break out of prison. Ray manages to get away, but Stan stays behind to help Ray escape. I think that they do a great job of showcasing the friendship between Stan and Ray and Stan almost looks at Ray in a father figure type of way.
On the outside, Ray heads to a lawyer friend of his, Ava. Ava hooks Ray up with a new identity where he will be known as Leo. Now that he is out of prison, Ray/Leo puts together the ultimate heist, a heist that will see him and the crew he puts together make billions of dollars.
The whole planning of a heist to get millions of dollars is a fantastic premise for a show. However, Kaleidoscope has more depth than that. You see, Ray/Leo has a real grudge and this is more than about money, it is about revenge. I was so invested in this and I liked Ray so much, I just wanted him to let it go and try to move on!
What I think makes this such a great show is just how many moving pieces there are. Stan for example loves a woman called, Judy who is the “chemist” of the group, but she leaves him for Bob, a meathead safecracker that is also part of the team. Add to this romantic drama with Ray and Ava, plus an estranged daughter in the mix and you have a lot of stuff to keep track of.
You may wonder how a show that you can watch in any order works, but trust me it does. Each episode is called a color, for example, The Green Episode, and it lets you know when it is set. For example, The Green Episode is set 7 years before the heist and The Orange Episode is set 3 weeks before the heist. The show spans 25 years, but it is amazingly easy to follow.
The only criticism that I have with Kaleidoscope is in terms of the special effects. Not in terms of gunfire, explosions, or stunts! We see Ray as a younger man and I am not sure what they did to his face to make him look younger, but it looks very odd. It was actually quite distracting if I am being honest with you. However, if that is my only complaint about the show, you know it is good.
I can tell you that all of the hype around Kaleidoscope is worth it. This is such a great show, as I write this it is January 2023 and already this is shaping up to be a great year for Netflix! With amazing performances and a real mystery about what will and what has happened, Kaleidoscope is one of the best heist shows that I have ever seen!
- This is one of my favorite performances from Giancarlo Esposito!
- The whole cast in this show is incredible, with not a single bad or average performance!
- Being able to watch the show in any order is just crazy!
- Because of the gimmick of the show, it makes you want to watch it again
- The special effects to make Ray look younger are not great
- While you can watch it in any order, I think that if you were to watch The White Episode first, it would not work as well