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While Netflix has been one of the most streaming platforms because of its quality and quantity, another thing that makes it so unique and interesting is how it tries new formats to engage the audiences. For example, in 2018, Netflix released Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, which was an interactive movie. Viewers could pick the next move their character would make, which would, in turn, decide the fate of the character. While Netflix’s new project isn’t anything like that, it is experimental and extremely exciting. Kaleidoscope is an upcoming heist drama series, created by Eric Garcia, who is an author, and his work has often been adapted into movies and series.
While you might be wondering Kaleidoscope is a heist drama, so what makes it unique and different from others? Kaleidoscope has a non-linear viewing experience. To elaborate further, this series can be watched in any order. No matter how you watch Kaleidoscope, it will lead you to the grand finale. This most definitely is an experimental storytelling style and it won’t be too long before we find out whether or not this works for Netflix! Here’s everything you need to know about Kaleidoscope ahead of its release, from the plot to the cast, and much more:
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Kaleidoscope is based on true events. Although the story isn’t entirely a replica of the real events, it has been loosely inspired by the events that escalated during Hurricane Sandy, which was one of the biggest natural disasters of this century. $70 billion worth of bonds went missing during this time and seemed to be lost forever. You can read more about this incident in the New York Post. Kaleidoscope is a fictional narration of these events, and as we said, it is only loosely inspired by these events and attempts to tell the story of the biggest heist that was ever attempted. Kaleidoscope follows a group of criminals, and the mastermind behind this heist is Leo Pap. The city of New York is going through a natural disaster, and these criminals are opportunists who have planned the biggest heist to try and get into the most secure vault in the city and retrieve all the cash that’s in there. However, this isn’t just any vault. It is far more secure and advanced than any other vault they might have come across and is also being guarded by a highly trained security team.
The FBI are on their tail, but Leo Pap and his team are determined to accomplish this heist at all costs. Kaleidoscope is a classic heist story, and might even remind you of the popular tv series Money Heist, which was released in 2017. However, what separates Kaleidoscope from other heist stories, as mentioned before, is the non-linear storytelling. From the plot, we can tell that isn’t really an anthology series, which means that every episode won’t be a different story and will be connected to each other. Despite that, you can still watch Kaleidoscope in any order and still reach the same conclusion, aka the finale.
It is almost impossible for a Netflix series to not have a talented ensemble cast and the same goes for Kaleidoscope. At the front and center, we have Leo Pap, who will be played by Giancarlo Esposito, and will be the mastermind behind the heist. Giancarlo Esposito has appeared in some of the biggest tv productions like Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, The Boys, and The Mandalorian, while also having appearances in several movies like Do The Right Thing and The Maze Runner. It will be a delight to see him in Kaleidoscope! Other than Esposito, several other cast members will be joining Kaleidoscope, and those include Paz Vega as Ava Mercer, Tati Gabrielle as Hannah Kim, Rufus Sewell as Roger Salas, Peter Mark Kendall as Stan Loomis, Rosaline Elbay as Judy Goodwin, and Courtney as Bob Goodwin amongst others.
Undoubtedly, the cast will be larger than ever, with the heist team, the FBI, and several other characters who will play a part in the non-linear narrative of Kaleidoscope. It will be interesting to see if each of these characters appears in every episode, and if not, how will their absence impacts this style of storytelling.
The countdown has begun as there is less than a month before you can stream Kaleidoscope on Netflix. The heist series is slated to release on the 1st of January, 2023, so you can start your new year with Kaleidoscope! There will be a total of eight episodes, and again, these episodes can be watched in any order, which means they will be available to stream on the 1st, making it the perfect binge for 2023. By the looks of it, every episode has a color attached to it, along with a time stamp. For example, the first episode is titled: Yellow: 6 Weeks Before The Heist, and the fourth episode that is titled: Violet: 24 Years Before the Heist. So, hopefully, this gives a little hint and glimpse into the non-linear type of storytelling which we will witness in Kaleidoscope. All episodes will be exclusively available to stream on Netflix, so make sure you mark your calendars.
Netflix released a three-and-a-half-minute clip titled Building Kaleidoscope which gives us a glimpse into the minds of the creators and their thought processes and ideation behind this non-linear storytelling experience. A clip tells us about how this idea came into place, along with showing off some techniques, and what we can expect from Kaleidoscope. Although this clip isn’t the official trailer, it is as good as one, as it shows us the different characters along with the storyline that will follow in the episodes, in the most unconventional way, of course. However, we can still expect Netflix to release an official trailer in the upcoming weeks, so make sure you keep a lookout.
Netflix is trying something different with Kaleidoscope, and our gut tells us that will be a huge success. Everyone loves a heist story and there’s no doubt that one will a different storytelling form will catch a lot more attention. Are you looking forward to seeing Kaleidoscope in 2023?