Looking Into “Kaleidoscope”

A new Netflix show called Kaleidoscope, first aired on January 1, 2023, is currently on Netflix’s top shows in the U.S.

In the series, a tiny group of robbers steals $7 billion in unsecured bonds under the guise of a Category 4 hurricane. Each episode is titled after colors; violet, green, yellow, orange, blue, white, red, and pink. The series by Eric Garcia is made so that viewers can watch the episodes in any sequence, from a 24-year flashback to the present of six months after the theft. The episodes cover a wide range of time periods.

Leo, a professional criminal and the brains behind a scheme to steal $7 billion in bonds from a vault in New York, is the main character of the series. He puts up a team of seven professionals to accomplish this, dividing the $1 billion equally among them and plans to take the money as part of an ongoing retaliation scheme. Because the series spans such a long period of time, you get to witness Leo and the rest of the crew at various periods in their lives. This group comprises everyone from a hot-headed safe-cracker to a chemist who enjoys experimenting with new concoctions.

One of the cons of this show was that the directors felt like they had to have scenes that didn’t give away any sudden spoilers for each episode but ended up with something that felt out of order. There are several entertaining action scenes, and the conclusions always stand out in particular. I also really appreciated the complicated scheme, which not only makes use of high-tech devices but also low-tech techniques like actual bees.  However, the plot is so full of clichés that none of the turnouts felt very shocking to me. The cast does its best with the material in front of them, but they are burdened with boring dialogue and some awkward situations.

A pro is that the build-up and the episode structure fall short of their potential, leaving the finale wanting. This plot works best in longer-form TV programming rather than trimmed out and structured as a film, as shown by the show’s exceptional pacing. The episodes are at their best when the writing focuses on examining the dynamics within the heist crew, but even more so when it moves quickly and deftly. Despite the fact that Kaleidoscope’s main selling point is unconvincing, the program is enjoyable to watch. When you consider how the episodes will play in various orders, the series itself is a fun brainteaser that is much more gratifying to connect the dots to.

However, Kaleidoscope does more than only ensnare its audience with its unique narrative approach. The most glittering and beautiful aspects of Kaleidoscope’s constantly shifting, multicolored mystery, however, are true human interactions, which most heist stories omit to mention. Even though these individuals are criminals, they have emotions. There are legitimate emotional stakes involved, particularly when Hannah, Leo’s estranged daughter, reenters his life.

I think this show offers excellent themes on trust. I would strongly recommend it to those who love drama and action.