The creator of ‘Kaleidoscope’, Eric Garcia intended this new Netflix show to be something his audience can participate in, and that is exactly what he got.
The resulting heist drama starring Giancarlo Esposito is an elaborate choose-your-own-adventure story that invites viewers to put the pieces together as they watch the show.
Each episode is titled with a color, rather than a number, which influences the tone and visuals of each part of the story.
The episodes are said to be arranged randomly for each viewer, except for the finale, which appears last. Netflix says that “the order in which viewers watch the episodes will affect their point of view on the story, the characters, the questions and answers at the heart of the heist.”
So, there are a lot of potential ways to watch everything unfold, try the few suggestions below to decide what sounds fun to you.
WATCH IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
The episode titled “White” is designed to function as the finale, revealing the answers to a lot of questions throughout the show. It is not intended to be in any order except last, because it will spoil some things in other episodes. But it is not the actual ending of the story in the chronological sense. To see things along a linear timeline, the order is as follows:
“Violet,” “Green,” “Yellow,” “Orange,” “Blue,” “White,” “Red,” “Pink.”
The overall story spans over two decades, so if you were to get the exact dates of each episode, they are:
Violet: 24 years before
Green: 7 years before
Yellow: 6 weeks before
Orange: 3 weeks before
Blue: 5 days before
White: present (the heist)
Red: morning after the heist
Pink: 6 months after
However, this is not how Eric Garcia wants people to watch the show. It might, though, be a satisfying way to review the show if you’ve already gone through it another way. There are a lot of moving pieces, so one final review in chronological order will probably clear up some things that you didn’t catch on the first viewing.
Some viewers have said that logging into Netflix on different devices has presented the order of the episodes to them differently. It still generally suggests “White” last, the episode that shows the heist itself and everything that goes wrong. Go with whatever the algorithm offers and see what happens.
Another option is to just hit random episodes for yourself and experiment.
The possible disadvantage of this is that you might end up watching an episode and not really know who anyone is. Part of watching a show is getting familiar with character dynamics, their background and motives, and why what they’re doing matters, so jumping in at the highest stakes moment could feel anti-climatic. However, these characters are all played by very engaging actors and the set pieces will suck you in to wonder what happens next.
GO HEIST FIRST
Starting with “White” and watching the heist first is exactly the kind of problem described above. Viewers will suddenly be dumped into the culmination of all the plotting and planning and not know who is who and what is what. It might make you inclined to investigate.
Similarly, “Red” shows the immediate aftermath of the heist and could offer many of the same mysteries to unravel without spoiling what happens at heist time.
TRY RAINBOW ORDER
Watching the episodes in the ROYGBIV order seems like it might unlock some secret way to enjoy the series, except there’s no “Indigo” episode.
Substitute with “White” and see what happens or try “Pink” and never watch the heist episode at all.
Starting with “Red” means starting with the moment of extreme crisis, then “Orange” downshifts into heist planning stages. This order will definitely jump around the highs and lows.
WATCH IN REVERSE
That would mean: “Pink,” “Red,” “White,” “Blue,” “Orange,” “Yellow,” “Green,” “Violet.”
Starting with “Pink” means seeing where everyone ends up and then going back through to how they got there.
If you want to honor Garcia’s vision, you can still save “White” for last, or put it back where it belongs chronologically after “Red.”
This lets characters age in reverse, come back to life, and arrive at the moment that sets them off in the wrong (or right) direction.
By Stella Anyango