‘Kaleidoscope’ on Netflix: How to Choose the Right Order to Watch Episodes

From CNet:

There’s a lot that’s familiar about Netflix’s new limited series Kaleidoscope. It’s the story of a heist, and as such, it comes with many of the story beats you might expect: old grudges, team assembly, smaller missions that set up for the big one. But there’s one key way Kaleidoscope, which dropped Jan. 1 and is Netflix’s No. 1 TV show right now, differs from similar shows you might’ve seen. You can watch the episodes in any order. 

Without giving too much away, Kaleidoscope’s eight episodes revolve around a heist, covering a span of 25 years. Giancarlo Esposito plays Ray Vernon (aka Leo Pap), the ringleader of a group plotting a multibillion-dollar job while settling an old score. Every episode tells a chunk of the story, focusing on Vernon’s motivations, or the planning of the heist, or what unfolds in the aftermath. The segments come in whichever order Netflix decides to deliver them to you (with the exception of the actual heist serving as the final episode). 

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Kaleidoscope’s episodes are named for different colors, no doubt a nod to the series’ name, but also a way to easily track what order you’re watching and compare with friends. You aren’t obligated to watch the way Netflix suggests. Here’s what you need to know about how to watch Kaleidoscope. 

Do I need to pick an order?

Not necessarily. If you hit play on the show, you’ll see a quick primer on how it works, and then launch straight into the episodes. They can come in any order, with the exception of White, which is the heist itself, and is structured to be the series finale. That said, if you want to pick an order for yourself, you can. 

How do I watch it chronologically?

If you decide to watch Kaleidoscope chronologically, the episode order goes like this, starting with a young Vernon 24 years before the heist: 

  • Violet (24 years before the heist).
  • Green (7 years before).
  • Yellow (6 weeks before).
  • Orange (3 weeks before).
  • Blue (5 days before).
  • White (the heist).
  • Red (the morning after).
  • Pink (6 months after).

If you decide to go this route, however, know that any big finale twists will hit in the White episode. 

Link to the rest at CNet and thanks to F. for the tip.