Spoiler-Free Review of “Kaleidoscope” on Netflix: A Unique Concept

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!*

“The longer you’re in the game, the more you know what really matters…”

Kaleidoscobe premiered on Netflix on January 1st 2023 with all eight episodes. The action-heist series stars Giancarlo Esposito, Tati Gabrielle, Rufus Sewell, Rosaline Elbay, and Peter Mark Kendall. Each episode runs for approximately 46-52 minutes, but each viewer will be given a different order to watch the episodes in, leading up to the finale episode, making this a new and interesting viewing experience.

A master thief and his crew attempt a dangerous heist worth $7 billion dollars as they deal with obstacles and threats to their plan along the way.

Here is the trailer:

Kaliedoscope takes a risk with its unique viewing experience, but does it pay off? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Tries something different…

I’m all for new and unique ideas when it comes to watching television series. Netflix markets this particular show by letting the viewers know that they will each be given a scrambled order of episodes to watch, which is a bold and unique way of doing things. 

It does make things slightly challenging if you are trying to discuss episodes with other viewers; however, but I guess if you have binge-watched them all in a day, you’re good to go. Viewers are already googling the best order to watch the episodes in for things to make sense so I’m not sure that everyone will want to immerse themselves into the experience.

Either way, I appreciate that Netflix tried to do something different here and even though I’m not sure it was all executed perfectly, it did provide a unique hook worth exploring.

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Fun cast.

There were a lot of familiar faces in this one and plenty of characters to root for. Each episode takes place during a different time, featuring a set of characters and what’s going on with them. This helped me connect to some characters earlier than others (depending on what order you watch the episodes in), but I think that the overall cast put forth a valiant effort.

They’re no Ocean’s Eleven, but they still gave us some entertaining moments.

The Cons:

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Super confusing at times…

Because of the scrambled order, the timeline got really confusing at times and I felt like I had to work too hard to piece together what was going on. It also bothered me that I would connect to a particular scene or character and then I lost that character development by the time I got to the next presented episode.

Even though the idea was a lot of fun, the execution didn’t bring things together the way I wanted. I felt like I sat through a bunch of fluff (even though some of it was a lot of fun during certain stand-out episodes) leading up to the heist I was waiting for during the finale.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

Kaleidoscope gives viewers a unique experience with its approach, but the idea outshines the execution at times. Either way, if you enjoy heist films and series, there’s plenty of entertaining moments sprinkled into this one.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Kaleidoscope in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl


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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

I live in Long Island, NY. I am obsessed with TV, movies, reading and writing! My top TV shows are Lost, Breaking Bad, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Prison Break, Charmed, Veronica Mars, and Beverly Hills 90210. My dog, Honey, loves TV too!

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