Netflix opened the year with such an amazing roster of titles but there is one that prevailed on top of all others, Kaleidoscope, ant the series was enough to topple down Wednesday on the charts but with all the attention on it, is the show worth watching or is it just because of the hype?
Warning: This article may contains some spoilers for Kaleidoscope. Read at your own risk!
Is Netflix's Kaleidoscope Worth Watching?
Kaleidoscope literally shook the world as it tops Netflix's charts and dethrones Wednesday as the top title on the streaming platform and with a storm of perspectives on how each of the viewers got a different experience in watching the series, here's out review of the show.
First up, Kaleidoscope has been marketed as the series that one could watch in no particular order and given that there are 8 episodes, that puts everyone into choosing one combination out of the 40,000 possible pairings of the episodes of the series.
While that seems hard, everyone got to crack the code, even with the help of Netflix, but still, what Kaleidoscope offers the best is the experience of the viewers in each combination where they see the characters and the narrative in a different lens.
Marketing experience is not an easy thing to begin with but Kaleidoscope successfully delivered it and lived up to the hype that was built around the show. Given the intricacy of the way it was written, it is, without a doubt, a deserving show for its attention.
The narrative of Kaleidoscope is quite simple but the intricacy lies on the way it was laid down. There's a heist where one side is the team behind the robbery, and the other side is the one being robbed. The one prepares while the other one tries to prevent the inevitable.
The heart of the story lies with the characters of Kaleidoscope. Each of them are different in a plethora of ways. Leo/ Ray is driven with vengeance, the other members of his team are in it for the money, Hannah has her own motives, and Roger just wants to stay rich as he protects it with everything money can buy.
FBI Agent Abassi is all tied up to her obsession over apprehending Ava Mercer, Bob wants fortune and his wife, Judy is torn between two lovers and money, Stan is a loyal companion of Ray that after all those years, he remained by his side, and the side character, too, are so driven that all of them makes sense in the story.
Agent Samuel is clearly trying to win Abassi's trust, Carlos is a trustworthy right-hand man of Roger who will do all the dirty work for him, the Triplets wants to remain on the top of the food chain, and RJ is in it for the hype of cars and the heist itself. Even Liz, she just wants to help her sister out.
The acting of each of the characters is undeniably what stirred the series. The actors and actresses playing the each character showed a genuine portrayal of their roles, and there's some part of it that had it not been a show, it feels real to its finest.
The relationship of Hannah and Leo/ Ray shows a stained father-and-daughter bond that each one of the just wants the best for each other, Ava seems quite hard to read but she has been the one who has been with Leo/ Ray in every single thing he dealt with.
The vengeance of Ray is lodged so deep with the betrayal of Roger/ Graham that such a thing really happens between friends who thought they would always have each other's back, until one of them breaks out and becomes successful while the other one suffers.
Bob and Judy have a complicated relationship that everyone would ask why Judy would stay with such a man considering the issues that Bob has with his attitude but hey, love can make one go blind. Then, there's Stan, but Judy still remains at a crossroad between staying or leaving.
The editing of the series fits in perfectly with the narrative and how each of the episodes are crafted remains stellar in each outing. Regardless of the order of the episodes, every single one of it has a start and an end which works like puzzle pieces of a whole picture.
Each of the episodes, once weaved together, puts on an amazing display of craftsmanship especially to the creator of the show, Eric Garcia. It's hard enough to write a cohesive narrative, how much more would it be to have a show that could be watched in no particular order and you'd still get the same story?
The music composition used in Kaleidoscope also has the effect of tying up each of the scenes and it played a huge part in telling the story, too. Unbeknownst to the viewers, the music actually adds up to the drama, the hype, the action, and basically everything that is happening in the series.
The setting of the show is also fitting for the narrative. Having it in Ney York City which is known to be one of the busiest and richest in the US, there is no doubt that a heist so big could happen in the place.
The costume design for each of the characters also reflected their personalities so well that they could be distinguished in how they choose their clothes or how they pair it all up. Roger looks like an executive but like a chameleon, he had been doing that from the start. Hannah quite adapted to it, too.
Ray seeks comfort in what he wears, Ava is a fashion goddess who has her very own ways to conceal her weapons, Judy rocks her style, Bob is your typical big guy, don't mess with, Stan looks like a real butcher who wants comfort as well, and RJ is your go-to car guy.
All in all, Kaleidoscope is a colorful series that you could binge watch and if you'd ask if it is worth watching, the easy answer is a huge yes!
See Kaleidoscope as it streams on Netflix.