Kaleidoscope, a brand-new Netflix series, will soon offer something a little different. The true story series will debut in the new year, stars Tati Gabrielle, Paz Vega, and Giancarlo Esposito.
The eight episodes of the non-linear series, which can be viewed in any order, follow a group of thieves as they plot the biggest heist in history.
The story is told over the course of 25 years, starting 24 years before the heist and ending 6 months later. Netflix said that the story “is told through a unique streaming experience, where viewers will enter the crime at different moments in time”.
The series is in-part inspired by real-life events, as the show’s creator Eric Garcia explained. He said: “After Hurricane Sandy, $70 billion worth of bonds got flooded in the basement of the DTCC, which is a large clearing effort that’s owned by a bunch of the big banks. To my mind, I was like, ‘Well, that’s a perfect coverup for a heist!’”
Garcia went on to say: “Being able to move around and watch different orders gives you a different viewpoint on the characters. There are questions that are going to be asked in one episode that are answered in another episode.
It’s the most recent Netflix series to play with structure, following the interactive narratives in the 2018 Black Mirror special Bandersnatch, which allowed viewers to pick their own path and choose their own adventure.
On January 1st, Kaleidoscope will be available on Netflix.