Kaleidoscope is a new Netflix series about a heist and the people involved in and around this crime. It’s an eight-part series, but the kicker is that viewers can watch this series in any particular order. If you pull up Netflix, episode 1 is listed as “Green” and episode 8 is listed as “White.” Each episode is titled a different color, but let’s dive into this series out of order and look at Kaleidoscope episode 7 as the first chapter of this “Choose Your Own Adventure” story.
“Pink” is the title for Kaleidoscope episode 7 and it is a solid (nearly) hour of television. The characters are compelling, quirky and the basis of the entire story doesn’t feel lost. Viewers won’t feel as if they’re uncertain of what’s going on, because the structure of the show is laid out from the beginning. As soon as you turn on Kaleidoscope episode 7, a pink background illuminates from your screen and text reads, “Now entering the pink episode six months after the heist.”
Viewers immediately understand the criminal deed has been done and they are going to be witnessing the aftermath. It’s clear from the start things haven’t necessarily gone as planned for the crooks, but you might not realize until it’s too late that this might be what’s envisioned as the season’s finale.
How is the cast in Kaleidoscope episode 7 as a first look into the series?
Giancarlo Esposito as Leo (also known as Ray) and Paz Vega as Ava Mercer have wonderful chemistry. It’s clear these two have a close bond and the events of this episode prove how much love is shared between them. For an episode that ends in such a dramatic fashion where it seems like the show ended, watching their relationship unfold as a first-time viewer was palpable.
The entire cast presents Kaleidoscope episode 7 as a puzzle near solving or knots being untangled. Bob played by Jai Courtney is out for revenge, and he brings a couple of characters along for the ride who provide comical moments amidst such a serious backdrop of, well, wanting to hunt down and kill someone. Bob’s relentlessness is fueled by anger and drugs, while a bloody trail is left in his wake.
It’s also important to recognize Nazan (played by Niousha Noor) and Samuel (played by Bubba Weiler) as the agents in charge of hunting down the heist team. At this stage of the game, they’re obviously invested in solving this case, but more so for Nazan, she’s willing to push limits to do so. There’s a power struggle preventing her from researching all avenues of potential suspects and she’s more than frustrated about it.
Kaleidoscope episode 7 clearly focuses on a handful of characters, but there’s enough depth to the story to realize a lot has already been at stake – and a lot has already been lost. Despite a heist with an estimated seven billion dollars on the line, something has gone amiss and it will take more episodes to fill in those pieces.
Should you watch Kaleidoscope episode 7 as the first chapter in the series?
Despite Kaleidoscope episode 7 being a very good hour of television, it might be beneficial if “Pink” lands as the final episode in your watching order. In an out-of-order watch, there’s a lot of interest in finding out various pieces to the puzzle and this episode does provide those moments; however, if you don’t want to know what happens in the end during your first episode, it might be best to save this one for closer towards the end.
If you want to watch this series out of order, without any research into what happens in those episodes, then this episode will still provide enough depth and emotional pull as if you’ve watched the series in order or left this episode for last. Kaleidoscope provides an interesting premise in being able to watch any of the eight episodes in any order, but the foundation starts with the casting choices.
Despite being introduced to these characters for the first time in episode 7, there are moments that pull at your heart and make you want to watch how these relationships have been built so strongly. Despite knowing the end, you’ll look forward to seeing what will happen in the next chapter of Kaleidoscope.
Are you watching this series in order? Did you start with Kaleidoscope episode 7 or did you choose another episode as your first chapter? Share your thoughts in the comments below! For more out-of-order coverage of Kaleidoscope, stay tuned to Hidden Remote!