Kaleidoscope is a new series on Netflix where you can watch in any order and somehow still have a satisfying outcome. With this “Choose Your Own Adventure” premise of deconstructing a massive heist, it’s safe to say people might pick one of the many random options available, rather than the sequential order as seen on Netflix. For example, after starting with episode 7 for chapter 1 last week, some might pick Kaleidoscope episode 2 for chapter 2.
With each episode given a color as its title, it might make it easier to highlight the viewing order for this Kaleidoscope watch through. So, if you’re looking to follow along, here is the order in which this Netflix series will be analyzed:
- Chapter 1: Pink (episode 7)
- Chapter 2: Yellow (episode 2)
- Chapter 3: Violet (episode 5)
- Chapter 4: Green (episode 1)
- Chapter 5: Orange (episode 3)
- Chapter 6: Red (episode 6)
- Chapter 7: Blue (episode 4)
- Chapter 8: White (episode 8)
Does Kaleidoscope episode 2 connect any dots to the previous episode?
After a high-octane episode 7 where the final results were left on the very bloody table, Kaleidoscope episode 2 dives into how many of the main characters reconnect, or meet for the first time, before the grand heist takes place. It’s especially important to see them meet, given the fact that Bob was on a murderous rampage where his primary focus was revenge.
“Yellow” is set six weeks before the heist and highlights Leo (played by Giancarlo Esposito), his plan and the type of people and equipment he’ll need to succeed. He runs through what’s needed, and one by one, Leo and Ava (played by Paz Vega) meet with different people until they’re all brought together for the big meet. It’s also made clear that Bob, on top of his narrowly focused revenge in “Pink,” does not have the best people skills – or even good sense when he happens to be in the middle of a robbery.
So why was someone like Bob added to the mix if he seemed like a liability from the start? If you look back at “Pink,” approximately six months after the heist, Leo is ill and doesn’t have a lot of time left in life. He emphasizes in Kaleidoscope episode 2 how little time they have to complete the heist. On top of that, Bob is in a relationship with Judy (played by Rosaline Elbay), a person Leo definitely needs for the 7-billion-dollar caper, so it becomes a package deal that Leo has to live with.
Is Bob the problem in Kaleidoscope episode 2 and when things ultimately go wrong?
In Kaleidoscope episode 2, the heist team knows they need money to get all of the supplies required to pull off Leo’s grand plan. To do so, they have to pull off another robbery to get the necessary funds to bankroll their bank heist. It seems like an obvious plan for these burglars, so it makes sense when viewers watch them play it out on TV.
Now, some people are great with people. Some have great technical skills. Sometimes, people are able to combine these skills and be a multifaceted asset in a life of crime. For Bob (played by Jai Courtney), he leads with anger, only likes his own ideas and thinks it’s romantic to stay longer at a heist to get a gift for his girlfriend when the police are coming. He sees something he wants, so he’s going to take it.
If anything was made absolutely clear, Jai Courtney does a fantastic job at presenting an unlikeable character. There’s also some “bad blood” between he and Stan (played by Peter Mark Kendall), so perhaps there’s more to Bob’s story and his aggressive-forward approach to life. Until we see anything resembling that justification, it looks like Bob is going to be a big problem for this team leading up to and during the heist.
Kaleidoscope episode 2 mantra: Watch your back!
After “Pink” and his plot to take down the rest of the team, it’s clear that the others possibly had good reason to cut bait with Bob or leave him for dead, if that’s what happened. If viewers take anything else away from “Yellow,” they will know Hannah (played by Tati Gabrielle) is a force to be reckoned with. She is clearly the inside person Leo needs to pull off a heist of this magnitude.
Hannah shines in Kaleidoscope episode 2 as a person who is exceedingly smart and likeable. She’s believable with every word she says, while secretly reaching behind to put a knife in someone’s back. Don’t take this viewer’s word for it; you’ll have to see it for yourself, and, once again, the pieces are arranged in such a way that continuing to watch is the only path forward.
What do you think of Kaleidoscope episode 2? Where did “Yellow” land in your viewing order? At this point, is Bob the problem or do you feel there’s more to the story? Share your thoughts in the comments below and don’t forget to follow Hidden Remote for more out-of-order coverage of Kaleidoscope!