Kaleidoscope episode 3: Watching out of order for Chapter 5

Kaleidoscope. (L to R) Giancarlo Esposito as Leo Pap, Paz Vega as Ava Mercer in episode ÒOrangeÓ of Kaleidoscope. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022
Kaleidoscope. (L to R) Giancarlo Esposito as Leo Pap, Paz Vega as Ava Mercer in episode ÒOrangeÓ of Kaleidoscope. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022 /
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Kaleidoscope episode 3, “Orange,” is the closest thing to a chess match so far in the Netflix series. As viewers get to watch the show in any order they choose, it’s enlightening to see various characters highlighted at different points in time during the sequence of events leading to the grand heist.

Although the primary player in this criminal game has been Giancarlo Esposito’s portrayal of Leo Pap, Kaleidoscope episode 3 follows two others more closely. Ava Mercer, who we’ve already seen regularly to this point in this particular watch order (see below), is played by Paz Vega. Nazan Abassi is the bend-the-rules FBI agent played by Niousha Noor – and she’ll do whatever she can to take down her target.

If you’re looking to follow along, here is the order in which this Netflix series will be analyzed on Hidden Remote:

  • 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)

Kaleidoscope episode 3 showcases a rule breaker to take down other rule breakers

“Orange” gives viewers more insight into Abassi and her motivations in and out of the workplace. Her history with using illegal drugs is brought to the surface, which includes her past suspension for using and receiving a formal complaint by Mercer for her aggressive tactics. Although Abassi is staying on the right track to try and see her son again, it’s apparent her focus isn’t completely clear on achieving that goal.

Abassi’s obsession with Mercer doesn’t mean her instincts are wrong. She believes there’s more to Mercer and her potential role in a previous diamond heist – and that it means there’s a bigger “score” coming down the road. Despite being correct and discovering more players involved, she disobeys orders to stay away from the case. She doesn’t admit to wanting retribution for Mercer being involved in her previous suspension, but her inability to stay away might say otherwise.

It’s not uncommon to see the “good guys” bend or break rules to get the “bad guy” in television or movies, but perhaps it’s not as obvious how to feel about it when a viewer might be hoping for the main character to get away with it. In this instance, the chess match between Abassi and Mercer directly impacts Leo and whether or not he’ll achieve his 7 billion dollar heist goal. Plus, Abassi is risking all she’s gained in her efforts to get any form of custody with her son, let alone a chance to have a visit without any supervision.

Deflecting blame ignores the responsibility of one’s choices in Kaleidoscope

Despite being ordered to stay away, Abassi chooses to follow Mercer and this action leads to direct consequences. She finds herself in some type of warehouse district where parties happen and it’s clear there are illegal drugs out in the open at this party. Not only did she not stay away, she continued forward after seeing these activities. Her focus was never going to let her back down.

After chasing Mercer, she’s eventually tackled by police officers for wielding a gun. Though she tells them she’s an FBI agent, they find a small bag of drugs in her pocket and she’s arrested. Even though she wasn’t ultimately charged with any crime, she receives news about losing any chance of custody with her son. In spite of all of this, Abassi blames Mercer. She arrests Teresa Duarte, who appears to be somewhat of a surrogate mother to Ava.

In the end, it looks like Abassi “won” this battle as it appears Mercer has cut a deal to avoid deportation for the older woman she cares for. Ava has proven to be intelligent, so perhaps there’s still countermoves to be made moving forward. Will there be more to this chess match moving forward? Will Ava get the upper hand or has Abassi already made the final move?

What did you think of the chess match in Kaleidoscope episode 3? Do you think we’ll see more of these two facing off? Share your thoughts in the comments below and don’t forget to follow Hidden Remote as the Kaleidoscope coverage continues!

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