Netflix’s official Kaleidoscope trailer has hit the web – and the streamer wants you to solve his dramatic heist mystery for fun.
The latest Kaleidoscope trailer, which you can watch below, provides more context on the plot of the upcoming Netflix series. However, the most appealing aspect of the crime thriller is the way it actively recruits viewers to participate in its narrative, with viewers being asked to unravel a larger mystery before reaching the series finale.
First, watch the official Kaleidoscope trailer:
Looks funny, right? Well, that’s just the beginning.
how is it? Because Kaleidoscope not only wants you to actively participate in solving the mystery behind the heist itself, but you also need to find out how and why it happened in a unique, non-linear order.
You see, Kaleidoscope is not your traditional crime show. When the show launches on January 1, 2023, anyone who uploads it will be assigned all eight episodes – set from 25 years before the heist to six months later – in random order. The only thing each viewer has in common is that episode White (also known as the day of the robbery itself) is the last to everyone will transmit.
Here’s a quick recap of the Kaleidoscope episodes. Note that this is not the exact order in which you will view them. Some of you will start with red, others will start with purple, and so on:
- Violet: 24 years before the robbery
- Green: 7 years before the robbery
- Yellow: 6 weeks before the attack
- Orange: 3 weeks before the attack
- Blue: 5 days before the heist
- Red: Morning after the robbery
- Pink: 6 months later
- White: The Heist, the finale of an epic story
It will therefore be your job to determine what happens during a heist, why certain characters make the decisions they make during the game, and which people (if any) betray their crewmates based on what you witness in other episodes. All clues are found in the show’s other entries, so candidates for Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot will need to pay close attention to what is shown on screen, every line of dialogue spoken, and more.
We’ve previously suggested that Kaleidoscope was an ambitious TV experiment for Netflix to run, and the latest series trailer only reinforces our opinion on that front. We suspect that it won’t take long for Kaleidoscope to make its way onto our list of Netflix’s best shows, and based on what we’ve seen, we think there will be plenty of crime thriller and heist enthusiasts looking to check it out.
Need more context on its plot? Don’t worry, Netflix has you covered.
“Spanning 25 years, Kaleidoscope (previously titled Jigsaw) is an all-new anthology series about a team of master thieves as they attempt to break into a seemingly indestructible vault for the biggest payday ever,” reads the series’ official synopsis.
“Loosely inspired by a true story in which $70 billion in bonds went missing in midtown Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy, Kaleidoscope consists of eight episodes spanning the period from 24 years before the heist to 6 months after.
“The fascinating crime anthology series takes a non-linear approach to storytelling, building intrigue and suspense in unique ways, and Netflix members have a variety of immersive viewing experiences. Ultimately, all viewers will see all the episodes, but the order in which they watch them will vary and affect their point of view on the story, characters, and questions and answers underlying the heist. How will you experience the colors of the Kaleidoscope?”
Kaleidoscope stars Giancarlo Esposito (The Mandalorian season 3, Breaking Bad), Jai Courteney (The Suicide Squad), Paz Vega (Rambo: Last Blood), Rufus Sewell (Dude), Tati Gabrielle (Uncharted, Ty) and Peter Mark Kendall ( Americans) incl. Eric Garcia is the showrunner, and Russell Fine and Everardo Gout are among the many directors.
We’ll be bringing you even more Kaleidoscope coverage on and around launch day, so stay tuned to TechRadar for our thoughts on the show, as well as our exclusive chat with its cast.
Here’s that all-important release date again: Kaleidoscope lands on Netflix worldwide on January 1, 2023.