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Netflix fans concerned new non-linear series will be just like another Netflix film

Daisy Phillipson

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Netflix fans concerned new non-linear series will be just like another Netflix film

A new Netflix series that can be watched in any order has fans concerned it might be just like another of the streamer's films.

The series in question is Kaleidoscope, a non-linear eight-episode anthology which centres on a heist and promises a 'unique immersive experience'.

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Spanning a period of 25 years, it follows a team of masterful thieves who attempt to break into a highly protected vault to get their hands on a haul worth a whopping $7 billion dollars.

But betrayal, greed and other threats throw a spanner in the works for the leading characters.

Each of the episodes are named after a colour, for example, Pink, White, Yellow and Green.

It's safe to say the fans are hyped for the release, especially since viewers can watch the show in whatever order they feel like.

No matter which sequence you follow, you'll still be left with a story that makes sense.

Executive producer Russell Fine said: "When you watch Kaleidoscope, all the information is there to be able to connect the dots and know the story."

Kaleidoscope lands on the streaming platform in January. Credit: Netflix
Kaleidoscope lands on the streaming platform in January. Credit: Netflix

Although it's a unique concept and an exciting premise, some fans are concerned it might be all too similar to Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.

To refresh your memory, Charlie Brooker's film dropped on Netflix in 2018, offering a ground-breaking interactive piece of telly.

Set in 1984, it follows a young programmer called Stefan (Fionn Whitehead) who plans to turn a multiple-choice book into a computer game.

Much like the book, viewers are able to make choices along the way as to how the story goes, meaning the episode can run anywhere between 40 minutes and two and a half hours.

The mind-blowing movie came with five possible endings, but news outlets including Variety suggested there were more than a trillion possible unique story combinations.

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While many people loved the original concept, others were left frustrated by having to make so many choices while they watched the film.

And then there were those who felt bad about forcing Stefan to make some seriously dodgy life choices - including murder.

With this in mind, some are concerned that they'll have to do the same when Kaleidoscope drops next year.

In response to a story on the new series, one person wrote on Twitter: "God not this again, still recovering from Bandersnatch."

"Concept seems nice," said another. "Hopefully it doesn't suffer the fate of Bandersnatch, which I absolutely loved btw."

Some people are worried the series will be too similar to Bandersnatch. Credit: Twitter
Some people are worried the series will be too similar to Bandersnatch. Credit: Twitter

Not everyone was worried, however, including this person who said: "After Bandersnatch I’m willing to give this a try."

Where Kaleidoscope differs from the Black Mirror feature is that it's offering a full interactive series as opposed to just one film.

If you're keen to give it a watch, the series lands on Netflix on 1 January 2023 - that's your New Year's Day viewing sorted.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, Netflix, Black Mirror

Daisy Phillipson
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