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Netflix has explained logic behind new series which you can watch in any order

Joe Harker

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Netflix has explained logic behind new series which you can watch in any order

Netflix has explained the logic behind their upcoming series Kaleidoscope, which you can watch in any order and still have it make sense.

The show, starring Giancarlo Esposito, is a non-linear anthology series centred around the planning and execution of a heist with a timeline spanning about 25 years in eight episodes.

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Each of the episodes are named after a colour and make it pretty clear where they sit when it comes to the timeline of the show, but Netflix has said people's viewing experiences will be different depending on the order they watch the episodes.

You can watch the show in pretty much any order and still have it make sense, while presumably your opinions of different characters and events will change depending on the order you view them.

Alright, maybe not any order, as everyone will still be expected to leave the eighth and final episode White: The Heist for last, but watching the rest of them before that in whichever order you please should be fine.

Giancarlo Esposito stars in upcoming Netflix show Kaleidoscope. Credit: Netflix
Giancarlo Esposito stars in upcoming Netflix show Kaleidoscope. Credit: Netflix

Netflix have said the logic behind the episode swapping is to provide the viewer with a 'different immersive viewing experience', which pulls them 'deeper into their own personal viewing order'.

The streaming service explained this was to keep the audience on their toes as to who the heroes of the story might be, and to play with their expectations.

Actor Giancarlo Esposito also spoke about the decision to make a show which can be watched in pretty much any order you wanted.

He said: "We as human beings have a tendency to assume. Our brains are always looking to be one step ahead.

"Because of that we start to think we know what someone's thinking or where they're going. This show breaks that convention, and will help us come back to the resent and wait for the answer."

Show creator Eric Garcia there was 'no reason' why the viewer should have to watch the show episodes in a certain order when they'd be getting them all at once.

Fans have already been comparing it to Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, the interactive movie where Netflix viewers were able to make their own choices about where the story goes, although most of them inevitably ended up killing the main character's dad.

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

With a vast array of choices open to viewers, people were able to watch so many combinations of story and get a different experience each time.

That could end up being the case with Kaleidoscope the whole shape of events you're watching could change depending on how you view it, which is sort of what happens when you look through a kaleidoscope.

Now the name makes sense.

Kaleidoscope debuts on Netflix on 1 January.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, Netflix

Joe Harker
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