Kaleidoscope: Netflix’s new heist show



Kaleidoscope, created by Eric Garcia, provides an interesting way to portray the story of a heist crew and all the factors that lead to their decision to steal. The show follows several different characters and their various backgrounds, explaining their thought processes and lives.

Evan Fernandez, Reporter

The new Netflix hit show “Kaleidoscope” created by Eric Garcia went viral due to its uniqueness. Once someone begins “Kaleidoscope”, it will start with a random episode for every Netflix account, and each episode puts the viewer in a different period in time. Randomness always keeps one guessing about what happened previously, causing conflicts and relationship changes.

“The show keeps me guessing and it’s always interesting and fun to see how problems originated. I enjoyed how the show followed the heist crew and the FBI trying to catch them and all the blackmail and manipulation that makes a crime show great,” sophomore Jefferey Brown said.                                                                                                                                                  

The show’s plot follows a thief that leads a double life. Cops eventually catch Ray Vernon played by Giancarlo Esposito because of his lying partner and send him to jail, causing him to miss his daughter Hannah Kim’s–played by Austin Elle Fischer– childhood. Several years later, the audience finds him suffering from Parkinson’s disease and in need of revenge on his now-successful former partner.                    

  He gathers a team of thieves and criminals he met during his time in prison. For weeks, the crew plots to steal from the most secure safe in the world and ruin his former partner’s life. With hundreds dead and the FBI following close behind, they manage to break into the safe somewhat successfully.  The injured and exhausted crew escaped to North Carolina and Virginia. One greedy and rageful crew member hired two hitmen to help him kill the rest of the crew. They successfully kill one but the police stop when the main character rats them out to the FBI.       

“The show wasn’t amazing, but the concept of the show was interesting. The way it would put you in a random episode made it interesting and a fun way for the viewer to connect the dots between the episodes,” sophomore Cian Vogel said. 

The show follows several different characters and their backstories, and portrays several rivalries between different characters and their motives for their actions. The way the show portrayed love between characters, like Ray Vernon, played by Giancarlo Esposito, and Roger Salas, played by Rufus Sewell, seemed shallow and lacked impact. If they spent time explaining and adding substance to various relationships, they could increase the emotional impact of characters and relationships.

The Chant’s Rating: B