Kaleidoscope can be watched in any order, but it is best if you watch “White” last, do the exact opposite order of this, or stick to chronological order.
Interactive television shows provide a new, innovative way for viewers to interact with the content that they watch.
Kaleidoscope is one of the most recent interactive shows on Netflix and while you can technically watch the episodes in any order, it is recommended that you watch “White” last, completely disregard this rule, or watch the show in chronological order.
Netflix and the rise of interactive television
While many people watch television to wind down and avoid making any serious decisions, other people enjoy feeling like they are an active part of the show that they are watching. This is where interactive television shows come in to play.
Netflix is the world’s most popular streaming service that has been at the forefront of this innovative way of presenting content to its subscribers.
Most of these interactive shows, including Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, You vs. Wild, and Cat Burglar follow a “choose your own adventure” format, where the viewer gets to decide how they want the narrative to unfold.
Kaleidoscope: Which episode to watch last
Of course, each of these individual interactive shows have their own gimmick or approach that helps the audience feel included while they are watching the show.
In Kaleidoscope, Netflix’s newest entry into the interactive show genre, the order in which the show’s episodes are watched gives each viewer a unique take on the narrative as it develops.
Kaleidoscope first aired on the platform on 1 January 2023. Aside from the unique viewing experience that the show provides, at its core, it is a really classic heist show which is similar to the movies in the Mission Impossible and Ocean’s franchises.
Although Netflix automatically gives everyone a completely random order of episodes when they start watching the show, Kaleidoscope will always end with the “White” episode, except if you choose your own order.
The creators of the show recommend that you watch the episode titled “White” last, since this is the penultimate episode where the heist finally plays out.
However, since the show has grown in popularity, a few different ways have emerged with which to approach the episode order.
This includes doing the complete opposite of what Netflix suggests and only worrying about which episode you watch first or even watching the episodes in chronological order so that you can get a better feel of how the team’s timeline fits together.
If you follow this method, you have to watch the episode titled “Pink” last.
Why Netflix insists that you watch the “White” episode last
Eric Garcia is the creator of Kaleidoscope and he was the person in charge of figuring out how they would go about creating and structuring a show that could be watched in any order.
However, even with all the freedoms that Kaleidoscope gives its viewers, Eric was so convinced that the “White” episode should be watched last, that Netflix even recommends it that way to viewers on the platform.
Eric has explained that he views this “White” episode as a skeleton key to all of the other scenes that are shared between the characters the other episodes.
As a result, watching this episode last should make all of the other episodes fall into place.
Doing the exact opposite of what Netflix suggests
Some people feel like it is just plain human nature to go along with the spirit of Kaleidoscope and break the one rule that Netflix gives the public for the series.
If you follow this method, the only important thing is that you watch the “White” episode first. Then, you are free to watch the remaining seven episodes of the series in whichever order you please.
How to watch Kaleidoscope in chronological order
Since Kaleidoscope made its debut on the Netflix platform, people have been buzzing with the news that there are over 40 000 different ways to watch the show.
Not to mention the fact that social media sites have been flooded with people trying to explain their reasoning for “the best” order in which to watch the episodes.
However, among all of this chatter, watching the episodes in chronological order keeps popping up as one of the best ways to watch the Kaleidoscope narrative develop.
The chronological order of the Kaleidoscope episodes is as follows:
|1st||Violet||24 years before|
|2nd||Green||7 years before|
|3rd||Yellow||6 weeks before|
|4th||Orange||3 weeks before|
|5th||Blue||5 days before|
|6th||White||Day of the heist|
|7th||Red||The morning after|
|8th||Pink||6 months after|