A non-linear TV show coming to Netflix has the people behind the concept scratching their heads and drawing inevitable comparisons to a certain Black Mirror interactive film that came out a few years ago.
A new series starring Giancarlo Esposito, Rufus Sewell and Tati Gabrielle begins on New Year’s Day on the streaming platform Kaleidoscope.
It might sound like standard explosive heist drama on the surface, but it turns out it’s everything, as Netflix has revealed that viewers can play the entire story in any order.
The story spans a period of 25 years and follows a group of master thieves who attempt to break into an almost inaccessible vault. Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy.
Each of the eight episodes — spanning 24 years before the heist to six months after — is named after a color, with Netflix claiming subscribers can have a “different immersive viewing experience.”
“All viewers will eventually see all episodes, but the order in which they watch the episodes will affect their perspective on the story, the characters and the questions and answers central to the heist,” the company said.
While some people admitted to being intrigued by the concept, others expressed confusion over the layout and said they would end up only watching it in the order it was released on Netflix.
“This is crazy because how do you get a coherent story out of a random order of episodes?! It definitely piqued my interest,” one person tweeted.
“I’m looking forward to a great concept before I realize how scared I’ll be about choosing the best order to watch or not,” said another.
Various people have drawn inevitable comparisons to Bandersnatch, the interactive Black Mirror film that came out in 2018 and allowed viewers to choose the direction of the story for themselves.
“God forbid, I’m still recovering from Bandersnatch,” one person said, while another wrote: “After Bandersnatch I’m ready to try.”
Some Twitter users have suggested that Netflix put a “shuffle button” on Kaleidoscope to make it easier for viewers to watch episodes in an unexpected order.
Meanwhile, there is great excitement to see Better Call Saul and The Mandalorian star Giancarlo in the story, with one person noting: “Eight episodes in no particular order. Which,” before adding, “Giancarlo never disappoints , ready, ready.”