Netflix kaleidoscope took a motley crew of thieves and gave the typical robbery drama a funny twist by chronicling past motivations as well as the aftermath. Has the eight-episode series successfully caught your attention?
kaleidoscope Giancarlo Esposito stars as Ray Vernon aka Leo Pap, a former burglar who escapes from prison amid a 25-year sentence to lead the robbery of an impenetrable vault containing $70 billion in untraceable bearer bonds. His crew includes Ava Mercer (played by Paz Vega), prison buddy Stan Loomis (Peter Mark Kendall), chemical/explosives expert Judy Goodwin (Rosaline Elbay) and her safecracker Bob (Jai Courtney), helmsman RJ Acosta Jr. (Jordan Mendoza) and “man inside” Hannah Kim (Tati Gabrielle) – aka Ray’s daughter.
Rufus Sewell plays Roger Salas, CEO of SLS, the world-class security company that created and guards the aforementioned vault, and who considers Hannah a protégé. The cast also includes Niousha Noor as Nazan Abbasi, the FBI agent half hot on the heels of Leo Pap; Bubba Hamlet as Abassi’s partner Samuel Toby; Hemky Madera as SLS jerk Carlos Sujo; and Soojeon Son as Hannah’s roommate/”sister” Liz.
After an intro asset titled “Black,” the eight episodes — provided by Netflix in semi-random order — were titled:
“Yellow: 6 weeks before the raid”
“Green: 7 years before the raid”
“Blue: 5 days before the raid”
“Purple: 24 years before the raid”
“Orange: 3 weeks before the raid”
“Red: The Morning After the Raid”
“Pink: 6 Months After”
“White: The Heist” (finale)
If we go with the simple Ocean’s Eleven comp… Salas was Ray’s Terry Benedict, a man he sought revenge on through a devastating financial setback. The difference to kaleidoscope is that we got an entire episode (“Violet”) establishing the men’s former friendship/criminal alliance…followed by the tragic event that bifurcated their paths when Roger chose to flee the scene of a botched burglary rather than possibly saving Ray’s wife from a fire. (Ray knew he would be arrested soon after and handed little Hannah over to Ava, who would find the orphaned girl a new home.)
Back in the present, “Leo” assembled a crew of known (Ava, Stan, Judy, Hannah) and new (Bob, RJ) thieves, with the “love triangle” tensions between Stan, Judy and the swaggering Bob often making the Team disrupted flow. After a robbery in the Diamond District aimed at providing the crew with quick seed money, Ava caught the attention of Abassi, a disgraced FBI agent she crossed paths with years before. Abassi soon threatened to deport Ava’s longtime nanny unless she alerted them to the crew’s movements.
The episodes “Pink” and “Red” were both canceled after this the raid, offered clues to things that had gone wrong and possibly lives lost, but paused to spell it all. “Pink” in particular revealed that immediately after the robbery, Judy strangled Bob and left him for dead after tricking her into killing RJ and nearly killing Stan. However, Bob did survive, albeit without a working voicemail. He then cut a deal with an imprisoned Salas and recruited two goofy henchmen to hunt down Leo/Ray and ideally Stan as well. However, Ray set a trap in which Abassi & Co. cornered and gunned down Bob. As for Ray himself, he has recently been seen struggling quite a bit with his Parkinson’s disease. And after giving new mom Hannah a promised FaceTime call, he was strolling through Central Park when a man appeared behind him, drew a gun and… A shot rang out after this The screen turned pink.
Is Ray dead now? Actor Giancarlo Esposito told TechRadar, “I want Ray to go through that tunnel and see Hannah again. I want him to get that last hug. Parkinson’s is a devastating, uncontrollable disease, but you can fight it, and Ray has that fight within him again. [Y]You don’t know if he’ll make it, but at this point in his journey, he doesn’t want to lose anymore. He just wants to live.”
On, and the raid itself? The “White” finale filled in many of the blanks about how the vault’s myriad of security features were circumvented – with a swarm of bees (!) to thwart the corridor sensor, office plants distributed by Liz to spray knockout gas, a plastic mask, to fool a facial scan. There was drama when Judy was slow to place the explosive that would whiz in hurricane rainwater to short out the temperature sensor and Ava had to detonate it blindly, but Judy pulled through just fine. Bob and Stan then set about cracking the safe while the others loaded the watertight containers of bonds into a trolley, which Judy sent up the elevator to RJ’s.
But along the way, Hannah secretly stopped the cab and, working with Liz, quickly exchanged containers loaded with colored paper and then sent the dolly to RJ. Only after that, in “Red,” did the crew realize the restraints were missing.
And as the “White” finale revealed, only Ray knew Hannah made the switch. She revealed it, and her reasoning, to her father just before he dove back into the flooded vault to plant the precious gem from their botched decade-long heist in Salas’ personal safe – eventually giving the Feds a hint that he was not who he says he is!
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