‘Manifest’ Season 1 Review
Earlier this week, Manifest finished up its first season and we were left with one hell of a cliffhanger. If you haven’t already heard of this show, Manifest is a newer show on NBC about a group of people who went on a flight (Flight 828 to be exact) back to New York, believed to be dead, and somehow reappear unscathed five years later as if no time has passed.
It’s only natural that these people’s reappearance shakes things up for their friends and family because, after five years, they’ve all grown up and moved on from their presumed deaths. In addition to that, the passengers realize that they’re getting these callings, which are basically their own voices saying something in their own head that doesn’t make any sense at first. Not only that, but they’re all getting the same messages. So the real question is: do we ever find out why this is happening to these people? No, but whatever the reason, the U.S government is really interested in experimenting on them.
Throughout the season, the passengers struggle with trying to figure out what these callings mean and even though they don’t get a definitive answer, they do, however, get the sense that it’s for a good reason, especially Michaela (played by Melissa Roxburgh). Others were either taken away from the government or some organization somehow tied to the government or they went insane (and some died) trying to figure out what was wrong with them.
Near the end of the season, we’re introduced to two new characters: Griffin and Zeke, who weren’t on the plane but had similar experiences in the sense that they should have died and instead are left with lost time. Griffin gets into a car accident, and is somehow submerged in the river for days and miraculously survives. He’s also unfortunately not the best person as he planned to expose the callings publicly, but dies before he gets to after a gross amount of water comes spilling out of his mouth.
Although his untimely death is convenient, it does give us some insight on what these callings are telling them. It turns out that the flight passengers will die in five years, the exact amount of time that the passengers were missing on Flight 828: specifically on June 2nd, 2024. In addition to that, we find out that Ben’s (one of the flight passengers) wife, Grace is pregnant, but with her now ex-boyfriend, Danny (who she was with when the flight passengers, including Ben, were presumed dead).
The show is increasingly intriguing and I found myself wondering where the writers were going to go with the story. Even now after the season’s ended, I’m still wondering. A lot of the signs or callings near the beginning pointed more towards something religious, but it changed near the end with symbols from mythology. I’m excited to see what that could mean for the story later on and if it’ll change in the future. I’d also like to know more about this mysterious yet all-knowing organization and want them for something.
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