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Manifest – Turbulence (1×03)



Own your truth. It’s a phrase that gets repeated multiple times on this week’s Manifest, and it’s one that guides Michaela and Ben into pursuing the truth about Kelly’s murder.

Rather quickly, the idea that Kelly was attacked by some alien-like force is put to rest so we know that while something is happening to the passengers of Flight 828, it likely isn’t supernatural.

There are a few suspects when it comes to Kelly’s killer ranging from the most obvious one to the least likely one.

There’s the man who was found nearby with blood on his clothes, the husband, and the maid who got a little too comfortable and didn’t like that the obstacle returned and tried to take back her place in the household. Yep, you guessed it, it was the maid.

The husband, though a scumbag, doesn’t really add anything to the mystery.

However, the man that was spotted lurking around her house, claimed to have held Kelly as she died and then told Michaela that he will one day die and be pure like her, well, he knows something that could possibly help all of them.

He may be possessed by something, but in order to preach all of those things, he has to actually know something about what happened to all the passengers.

What does he mean by “you’ve returned for us.” And by us, is he referring to all the fanatics that were standing outside of Kelly’s home as if she were some goddess?

Weird, right?

None of that coincides with what Saanvi seemingly discovered, which offers up a scientific explanation to whatever is happening to them.

While testing Cal’s blood work, she noticed a marker that wasn’t present before the flight. She tested her own blood work and found the same protein. Further investigation revealed that elevated levels of said proteins could be a sign of ischemia. However, it doesn’t necessarily make much sense because none of the passengers, despite hearing callings, seem to be stroke victims.

In order to get a more detailed explanation, Saanvi needs to test brain tissue but unsurprisingly, she cannot get access to Kelly’s body because the NSA obviously knows something unexplainable is happening and took over what would have been a routine homicide so they can thoroughly examine the body.

What will they find?

My out-of-the-box guess is that somehow all of these passengers traveled back home and are walking zombies. And no, I don’t have any scientific results to back that up.

All we know for sure is that this force that’s infiltrated their minds wants them to forgive themselves for their past so that’s exactly what Michaela is doing; she’s making amends with Evie’s family including the mother who has Alzheimer’s and doesn’t remember her daughter’s death.

Everyone else has had a chance to cope with what’s happened and move on, but for Michaela the accident is so fresh in her mind that she’s still struggling with driving a car.

Aside from the integral mystery of the show, it’s interesting to see how Ben, Michaela and Cal adapt to their old-but-new surroundings.

Cal is struggling because while everyone else grew up, he remained the same age. His twin sister is older than him and dating his former best friend. Nothing is the same as he left it, but somehow, everything is the same.

Ben finally confronted Grace about the other man and there’s a lot wrong with how they are handling the situation.

I get that it’s hard for Grace to break it to her husband that she is dating another man but there’s nothing to feel guilty about — she thought he was dead.

Ben has no right to be angry because despite how fresh his relationship with Grace is, he has to realize that so much time has passed and she had every right to move on. In fact, he should have probably expected it and when he eventually meets Danny, he needs to be grateful that someone took care of his wife.

Grace has found herself in a quite the predicament because she dreamt of having her husband back, but she’s also in love with another man who doesn’t deserve to just be discarded like yesterday’s trash. She needs to pull it together and let go of one.

She may have decided to stick it out with Ben, but that’s a decision solely based on guilt and what she thinks she must do as a wife who is getting a second chance.

My guess is that she’s going to give up on trying to make it work with Ben eventually and pursue what she had with Danny. Those feelings didn’t replace her love for Ben, but she has made room for him in her life.

Ben will be heartbroken, of course, but he won’t want to break up something that was working. I think he’ll find solace with Saanvi. It seems like they are being drawn together through Cal’s medical research.

Jared is walking a very thin line by getting so close to Michaela. It’s natural that he wants to be the shoulder she leans on because that’s what he’s used to with her, but he should show some restraint out of respect for Lourdes.

Knowing how strong of a connection he has with his ex should be enough reason to stay away.

They are like magnets and he keeps feeding into it. I’m surprised Lourdes hasn’t picked up on it yet.

Director Vance figured Jared would be an easy target given his dedication to his ex-girlfriend, however, I’m glad Jared tore up the card and didn’t betray her trust.

She’s been through enough and if she felt like she could tell him even the slightest about what she’s experiencing, he shouldn’t sell her out the NSA.

Jared strikes me as a loyal man who has his wit’s about him so he realizes that the minute they find something peculiar and out-of-the-ordinary about a group that disappeared without explanation for five years, they are going to do their best to get rid of them.

What do you think is happening to the passengers of Flight 828? Were they sent back with a purpose to help save other folks? Michaela keeps getting lucky breaks in her cases because the answers just keep falling in her lap, but like Jared pointed out, they cannot be mere coincidences.

Is this the purpose of her second chance?

Let us know your theory in the comments below!

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