The focus of the midseason premiere of ‘Manifest’ was on the Holy Grail and the Major.
If you’re wondering “who” and “what” the Holy Grail and the Major are, well, you can shake hands with Ben.
The Major, as we found out, is the head honcho behind this whole government entity. And in a twist that surprised not only Ben but also Aaron, an 828-conspiracy podcaster that Ben met at Vance’s funeral service, the Major is a woman!
Does anyone else think that the Major is Fiona? The captain piqued my interest when he mentioned that it may not be a coincidence she was on the flight. All of this could just be one major — no pun intended — experiment to help push her theory forward.
She’s experienced absolutely no callings of her own, which raises some concern, especially since most of the passengers have.
Ben first stumbled upon the term Holy Grail while giving Aaron’s podcast a chance. Aaron’s mission was finding out what really happened to the flight so, despite Ben’s initial hesitation, which was warranted, you knew they would eventually become good friends.
But it wasn’t until Autumn used the term that Ben really paid attention to it. Saanvi eventually realized the Holy Grail wasn’t a thing, but a person. Red Hook was testing to find the passengers most sensitive to callings and there’s no denying that the most sensitive passenger of them all is Cal.
So, as it stands, a secret entity of the government run by a woman named the Major is trying to get their hands on Cal.
Ben was swift is persuading NSA Agent Powell to do some digging for him. Though Powell was understandably not interested in getting involved at first, he knew Vance would have wanted him to. While he didn’t get the Major’s name, he did confirm she was on her way to New York.
And before you knew it, Powell was snatched by the Major’s goons. After giving Ben the lead about what she’d overheard at the farmhouse, Autumn decided to ditch the government and her phone in the ocean. But in case you weren’t clear on how dangerous these people are, Autumn was approached by an ominous man in a public coffee shop because the Major was requesting a word. Yep, everyone in the Major’s way is screwed.
Ben finally went on record to talk openly about the government testing, the conspiracy, the Holy Grail and even the Major, much to Aaron’s delight. But he made it clear that the recording wasn’t allowed to go live. Ben’s a smart dude and he saw this podcast as an insurance policy. If anything happens to him, which I’m thinking it will, Aaron can expose everything and raise some deeper, more public questions.
Imagine the guilt Grace would feel if something happened to Ben and she realized this whole time he was doing everything to protect his family. That is if Grace could ever think about anyone except for herself for like five minutes.
Ben’s split from Grace didn’t let up on the obnoxious family drama for one bit. Olive and Grace have been the worst to Ben and thus, Cal. Olive called Danny the moment Ben left because “it felt like they died again.” Danny came rushing in despite Grace’s wishes for him not to be there. Cal was obviously overwhelmed because, despite Olive’s affinity for Danny, he’s a complete stranger to Cal. Again, nobody seems to care.
Ben came rushing into an already chaotic scene and was viewed as the villain. Grace may have finally taken some of the blame and echoed what the viewers were thinking about her, but again positioned herself as the victim with her “nothing I do is good enough” speech. Get over yourself, woman! I had a soft spot for Danny because this isn’t an easy situation for anyone but that went right out the door the moment he blamed Ben for the plane’s disappearance and then re-emergence! I’m sorry, it’s not like he wanted to disappear and abandon his family for five years. Dude, get out.
Grace then had the nerve to say that Ben expected to waltz back in like nothing had changed when it did. If I remember correctly, she didn’t want to tell him she moved on and then went along with pretending everything was normal. If she was upfront about it, Ben wouldn’t have had the allusion that things would be the same.
I felt for Ben, definitely, but even more for Cal who has been a complete afterthought. No one is checking up on his emotional well-being. He’s an eight-year-old with cancer whose life was flipped completely upside-down. I’m sure it’s not easy to assimilate.
And Grace and Olive pretend nothing is wrong, while Ben and the rest of the flight 828 passengers know Cal is in grave danger. Ben should have custody. How is he supposed to protect his son if he’s not with him at all times? I’m a little upset Ben didn’t try harder to take Cal with him as he clearly knows what’s at stake and how uninformed and ignorant his wife is.
Michaela kept hearing a calling, though this one was more realistic and accompanied by visions of a blizzard. She assumed the “find her” was referring to Paul’s wife, Helen, as the vision happened the moment she touched his hand. Helen never appeared at the hanger to pick up her husband, but tracking her down wasn’t too difficult for Mic and Jared. Helen’s story was a bit of a dead end — she didn’t show because Paul was abusive. However, Paul didn’t remember any of that so I guess it’s a win-win for everyone. Unless there’s more to his story and he’s actually a danger to all the passengers.
The calling continued and throughout it, Mic kept seeing the blizzard and someone crawling. Eventually, she realized she was experiencing someone else’s vision. Sure enough, Cal was seeing the same vision, though his revealed a person with grimy hands clutching a photo of Michaela. While he was experiencing the calling, his hand also began turning blue from frostbite. Remember when I said he’s in danger and his own mother has no idea? Yep, this is a prime example.
Who is the person in the calling? Is it another passenger? Why do they have a photo of Mic? And why is Cal experiencing these callings as well?
The juiciest part of the episode came when Jared finally professed his love for Mic. The back-and-forth tension between them has been accumulating since she returned. When Helen mentioned that the passengers’ return was like a “wrecking ball” coming to destroy the new lives that they’d built, Michaela tried to distance herself from Jared. In her opinion, he’d found happiness and she didn’t want to destroy that. But did she really believe that? I mean, these two are like magnets. And thus, Jared swung by the house later to tell Michaela that she was his soulmate and that he didn’t come to the hangar because he’d never go home. “We didn’t cheat death to live half a life,” he said as they then cheated and fell into bed with each other.
And man, I can’t say I blame them. Sure, I feel bad for Lourdes who was at home ovulating and waiting, but she’s the other woman! Jared got back something that he thought he’d lost forever — the woman that he loved. That doesn’t just go away. Lourdes knew she was a second choice so I’m surprised she hasn’t picked up on it yet. Now, the only way this triangle intensifies is if there’s a pregnancy involved. Jared and Lourdes have been trying so that would be more likely and the messier announcement because it would force Michaela to surrender her feelings. However, Mic being pregnant would force Jared to tell Lourdes and finally give him and Mic the happy ending they’ve been holding out for.
I definitely think the series took the cliche way out with these triangles and cheating scandals instead of digging in deep to the core of the story. Lourdes and Danny have been set up as the enemy/ the obstacles for the Stone’s which isn’t fair to either of them. There’s so much to be explored with a 5-year-gap.
What are your thoughts? Are Grace and Danny the worst?
Who is the Major? Will she get her hands on Cal? Who is the “her” in Cal and Michaela’s vision? Will Lourdes find out the truth about Jared and Mic? Is Cal really the Holy Grail? How are the test-subject passengers still being controlled? And what does the government really want from them?
We’re still perplexed with questions, but it seems that this is exactly where Manifest wants us to be.
A promo for next week reveals the captain trying to re-create this occurrence with dark lightning. Does that mean whatever happened to them was manufactured? If so, it would go along with my theory that Fiona is behind all of this for her own science experiment.
And what about Adrian who was upset that they’d disrupted his life but then gave into the fascination of the 828 “Believers.” It’s a moment that had no real importance, but it’s inclusion hints at future storylines. It may seem like Manifest is all discombobulated at times, but this proves the writers have a clear pathway and direction for what’s to come.
‘Manifest’ Season 3 Teaser Focuses on Tail Fin in the Water – What Happened to Flight 828?
When NBC renewed Manifest for a third season, Manifesters jumped for joy. Celebrations only intensified when it was revealed the season would return as part of NBC’s fall 2020 lineup in September (or late October given COVID delays).
The trailer released by Manifest hones in on the question we’ve all been asking ourselves for way too long: what happened to the passengers aboard Flight 828?
Pieces of the second season are spliced together to amp up fans, but there’s a huge focus on the specific and major cliffhanger of the fishermen finding the tail fin of the plane in the water. My guess is that tail fin finding is going to propel the series into new and unexpected directions.
There's more to the mystery of Flight 828. ✈️
Posted by Manifest on Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Here’s what we know to be certain – Flight 828 landed five years after it took off from Jamaica. Upon landing, it exploded in front of all the passengers. Therefore, it’s very unlikely that there would be a tail fin floating around in the water.
There’s a huge assumption that the tail fin is part of the plane, but it could also be a decoy plane used by the government since we obviously know the government is involved. Maybe they wanted people to think the plane sunk? And they took the real thing to inspect? The government wouldn’t be reckless enough to dump the real thing in the ocean.
Users pointed out that when the plane exploded, it didn’t actually show the tail fin getting destroyed, so it could be the real thing.
However, another interesting point is that the tail fin being pulled out of the water and the one from the exploding plane look different. It could be another side of the fin, it could be a filming continuity error, or it might not be the same tail fin at all.
There’s a chance it’s from a different plane. Personally, it looks like it would be from an older model aircraft, so maybe it’s from a plane that crashed prior?
Or maybe it’s a plane that the survivors will board to try to defy the death date?
The fishermen are fully aware that Flight 828 returned, so we know that this timeline exists alongside the passengers and in the same dimension.
There’s also the possibility that this is the “silver dragon” from the storm episode, which pointed to the possibility of this mystery happening once before in a “lightning always strikes the same place twice.” Maybe that Calling was showing them that this is where the plane went down — an “X” marks the spot kind of moment.
Series creator Jeff Rake had this to say about the tail fin, if it offers you any insight: “We saw that plane land in New York. We saw that plane blow up on the tarmac at the end of the pilot. So how can a plane have landed and been exploded and then also be found at the bottom of the ocean? Once the entire world finds out about this tail fin, that’s going to re-trigger the global scrutiny and paranoia about Flight 828 and its passengers.”
Could it be that the passengers aren’t even real? Rake has considered it: “Does this mean that the passengers are not the passengers? And if they’re not the passengers, who are they? That’s going to be a season-long, science-based, science meets mythology investigation. For those who have been feeling that the episodes have become a little science-light or investigation-light, they have a lot of good material coming down the pike.”
We’ll have to wait a few more months to get to the bottom of this mystery.
Until then — share your best theories in the comments below!
7 Sci-Fi TV Dads We Love
With Father’s day coming up this weekend, it’s time to show some appreciation for the fathers that go above and beyond.
The worlds of science fiction are difficult to navigate as they push our minds to think and imagine in complex ways, and fatherhood in these worlds is no easy task. Many stories in these worlds, sometimes optimistic and sometimes pessimistic, stem from broken childhoods and a need to persevere beyond unavoidable circumstances. Still, these stories can also bring a spotlight to loving, supporting relationships.
So here’s to the Dads!
Commanding Officer. Captain. Emissary to the Prophets. Husband. Father. Benjamin Sisko experiences his fair share of trials and tribulations throughout his time on Deep Space Nine, but despite the heavy load on his plate, he never failed as a role model to his son, Jake. The relationship between Jake and Benjamin still resonates today, as Ben guided Jake with a gentle hand, existing as a support system for his son, while still allowing Jake to make his own decisions and his own mistakes. Unlike many fathers may have, Ben didn’t push Jake into following his footsteps to become a Starfleet officer, but he supported him as Jake found his calling as a writer.
While Benjamin Sisko acted strong, steadfast, and bold as Captain of Deep Space Nine, Jake (as well as Benjamin’s other friends among the crew) elicited a softer, gentler side of the captain. Benjamin’s Sisko’s familial relationships display the different layers of healthy masculinity and outstanding representation between a son and father. His heavily-reciprocated love manifests in Jake’s lengths to rescue his father in one of Deep Space Nine’s best episodes, “The Visitor.” And although Benjamin had to leave his family behind ultimately to answer a higher calling with the Prophets, he left Jake as a fully-realized individual, strong and good-hearted, capable of carrying out his father’s legacy until his return.
Monty Green left behind a legacy too important to ignore. Although willing to do sometimes drastic things to help save their people, Monty always looked for another way to do things. He aspired to refrain from violence and preached peace. Despite Monty’s limited time as a father during The 100, his son, Jordan, exists as his legacy, and a culmination of all the things Monty and Harper held dearly. Jordan continues to try to follow his father’s wishes and morals, reminding Clarke and the others in charge of what his father was about. He doesn’t only exhibit Monty’s moral system, but he also displays curiosity and playfulness passed down.
Jordan is smart, caring, determined, and kind, things that only his parents could have taught him considering Monty and Harper were the only people he met throughout the first two decades of his life. Even though Monty’s time as a father wasn’t explored on-screen, Jordan’s standing as a good-hearted and passionate man is all the proof needed to see exactly the type of father Monty was.
12 Monkeys doesn’t always ring a bell to science-fiction fanatics, but the time-travel stories that the show tells regarding love and dedication should resonate with any audience. James and Cassie are the parents of Athan, who later is revealed to them as The Witness, a being responsible for the apocalypse and end of the world as they know it. Despite this revelation, James Cole sacrifices his life over and over again for his family, even as he knows that his son could bring about the end of the world. James never stops looking for Athan, and when it comes down to it, his connection to his son prohibits him from committing an act that would take Athan’s life, even if it could potentially save the world. James knows that the end goal should be to stop his son, but instead, he still pushes to save him.
What James Cole actually and desperately wants is to live a regular life with Cassie and their child, and this complex relationship between knowing what is best for the world and what his heart desires makes for a compelling conflict. In the end, Athan ends up creating his own path separate from the seeming destiny implied to James and Cassie and sacrifices himself for his family and the world. James Cole is a loving and passionate character. Although he wasn’t able to rescue Athan, his complicated relationship with his son once again showcases the undue burdens placed upon heroes and how personal love is powerful enough to affect the world on apocalyptic-level scales.
Due to James and Athan’s actions, however, James gets another shot when everything is said and done — he gets the opportunity to be a husband, a father, and a person. He even defies the laws of nature to retain his memories of his past life, and most importantly, the family he managed to create throughout it.
When the disaster on Ganymede occurs, Prax’s life is uprooted, with his daughter seemingly killed or lost. In a journey that leads him back to Ganymede, Prax will stop at nothing to find his daughter after receiving hope that she’s alive in the form of a security feed. The search brings them to Io, where Prax finally locates his daughter. However, even as Prax believed he could do anything to rescue Mei, he still cannot execute the man responsible for her suffering, and instead, leaves his good friend, Amos, to do the deed.
The world of The Expanse remains enormous as one of the most fleshed-out universes on television. Prax, willing to go to many lengths to rescue his daughter, even when all of the odds seem against him, is admirable. Even though his goals don’t exactly line up with the Rocinante crew, he adds value to the team, albeit he still leaves his new crew after rescuing his daughter But that’s what makes Prax both a hero and a dedicated father: the ability to face the world when his daughter needs it, and the ability to let it go when finally reunited with Mei.
Peter Bishop underwent significant development over the run of Fringe, but perhaps one of the most interesting changes is his journey from a typical nomad bad-boy to a husband and father. Like many other science fiction stories, Peter’s time with his daughter, Henrietta, is cut short when the Observers invade, and Henrietta must live out her life, while Peter is frozen in amber. When ‘Etta’ frees him in 2036, he finally is reunited with her, and they team up in attempts to restore the world to what it should be.
But with a story like this comes more tragedy, and Etta’s ill-timed death sends Peter into a spiral of grief, pushing himself to great lengths to avenge her death. Olivia, however, convinces him to return to himself. In the end, it’s the power of his love for his family and the loss he experienced when the Observers invaded that drives him and the others to defeat the Observers, correcting the timeline and piecing his family back together. The connection between him and his daughter (and also him and his father) was what ultimately gave Team Fringe the ability to persevere even despite the short time Etta was in Peter’s life. And because of that love, Peter can raise Etta without the grief of losing her time and time again.
DANNY FROM MANIFEST
While Danny isn’t Olive’s biological father, he plays a vital role in her life with the absence of her brother, Cal, and her father, Ben. Danny comes into the picture after bonding with Grace, experiencing a similar loss of his wife, but the relationship he develops with Olive goes above and beyond expectations of the boyfriend of her mother. He steps in and becomes someone Olive can count on, as she grieves in a way different from Grace. Even as Ben and Cal come back into the picture, Olive still feels that she can count on Danny, calling him and speaking to him, even when his relationship with Grace changes due to the reemergence of Ben.
Danny never appears to act selfishly, but with understanding and concern for Olive. He doesn’t attempt to replace Ben, but rather be a person that Olive can depend on for understanding and guidance. Danny and Olive’s relationship and the love Danny gave Olive deserved more than a quick write-off, especially considering little consideration given to him by Grace after she figures out she’s pregnant and not by Danny. Even if he wasn’t Olive’s biological Dad, he still deserved a place in Olive’s life too. But unfortunately, Danny all but vanishes from the narrative left to grieve another loss of family.
John Robinson isn’t the perfect father, but the connection he has to his family is unbreakable, despite his mistakes in the past. Not unlike the previously mentioned, Danny, he didn’t birth Judy but became the only father figure she knows. Even when things became complicated with his wife, his dedication to his children never waned. The decision made by the family to participate in the colonist program brought them back together and gave him the chance to mend the bonds damaged by his desire to serve.
But despite their rocky past on Earth, John is essential for the family’s dynamic, and through his absence, he was still able to teach his children, most evident in the strong bond and skills that Judy possesses as she takes after her step-father more than her mother. Despite adopting Judy, John always showed his pride in her, and never tried to erase the existence of her father, who also became lost in space. John shows the different ways people can love their children, by blood or not, and how this love can drive them to improve, even when so much time and conflict has passed. For more on John and Judy’s relationship, I would recommend watching the second season episode “Run,” perhaps the most beautiful frame and compelling episode of the rebooted series.
Who are your favorite sci-fi Dads? Let us know below in the comments or tweet us at @craveyoutv!
‘Manifest’ Renewed for Season 3 on NBC!
Buckle up, Manifesters. Season 3 is official a “go!”
After much anticipation and deliberation, NBC has cleared Manifest for a third season takeoff.
Fans of the serialized drama waited patiently for months following the April season 2 finale as the network weighed its options.
According to Deadline, the renewal boiled down to the network and the studio, Warner Bros Television, working out financial details.
The renewal restores the hope that fans will finally find out what happened to Montego Air Flight 828, which disappeared on its way from Jamaica to New York only to land five years later without any time passing for the passengers on-board.
As the passengers are given a second chance, they also become connected through Callings that lead them on a dangerous and adventure-filled journey for the truth.
In the finale, the cliffhanger found men at sea pulling pieces of the “missing but returned flight” from the water.
Show creator Jeff Rake responded to the exciting news writing “Boom.”
— Jeff Rake (@jeff_rake) June 16, 2020
The official announcement also included Rake’s season 2 recap!
The series, starring Josh Dallas and Melissa Roxburgh, joins previously renewed shows The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D., Law & Order: SVU, New Amsterdam and This Is Us.
Not all on-the-bubble dramas were as lucky. Indebted, Bluffy City Law, and Sunnyside were all canceled.
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