Manifest hit us with an action-packed doubleheader.
The episode was filled with dramatic fight scenes, Grace covered in blood and holding a shotgun, and an NSA agent getting shot in the head.
And that was just the tip of the iceberg.
But don’t be fooled . . . as per usual, one answer leads to a plethora of new questions.
Even the ending, which saw the methheads dying together, remained vague as Ben declared: “We were so very wrong.”
Jace was the only one of the methheads that wasn’t redeemed, but he wasn’t the only one to die.
Initially, everyone thought he’d be the only one to meet a permanent fate since he continued down a destructive path while the others made the most of their second chance.
Pete helped Ben track his brother and save his family, plus, he found love with Angelina.
Meanwhile, Kory helped save Cal by coming to tell him to stop reciting the nursery rhyme as it led Jace right to him.
They both proved that in their second go-around, they would make better choices.
And yet, it didn’t matter.
After Jace died by throwing up lake water, the other two consumed by his shadow figure.
I know that the shadows come with the territory, but they were a little too animated and cheesy for my taste.
I also can’t say that I’ll miss the methheads. We were supposed to be touched by Pete’s redemption arc and love story with Angelina, but it just didn’t have the same pull as Mic and Zeke’s survivor love story.
Kory barely made a dent in the storyline aside from being a cool dude.
As for Jace, well, the world is better off without him.
Olive’s discovery that they “all came back together so they will all be judged together” does change things for the passengers of Flight 828.
Up until now, they thought that following the Callings individually and being good people would lead them to defeat the death date.
But if they are all being judged collectively, staying alive is going to be much harder.
One bad apple can ruin it for everyone. And we already know that there’s someone out there — looking at you, Eagan — that’s doesn’t have pure intentions for following the Callings.
The revelation from the Egyptian symbols may have been shocking, but in hindsight, I feel like the signs were all there.
After all, the series keeps pounding the fact that it’s all connected. If that’s the case, why wouldn’t the fates of the passengers be connected as well?
Manifest Review – Tailspin (3×04)
Vance wasn’t lying when he referred to the NSA’s 828 investigation room as “eureka.”
Much of Manifest Season 3 Episode 4 focused on the mystery surrounding what happened to Flight 828 and the tailfin, and it was a lot to process.
We were bombarded with plenty of information, but as usual, with every answer, several new questions arose.
It’s almost like we can’t ever get ahead of the mystery; we’re always two steps behind as we try to piece together all the clues.
Ben, Saanvi, and Mic have been trying to figure this out on their own, but it’s evident that there’s so much at play here that even a robust team of government researchers and scientists has been struggling to come up with any plausible theories.
For starters, Vance’s team proved what Ben suspected all along: the tail fin is an original part of 828.
And it apparently teleported to the bottom of the sea on the same night that Zeke beat the death date and the methheads drowned in the lake.
That was also the same night and time that Saanvi killed The Major, which lead her to believe that the events were somehow related and intensified her guilt.
The connection between all the events remains unclear much like the connection between the passengers and the non-passengers.
The recovered tailfin also showed signs of corrosion that was consistent with having spent seven years in saltwater.
How is it possible that the tailfin is showing signs of original wear and tear?
Manifest Review – Wingman (3×03)
A Peacock, peacock feathers, ancient Egyptians — what does it all have to do with Flight 828?
We’ve been asking ourselves that question for two seasons, but on Manifest Season 3 Episode 3, the mythology begins to bubble up to the surface.
It’s promising a sign that we aren’t completely abandoning the symbolism because it’s part of a larger plan.
However, we’re kind of past the point of continuously seeing the peacock without any context. Audiences want to know how it fits into the overall mystery of the plane’s return.
We find comfort in knowing that there is a piece of the puzzle out there just waiting to be found that may provide some of the answers we’re seeking.
The Callings tried to lead Ben to the papyrus, but sadly, Eagan decided to dispose of it while pawning off some of the other artifacts he stole from the storage unit.
Even without the papyrus’ missing piece, we know the peacock is a symbol for two things: immortality and resurrection.
Manifest Review – Deadhead (3×02)
Is it just me or is this season of Manifest more action-packed?
The pace and momentum picked up even more on Manifest Season 3 Episode 2 as Angelina and her Callings were thrown into the mix. Not a moment wasted!
Not only did her Calling connect to the methheads, who have been resurrected from their underwater slumber, but it continued down the religious trajectory with a vision of Archangel Michael, best known as a healing angel who served as the leader of the army of God against the forces of evil.
Could the Calling be implying that the passengers of Flight 828 were sent back to Earth to fight against the darkness?
The Calling also brought Angelina and Peter together, but what’s the connection?
It doesn’t seem like their paths have crossed before in a meaningful way, and yet, the Calling’s wanted them to find each other.
Pete wasn’t just a random stranger in the background of her photo.
It was a little frustrating that Mic didn’t even try to get any answers before bringing Pete into the precinct.
She could have still done things “by the book” while also getting some clarity as to how the methheads relate to 828 and their latest passenger.
The Captain gave Mic a stern talking to as she returned to work, but at this point, I think she’s realizing that whatever Mic is messed up in, it’s not normal.
Even the most rational person cannot rationalize three guys emerging from a lake after three months of being presumed dead.
The Captain knows that logic doesn’t apply here, so maybe she’ll be on Mic’s side soon enough?
And how is Drea assisting with cases but not asking any questions? Olive openly talked about following Callings. Wouldn’t that make you want to question what’s going on?
Drea and Mic seem to consider each other really good friends, so it’s borderline insulting not to clue her in at this point.
If she’s going to be putting her life on the line, she should at least know what’s at stake.
I’m glad that Pete chose to break free from Jace’s toxic grasp.
He and Korey were both aware that they needed to make the most of their second chance, and they weren’t interested in ruining it by making the mistakes of their past.
Jace is the one we should really be concerned about because he’s dangerous and vengeful.
According to Ben and Mic’s theory, the trio remained dead for 84 days, which likely means they have 84 days to live.
But what happens if they follow the Callings? Will that buy them more time as it did with Zeke?
The chase sequence gave audiences a good dose of adrenaline, even if it was cut short by Jace firebombing Mic and Drea.
Also, why wouldn’t the Captain send Jared along for the ride? I’m not saying Mic and Drea can’t handle themselves, but it would be nice to have some backup when dealing with dangerous criminals.
I didn’t think I’d be interested in adding another passenger to the mix, but it’s nice that Olive has someone her age that she can team up with.
Olive may not get the Calling’s, but she has plenty of experience navigating them, so helping Angelina figure out what they mean is giving her some purpose.
Ben is his own worst enemy.
What part of Vance’s “don’t come save me” speech was unclear?
Instead of heeding Vance’s instructions to let him handle things in Cuba, Ben couldn’t help himself and needed to find a way to help his partner.
Vance was able to fake his death for more than a year, so it’s safe to say he probably had an escape plan for Cuba anyway.
I know Ben thinks he’s doing the right thing, but what makes him think Powell can be trusted? What if he was wired?
Vance has chosen to remain under the radar and has purposefully kept his circle tight.
If he thought he could trust his partner, don’t you think he would have told him the truth on his own terms?
Ben, come on! I think it’s been made pretty clear that government entities cannot be trusted when it comes to Flight 828.
The fact that Vance’s wife blamed Ben for everything that was happening was also slightly ridiculous.
The government turned on Vance, which caused him to fake his death in the first place.
However, she knew the man she married — a man who seeks out the truth no matter the danger, so it’s not like he would be fine with ignoring the biggest mystery to ever come across his desk.
Vance is a grown man who is responsible for his own decisions, and while Ben definitely contributed, none of this is his fault.
I wasn’t entirely sure if Powell leaked the tail fin to reporters or if it was a result of the video that was taken by the young boy in Cuba, but either way, everyone is now aware that a piece of the plane was found in the ocean.
But these people also watched the plane land with all passengers on-board about a year-and-a-half ago in New York City, so it’s understandable that they have questions.
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