TV’s biggest mystery is back!
Fasten your seatbelts because Flight 828 is nosediving into 2020 on Manifest Season 2 Episode 1.
Or, at least, that’s that latest Calling that Mic experiences while she’s getting rushed to the hospital from an accidental gunshot wound.
The Manifest Season 2 premiere wasted no time revealing that Mic was the victim of the love triangle between Jared and Zeke.
However, considering Mic was in all the teasers and remains the crux of this mystery, there was never any question about her survival.
Mic’s Calling, which reimagines what really happened on Flight 828 — or maybe reveals a truth that they’ve all forgotten — is shared by Cal.
Cal tells her to “save the passengers,” which leads her and Ben to the Vasik couple, a husband and wife who were on the flight and about to drive their car off a cliff to put an end to “seeing and hearing things.”
It seems as though not everyone has had as much success with figuring out the Callings as the Stone family.
But while it isn’t immediately clear what purpose all the passengers are supposed to play, it’s assuring to know that every passenger is experiencing them and not just the Stones.
However, it seems like the Callings have nothing to do with the projected “death date” and more to do with helping other people.
The Vasik’s misinterpreted their Calling as suicide when they were actually supposed to save another car that had fallen over the very cliff they planning to drive off of.
It’s a new year, but Manifest is doing it again.
One of my biggest gripes with Manifest Season 1 was all the unnecessary time spent on passengers that didn’t contribute anything to the overall mystery.
Focusing on the Vasik’s feels just like that. Without any clarity as to how they fit into everything, I’m indifferent about the storyline. Do I want them to survive? Yes. But what does it matter in the grand scheme of things?
Once again, these storylines feel like filler in a series that doesn’t need it.
Cal has always known more than he’s letting on even if he’s fully aware of his knowledge.
Also, can we talk about that growth spurt? They cannot just wave it off as a “haircut.”
Manifest Double Episode Review – Sayonara, Methheads! (3×05 and 3×06)
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.
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