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Manifest Review – The Al-Zuras Journal Brings Flight 828 Into Focus (2×09)

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The Stone family is shipwrecked on Manifest Season 2 Episode 9.

Yeah, I said shipwrecked in the middle of their living room in New York. This is Manifest, anything can happen, so just go with the flow.

Cal’s multi-episode absence finally ended as he returned to emphasize our favorite Calling: “it’s all connected.”

When an episode starts with them back on Flight 828, you know stuff is going down.

We learn quite a lot about the Al-Zuras journal and about what the Callings mean. It’s not enough to give us any substantial answers (and leaves us with more questions piled on top of the questions we already had), but at least we’re getting some pieces to the puzzle.

One of the overarching revelations is that the “it’s all connected” phrase has been alluding to Flight 828 and the events described in the Al-Zuras journal being intertwined.

While it’s unclear why this is all happening again centuries later, the fact that it’s happened before is slightly encouraging because it means there’s a rule-book of sorts that only TJ, the only Latin reader on the team, can decode.

And his findings are pretty darn interesting albeit largely confusing.

The family eventually realizes the storm raging outside — which causes Grace’s “seasickness” — is a Calling and a figment of their imaginations. Olive, who isn’t affected by the Callings, clarifies that when she explains it’s a beautiful and sunny day.

As they attempt to find meaning in the text, they figure out that Cal’s hasn’t been trying to build a spiderweb but rather a mast.

Once they stand the mast up, they’re transported onto the Al-Zuras ship where they realize they’re experiencing exactly what his men did.

They see a plane flying above that’s likely Flight 828 with Ben theorizing that 828 and the Al-Zuras ship were somehow at the same place at the same time. It seems like this is the exact moment they “disappeared.”

Read the full review at TV Fanatic! 


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‘Manifest’ Starts Production – When Will Season 4 Premiere?

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It’s official — Manifest Season 4 is taking off.

Production on the resurrected show has officially begun, and while fans are thrilled, the cast members are flying at high altitudes. 

J.R Ramirez, who plays Jared Vasquez on the drama, shared a glimpse of his first day back on set. 

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“Walking through the stages this am… Just felt different,” Ramirez wrote on Instagram next to a photo by his dressing room.

“I’ve been working in this business for almost two decades now and I know to land a team of Cast n Crew that is as Collaborative, Dedicated and in my opinion (Most Importantly) “Ego Checked” as these Beautifully Talented Humans are… well it RARELY happens,” he added. 

“It’s only day one and you can already feel the Level of Appreciation this group has for the Magical Ride that is Manifest!” he continued. “But let’s keep it real… The reality is ALL of This Magic is happening because of YOU guys! You guys made this happen! We Love You. Can’t wait for you to see how it all comes together…”

Vazquez is a police lieutenant that often helps the Stone family as they try to figure out the mystery of Flight 828. He’s also Michaela’s former fiancé.

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Josh Dallas, who plays Ben Stone, also took to Instagram to mark the beginning of season 4. He posted a photo of the script and Ben’s iconic black-framed spectacles with the caption: “Something’s happening. #mainfest season 4 has begun!! Nothing will be the same.”

Netflix saved the show months after NBC pulled the plug on it despite fan pleas and petitions. 

The streamer renewed the supernatural drama for a fourth and final season to tie up loose ends, give fans closure, and finally reveal the mystery of what actually happened to flight 828. 

It’s unclear when the season will hit Netflix, but it seems like a 2022 premiere could be likely. Dallas also teased: “Coming soon to @netflix#manifest ✈️”

We’ll update this post as we find out more! 

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‘Manifest’ Officially Saved by Netflix For Fourth and Final Season

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Happy Manifest Day —  Manifest has officially resurrected. 

Much like the passengers of Flight 828, the plane drama has been saved by Netflix for a fourth and final supersized season.

The upcoming season will feature a whopping 20 episodes, and will likely be split into parts.

“Couldn’t let a day as significant as today go uncelebrated. Manifest will officially return for a super-sized fourth and final season, only on Netflix,” the official Twitter page posted. 

The exciting news was announced on August 28, 8/28, better known as Manifest Day. 

“What started years ago as a flight of fancy deep in my imagination has evolved into the jet engine journey of a lifetime,” showrunner Jeff Rake said in a statement. “Never in my wildest dreams could I have envisioned the worldwide outpouring of love and support for this story, its characters, and the team who work so hard to bring it all to life. That we will be able to reward the fans with the ending they deserve moves me to no end. On behalf of the cast, the crew, the writers, directors, and producers, thank you to Netflix, to Warner Bros., and of course to the fans. You did this.”

The cast immediately took to social media to share their excitement!

NBC initially grounded the supernatural drama over the summer following an intense season three finale that left fans with several jaw-dropping cliffhangers. 

We even put together a list of questions that we need answered immediately!

Fans campaigned heavily on social media to save the series, but neither NBC nor Netflix budged, with the latter passing on the drama even after its first two seasons hit and stay at the top spot for several weeks. 

However, fans weren’t backing down, and even some big celebrities began tweeting about their obsession with the show. 

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Netflix eventually realized that they were making a huge mistake by not picking up the series, and the rest, well, that’s history. 

We’re thrilled the series is getting a second chance at life, just like the passengers.

Now… we’re going to binge-watch the first three seasons until season 4 is ready for takeoff! 

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Which ‘Manifest’ Character Is Your Soulmate?

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Quiz: Which 'Manifest' Character Is Your Soulmate?

Since Manifest was officially saved by Netflix for a fourth and final season, there’s no better time to find out which character would be your soulmate!

Do you connect most with an 828-er? A family member of the returned? Or someone involved with helping the truth come to light?

Take the quiz now to find out! 


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