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Manifest – S.N.A.F.U (1×07)

MANIFEST -- "S.N.A.F.U." Episode 107 -- Pictured: (l-r) Parveen Kaur as Saanvi Bahl, Josh Dallas as Ben Stone, Francesca Faridany as Fiona Clarke -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/Warner Brothers)

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If you missed out on any episodes of Manifest, don’t worry, this week’s episode reiterated the same message: it’s all connected.

We’re still unclear as to the “how” it’s all connected, but I guess it’s going to take a little bit longer to figure that part out.

We’ve seen Mic’s signs, visions and voices manifest themselves in various ways. The most recent was a Jumanji-sounding heartbeat that attracted her to a young boy whose grandfather was murdered.

During dinner, Mic heard the heartbeat and knew that he was plotting to get revenge instead of justice.

Similarly, she was able to locate the murderer after he’d been let go by following the signs.

In a rather unexpected twist, the kid had Evie’s heart. Does the mystery have something to do with the crash? Were they all destined to be on that plane?

The mystery surrounding UDS deepens. Ben suggests they follow a paper trail and gets a job he’s way overqualified for to do some digging.

Of course, UDS is restricted to supervisors because they have something to hide.

But Ben, a man on a mission to save his son who is telling him that something bad is going to happen, is willing to get caught in the crossfires.

He not only swipe’s his boss’ ID to look into USD, but he also manipulates an IT employee so that he can hack the system and get intel on Dr. Fiona Clarke and S.P.

I don’t want to be nit-picky but there’s no way in hell it would be that easy for Ben to get his hands on restricted information. And even if he was crafty enough, there’s no way it wouldn’t trigger some kind of alarms or red flags.

Like Cal told him, Vance is no longer the bad guy as he truly believes Ben is onto something an there is some covert agency that had kidnapped the passengers.

However, this also means Vance is going to get murder fairy soon, probably once he figures the whole mystery out.

Dr. Fiona Clarke is not fooling anyone when she says her studies were funded by a non-profit. Is it just a coincidence that she’s studying about how minds can connect with each other?

She knows more than she’s leading on. I can see her being responsible for kidnapping the passengers as a way to further the research into the Singularity Project.

Otherwise, why did she utter “we’re all in this together,” during a flight flashback?

So yes, while Ben finally got a job, figured out a little bit more about UDS and Dr. Clarke, and found out that Vance is on his side, we still don’t know what’s going on with Cal, where Marco is, what these signs are, or what happened to them on the flight.

We’re moving at a glacial pace here and while my interest is still holding, I really can’t figure out where this show is heading or if it still knows its own agenda.

Does anyone else think the hubbub surrounding the mystery is kind of dragging?

While tonight’s episode provided more answers about the core mystery, many of the “personal” relationships were lacking.

Also, I’m really hoping that after all is said and done, this isn’t a government conspiracy because can you say lame?

I’m with Ben’s new boss, I want aliens!

I also want more flashbacks from the plane that last longer than 5-seconds in total.

Other Thoughts

  • Ben and Saanvi spent more time together this week which means he didn’t have to deal with Grace’s uptight mindset about Cal.
  • It’s hilarious that Ben thought he could just blend in. Earth to Ben, you’re from Flight 828 dude.
  • Grace really doesn’t have any cares about her brother. Are these two even twins? She’s more concerned with her new family with Danny.
  • I don’t see how Mic and Lourdes are friends — there is absolutely no chemistry between them.
  • Jared is smitten with Mic and it’s beyond obvious. Also, I’m glad she’s letting him in on what’s going on with her and that he was honest about the NSA approaching him to be their spy.

What did you think about the episode?

Are you getting tired of not knowing what’s really happening to our passengers?


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Manifest Season Finale – [SPOILER] Dies (3×12 and 3×13)

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Manifest Season Finale Review Mayday Part 1 and 2 Season 3 Episode 12 and 13

Can someone please explain what just happened?

A rollercoaster of emotions was experienced on Manifest Season 3 Episode 12 and Manifest Season 3 Episode 13

This is the only show where so much can happen and yet, we get absolutely no clear answers.

I knew I shouldn’t have believed them when they said we would find out what happened to Flight 828, but still, I watched week after week hoping for something . . . anything. 

Instead, I was left with more questions. 

NBC needs to renew the show now because the finale lefts us on several massive cliffhangers. And I don’t want to see the fandom’s reaction if those questions go unanswered! 

Though I’m struggling to wrap my head around what happened, there’s no doubt about it — time-travel is definitely involved!

There’s also a possibility that alternate dimensions also exist.

Those final moments of the two-hour finale kept me on the edge of my seat. 

After Ben and Saanvi cruised into the middle of an electrical storm and dumped the tail fin, it disappeared without a trace. 

However, it didn’t bring Cal back as they assumed it would. 

Instead, they got a Calling, though this time, a very realistic one, which included Saanvi. Her Callings are back, and I’m thrilled that she’s part of the action again. 

Cal was also there, but he was simply passing by and wouldn’t say more than that. 

Manifest Season Finale Review Mayday Part 1 and 2 Season 3 Episode 12 and 13

MANIFEST — “MAYDAY PART: 1” Episode 312 — Pictured: Jack Messina as Cal Stone — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/Warner Brothers)

Honestly, why is it so hard for these people to just say what they mean? We don’t have to speak in riddles. It would be so much easier if Cal would just come out and say what was about to happen. 

Maybe then Grace would still be alive.

As things stand, Grace was left bleeding out on the ground after Angelina stabbed her. Can you believe she actually stabbed her?

Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

When Grace saw Angelina, she went into momma bear mode and died protecting Eden.  

Angelina is still on the kick that Eden is her guardian angel, and she took it even further by baptizing her. It was all so weird. 

The fact that Eden saw fire when she looked an Angelina leads me to my initial theory that Angelina is the devil or a symbol of evil.

Read the full review at TV Fanatic! 


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Manifest Review – Everyone Turns on the Passengers (3×11)

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Manifest Review Duty Free Season 3 Episode 11

All eyes are on the passengers of Flight 828 on Manifest Season 3 Episode 11. 

As the series propels towards a season finale, the stakes are being raised for the passengers, who are informed that they are being targeted by various governments all around the world. 

But it’s unclear what has triggered, or re-triggered, this sudden interest in the 828ers. 

There was a time when every little thing they did was publicized and dissected, but that hasn’t really been the case as of late. 

It’s possible that the resurgence of the tail fin and Ben’s arrest may have thrust them back into the spotlight, but even then, why is it a global initiative to take them down?

I can’t help but think that somehow The Major is behind this. 

If you think about it, everything started when/because Saanvi killed her. That one action triggered the reappearance of the tail fin, which led to the experiments at Eureka, and thus, the natural disasters as a result of those experiments. 

We know it’s all connected, so I’m taking this as a sign that The Major is somehow involved in the government’s newfound interest in the passengers.

Since Vance, the head of the NSA, wasn’t even able to get Ben out of prison, there has to be a higher player in power. 

Considering the show’s use of biblical references, it almost feels similar to when everyone betrayed and turned their backs on Jesus. It’s a classic case of “fear what you don’t understand.”

Manifest Review Duty Free Season 3 Episode 11

MANIFEST — “Duty Free” Episode 311 — Pictured: (l-r) Josh Dallas as Ben Stone, Daryl Edwards as Robert Vance — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)

It’s so serious that the government in Singapore even executed a passenger.

All of their crimes are being exaggerated in order to keep them locked up, which is making it much harder for them to follow the Callings and protect their lifeboat. 

Ben made the mistake of adopting the “at all costs” mindset, which cost him his freedom. 

After the clearly biased judge explained that she wasn’t going to go easy on him because he was a passenger, he pleads not guilty and his bail was set at half a million making his release almost impossible.

Grace managed to pay it off, but even after being put on house arrested, Ben still wanted to beak out and do everything in his power to save the lifeboat.

Ben never learns. 

Is it possible that by being so reckless and careless, he’s the one actually sinking it?

While it’s understandable that he’s feeling the pressure of doomsday and wants to do anything he can to save himself and his loved ones, he needs to be realistic in what he’s able to accomplish. 

It’s not going to help anyone if he’s behind bars again. 

Maybe Ben needs to learn that it isn’t him against the world. He can and should count on the other passengers including Mick and Cal because they’re all in this together. 

Ben continues to think of Cal as a child, but that’s ignorant considering Cal has been at the center of it all for years. He was forced to grow up and deal with the Callings, so why is he being brushed off now?

Read the review now at TV Fanatic! 


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Manifest Review – Volcanoes and Earthquakes (3×10)

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Manifest Review Compass Calibration Season 3 Episode 10

The volcanos and earthquakes were both physical and emotional on Manifest Season 3 Episode 10 as everyone stood on shaky ground. 

As Vance said, we’re getting closer to figuring out what happened to 828, but the answers won’t be coming from a lab. 

And it doesn’t seem like we should be trusting the science either. 

The mystery is so much bigger than science, which is what Saanvi figured out when she realized that both events — the tremor and the earthquake — all happened as they were running their experiments. 

When Vance ignored her pleas to stop the testing, she took matters into her own hands. 

Saanvi went against the science and the need for answers to follow a gut feeling. 

Manifest Review Compass Calibration Season 3 Episode 10

MANIFEST — “Compass Calibration” Episode 310 — Pictured: Josh Dallas as Ben Stone — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)

The girl doesn’t even get Callings and yet, she still somehow knew what to do. 

But why did the piece of Noah’s Ark close the fissure? Is it just honing in on the fact that it’s all connected?

I can’t imagine the NSA or the Vatican are going to be too happy with her, but at least she’s doing what needs to be done instead of becoming some corporate machine. 

This is the start of her path to redemption.

Unfortunately, this also means we won’t be getting any answers about how the piece of the Ark was able to disappear and reappear. 

It was also interesting that the epicenter of the fissure was smack dab in the middle of three miracles — Zeke’s cave, the methhead’s lake, and Griffith’s river. 

Read the full review at TV Fanatic now! 


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