Manifest Season 2 was an adventurous season filled with complex mysteries and many loose ends.
While the purpose was to keep the audience in a state of suspense, those complex mysteries left us feeling slightly in the dark about what was really going on.
There are scientific elements merging with supernatural ones, and it’s not entirely evident where the series is going.
We’re looking back at the season and finding what worked, what didn’t, and what should have.
Let us know in the comments what grad you’d give Manifest Season 2 and share some of what you liked and disliked!
Cutest Moment: Cal Throwing Zeke a “Bachelor Party”
No other friendship compares to Zeke and Cal’s. Cal was even Zeke’s “best man” and threw him an epic bachelor party that included eating a bunch of junk food and playing Monopoly.
They share an unbreakable bond since the day that Cal saved Zeke in the cabin. Zeke repaid the favor in the season 2 finale by using his final moments to bring Cal to safety.
WTF Moment: The Cuban Ship Cliffhanger
This show has so many moments that make you go “wtf,” but I have to go with the ending of the finale where we saw the ship in Havana, Cuba find a piece of Flight 828. There are many theories as to what went down and how the plane returned five years later, but this finding adds a new layer to the series.
How could parts of a plane that landed in one piece be floating around in the ocean when the passengers were alive? And why was Ben getting visions of the flight exploding when again, the passengers are very much alive.
Mystery That Went Nowhere: Graces Gargoyle Calling
Whatever happened to Grace’s “open her eyes” Calling about Erika, the wife of Simon White, who we learned was the professor that gave Ben the job at the university.
It seemed like it was going to be a big storyline, especially after it was teased that they were both X’ers and planned to destroy Ben and his family for being passengers, but it fell flat. We never found out what Grace’s Calling was about, and we never saw Ben’s reaction to finding out White was the leader of a hate group.
It’s possible “open her eyes” was directed at Grace so that she’d see that Erika was a danger, but it wasn’t clear and didn’t make much sense.
In the same vein, what happened to Ben’s ex-girlfriend who got him the gig? She also seemed like she would play a bigger role in the series. It almost feels like the writers didn’t know where to go with this storyline so they just said, “you know what? Forget it.”
Biggest Letdown: Vance’s Return
Bringing Vance back from the dead was a huge twist that had so much potential, but this fell flat because he didn’t do all that much upon his return before going into hiding again and then coming back out to tell Saanvi to “play the long game,” which she also ignored.
Best Villain: The X’ers
A hate group is equally as dangerous in reality as it is in the fictional world of Manifest. The X’er’s were a group out for blood. They were willing to destroy anyone who got in their way including Mic.
Thankfully, Jared stopped it though he was so convincing that the audience questioned for weeks whether or not he was undercover. (Not to brag but I always believed in him.)
A close runner-up for the season’s villain was Adrian. However, he didn’t take the cake because of he for most of the time, he was oblivious as to how much harm and misinformation he was causing until the nightclub explosion.
A special shout out to Isaiah (check out our interview with Olli Haaskivi), who made sure this season was full of explosive moments.
‘Manifest’ Starts Production – When Will Season 4 Premiere?
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.
“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.
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.
We’ll update this post as we find out more!
‘Manifest’ Officially Saved by Netflix For Fourth and Final Season
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.
— JR Ramirez (@JR8Ramirez) August 28, 2021
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.”
— Jeff Rake (@jeff_rake) August 28, 2021
The cast immediately took to social media to share their excitement!
— joshdallas (@JoshDallas) August 28, 2021
— JR Ramirez (@JR8Ramirez) August 28, 2021
— luna blaise (@lunablaise) August 28, 2021
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.
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!
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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