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.
WATCH: ‘Manifest’ Season 3 Trailer Teases the Tail Fin Mystery and a New Character with Callings
“What are you willing to do to get to the truth?”
Vance asks Ben and Saanvi that question in the first 60-second trailer for season 3 of Manifest.
Based on what they’ve been through thus far, I’d say they’re willing to sacrifice a lot.
In the trailer, Ben is informed of the tail fin allegedly (I say allegedly because it doesn’t look like the same fin from Flight 828 that blew up five years later) from the original flight and forms some “connection” to it, a new character named Angelina is introduced and she’s also experiencing Callings, the Major is investigated (is she really dead?), and Vance unveils that he’s been piecing together part of Flight 828 and calls it “eureka.”
Of course, there’s also something wrong with Mic, as Ben surmises that he thinks they all died on the original flight.
So. Many. More. Questions… but hopefully, this is also the season of answers.
“I think that the audience is going to feel satisfied in that this is a very eventful season,” showrunner Jeff Rake recently told TVLine. “I know that at times in Season 1 or Season 2 was the show was accused, with love, of not moving the ball forward enough, that the burn was too slow. Well, my strong suspicion is that Season 3 will not be accused of that. There is a lot of forward momentum, a lot of card turns, and a lot of big surprises. It will be a very satisfying experience for people who are anxious for stuff to happen.”
Check out the trailer below:
— Manifest (@NBCManifest) March 8, 2021
Season 3 premieres on April 1 (nope, not a joke!)
Manifest: Ben Stone Reveals He “Knows” What Happened to Flight 828 in New Trailer
Alright, time to give us the deets, Ben Stone.
In a new trailer hyping the return of Manifest Season 3 on April 1, the patriarch of the family tells former NSA agent Vance that he “knows what happened to Flight 828.”
The trailer then shows Ben getting a reverse-vision (or Calling) of the plane blowing up as it nose dives into the water, which would make sense considering that in the final moments of season 2, fisherman pulled out what seems to be the tail fin of the doomed flight.
His theory: “I think we died on that flight.”
Of course, that raises even more questions than it answers, though the trailer promises to “reveal the truth.”
If they died, how are did they return five years later? Where did they go for those five years?
Are the Callings premonitions or memories and flashbacks? Is their time on back limited by a “death date” that we thought was avoidable?
Let’s hope TV’s biggest mystery answers our burning questions… but until then, re-watch this promo over and over as you try to drum up your own theory that would make Ben proud!
— Manifest (@NBCManifest) March 1, 2021
‘Manifest’ Season 3 Poster Teases the Tailfin Mystery: “The Truth Will Surface”
If you’ve spent the past year wondering what happened to Flight 828, you’re not alone.
But it looks like Manifest Season 3 will begin to divulge some answers and unravel the mystery. (At least we hope so.)
NBC released the first poster for the upcoming third season – which premieres on April 1, 2021 (no, not an April Fools joke) – and it focuses heavily on the tailfin fished out of the water in the final moments of Manifest Season 2.
For those that need a little refresher, a tailfin from a Montego Air flight was found by the fishermen in a massive body of water indicating that the flight that we saw land at the kickstart of season 1 did, in fact, crash five years ago.
Understandably, this raised so many questions… on top of the questions we already had. How did the plane return if it crashed? How are the passengers alive? Are the passengers even the passengers?
The season 3 poster focuses heavily on the tailfin and features the tagline: “the truth will surface.”
With that in mind, it’s safe to assume that the season will seemingly address the mystery of the tailfin and how it ended up underwater as it connects to Flight 828.
Show creator Jeff Rake seemed to confirm this by explaining: “From literally the opening shot of Season Three, we’ll see the Tailfin lure our heroes even deeper into the mystery of Flight 828.”
Of course, the first episode of season 3 is aptly titled “Tailspin.” Is that a hint that the plane dived into the ocean?
Or will the episode and the mystery take us on a whirlwind of a descent?
And while no synopsis is provided for now, there is this photo of Josh Dallas who plays Ben Stone.
That’s a very tropical outfit for Ben, wouldn’t you say?
The mystery of the tailfin thickens because since Flight 828 landed five years after it took off from Jamaica, there’s no reason for it to be underwater.
Plus, we saw the plane explode in front of all the passengers when they received a collective “calling.”
There have been several theories about the existence of the tailfin, however.
There’s a chance that the tailfin could belong to a decoy plane used by the government since we know they’re involved. Could this be what exposes them?
Maybe they wanted people to think that the plane sunk and took the real thing to inspect? But the government wouldn’t be reckless enough to dump the real thing in the ocean, would they?
Users pointed out that when the plane exploded, it didn’t actually show the tailfin getting destroyed, so it’s possible it was dumped into the ocean to destroy evidence.
However, another interesting point is that the tailfin being pulled out of the water and the one from the exploding plane look different. It could be another side of the fin, it could be a filming continuity error, or it might not be the same tailfin at all.
Personally, I think it looks like it would be from an older model aircraft, so maybe it’s from a plane that crashed prior?
I’m into the theory that it’s from an alternate reality, but the fishermen are fully aware that Flight 828 returned, so we know that this timeline exists alongside the passengers and in the same dimension.
Rake had this to say about the tailfin if it offers you any insight: “We saw that plane land in New York. We saw that plane blow up on the tarmac at the end of the pilot. So how can a plane have landed and been exploded and then also be found at the bottom of the ocean? Once the entire world finds out about this tailfin, that’s going to re-trigger the global scrutiny and paranoia about Flight 828 and its passengers.”
Could it be that the passengers aren’t even real? Rake has considered it: “Does this mean that the passengers are not the passengers? And if they’re not the passengers, who are they? That’s going to be a season-long, science-based, science meets mythology investigation. For those who have been feeling that the episodes have become a little science-light or investigation-light, they have a lot of good material coming down the pike.”
Clearly, there’s plenty of avenues for the series to take here.
Hopefully, the season gives us some answers to the central mystery at the core of NBC’s most thrilling series.
We’ll see you back here on April 1!
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