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.
Netflix Passes on Renewing Canceled NBC Drama ‘Manifest’
Manifest will not fly again.
The plane drama was abruptly canceled after three seasons leaving fans with absolutely no answers as to what led to the disappearance of Flight 828.
It’s a surprising move considering the series has been steadily holding at #1 after being added to Netflix.
Fans also rallied on social media with the #SaveManifest campaign, but sadly, all efforts were unsuccessful.
Sources say that since Netflix opted to pass on saving the drama, Warner Bros. Television, the studio responsible for the series, has concluded efforts to rehome it as it’s reportedly too complicated with rights and cast contracts.
For now, reps for Netflix and WBTV declined to comment.
However, it seems to be a done deal as series creator Jeff Rake seemed to confirm the solemn news tweeting: “Manifest Gratitude, Final Edition Thank YOU, our fans. You became the Manifesters at Comic-Con 2018. Ever since, you’ve watched religiously, parsed every word, cried a lot, laughed a little, puzzle-solved, and never, ever, wavered in your support. I’ll never forget it.”
Thank YOU, our fans. You became the Manifesters at Comic-Con 2018. Ever since, you’ve watched religiously, parsed every word, cried a lot, laughed a little, puzzle-solved, and never, ever, wavered in your support. I’ll never forget it. 🙏❤️
— Jeff Rake (@jeff_rake) June 22, 2021
The third season ended early this month with several cliffhangers, which makes this cancellation and failed rescue mission all the more heartbreaking.
It’s unclear if NBC is totally against giving the series a wrap-up movie as it did with Timeless, but man, don’t fans deserve closure?
The series was initially pitched as a six-season drama, which means there’s plenty more story to tell.
Even Rake agreed that fans deserve answers. After all, we didn’t spend three years of our lives tuning in weekly to find out what happened to the plane just to be left hanging.
We all know what happens to those who ignore Callings — it’s not good.
‘Manifest’ Canceled At NBC After 3 Seasons
Flight 828 has been grounded.
NBC canceled supernatural/sci-fi/plane drama Manifest after three seasons.
After the cancellation, showrunner Jeff Rake revealed he hopes that the series gets picked up by another outlet or streaming service.
“My dear Manifesters, I’m devastated by NBC’s decision to cancel us,” Rake posted on Twitter late Monday night. “That we’ve been shut down in the middle [of a planned six-season run] is a gut punch to say the least. Hoping to find a new home. You the fans deserve an ending to your story. Thanks for the love shown to me, cast, and crew. #savemanifest”
My dear Manifesters,
I’m devastated by NBC’s decision to cancel us. That we’ve been shut down in the middle is a gut punch to say the least. Hoping to find a new home. You the fans deserve an ending to your story. Thanks for the love shown to me, cast, and crew. #savemanifest
— Jeff Rake (@jeff_rake) June 15, 2021
Many “828ers” might be hoping for the same if they want to find out what finally happened when the flight disappeared and reappeared five years later.
*** Spoilers Ahead ***
The third season wrapped up early this week and left fans with several cliffhangers: Grace died, Angelina kidnapped baby Eden, Cal returned as a teenager, and Captain Daly returned but only briefly before disappearing with the remnants of the flight that was being rebuilt in Eureka. Read our full review HERE!
Manifest’s ratings weren’t overly impressive. According to TVLine, the season averaged a little more than 3 million viewers weekly, which was down 21 and 31% from season 2.
The problem with broadcast television is that they are so quick to drop shows without giving them a proper conclusion.
Fans deserve better, especially if they’ve been following TV’s biggest mystery for three full seasons.
Manifest is seeing a lot of buzz following its addition to Netflix, so maybe the streamer will be convinced to give it one more go?
And if no streaming service picks up the remaining seasons of the Warner Bros. production, maybe NBC will see how passionate the fanbase is and agree to a two-hour movie to wrap things up as they did with Timeless?
Please, don’t leave fans hanging! #SaveManifest
Manifest Season Finale – [SPOILER] Dies (3×12 and 3×13)
Can someone please explain what just happened?
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.
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.
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