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Manifest Season Finale Review – What Really Happened to Flight 828? (2×13)

MANIFEST -- "Icing Conditions" Episode 213 -- Pictured: Melissa Roxburgh as Michaela Stone -- (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/NBC)

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What. Just. Happened?

Before I even kick off my review for Manifest Season 2 Episode 13, let me just say, if the series doesn’t get renewed, I will be incredibly upset that we never found out what happened to Flight 828.

I had high hopes for the season finale and for the most part, it delivered, but it didn’t come through on giving answers to the mysteries plaguing the series. (You can see all the questions I wanted to be addressed here.)

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The finale should have given us some kind of closure to at least a few mysteries, but much like the rest of the season, Manifest left us with more questions than answers.

Way too much time was spent on the search for Cal and the Stone family blaming Mic for his kidnapping.

Ben and Grace were mad and thought Mic messed up by ignoring the Callings, which was understandable, but there didn’t need to be multiple fights about it.

Mic was the reason Cal was kidnapped, but it wasn’t like she wanted this outcome or even thought it would happen when she defied the Calling.

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She was also beating herself up over it because she loves Cal as much as they do. She even ditched her honeymoon and traded in the last moments she could have spent with her dying husband to make things right and bring Cal to safety.

Let’s give her a little bit of credit.

Ben blamed Mic for not following the Callings blindly, which wasn’t fair. He’s had his fair share of hypocritical moments, but this one takes the cake.

At some point this season, they’ve all questioned the validity of the Callings and whether or not they were a force for good or evil.

Mic’s decision to follow her gut for once instead of relying on some weird voice in her heard wasn’t entirely surprising. She’s a good cop who wasn’t willing to let a criminal go and do something that she doesn’t agree with.

Too much time was also wasted on them trying to find Cal instead of giving the audience what they wanted — answers. Did I mention we wanted answers? Because we did.

Mic thought she could handle saving Cal all on her own, but she should know by now that these things are always a team effort.

Zeke and Olive were instrumental in locating Cal, and the callbacks served as a reminder of their close friendships.

Zeke’s Calling to save Cal sweetly paralleled Cal’s Calling to save Zeke in the snowy, cold cabin on Manifest Season 1.

Unfortunately, before we got to that promising rescue mission, we had to go through the first (and rather pointless and time-consuming) attempt, which found Mic and the dealers arranging a meet-up for the transaction — they get the meth, she gets Cal.

There was no doubt that the very public meeting place was going to cause some trouble, and the culprit was a pesky “good samaritan” who wouldn’t back down even when Mic told her she was undercover.

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She ignored Mic’s instructions to walk away and thus, botched the operation and got Chief Bowers involved. I’ve never wanted to punch anyone more in my life.

Mic didn’t deserve this outcome, but the dealers did for their mediocre plan. How could they not realize it would be kind of difficult to leave a big ‘ole duffel bag in the middle of a bustling area without anyone noticing.

However, this seemed to be what the Callings wanted to happen. Let’s say it was “written in the stars.”

Even before the attempted exchange, Zeke got visions of his “death,” which we assumed were from his first death, but eventually figured out that it was a glimpse into the future from a Calling that would lead him to Cal.

Read the full season finale review of Manifest at TV Fanatic! 


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Manifest Double Episode Review – How Is Noah’s Ark Connected to Flight 828? (3×07 & 3×08)

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With another double-header, Manifest Season 3 Episode 7 and Manifest Season 3 Episode 8 erupted with a few answers about the miraculous return of Flight 828. 

For starters, it’s on its way to being declared an official miracle just like Noah’s Ark, which begs the question: are the passenger’s saints or angels? Is that why they’re glowing?

The series has always had religious undertones, but connecting it to the vessel that saved Noah, his family, and his animals takes it to a whole other level. 

Though, I guess it does explain all the guest appearances from the peacock.

The revelations started when Saanvi realized that the passengers and the recently deceased Meth Heads shared the same DNA anomaly of sapphire.

This led to the delivery of driftwood from the Vatican (the place that has the power to declare miracles). The driftwood was described as the only specimen on the planet coated with the same sapphire compound.

And it’s location led Saanvi to discover that it was likely a piece from Noah’s Ark.

Now, I’m not going to pretend that I understand why Flight 828 and Noah’s Ark are connected (and if you do, let me know in the comments), but the fact that Ben spent much of the episodes preserving their “lifeboat” — preventing passengers from doing something that would result in all of their deaths — wasn’t lost on me.

Manifest Review Precious Cargo and Destination Unknown Season 3 Episode 7 and Episode 8

MANIFEST — “Precious Cargo” Episode 307 — Pictured: (l-r) Ellen Tamaki as Drea Mikami, Melissa Roxburgh as Michaela Stone — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)

I also looked into the meaning of sapphire in the bible and found that it was once believed that the stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were inscribed were made from sapphire. 

Do with that what you will, my friends.

Maybe Ben is about to issue commandments to all of the 187 passengers?

Micromanaging so many people into diligently following the Callings and behaving appropriately sounds like a tall, impossible order. 

Ben is up for the challenge, but it doesn’t seem like the rest of the passengers are all too eager for him to be their “shepherd.”

That reference wasn’t lost on me either. 

Of course, there’s also a scientific aspect to what happened to Flight 828 as both the driftwood and the tailfin were triggered by a seismic event, which Saanvi notes was caused by a dormant volcano that wasn’t registered in any databases. 

It’s described as invisible just like the lightning that Captain Daly believed struck the plane. 

All I know is, I’m glad they’re addressing Daly and Fiona because it means that we’ll eventually get some answers as to what happened there. 

Initially, I thought that maybe Flight 828 flew over Mount Arat on its way from Jamaica to New York, but the flight plan wouldn’t track.

So, maybe the lightning — which we also saw with Al Zuras — is responsible for the volcanos?

Again, please let me know if I’m totally off base here! 

Explosions and fire aren’t new for the series as Ben and some of the other passengers continue to have visions of Flight 828 exploding. 

And I’m going to go on a limb and say that the fire in the Calling that led Mick and Ben to Rachel and Hannah wasn’t a coincidence either. 

The volcano is the new peacock! 

Read the full review at TV Fanatic! 


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Manifest Double Episode Review – Sayonara, Methheads! (3×05 and 3×06)

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Manifest Review Water Landing and Graveyard Spiral Season 3 Episode 5 and 6

Manifest hit us with an action-packed doubleheader.

The episode was filled with dramatic fight scenes, Grace covered in blood and holding a shotgun, and an NSA agent getting shot in the head. 

And that was just the tip of the iceberg. 

There’s no denying it — Manifest Season 3 Episode 5 and Manifest Season 3 Episode 6 were intense and gave us new and unexpected insight into the death date and the Callings.

But don’t be fooled . . . as per usual, one answer leads to a plethora of new questions. 

Even the ending, which saw the methheads dying together, remained vague as Ben declared: “We were so very wrong.”

Jace was the only one of the methheads that wasn’t redeemed, but he wasn’t the only one to die. 

Initially, everyone thought he’d be the only one to meet a permanent fate since he continued down a destructive path while the others made the most of their second chance.  

Pete helped Ben track his brother and save his family, plus, he found love with Angelina. 

Meanwhile, Kory helped save Cal by coming to tell him to stop reciting the nursery rhyme as it led Jace right to him. 

They both proved that in their second go-around, they would make better choices. 

And yet, it didn’t matter.

Manifest Review Water Landing and Graveyard Spiral Season 3 Episode 5 and 6

MANIFEST — “Water Landing” Episode 305 — Pictured: Josh Dallas as Ben Stone — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)

After Jace died by throwing up lake water, the other two consumed by his shadow figure.

I know that the shadows come with the territory, but they were a little too animated and cheesy for my taste.

I also can’t say that I’ll miss the methheads. We were supposed to be touched by Pete’s redemption arc and love story with Angelina, but it just didn’t have the same pull as Mic and Zeke’s survivor love story. 

Kory barely made a dent in the storyline aside from being a cool dude. 

As for Jace, well, the world is better off without him. 

Olive’s discovery that they “all came back together so they will all be judged together” does change things for the passengers of Flight 828. 

Up until now, they thought that following the Callings individually and being good people would lead them to defeat the death date.

But if they are all being judged collectively, staying alive is going to be much harder.

One bad apple can ruin it for everyone. And we already know that there’s someone out there — looking at you, Eagan — that’s doesn’t have pure intentions for following the Callings. 

The revelation from the Egyptian symbols may have been shocking, but in hindsight, I feel like the signs were all there. 

After all, the series keeps pounding the fact that it’s all connected. If that’s the case, why wouldn’t the fates of the passengers be connected as well?

Read the full review at TV Fanatic now! 


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Manifest Review – Tailspin (3×04)

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Vance wasn’t lying when he referred to the NSA’s 828 investigation room as “eureka.”

Much of Manifest Season 3 Episode 4 focused on the mystery surrounding what happened to Flight 828 and the tailfin, and it was a lot to process. 

We were bombarded with plenty of information, but as usual, with every answer, several new questions arose. 

It’s almost like we can’t ever get ahead of the mystery; we’re always two steps behind as we try to piece together all the clues. 

Ben, Saanvi, and Mic have been trying to figure this out on their own, but it’s evident that there’s so much at play here that even a robust team of government researchers and scientists has been struggling to come up with any plausible theories. 

For starters, Vance’s team proved what Ben suspected all along: the tail fin is an original part of 828. 

And it apparently teleported to the bottom of the sea on the same night that Zeke beat the death date and the methheads drowned in the lake.

Yep, teleported. 

That was also the same night and time that Saanvi killed The Major, which lead her to believe that the events were somehow related and intensified her guilt. 

The connection between all the events remains unclear much like the connection between the passengers and the non-passengers. 

The recovered tailfin also showed signs of corrosion that was consistent with having spent seven years in saltwater. 

How is it possible that the tailfin is showing signs of original wear and tear?

Read the full review at TV Fanatic now.


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