Manifest: Reentry
October 1, 2018 8:41 PM - Season 1, Episode 2 - Subscribe

The passengers from Flight 828 find themselves under government scrutiny as they struggle to resume their lives. Michaela is forced to confront the fact that Jared is married to her once best friend, while Ben tries to help a fellow passenger reconnect with his son. Cal is approached by an obsessive stranger, and Grace and Olive disagree on whether to reveal a devastating secret.
posted by oh yeah! (5 comments total)
I thought this was an improvement on the first episode - no clunky voiceovers at least, and a decent balance between the soapy elements versus the 'case of the week' procedural & 'myth-arc'.
posted by oh yeah! at 4:27 AM on October 2, 2018 [1 favorite]

I always fall for these "Mysterious Phenomenon" shows, although this one looks like it's going to have a rescue-of-the-week element to it. It's silly but fun.

Anyway, this episode-- I liked everything except for the massive coincidence of the criminal and Ben's wife's boyfriend using the same storage facility. They're not in a small town, are they? I thought it was supposed to be Brooklyn or something. Last time the voices guided Ben and Michaela to the garage, but this time it was Olive (who wasn't on the plane) taking Ben to the storage place.

Oh, and the thoroughly incompetent FBI. Michaela pointed out that they weren't under arrest, but I'm pretty sure the FBI could come up with an excuse (the obvious one: Quarantine) to hold all of the passengers indefinitely. And there's no security at all on the plane.

I did like the scenes of Ben hearing music, all three times it sounded enough like soundtrack music that I thought it was signaling something about to happen, but then he said "Did anyone else hear that?" and I realized the music was diegetic.

The kid's drawing a picture of "Shadow man" got to me despite my cynicism about this show... I thought it was a really dark way for him to portray Mom's boyfriend who is going to disrupt the family, but it's probably something cheesy. And don't tell me that Shadow Man killed the lady who was on the news because shadowy ghost figures don't use guns...

I'm sure this will be a train wreck but I'm on board, and if it gets too crazy I'll just repeat my mantra, "Nothing can turn out to be as stupid as LOST."
posted by mmoncur at 1:52 AM on October 3, 2018

I liked everything except for the massive coincidence of the criminal and Ben's wife's boyfriend using the same storage facility.

Was one of the locker numbers 828? (I wasn't paying enough attention to notice.)
posted by Etrigan at 6:17 AM on October 4, 2018

I didn’t notice, but I will be really mad if so. LOST did that already and it’s so cheap.
posted by Night_owl at 1:49 PM on October 5, 2018

I was also really expecting it to be storage room number 828, I was even yelling at him to just look for that one.

I watched both episodes 'cause I wanted something new and this was just there. I'm also a sucker for mysterious phenomenon shows. The weekly procedural thing could be a drag, but I hope the writers are smart enough to balance it well.

I do really like the drama of "we all moved on 'cause you all were gone! but now you're back! and we have to love you again? feeeeelings!"
posted by numaner at 12:02 AM on October 9, 2018 [1 favorite]

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