Manifest: Unclaimed Baggage
October 18, 2018 11:11 AM - Season 1, Episode 4 - Subscribe

Saanvi enlists Ben's help in uncovering a secret about the plane; Michaela begins to question the nature of the callings when one goes horribly awry.

Man that was a tough episodes with a lot of emotions. I feel so terrible for Thomas, being in a foreign land 5 years into the future without knowing what happened with your partner.

What struck me as refreshing and different about this show is that the usual dramatic tropes surrounding someone coming back into a family's life is being handled in a very mature way. Ben clearly understood that he has no right to ask for everything to roll along like he never disappeared, and Olive and Grace are actually not holding secrets from him, even if it took them a little while to get there. In fact, this kind of maturity is almost unrealistic from what I know of how most people are.

Like most of these shows, while I'm intrigued by the mysterious events, I'm more hooked by how well written the characters are.

Also, I knew we'd see Danny soon as right when Ben saw those photographs because that's Daniel Sunjata aka Franco on Rescue Me and Briggs on Graceland.
posted by numaner (2 comments total)
Pretty good episode! I don't think any of the plot relied on coincidence this time. Saanvi went to the Neurology department because the angel statue showed up, then she followed its footprints to find Thomas. Michaela was led to them by the angel as well.

I'm fine with a supernatural force manipulating our characters to do things, as long as it isn't an outright coincidence.

I liked the acting, all of the complexities of a situation like this and how they affect people.

Stupidest scene: Ben filling a clipboard with math in order to conclude that "Hey, we're in an unprecedented situation and we could probably pay the insurance claim money back slowly instead of quickly."

I feel like having the "calling" be an angel this time is really pushing the Christian God theory of how all this is happening, to the point that I think the writers are trying to get us all to accept that theory so they can have a shocking twist of "it's science!" or "it was aliens!" later.

Let's face it, we'll never find out what it was because they'll cancel the show. But I'm enjoying it for now.
posted by mmoncur at 11:23 PM on October 19, 2018 [1 favorite]

Let's face it, we'll never find out what it was because they'll cancel the show. But I'm enjoying it for now.

Yeah, I wasn't sure there was much point in continuing to post episode threads since the ratings make cancelation fairly likely - I'm mostly watching now because I just like looking at Josh Dallas, and am avoiding getting emotionally invested in the solution of the mytharc, as I figure we'll neve know unless there's a "how the show would have ended" post-mortem interview with the show runner someday.
posted by oh yeah! at 6:04 AM on October 20, 2018 [1 favorite]

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