Manifest: Season 1 Discussion
November 7, 2018 6:45 PM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

After a turbulent, but routine, flight the passengers and crew discover the world has aged five years, yet no time has passed for them, and soon a deeper mystery unfolds.

Since there's not enough interests for single episode posts I'll keep this one going as I watch.
posted by numaner (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm up through episode 6

It was hard to watch little Cal struggle and almost dying. But now we have a new angle to all this with this UDS group. Not a whole lot happened this episode but I'm glad Grace and Jared are being brought into the fold. I'm also glad they're showing Vance as on the up and up.
posted by numaner at 7:42 PM on November 7

Could this be a total spoilers thread? I've seen just a bit of a couple episodes and it seems more late afternoon soap melodrama than science fiction. Seems like something I could get into but just have not. And the lead playing Prince Charming recently it also feels like an odd spinoff.
posted by sammyo at 8:12 PM on November 7

I couldn't get past the first episode but I'd love spoilers!
posted by mochapickle at 8:15 PM on November 7 [1 favorite]

Sure! Go nuts with the spoilers! I think full season discussions are just for exactly that.

Here's Den of Geek's recap/review list

If you don't wanna read all that I'll type a quick summary too.
posted by numaner at 9:54 PM on November 7 [1 favorite]

To summarize so far if you're like 2 episodes in:

- Michaela had a vision during a stakeout with Jared and misread it (it was a stone statue telling her to "save him"), causing the cops to rush in and blow an undercover sting operation. Jared took full responsibility to spare Michaela. NSA agent Vance stepped in and prevented Jared from getting fired as leverage to get him to spy on Michaela. Michaela recently fessed up to him about the visions and "the calling" because she needed his help (more on that soon), but it remains to be seen if Jared will tell Vance.

- Cal got sick in episode 6, and it turns out it's because he's psychically channeling one of the passengers named Marko, a Bulgarian who doesn't speak much English (so one of the clues was that Cal kept repeating Bulgarian phrases in night terrors and fever dreams). Marko is one of 11 passengers that never made it to the shelters after the plane landed. They are shown being experimented on, with Marko going under electroshock tests, thus giving Cal the same pain and fever. Michaela and Ben discovered that the bus they were on took them to a farm in upstate New York. The bus and the farm are owned by a company called United Dynamic Systems, a conglomerate that is very powerful. But Ben thinks the government is involved and confronts Vance and gives them the info about the farm. This tipped the NSA off that the other agencies are not cooperating, especially after DHS gives them made up reports about the missing passengers. But UDS found out somehow that the NSA is on to them and moved the passengers before Vance got there, but he found a swab on the ground that was left behind.

- During all this, Ben finally tells Grace about the calling, but she's super skeptical, and also accuses Saanvi of encouraging the craziness. Grace wanted the doctors to put Cal on antibiotics because it's the next step to treating the unknown fever, but Ben and Saanvi convinces her and Cal's doctor, Dr. Williams, to wait for real answers, because the antibiotics will disqualify Cal from the special cancer treatment that Saanvi is giving him. When UDS unplugged Marko to move the passengers, Cal recovered, proving that Ben was right.

- In previous episodes we also learned about Danny, Grace's boyfriend that was with her for about 3 years. He had grown to be important to Olive, who considers him her dad while Ben was gone. He was with them up until the day flight 828 reappeared. Grace has chosen Ben, but Ben is considering letting Danny be a part of Olive's life, at her request.

- Oh and Olive is dating Cal's best friend from before he disappeared. Cal wasn't happy about that but they worked it out. They still have a twin connection, I think.

- Michaela has reconnected with Lourdes, her best friend that Jared married after she disappeared. But it's painful for her to see things in their house that reminds her that it should've been her. This includes a crocheted throw that her mom made for Jared and Lourdes. She went to her dad for advice and her dad basically told her to fight for who she loves, and that he was against the marriage because he knew Jared wasn't over Michaela.

- The flight attendant, Bethany, was smuggling her cousin's boyfriend, Thomas, in the plane's cargo hold. He escaped when the plane landed and got put in the psychiatric wing of Saanvi's hospital. Saanvi helped Bethany get him out, and then Michaela and Ben helped hide him. Vance figures it out and arrested Bethany. Her wife, Georgia, took up her cause and helped moved Thomas to somewhere safe.

That's all the important pieces so far after episode 2
posted by numaner at 10:20 PM on November 7

Marko is one of 11 passengers that never made it to the shelters after the plane landed.

To expand slightly on this, those 11 were foreign nationals and people with no family or close friends, which is why UDS thought it could get away with taking them away to experiment on them. I'm not sure why they didn't think that, say, Bulgaria would just ignore the fact that one of its citizens was involved in the biggest mystery in the history of the world, but "I'm not sure why..." is more or less my Manifest-watching manifesto, so whatever.
posted by Etrigan at 10:30 AM on November 8 [2 favorites]

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