‘Manifest’ is an American supernatural drama that airs on NBC. The series first premiered on September 24, 2018. Created by Jeff Rake, the show is backed by Compari Entertainment, Jeff Rake Productions, Universal Television, and Warner Bros. Television production companies. Cathy Frank, Laura Putney, Margaret Easley, and Harvey Waldman are on board as producers while the executive producers include Robert Zemeckis, the acclaimed Hollywood director of films like ‘Cast Away‘ and ‘Forrest Gump‘.
The series centers around the passengers and crew of a flight, who go through some turbulence and suddenly realize after landing, that the world has aged five years, and they have been presumed dead. As they readjust to their lives, they find a deeper mystery beginning to unfold.
Although the series went on to attract viewers due to the mysterious premise, it received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising the fact that it unabashedly raises more questions than providing answers, while others lampooning it for lack of motivation.
Manifest Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘Manifest’ is led by Josh Dallas as Ben Stone, Melissa Roxburgh as Michaela Stone, Ben’s sister, an NYPD detective, Luna Blaise as Olive Stone, J.R. Ramirez as Jared Vasquez and Athena Karkanis as Grace Stone. The show also has Dana Schick as an airport passenger, Joel de la Fuente as Dr. Brian Cardoso, Parveen Kaur as Saanvi, Curtiss Cook as Radd, Mugga as Flight Attendant Bethany, Frank Deal as Capt. Bill Daly, Julienne Hanzelka Kim as Kelly and Richard Topol as Hal.
Other cast members include Thursday Farrar as Dr. Williams, Jenna Kurmemaj as young Olive, Whitney Andrews as a med student, Christian Marrero as a Core Airline Passenger and Jonée B. Shady as Saanvi’s mother. The main cast members are all expected to reprise their roles in the upcoming season.
Manifest Plot: What is it about?
‘Manifest’ tells the story of the attempts to unravel the mystery of a flight (Montego Air Flight 828) that took off five years ago and is now back after the long period that has passed in between. Although no time has passed for those who were the passengers on the plane, their family, friends, colleagues have all mourned for their losses and now moved on with their life. The passengers and crew have had only a few hours pass from the time of the turbulence and their return. A deeper mystery unfolds when they try to make it up after getting a second chance at life. The passengers realize that they are meant for something greater than they thought.
As far as season 2 goes, we already know that the passengers have discovered that they are destined to die on June 2, 2024. The revelation is likely to have a deep impact on their lives and their reactions to the scripted destiny will most likely factor heavily in the plot of the next season. At the same time, we will see the mystery around the flight’s disappearance undergoing scrutiny, as interested parties try to get to the bottom of the matter. However, if ‘Manifest’ is truly to take off, then it should go a little easier on the Christian influences and focus on the inexplicability of the mystery of the disappearance.
Manifest Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Manifest’ Season 1 premiered on September 24, 2018. On April 15, 2019, NBC renewed the show for Season 2. Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta who are the Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment said “In just its first season, Manifest has answered many questions about the mystery of Flight 828 and, smartly, asks many more. Congratulations to Jeff Rake, our producers, cast and crew who have created an incredibly addictive series with compelling characters and complex relationships.”
‘Manifest’ Season 2 will most likely release sometime in 2020. We will update this section as soon as we hear more.
Should You Watch Manifest?
What stands out about the show is its willingness to harp on emotions. It is no surprise that the people who returned after around five years have a lot of social adjustment to make in terms of their loved ones and their families. For those unaware, the show draws some influence from the real-life mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
However, if you have seen ‘Lost‘ the ABC drama, which still remains one of my favorites, you will see the clear parallels. A supernatural incident happens to a group of good looking people and they have to deal with the consequences of it. Biases aside, ‘Manifest’ is yet to pull off the degree of execution that ‘Lost’ displayed, managing to hook viewers from the very start. However, the fact that the series is so cynical, but still manages to include some degree of religious belief is something to be lauded.
While we wait for the release date of ‘Manifest’ Season 2, check out the Season 1 trailer to refresh your memories. If you have not seen the series and enjoy a mystery, check out the show.
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