‘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 with films like ‘Cast Away‘ and ‘Forrest Gump‘ to his name. Along with him Jack Rapke, Jacqueline Levine, Jeff Rake, and David Frankel are also on board to executive produce.
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 had 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 have lampooned the show’s lack of propulsion, and what they felt was a dullness that lay at its core.
Manifest Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘Manifest’ includes Josh Dallas as Ben Stone, Melissa Roxburgh as Michaela Stone, Ben’s brother and an NYPD detective, Luna Blaise as Olive Stone, J.R. Ramirez as Jared Vasquez and Athena Karkanis as Grace Stone. This season also has Dana Schick as 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. You can also see Thursday Farrar as Dr. Williams, Jenna Kurmemaj as Young Olive, Whitney Andrews as Med Student, Christian Marrero as Core Airline Passenger and Jonée B. Shady as Saanvi’s Mother. However, there are several recurring and guest stars who enrich and bolster the cast of the show.
Hopefully, in the upcoming season, most of the cast members will be making a return and perhaps we will see new characters being thrown into the mix, since the show is in its nascent stages, and the mystery has not properly unfolded as of yet.
Manifest Plot: What is it about?
The plot of ‘Manifest’ centers around 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 191 passengers and its 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.
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.