The culmination of weeks of accumulation surrounding the puzzle of this modified Flight 828 vision did not exactly pay back the way we anticipated, however, the surprises everywhere in this week’s episode of Manifest added into the general hype. The question: Why were the reveals worth the wait? Due to a few hanging threads around the periphery, the storyline’s cohesiveness is shaky, and the moments are similar to objects deflecting us. These plot holes are not flaws they puzzle bits that have dropped beneath the table.
Before we stopped for this minute of reflection, 19, we were on the edge of the chairs! It required a lot of coordination to find those Flight all 828 passengers together and Isaiah was nothing if not resourceful. Manifest did a great job of laying the groundwork for this particular disciple to unexpectedly feel the need to establish, in his warped way, the Returnees were resistant to departure, and as every passenger showed up, it became apparent that the”rescue the passengers” eyesight portended this moment. A fear was produced by the understanding of the viewers once the fire began.
The effort at a misdirect to put blame was less effective if the intent was to keep audiences on the hook with the supposed involvement with this team of Jared. The identical suspicion could have been increased if Billy had stayed off the display without checking in with his guy on the interior, but because Jared did wind up sniffing around Michaela’s case documents, the outcome was only confusion in regards to what the X’ers were after. This will have a payoff that is afterward because Mick knows that Jared is spying on her, however looping this all in.
There was also a lack of clarity, possibly intentional, enclosing Zeke’s attempt. As we suspected at the end of a week’s installment, the blame for hiding pills within the barrel of this razor is placed squarely at the feet of Courtney, who’s conveniently absent and not able to defend herself. But when Zeke finds pills within another razor in his gym bag, we’re left to wonder: did Courtney plant medications there, too, or is Zeke truly guilty of concealing a stash? Contemplating his defensiveness with Michaela confrontation and Michaela’s propensity to push people off when they get too close, we would like to believe our doubt is unfounded, however, the possible bang makes our heads spin. Nicely done, Manifest!
But even though the display was lit up by the kiss between Michaela and Zeke, the chemistry between TJ and Olive stole the show. What a moment it was once TJ confessed that he did not think much of Adrian’s concept of hope despite knowing it could alienate Olive to say. With Olive receiving a GED and honestly going overboard with her talk of emancipation, it was nice to listen to motive. All this served to make TJ’s forfeit that much more debilitating — except that Agent Vance already taught us that deaths that happen off-screen in Manifest are far from final.
So while some results many others perplexing and maybe predictable, the appearance of the missing Flight 828 companion, Alex of Saanvi, was a show. Even though the pain of rejection was evident in the two physicians’ faces, the appetite for reconciliation was just recognizable. Their drama went with the irresponsible pursuit of serum of Saanvi to remove the blood flow, and her lack of a calling was equally disheartening and enlightening. If they are, both the crowd and the passengers would likely ask her: is the way we would like to avert the death date? Will it work?
Viewers might be forgiven for wondering what the Major’s part in this is since she’s been out of the picture for a few episodes now, although her revelation wasn’t quite as game-changing since the drawing Ben found within the Al-Zuras journal. Since the multi-episode vision of the falling plane seems to burst inside this episode and in certain ways fizzled at precisely the same time, this new historical direction for Manifest’s central mystery may end up giving us more replies, but together with the upheaval this week, many impending conflicts remain in a bit of a mess, tempering our enjoyment of the total story.