‘Manifest’ 1×01 Review: Pilot

I already wrote a post on the first nine minutes of the episode, but things got so much crazier for the rest. Manifest is giving me real Lost vibes, but I am hoping this show has its own identity. There’s a part of me that doesn’t want to get too invested, because from what we’ve seen so far I don’t think the show will make it past season one, but I’m trying my best to squash that feeling because it is a good show, and it deserves my full and undivided attention.

So, let’s talk about the pilot episode.

More to the families then we thought

Was anyone else shook that Grace (Athena Karkanis) had been seeing another man after Ben (Josh Dallas) disappeared in the plane incident? I’m not surprised that she moved on since she thought her husband was dead, but I am surprised that she’s acting like everything is ok. That is going to cause a real shake up eventually this season, and considering this is a short season I expect that sooner rather than later.

What’s up with the voices?

To me this piece is the most interesting angle of Manifest going forward. Not only did these people disappear for five years, not only did their plane vanishing in thin air just to come back, but now they’re hearing their own voices telling them things that are saving lives. Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh) was the first we saw have this ability, but by the end, we know everyone does, to some extent. I really want to know where they were that caused them to kind of predict the future.

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I think the show did a good job starting their mystery, and I’m already invested in the characters as they move forward. The most interesting thing is that the people who were gone didn’t miss any time, but the others experienced five years. I am really interested to see how everyone copes with their return, and how the ones left behind handle having their loved ones back. We’ve already seen how Michaela’s life was flipped upside down, and Ben’s too, in a way, though he doesn’t know the extent of it, and we’re assuming that goes for pretty much every other character.

I am feeling really good about this show’s story line, but at the same time I am so very concerned that they’re going to pull the rug out from under me and cancel this show before I learn the truth.

Favorite Scene

Saanvi (Parveen Kaur) returns to her practice to find her work from before is saving terminal children’s lives. She is present when Ben and Grace’s son’s profile is reviewed for treatment. They want to turn him away because he was diagnosed years ago, but Saanvi isn’t having it. I am leaning towards her as my favorite character on the show.

Agree? Disagree? Have any more thoughts on the show? Share with us in the comments below!

Manifest airs on NBC on Monday nights at 10/9c. Take a look at the trailer for episode two!

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