‘Manifest’ 2×11: “Unaccompanied Minors”

I haven’t made it to church in years, so like, I get it, God is preaching to me in other ways. Apparently through Manifest.

And well, I make it to this every Monday night, and I’ve survived. Granted, I am about to start watching this shit drunk or high, because it sucks out my soul every single time I watch it.

This shit is just bad.

MANIFEST — “Unaccompanied Minors” Episode 211 — Pictured: (l-r) JR Ramirez as Jarad Vasquez, Melissa Roxburgh as Michaela Stone, Milly Guzman as Dispatcher — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)

And I know – you’re all gonna have shit to say about me because of it, but like – opinions are like assholes and we all have one. This is my opinion. You don’t like it, that’s fine.

But Manifest is bad. The writing is predictable, the acting forced (and not because there are bad actors, but the writing and predictability of this shit), and it’s as if they took Lost and said how can we inject even more religious undertones into it.

Lets break this shit down.

He’s telling people that he is in there for burns experienced in the fire. BUT, he’s not.

MANIFEST — “Unaccompanied Minors” Episode 211 — Pictured: (l-r) Athena Karkanis as Grace Stone, Josh Dallas as Ben Stone — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)

THE PHOENIX ALWAYS RISES

Callings. Lord, here’s another one. TJ has one of a Phoenix mural and Cal is able to track it down to a subway. Ben and TJ set off to find it.

Now, I find this impressive and I also find it impressive that anyone wants to intentionally go into a subway. I mean that being said – I would love to go on one right now, because like quarantined and I need to get out of my apartment.

That being said on the way down into the subway, a man drops what looks like a box of matches and TJ stops him to give it to him. I’d like to say that this is normal, but it’s not and if we’re being honest, I would rather do a lot of things than ever touch anything that fell on a New York City street.

They go down and they are looking around to see what they are looking for. They notice the man that was on the street crying against a pole. The train is coming and the man starts heading towards it as if he’s going to jump. But TJ and Ben tackle him before he can jump.

You feel for this broken man. You can tell that he’s broken and that his heart is hurting. Why? We don’t know.

But the callings always have a reason. Sure, we don’t always understand them, but we quickly understand this man.

MANIFEST — “Unaccompanied Minors” Episode 211 — Pictured: (l-r) Parveen Kaur as Saanvi Bahl, Matt Long as Zeke Landon — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)

ZEKE IS FREEZING (LITERALLY)

It’s been a few months/weeks/whatever since the baby was born. Zeke is still freezing to death – literally. He’s in the hospital so that Saanvi can help him heal.

She’s determined to out smart the death dates, not realizing that no one is going to be able to outsmart fate. But I get it – Zeke wants to survive because he’s in love. But like his body is literally shutting down due to the frostbite that he should have gotten when he was in that cave for a year.

He’s got support. His Mom is checking on him. Michaela’s family is there for him.

But he quickly learns that the father that left him is still alive and that’s the man that Ben and TJ saved from committing suicide.

Zeke has every reason to never want to see his Dad, cause like – he’s a dick and well, he left right after his sister died. But here’s the thing Zeke, we all go through things. We all have issues.

But sometimes you need to forgive. At least that is what Ben says.

But here is where we disagree.

Forgiveness isn’t always about closure. Sometimes forgiveness is about setting yourself free, but sometimes forgiveness doesn’t set you free. For Zeke he decides that he’s gonna stop treatments and he’s ready to let go.

Lord, Michaela – you just keep winning with the relationship department.

MANIFEST — “Unaccompanied Minors” Episode 211 — Pictured: (l-r) Josh Dallas as Ben Stone, Garrett Wareing as TJ — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)

THREE METH MEN OF THE APOCALYPSE

Michaela is on the streets when she hears a man yelling and a kid running cause the kid had stolen something. Michaela runs after him and catches the kid. He says he only stole a candy bar and her calling tells her to let him go.

But you know, she goes to return the candy bar and the man tells her that the kid actually stole a bunch of cold medicine. This leads her to telling Jared about it and the two of them partnering up to work on it.

Why she trusts anything that he does, I don’t get. But like we all are suckers for certain past loves, I guess. Long story short – they find the kid – he tells them that he’s not cooking meth, that he gets a snap and told what to steal and where to drop it.

Of course – they are able to track down where the venmo payments come from. The dude is a really bad guy. SHOCKER.

Michaela and Jared are there to arrest the man and his partners. They are like you will pay for this. Blah, blah, blah… no one cares meth maker of the apocalypse.

Look – we get it – you’re a bad guy.

I wanna know why bad guys aren’t hot? Like give me someone to lust for. Take a note from romance novels.

OTHER THOUGHTS

  • Saanvi loosing privileges, we aren’t shocked. Here’s hoping that means that the major is coming back and we finally get closure
  • TJ and Cal’s moment where Cal calls him family – too cute
  • The end – with the shadows on the wall and Cal seeing them. Mark my words – Cal is the one that can stop the apocalypse
  • Zeke giving up – still don’t buy it.
  • Michaela saying yes to marrying Zeke. I can’t.
  • Ben saying he’s going to spend more time with his family. That means he’s not. Shit is ominous.
  • I’d like to see more passengers please

Manifest airs Mondays on NBC.

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2 Comments

  1. It sounds like you have some major issues and don’t know when to quit. Stop wasting your time and breath on this show if you hate it so much. Sounds like you just like provoking people. Get a life or maybe a new job that doesn’t make you harbor so much resentment and anger.

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      Oh sweetie, the name bitch for you is appropriate. I have no major issues – but I thank you for your lack of concern, your cold heart, and your lack of common sense. Defend your fandom – that’s fine. Come for me and who I am without knowing me – I’d take 5 fucking steps back if I were you.

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