Manifest is back and I know what you all are saying – why is she back reviewing a show she hates? Well, because I loved the first season and even when a show becomes a steaming pile of crap, because I loved it once, I hold out hope that it will return to the greatness that it once was.
And for the first 24 minutes of the season premiere of Manifest, I was like yasssss! I was right not to give up. Shit is turning around. And then I was reminded that I obviously thought that shit turned around too soon.
Look, the reality is that a lot of shows have religious undertones. I am not religious and to be honest, I feel like it’s something I don’t want tossed down my throat. But the way that this show has found a way to turn the religious undertones to screaming in your face – well… if I wanted that I would go to church.
And before you even come at me – I believe in God. I can respect and embrace different beliefs. I believe in a higher power. I just find the way that Manifest twists as too much.
And the last three minutes of this episode proved to me that someone wants to shove religion in all of our faces really hard. And it was the craziest fucking turn that I didn’t but did see coming. Cause of course the plane and the passengers are reincarnated (I am rolling my eyes here).
But lets dive into the shit show that is Manifest, after I do my new weekly thing of trying to find 3 nice things to say about the show.
THREE NICE THINGS ABOUT 3X01
- JOSH DALLAS HAS GOOD HAIR AND CAN ROCK BLUE THUNDER
- MICHAELA’S SWIMSUIT IS CUTE
- COSTA RICA LOOKS PRETTY
THE WAY BEN GETS CAUGHT
I have always wanted to visit Cuba, so like cool – they go to visit. I mean, I wanted to know what was going on with the piece of the plane that was pulled up. Like I was confused and leaving the end of the season on that note – I admit that I was pulled in.
Ben is in Cuba and he’s searching for San Antonio. I love that he’s drawn there by Cal’s callings and drawings. I think Cal’s a smart kid and he honestly may be the best character on this show. Ben’s on a search and his Spanish is iffy, but like hey. Go Ben. You’re not just a boring professor, you’re working undercover in order to figure out what happened to flight 828.
And hey, Ben finds the boat. The men who brought up the tailfin hadn’t told anyone about it. Ben, in all his Miami Vice wanna be greatness, persuades the men to show it to him. But in all honesty someone wants to flash that much cash at me, I will show you a tailfin too.
But these people show their ineptitude and don’t even make sure that the door is closed properly behind them. I guess that’s why none of them would make it as spies. But kudos to the little kid who finds his way in and records Ben touching the talefin.
Like can we talk about what a good boomerang that woulda made? But TikTok it is.
Discretion is no ones strong point apparently, cause this little kid is showing his friends and some nosy policeman wants to see what they are watching. He’s shocked, but apparently curious as to how it could happen. So him and all his friends go in to see what happened.
Bens just woken up from being knocked the fuck out. He’s bleeding from the impact and he’s talking to his shirt collar. We find out Vance is there. And to be honest, I am like ahhhh… makes sense. That’s why Ben is there.
But Ben needs to realize that he’s got limitations. He’s not a superspy. But in my attempt to say something nice about this show, I will say Ben handled the policemen well. He was a little shaky and nervous, but look dude if people want you to be a science experiment – THE CIA COULD TAKE CARE OF THAT.
Of course when he touches the tailfin with the police there, nothing happened. But the police are about to take him out and that’s when Vance decides to come in? Way to wait until the last minute. But hey, come in like you’re Batman and save the day.
But here’s the thing about Vance. The man wants shit to add up, but he LOVES to be a sacrificial lamb. Vance and Ben and other dude are on their way to the air strip, and the Cuban police come after them. Vance is concerned with Ben getting back and gets him to go to the plane and he sacrifices himself and the tailfin to the police.
Of course Ben is gonna wanna help Vance. Ben would help anyone. And I am not saying that is a sign of weakness, it’s not. But like Ben – be smart for once. You couldn’t survive a day of torture and you sure as fuck couldn’t help Vance.
Ben annoys me. He annoys me because he wants to be a hero and he thinks that it takes some big act. He doesn’t seem to see that he can be a hero by being there for his family and not trying to solve all of the problems of the passengers of 828.
THE MISSING PASSENGER
What is an episode of Manifest without a calling. Personally, this one had the color scape of a bad Kylie Jenner outfit that no one understands (see example below). Ben, Michaela, and Cal have the same vision. And there is this girl that they don’t recognize.
Their calling is strong and they all – well the members of the Stone family – call each other. They are all connected and feel each others pain. The calling is like they are going to die, but none of them know what is happening.
They just know that there is some strange woman that they can’t identify.
Of course though, don’t you know that one of them is in the place – that after a little investigating – they figure out that missing chick could be.
Like something straight out of Silence of the Lambs, we get glimpses of Angelina Meyer not even being able to deal with seeing light, because she’s locked away. Long story short – her parents are religious fanatics and they thought that all of her callings were a sign that she was possessed.
So you know, why not lock her in a cellar was their thought? Like how does it jump to that shit. And how Michaela and Zeke don’t beat them senseless or turn them into the cops is beyond me.
Michaela manages to find her just as she’s about to slice her wrists. Do we know how they got her out of the house? No. We don’t know any of that because like of course not. I mean don’t we need some short of closure? Don’t we need something? Aren’t her parents going to come after her?
CAN’T TRUST A DOCTORS OFFICE
Saanvi is working at a clinic in Brooklyn and don’t you know that it’s Vances hideout too. She’s wanting to know what happened in Cuba, but no one has anything yet.
She’s right in the middle of everything and wanting everything solved. She’s lost everything but she’s also going through her own secret pain. Killing Katherine Fitz is weighing on her. She hadn’t intended to do it. I mean, hey Saanvi has been through a lot and I hate that for her.
She’s helping peeps and then Grace comes in with Cal. She tries to tell Grace that she can find another doctor closer to home in Queens (which I would), but Grace is all filled with loyalty and stuff.
She gives Grace help with finding that Ben is okay. And then when Michaela calls and needs help to get Angelina home… she’s obviously got the solution. Ben can fly over from Cuba and give them a ride home. I mean, it’s right across the ocean.
We see Saanvi break down and feel horrible listening to her recordings when Katherine faked being her shrink. I don’t get why she hasn’t realized that she needs help and going the road of things on her own has never worked out for her.
BACK TO NEW YORK
Michaela, Ben, Zeke and Angelina are on the plane back to the states. I don’t know how they are so calm on the plane cause if I had been on flight 828 I’d be freaking out.
But they make it back to New York and home. The way that they all embrace when they walk in the door – like amazing. Feel the love. Grace is happy her husband is back. Angelina is staying with them. Zeke and Michaela are happy.
Now here’s my thing of WTF – Ben has a new theory. His new theory. The plane and all the passengers on it are reincarnated. Wait what? Like the plane was alive?
Michaela and Ben are in his war room and talking and he’s presenting his theory. She’s like we are on the place when it landed, so how does a piece end up at the bottom of the ocean? Bens like this could change everything. Ben thinks that he had the entire calling. She thinks calling is telling them that they died on the flight?
I am so confused.
So resurrected? Fallen angels? My Grandmother is rolling over in her grave at this bullshit. I mean sure, she’d be happy that they are starting to believe in God, but not happy with the craziness of this crap.
- Grace saying she’s proud of Olive – what a touching moment. Cause Olive gets overlooked a lot.
- New Stone baby is cute.
- Mic’s partner… there’s something so naive about her. Wait til she gets read in on all the shit.
- Zeke tells Mic that where she leads, he’ll follow. That’s some romantic shit.
- Cal is so meh about all his callings and feelings. I’d be like bitch save my art. One day that will be in a museum.
- Vance saying they are on the cusp of figuring it all out. Oh sweet child.
- Ben seeing the plane explode and then getting on a plane – I mean, I wouldn’t have. So props to him.
- Jared’s so hung up on Michaela it’s sad.
- Girl coming to the police station and trying to get help – of course it is Katherine’s daughter. Don’t think that mystery is ever going to be solved. Well unless Saanvi breaks which she probably will. It’s been 3 months.
- The three men that they dragged the lake for last season suddenly float to the top covered in algae? Well okay then.