'Manifest' Season 1 recap: Ben Stone's involvement in Montego Air Flight 828 might be a little more complicated

Ben Stone had initially suggested that he would take the next flight home, but why would he do that when he knows that delaying would only harm his son?


                            'Manifest' Season 1 recap: Ben Stone's involvement in Montego Air Flight 828 might be a little more complicated

Josh Dallas' character, Ben Stone, has been the typical hero in NBC's 'Manifest'. Coming from creator Jeff Rake, the show has been following the aftermath of the re-appearance of Montego Air Flight 828 which went missing for almost five and a half years. As one of the passengers on the plane, when he returned, Ben had not aged a day but like his sister, Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh) who was also on that plane, Ben was hearing strange voices in his heads that he is referring to as "Callings". Along with Michaela, and Saanvi (Parveen Kaur), a fellow passenger Ben has been trying to track the "Callings" in order to trace out their purpose. 

While throughout Season 1, Ben has come across as the perfect Prince Charming who puts his family before anything else, and is actually taking all the risk to save his son, Cal (Jack Messina) who had strangely developed clairsensitive powers, there might be a few things that we have missed out about our savior. Ben's return has put his wife, Grace (Athena Karkanis), under a shadow and her relationship with Danny (Daniel Sunjata) was immediately a reason for fans to despise her. However, it was Grace who has always been pointing out that something was oddly different about Ben when he returned. Grace's concern might seem of no value but considering that she never mentioned it about Cal, or Jared (J.R.Ramirez) always found Michaela just the same, probably there is a little more to Ben than meets the eye. 

It was after all Ben who wanted to be on the next flight. (IMDb)
It was after all Ben who wanted to be on the next flight. (IMDb)

At the same time, Ben has always claimed that his family comes first but when he was told about his mother's death, he was strangely impassive. Michaela immediately broke down at the news but Ben seemed to be unaffected by anything. However, the biggest point of doubt about Ben is that he was the one who suggested that he, Cal and Michaela take the other flight back home. Why? Why would Ben want to separate his already dying son- since Cal has leukemia- from his mother? Why would he want to delay his return to New York when he appeared to be so concerned about Cal's treatment? One fan on Reddit did not miss out on these details. 

 



 

The fan claimed, "He is incredibly controlling of other flight members, adamantly telling them to keep their heads down and not share their callings. He constantly oversteps his bounds when with Michaela and Jared, acting like a cop in numerous situations. He shows up to try and shut down "The Church of the Returned", and he was all over the flight's Pilot when he decided to go rogue. All of these instances can be seen as Ben trying to protect his family, but he does seem to be in the middle of everything Flight 828, often at inexplicably uncanny times." Also, Ben has been strangely close to Saanvi. Now it might seem normal since Saanvi is trying to save Cal's life but Ben has been all over her research ever since she told him about the blood marks in Cal's head. 

Ben's relationship with Saanvi has been a little odd. (IMDb)
Ben's relationship with Saanvi has been a little odd. (IMDb)

The fan also suggested, "The two have no relationship beyond their connection with the flight, so that struck me as weird. And of course, we know that Saanvi is referred to a therapist who ends up being The Major. While her doctor co-worker could be responsible for that referral, Ben could be as well." However, we are not trying to define Ben as a villain. He is certainly a father who cares for his son, loves his wife, and wants to be with his daughter. However, considering the mysterious outlook of the show where anything can happen at any moment, Ben might just have been a victim of the plane's incident since the beginning and no one ever knew about it. Not even Ben, himself! 

 



 

'Manifest' has not received any official confirmation about a Season 2, yet, but hopefully, it will return soon with some more answers and a lot more mystery.