'Manifest' Season 1 Episode 11: Captain Daly taking off at Area 51 may have dropped the biggest clue about flight 828
Jeff Rake has been dropping hints in every episode, but this time he has given us the biggest one yet as the show delves deeper into alien theories and government conspiracies
NBC's 'Manifest' returned with quite some revealing subplots, but it is Episode 11 which will become the terminal point of the series' first season. Starring Frank Deal as Captain Daly and Jack Messina as Cal, alongside Josh Dallas as Ben Stone, Melissa Roxburgh as Michaela Stone, Athena Karkanis as Grace, and J.R. Ramirez as Jared, this episode will see Daly attempting to take off in search for answers as to what happened on Montego Air Flight 828. Creator Jeff Rake, who has been teasing fans with clues and hints hidden in every episode, is about to give fans the biggest clue they have to look out for and it all points to the controversial Area 51.
Episode 11, named as 'Contrails' and subtitled as 'KXTA', will see Daly trying to convince Ben and Michaela that what he experienced on the plane as a pilot was nothing similar to what any of them had seen.
In the promo trailer, we see glimpses where Daly explains to Ben that when he flew the plane he encountered a flash of strange dark lightning which could have caused the time lapse. Soon, in another scene, we see Daly and (probably) Fiona Clarke heading once again towards the lightning, only this time they take off from Homey Airport (ICAO code KXTA), also known as Area 51.
As Rake continues to drop clues in the form of numbers (recall the indication towards the Callings with the number 828), Area 51 is probably his biggest one yet.
The area situated around Groom Lake in Southern Nevada has been under the radar of conspiracies ever since the '50s. Known to be a secret US Air Force military that was installed at Groom Lake, it became the churning ground for conspiracy theories surrounding extraterrestrial life. The only confirmed objective behind Area 51's existence is known to be a flight testing facility, but that is not what Rake is referring to here.
The area was selected sometime during 1955 by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as a testing site for the Lockheed U-2, a high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft.
However, with the sightings in Roswell and North Dakota, Area 51 soon found itself surrounded by stories about UFO sightings. Due to the place's highly classified nature, it was quite easy to claim that the place actually has something to do with alien findings. The controversy found its first ground when in 1989 a man named Robert ("Bob") Lazar claimed he worked on extraterrestrial technology inside Area 51.
The government could not hold back the secret for too long, and finally, in 2013 (exactly the year when Montego Air Flight 828 disappeared) the CIA finally released a set of classified documents that actually confirmed several UFO sightings encountered by the Air Force over decades.
Does this mean that Rake is indicating his show is actually a space thriller? A fan on Twitter claimed that it can be one of the probable conclusions to the show, "I’m going to guess a space-time continuum thing. I mean, always worked in 'Star Trek'. Toilet’s overflowing... must be the space-time continuum!!"
Fans are also raking their minds about the phrase "Dark Lightning" that Daly uses to explain to Ben about what he experienced on the plane. A fan on Reddit claimed, by posting the picture below, "I searched the net for "dark lightning" and damn... The writers really should have searched for this."
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It seems that Rake is sort of trying to spin out just the perfect blend of Quantum Mechanics and UFOlogy. The show is almost heading to a conclusion where the plane had probably passed through a time lapse and traveled in and out of a whole different dimension of different creatures. We still do not know for sure if that is actually what Rake is indicating by using Area 51's reference but whatever it is, we will get to know once the episode 11 returns to NBC on January 14.