'Manifest' finale review: Episode 16 is confirmation the NBC show will have a 2nd season
After all this while, it has been revealed the "Callings" are leading them to their deaths, but is there another intention?
The 'Manifest' finale left us with even more questions than answers for our already lingering previous doubts. Created by Jeff Rake, the show in its 16-episode-long run, managed to break a number of records for NBC, but sadly, like all things, this too had to come to an end. However, quite expectedly, the show has not given out any answers about the mystery of Montego Air Flight 828 which means we can safely expect a Season2.
During an exclusive interview with MEA WorldWide (MEAWW), Rake repeatedly indicated the probability of a second season. The finale episode, titled 'Estimated Time of Departure', left us with probably a hundred questions but there was a revelation, which not only added a new clue to the show but actually changed its entire course. Turns out the passengers have barely five more years to live.
Starring Josh Dallas as Ben Stone, Jack Messina as Cal Stone, Melissa Roxburgh as Michaela Stone, and Parveen Kaur as Saanvi Bahl, the passengers on the plane have been hearing strange voices in their heads, they refer to as "Callings".
While for some passengers these "Callings" are like an act of redemption - for example, Michaela has been faithfully following them since her "Callings" always lead her to save other people's lives - for others, the "Callings" are making them see things they do not want to see.
Cal, whose "Callings" have developed into clairsensitive powers enabling him to see the future, was scared that if he drew what he saw, he would never be able to stop it from happening. In the finale, we saw his biggest fear come true. Cal had a "Calling" where he saw his name along with his father, Ben's, and aunt, Michaela's appear on three gravestones, each dated June 2, 2024.
Towards the end of the episode, Ben discovered June 2, 2024, was exactly five and half years away from the day the plane arrived, which was again five and a half years after the plane went missing (a total of 11 years). With this revelation, it can only be said 'Manifest' is a ticking time-bomb, and the characters have been reduced from established individuals to mere puppets in the hands of fate.
Rake's subtility when it comes to dropping clues once again played the charm when Episode 16 almost led us back to the misfortunes of Episode 1. Once again, the Stone family is on the verge of losing each other, this time maybe forever.
We once again witnessed a sudden discomfort between Ben and Grace, just as in the first episode, only this time Grace is pregnant with Danny's kid. However, the worst indicator of the fact that they are all eventually going to die was Michaela's plight. Throughout the episode, Michaela kept getting a "Calling" which told her, "stop him".
When she finally figured the "Calling" was actually asking her to stop Jared from doing something reckless, it was too late, and Michaela was shot in a fight she had nothing to do with. Have the "Callings" failed Michaela then? She was the only one who had unquestionable faith in the "Callings", so if the voices can lead her to her own death, they can surely do the same with the rest.
'Manifest' Season 1 left us dwindling with three major questions: What do the "Callings" really want? Why are they all destined to die for no apparent reason? What really happened on Montego Air Flight 828? Let's just hope the show will be renewed for a second season, but until then we are only left with questions.