'Manifest' Episode 3 Recap: Radd's music could be Ben's key to finding answers

Every character in 'Manifest' has his or her own calling, but only Radd and Ben are intertwined to each other's fate

'Manifest' Episode 3 Recap: Radd's music could be Ben's key to finding answers

In the last three episodes of NBC's new thriller drama series 'Manifest', we saw the story gradually inclining towards the blurring edge of mystery, and as the characters begin interacting with one another, they realize that every single passenger on the plane has returned to the ground with some form of paranormal ability. However, among all of them, it is Ben (Josh Dallas) and Radd (Curtiss Cook) who have relied on each other to help their families get back to normal. 

Ever since he got off the plane, Radd has been restless about getting back home to his family. Unfortunately, he realizes that his son, whom he had left as a 13-year-old is now an 18-year-old man with criminal charges pressed against him.

Although Radd initially approaches authorities to help him reunite with his son, he is brushed off by the cops who are considering the case of the missing flight to be of much greater importance. However, once he hears that Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh) is a cop and Ben is her brother, he loses no time in approaching Ben to help him track his son.

Radd wasted no time in approaching Ben to help him find out his son. (IMDb)
Radd wasted no time in approaching Ben to help him find out his son. (IMDb)

Radd could have easily approached Michaela since she displayed her cop-card at the detention to help the passengers get out, but he still chose to speak with Ben. Why? Even when they were on the plane, neither Radd nor Ben interacted with each other but the moment they touched the ground, it seemed that the two immediately formed some kind of connection between them. It was probably due to the fact that both Radd and Ben were family guys, and at this point in the show (specifically after episodes 2 and 3) the two are holding the safety of their family as their biggest priority.

Family has become their biggest priority. (IMDb)
Family has become their biggest priority. (IMDb)

In an interview with Seat24f, Cook said that other than his 18-year-old son, it is Ben who plays a pivotal role in Radd's life. When Radd had asked Ben for help at the airport, Ben tried avoiding the situation by keeping his head low and walking away. However, he soon begins to hear the sound of a violin. When he follows the sound, he finds out that it was Radd's music that he was pulled towards. Radd, who was equally flabbergasted to see Ben, immediately asked for his help once again, and this time Ben takes him seriously and puts in a word with his cop-sister, Michaela.

Ben talks to his sister to help find Radd's son. (IMDb)
Ben talks to his sister to help find Radd's son. (IMDb)

In Episode 2, Ben was continuously haunted by the music and that continues in Episode 3 as well. Probably it is Radd's music which will be Ben's calling to solve the mystery. Every character in the show, up till now, have their own means to get in touch with the paranormal presence around them. Michaela hears voices in her head that drive her on a rescuing spree as she has been solving crimes ever since she got off that plane. Cal scribbles a black figure in his drawings indicating the presence of some unearthly being. Saanvi too hears voices that drive her to do extensive research on cancer and expand her knowledge on the subject. While every character seems to have their individual calling, Ben's calling might turn out to be Radd's music.

Radd's music could very well be Ben's calling. (IMDb)
Radd's music could very well be Ben's calling. (IMDb)

There is nothing specifically similar between the characters. Radd is a Jamaican who loves world classical music and aspires to share a life of music and culture with his son, who is now behind bars. Ben, on the other hand, is an established academician (probably) who is trying to put his family together after a gap of almost five years.

While the characters clearly have very distinct priorities they meet on the threshold where both are family men. Radd's most important question when he got back from the plane was, "where is my son?" Meanwhile, Ben was immediately met by family members who have been hiding some secrets from him. 

Both Ben and Radd have set out on a quest to solve the mystery of the plane so that they can go back to their families as the normal men who had left almost five years ago.

While the rest of the characters are tangled in their own suspicions, Ben and Radd have been strangely entwined into a single mystery. It almost seems as though Ben was destined to have helped Radd meet his son. Not only that, Ben was there when Radd met his son who had been freshly out of a detention. Moreover, Ben continuously hears Radd's music, and somehow every time he turns up in front of Radd, Radd seems to know that Ben was there for him. 

Ben seems to be strangely entwined with Radd. (IMDb)
Ben seems to be strangely entwined with Radd. (IMDb)

Radd's world is far different than Ben's. He is a struggling street musician who is trying to keep ends together while pursuing his dream of leading a life as a classical musician. Although he has nothing in common with Ben, Ben is the first person he approaches for help.

Although it would be wrong to say that the two characters act as catalysts around each other, both Ben and Radd have some significant contributions to make in their tenure on the show. They are the perfect example of those who come together under the pressure of a crisis in spite of all their differences. 

It is still not known what awaits these two men, however, it is clear that Ben and Radd are each other's callings and as the show progresses we will surely see their bond develop into a friendship. Probably it is Ben's manifest to help Radd, and probably it is Radd's manifest to help Ben realize that he is a better man. Both Cook and Dallas have been splendid in their portrayal of the only two characters who seem to put others way ahead of themselves in the show. 'Manifest' returns on NBC next Monday, on October 15 at 10/9c.