'Manifest' episode 5 preview: 3 things to look out for in the upcoming episode

A boy who can see the future, a failing affair, and some untold feelings...Episode 5 is running on the right track.


                            'Manifest' episode 5 preview: 3 things to look out for in the upcoming episode

A plane goes missing for more than five years, but the passengers on the plane are barely aware of the gap in time. Presumed dead, their loved ones move on with their lives only to discover that the mysterious Flight 828 is back and the passengers have not aged a day. That is the premise around which creator Jeff Rake's 'Manifest' revolves, and after the fourth episode, it is established that none of the passengers have returned the persons that they were before the disappearance. 

Episode four was a narrow escape for most of the characters- specifically, for Saanvi (Parveen Kaur), Bethany (Mugga), and Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh). While Saanvi was helping out Bethany to find her nephew's boyfriend Thomas, they bump into Michaela which gives rise to a series of rather unusual events. Now that Michaela and Saanvi know that they are both seeing the same things, it is probably time that the two women who have been fighting hard to understand what was going on will team up to face their fate head on. However, there are still many unresolved issues, some of which they are barely even aware of. 

Episode 4 was a narrow escape for most of the characters. (IMDb)
Episode 4 was a narrow escape for most of the characters. (IMDb)

While the fourth episode left us watching Michaela struggle to find out what the voice wants from her, the fifth episode will move the focus on 10-year-old Cal (Jack Messina) who was also on the plane with his father, Ben (Josh Dallas). With NBC releasing the promo trailer for Episode 5, here are three things to look out for: 

1. Cal, the Wise

We did not see much of Cal after the first two episodes. The boy was introduced to us as one of the twins (Ben and Grace's children, Olive and Cal) who parts ways with his mother, Grace (Athena Karkanis) and twin sister, Olive (Jenna Kurmemaj) in order to join his father on the next flight home. Unfortunately, he too becomes a victim of the time lapse, and when he returns he is utterly shocked by the fact that his twin sister Olive is now five years older than him. However, it is soon discovered that other than suffering from leukemia, Cal now has a mark inside his head- discovered by Dr. Saanvi Bahl, who was one of the passengers on the plane. 

Every passenger seems to have attained some kind of supernatural abilities after the incident, but for Cal, it has taken a whole different turn. While Michaela and Ben are hearing voices and music in their heads, Cal seems to have the power to foresee the future. The promo trailer reveals that Cal takes Ben out on an adventure but it soon turns out to be a massive hunt as the son leads the father towards things that he is already aware of. Cal seems to be able to predict what will happen next, or who is approaching the door. It might seem that Cal has only recently discovered his powers, but the boy had predicted one very important aspect of the show. 

Cal sees things before they can happen. (IMDb)
Cal sees things before they can happen. (IMDb)

In the second episode, we saw Cal scribbling a black figure in the family picture. Soon after we saw a black figure approaching Kelly Taylor and killing her in cold blood. However, this time Cal seems to have understood the true essence of his power and everything that can be done with it. While Ben is worried where it might lead them to, Cal seems to have a sense of the consequences of their actions as well. 

2. Michaela's weakness

The passengers find out that life around them has drastically changed, and the two siblings Michaela and Ben are the most affected by it. While Ben's wife Grace is trying hard to keep her affair with Danny away from the family, Michaela is having a hard time dealing with the fact that her to-be-fiancee, Jared (J.R. Ramirez) is engaged to her best friend Lourdes. Initially we saw Michaela struggling to come to terms with what had happened but eventually, she did realize that neither Jared nor Lourdes are to be blamed. Just like every other passenger, she is struggling to figure out if to forgive is the right path or to simply ignore is a better option. 

However, her ability to hear voices that lead her to a particular destination has left her largely vulnerable. Even her relationship with Jared has begun to shape around that particular ability. While the two are not yet talking much about what has happened to their relationship, Jared is quite concerned about what is going on with Michaela. In the last episode, we saw Jared marking out the places where Michaela has solved cases ever since she has returned, and he is determined about the fact that- if not him- there should be someone who can help her. 

Michaela still does not know if to forgive is a better option. (IMDb)
Michaela still does not know if to forgive is a better option. (IMDb)

While Michaela is adamant about not seeking help, Jared is determined to have her back through thick and thin. This play of subtle affection and self-worth between these two characters is getting stronger with every episode, and probably in the fifth episode, we will see the two coming to terms with the fact that their relationship is over and it's time to move on.

3. The ones who were left behind

Until now we know what happened to the passengers on that plane. They were compelled to go through an entire episode of time-lapse only to discover that everything that they believed in and loved had changed forever. People have changed, people have moved on, and people have died, but most of all they had it in their minds for those entire five years that those who had boarded Montego Air Flight 828 were dead. Quite naturally, as human beings, once we know that something does not exist anymore we forget about it and move forward. 

Being a show of subjective nature, we have seen the story from the perspective of only the characters who were on that plane that day but we have no idea as to what happened to the ones who were waiting at the airport for their family and loved ones. From a subjective point of view, we know that they have not waited and have moved on with whatever life had to offer at that point. We know that Jared got engaged to Michaela's best friend, Lourdes while Grace has a new man in her life, Danny. Also, Grace started a new business to make ends meet and is now struggling to repay the loans and insurance bill. However, these are only the ultimate consequences. 

We still do not know what these people actually went through when they realized that the ones they love are not coming back. Episode 5 is set to focus heavily on the flashback of these characters- where were they when they got the news about the plane, how did they shape their lives after that, and what will they do now? These are answers that the fifth episode is bound to touch upon, and maybe it will be easier to forgive all those who have termed as "cheaters" for so long. 'Manifest' returns on NBC for the fifth episode on October 22, Monday, at 10 p.m.

Watch the promo trailer below: