'Manifest': Fans express outrage over the treatment of 'foreign nationals' on the show
Manifest has been praised for its broad spectrum which includes characters from all backgrounds, however, it erred by forgetting to take care of its diverse cast.
NBC's Jeff Rake-directed show, 'Manifest', has given fans little reasons to complain. With its inclusive nature and strong storyline, the show has been quite perfect for the millennial audience. However, it seemed to have erred in the sixth episode which aired on November 5 where 11 foreign nationals were held captive by a dubious group of scientists who were seen doing some kind of experiment on them.
Fans find it odd that none of the foreign nationals were looked out for, and it was claimed that they are the homeless ones who literally have nowhere to go. Fans find it hard to believe. One Reddit user mentioned, "Come on Manifest, “no one would miss” foreign nationals???? Just cause they aren’t US Citizens??? Do you know how much foreign governments would be clamoring to get fucking time traveling citizens back??? To assume cause they are foreign no one cares. Idiotic." Several followers commented claiming that it is almost unrealistic that even their country would want them back.
A fan commented in the same thread, claiming, "Even if these foreign nationals had no family that would miss them (which I don't think was the case), their governments would be wanting them back. Whenever tragedies happen around the world and foreign nationals are involved, it's always big news in their countries of origin. Add the fact that these people time traveled yes, plenty of people would miss them and want to know where they are. Lazy writing." However, one of the fans had an interesting thought behind it. This Reddit user claimed that probably it was all a part of a bigger conspiracy.
"But maybe they are being kept because they have the co-operation of that nation's own government - a quid pro quo arrangement where the US shares any knowledge gleaned in exchange for that country covering up they never landed/made it home. Saves the country the cost of doing the (redundant) research and the country wouldn't be at a disadvantage of only having one test subject." It is quite striking that a show like 'Manifest' would actually pull out the foreign nationals. The show has been hailed for its inclusive casting and broad-natured storyline which puts forward characters of color on the same level as white characters.
However, by pushing out the foreign nationals it has created a kind of tension among fans which is pretty evident in the post-truth era. It is justified that the script would make foreign nationals go through the arduous process, as in most countries during an unusual incident, it is the foreign nationals who are considered guilty first. However, passing them off as "unwanted" is not quite acceptable for a show like 'Manifest'. The show returns to NBC on Monday at 10 p.m.