'Manifest': Fans claim that there hasn't been enough trauma to substantiate the time lapse in the show
The characters and the world around them seemed to have just returned to normal the moment the plane landed.
NBC's Jeff Rake-directed show, 'Manifest', starring Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis, J.R.Ramirez, and Parveen Kaur, follows the aftermath of the sudden re-appearance of Montego Air Flight 828 which went missing almost five years back when the plane left from Jamaica. Although the passengers have returned after five and a half years none of them have aged a day, but the world around them has moved on presuming that they were dead.
While the show has maintained a consistent pace with its story-telling, fans are not satisfied with the depiction of trauma that the passengers are now suffering from. Considering the fact that these people were not present for five and a half years, and have suddenly resurfaced only to find out that they no more belong to this world, it can be said that the show has fallen short of playing with the characters' psyche. One Reddit user posted, "A pet peeve of mine is, shows not giving emotional trauma the weight it deserves, and it had an abundance of material to focus on with Ben and Michaela."
The user further explained that Ben and Michaela, who have returned to a world completely changed from what they had left, do not seem to be projecting their sense of loss too well. The script does not go deep into their traumatic experience rather touches upon parts of it. "They lost five years overnight, that's traumatic. I want them to be upset, angry and sad about it sometimes, not just accepting it. This mode of storytelling has made the rest of the characters unlikable and annoying the way they just seem to want them to accept everything in 10 days. If the show is going to be about Ben and Mich, then give me some depth."
Probably this is what fans would love to see when the story continues in 2019, after its fall break. One fan mentioned, "If the show continues I want some more in-depth look at the trauma of what happened to them and less on how all the dumb triangle stuff makes it awkward for them or uncomfortable. I actually think this what is hindering the mystery, which is intriguing enough but you have to do good character work on shows like this bc that is what distracts from the mystery not being solved." Fans seem to be unanimously of the opinion that the drama in the entire show needs to be toned down.
Another fan mentioned, "I think they need to narrow the focus of the storytelling just a bit, and potentially become just a bit more science-fictiony. I don't want to see them go down the LOST style rabbit hole of items that were never explained, but there's been A LOT of focus on relationships and character development, but some lazy writing has occurred alongside it." Fans had earlier complained about the show diverting too much from its focal point when several claimed that the romantic angle of the show was beginning to take over the sci-fi perspective but it cannot be denied that everything in the show actually revolves around the plane's disappearance and its impact on the lives of its passengers.