'Manifest': Fans recall the bittersweet Stone family reunion from the first episode
The scene was like a conclusion for the first half of the show and established the fact that the group of people who were on that plane had missed out on five years of their life.
As the Jeff Rake directed show, Manifest, has come to a pause due to its long fall break, prior to its return on January 7, fans are recalling the Stone family reunion that took place in the first episode. Starring Josh Dallas (as Ben Stone), Athena Karkanis (as Grace), Melissa Roxburgh (as Michaela Stone), and Parveen Kaur (as Saanvi Bahl), NBC's show 'Manifest' follows the sudden re-appearance of Montego Air Flight 828, which went missing for almost five and a half years. The mystery deepens when all the passengers return alive, none of them seem to have aged even a day.
The passengers who were on the plane had no idea about the time-lapse, as they had only experienced a brief turbulence in between. However, it was only when they landed that they were told the world has been presuming them to be dead for at least five and a half years. Ben, Michaela, and Cal (played by Jack Messina) meet their family at the airport, who are equally shocked to find out that their loved ones have practically returned from the dead. It was at that moment when they realized that life would not be the same anymore.
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Cal found out that while his twin sister, Olive (played by Luna Blaise), was now 15-years-old, he was still the same and hadn't aged a day. Michaela was told that her mother, with whom she spoke barely a few hours ago, was now dead. As for Ben, he soon finds out that presuming his death, his wife, Grace, had moved on with another man, Danny. A fan mentioned, "So sad this moment. It broke my heart." The scene was like an ultimate conclusion for the first half of the show as it helped establish the fact that this group of people who were on that plane had missed out on five long years of their life. The scene served as a window into the turmoil of the other passengers through the Stones' lives.
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Another fan commented, "This scene messed with my emotions 💔😭." Actress Luna Blaise herself mentioned, "that moment gets me every time 💗." Blaise's character, Olive, grew up during her teen years with Danny but when her father returned she had to give up on the man with whom she had spent some extremely crucial years of her life. The five years not only delayed the progress in the life of the passengers but their loved ones as well who struggled with the sudden news of the death (disappearance) of their family and friends. The unexpected reunion was supposed to be odd since everyone felt alienated in a situation which seemed to have been created by a major time lapse.