'Manifest' Season 1 review: There's reason to think that the UDS has been using Saanvi's discovery in Episode 3 to track passengers
Saanvi had found something back in episode 3, and it might re-surface in episode 9 as a new clue to the mystery.
What really happened with the brain tissue that Saanvi (played by Parveen Kaur) had discovered way back in the third episode? Five episodes in, and we still do not have clue about the proceedings of Saanvi's discovery. As one of the passengers of Montego Air Flight 828, whose sudden re-appearance after five and a half years forms the basic theme of NBC's Jeff Rake-directed show, 'Manifest', Saanvi has been trying to find the rationale behind the "callings" that she and her co-passengers have been receiving.
However, as the show kept progressing, somewhere down the line the case with the brain tissue seemed to blur into the background. Although it was referred to in a few episodes, it never seemed to take a concrete shape as a theory. Yet, we would like to root for the fact that Saanvi's findings will not go to waste, and with the concept of mirror neurons coming up, probably it will be referred to once again. So, how can Saanvi's discovery help with solving the mystery of the "callings" now that Fiona Clarke (played by Francesca Faridany) has already established the fact that mirror neurons can help replicate significant brain data, along with emotions?
In the third episode, Saanvi had discovered that there was a certain mark inside her brain. On further experimentation, it was revealed that Cal (played by Jack Messina) and the late passenger, Kelly (played by Julienne Hanzelka Kim) too had the same marks in their brains. It immediately indicated as an opening door to find out where the "callings" were coming from. However, the whole thought of the "callings" being anything mythical was immediately shut down, when Saanvi's senior claimed that the marks seemed to represent the early symptoms of schizophrenia. As a doctor, it seemed the rational way to think and of course, it made more sense than contemplating the "callings" to be anything divine.
However, fans are now contemplating if Saanvi's discovery will once again come to the surface. A fan on Reddit has an interesting theory on this, "My thinking is that the SP found out about Saanvi's founding and they are using Kelly's brain tissue in order to channel Marko into Cal." Considering the show's gradual approach towards its sci-fi angle, there are chances that in the upcoming fall finale Saanvi will be able to provide some insights into the case. We can assume that the mark that Saanvi is talking about is similar to the ones that the 11 missing passengers have on their forehead due to the electrocution.
Probably the marks were initially on the inside, and when, UDS head Lawrence (played by Brian Wiles) and his team scientists discovered it, they began triggering it with electricity to get a first-hand result of what these "callings" might lead to. We can also expect that Cal is aware of the presence of these marks since he was awake when the "calling" came. The fan suggests, "Cal is having these callings like deja-vus because he was awake when all of this was going on and everybody on the plane was asleep. Because they were asleep they can't fully comprehend or experience these callings. They only hear voices and have visions. But there is a flaw in this I think. Because if this is the case the pilot and the co-pilot should be having experiences like Cal.
We still do not know anything about the pilots, but it can be assumed that these pilots probably had something to do with the missing passengers. They were probably aware throughout that the plane was being hijacked on the way by some dubious organization who were probably trying to abduct the passengers to cause a national threat. Once abducted, the passengers were probably given some kind of drug which left them unconscious for five years, and hence the mark in the brain that Saanvi discovered. Maybe the experiment was left undone, and now the group of scientists is trying to figure out the outcome of their experiments.
We really hope that Saanvi will be able to provide some insights into the matter, and maybe her discovery of the brain tissue will help answer a lot of questions involving the plane. Both Ben and Saanvi have been digging into the matter ever since they got off the plane to find out that the world around them is now five years ahead. While Michaela has been inclining towards the divine aspect of the situation, Ben and Saanvi- being people of science- are resorting to their research work and other studies to find a substantial answer to their questions. The fall finale airs on Monday at 10 p.m, and we hope to find more answers.