'Manifest': Jeff Rake's show has some striking similarities to 'Final Destination'
A group of survivors, a mishap with a plane, and the looming presence of death...it all goes back to the year 2000
Who would have thought that after 18 years, Death would return to those who had cheated him, only this time as an eerie shadow? While there are speculations that NBC's 'Manifest' is like a descendant of ABC's 2004 series, 'Lost', there is also one other movie which seems to have lent some of its elements to creator Jeff Rake's show.
'Manifest' follows the story of a group of individuals who return from an unusual flight ride. What seemed like a few hours of turbulence to the passengers, the flight crew, and the pilots, was actually a span of almost five years. When Montego Air Flight 828 returns safely after facing few hours of turbulence in the air, the passengers are told that they were all assumed dead for almost five years. While no one has a clue about what actually happened, the survivors realize none of them have returned the same. They begin to hear voices, but most of all there is an impending shadow which seems to have stuck itself to them.
Sounds familiar? Partially maybe. There are certain elements in the show that definitely recall the incidents which held the central place in James Wong's 2000 movie, 'Final Destination'. As we wait for the third episode to reveal some more secrets on Monday, let's take a quick look at the five elements which directly take us back to the 2000's thriller:
1. Cheating Death
As we know the survivors of Montego Air Flight 828 were presumed dead. It could also mean that while they were missing for those five years they were actually dead (for everyone else except themselves). However, once they land they realize that some extremely strange things are happening to them. Although there is by far just one death in the show, it certainly leaves us wondering if these people should have actually been dead. Probably. Since the number 828 has already taken the focal point in the plot progression as a supernatural number, it could indicate now, that one of the passengers is already dead, Death is probably not far behind in tracking down the rest.
2. Death's presence
Death is omnipresent and 'Final Destination' has emphasized this fact quite a number of times, that although we may cheat death briefly it eventually returns to complete what was left incomplete. After one of the passengers ignores the NSA's directive to go on a complete "media blackout" and goes on TV to share her unearthly experience with the flight, she is soon visited by a dark shadow...the same figure who appears in Cal's drawing of the Stone family. As the woman watches her own interview on the TV, she meets death in the most cruel manner, after getting shot in the head. As we still do not know what that shadowy figure is, it could be assumed that the figure is the representation of Death.
3. Eventual demise
No one can escape death. That's one thing Wong's movie has taught us. Even though Alex (Devon Sava) manages to save the people when he gets the vision of the plane crashing, he witnesses the eventual death of his fellow passengers. It is as if Death personally arrived to take their souls one-by-one. Probably a similar pattern is being drawn in 'Manifest' too. After the death of the woman, and the shadow's appearance in Cal's drawing it might be true that Death will eventually come for all the rest. Even when Michaela hears voices in her head, we cannot help but wonder if it is actually Death who is leading her to do a last few good things before he can carry her soul away.
4. The Sixth Sense
Some survivors seem to develop an extrasensory perception once they have met Death face to face, and the survivors of Flight 828 are no different. While in 'Final Destination' it was only the protagonist who had the visions, and led the rest forward, in a more inclusive year of 2018, every survivor seems to have received the gift of vision in their own way. While Michaela hears voices in her head which lead her to save lives, her brother Ben listens to a distant violin. When Ben tracks down the violin, he discovers one of the co-passengers, Radd was actually a violinist. Ben eventually takes up the responsibility of persuading Radd to meet his 18-year-old son who has been imprisoned on the charge of burglary. Just like 'Final Destination', the newly developed sixth sense seems to be hinting the characters toward a pattern.
5. A Second Chance
Cheating death always means a second chance. Even though people initially thought Alex to be some kind of psych-head, they were ultimately thankful for the second chance they received on cheating death. In the case of 'Manifest', the characters were given the gift of a second chance unknowingly, and at this point in the series each is trying to figure out what they are supposed to do with their second chance. Saanvi, for instance, tries to put her research at work in order to cure leukaemia, Michaela rescues two girls, and Ben persuades a father to reunite with his estranged son. However, a second chance also means the final call will soon follow and probably in 'Manifest', it means the characters have some serious trouble waiting for them...like a shadow.
'Manifest' Episode 3 is set to release on October 8, and we are eager to see who will Death come for next.