'Manifest' Episode 4 preview: 5 burning questions that we have for the upcoming episode
Episode 3 gave us a number of answers to our previous questions, however, it raised more questions about what awaits next.
One of the best things about NBC's new thriller drama, 'Manifest', is that the show has a very clean way of telling its story, and episode 3 ('Turbulence') has just proven how good a storyteller Jeff Rake is. Subtle inclusion of certain elements such as Evie's mother's dementia, Jared tearing away Vance's card, and Grace's tumultuous confession that everything is fine (while they are not), have given the show its edge.
However, while on one hand Rake has answered two extremely significant questions, there are still several things that are still to be clarified. In the third episode, 'Turbulence', every character is seen following their own true calling. The snowball effect began with Kelly Taylor (Julienne Hanzelka Kim) announcing on television that she wants to own up to her truth. It was immediately picked up by Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh) who leaves the message "own your truth" on the fridge which is again noticed by Grace (Athena Karkanis). However, the two biggest truths which were unveiled were Kelly's actual murderer -- who was apparently her maid -- and Saanvi's (Parveen Kaur) discovery of the mark in Cal's brain.
While the characters are trying to find their calling and look for answers which might help solve the mystery, here are five burning questions that we are left with for Episode 4:
1. Where are Kelly's records?
Kelly's death was unexpected and the accused was even more surprising. Killed by the maid who had apparently fallen in love with her husband during Kelly's absence for five years, her death has given rise to a sense of panic among the survivors and their loved ones. However, Saanvi soon finds out that Kelly's body went missing just a day after her death and when she tried checking her records, she realized that there was no trace of her. So what exactly happened to Kelly? The end scene of the third episode revealed that men in suits were carrying the body inside a secret chamber, while guards stood by the door.
Who are these men? Are they the government who have been trying to intervene in the passengers' lives ever since they have landed? Or are they some other cult group who were probably involved in the plane's disappearance five years ago?
2. Did they really suffer a stroke?
Saanvi discovered a certain mark inside Cal's brain which was not there before he got on the plane. On calling Ben and Michaela, she reveals to them that she has a similar mark in her head. Saanvi explains the condition is similar to a mild ischemic stroke. If that is the case, then it could be assumed that during the turbulence which lasted for just a few hours, the passengers on board were struck with trauma which had in a way resulted in the stroke. However, while this explanation is quite simple (and not to mention, verified) it certainly cannot be the entire truth as it still does not explain the voices and the incidents that follow.
So what exactly is the mark then? Is it some kind of sign to set these passengers apart from the rest of the crowd so that they can fulfill their duties in the second life? Or it is truly a medical condition that might turn deadly if avoided for too long?
3. Will Grace be able to give up on Danny?
Since the beginning, 'Manifest' has chiefly focused on the human tendency to forgive and forget, and in that regard, at this point of the show, Grace is the most humane character. After her husband was suspected dead for more than five years, Grace had no choice but to fill up the vacant place in her life with someone else. While it was all fine, as long as Ben remained dead, now that he has returned Grace finds herself in a situation that she has to deal with all by herself. Although she confesses to Ben that she never loved Danny, and also tries ending the affair for Danny, it was pretty clear in the last episode that Grace was guilty of letting Danny go.
As for Danny, the character is set to appear in the upcoming episodes where he might be adamant about giving up on Grace. So what will become of Danny? Will he remain a part of Grace's life? Or is Grace really determined to let go of the man who stood by her when no one was there?
4. What more is in store for Isaiah?
We are totally rooting for this character as it seems that Isaiah has a lot to offer to the show. The man, who was initially charged for Kelly's murder, knows about every single passenger on that plane. Considering the very strong Biblical undertone that the show has been following, it can be safely assumed that the character has been named after the Hebrew Prophet, Isaiah, who was believed to have lived about 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. Isaiah found his true calling when he saw a vision in the year of King Uzziah's death, and he finally prophesized the coming of the Messiah.
Even in the show, Isaiah (Olli Haaskivi) refers to Michaela and all the other passengers as "The Chosen". When Michaela interacts with him in prison, he tells her, "In this life, I will serve my penance. When I die, I will return. I will be like you. I will be pure." Quoting from Luke 8:17, he explains to her, "For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, nothing concealed that will not be illuminated. What have you concealed, Michaela? Even from yourself?" So what is Isaiah bringing to the story? And what is in it for him?
5. What is Michaela hiding about Evie?
As Isaiah pointed out, there is something that Michaela has been hiding about Evie's death. Immediately after speaking to Isaiah she heads back to Evie's house only to find out that Evie's mother was suffering from dementia, and she barely remembers her daughter's death. However, on arriving she finds out that Evie's mother has gone missing, and she is unable to reveal the secret since she has now to find her. However, Michaela finds some relief in the fact that if not the daughter, she had at least succeeded in finding the mother. She spends the rest of the time with Evie's mother who still loves her like her own daughter.
But what was it that Michaela wanted to say to Evie's father? Was Evie killed or is there some other conspiracy involved? What is that one thing that Michaela has been hiding from herself for so long?
To find out the answers, tune into next week's episode of 'Manifest', airing at 10 pm on October 15 on NBC.