'Manifest': We see how our favorite characters fare against the not-so-liked ones on our GOOD-O-METER
Whether they are painted black, white or gray, every character in 'Manifest' has contributed to making the story what it is. Here's the lowdown on their Good-o-meter score
More than being a sci-fi with a mythical story to fall on, the Jeff Rake-directed NBC show 'Manifest' has been a fan favorite since the first episode due to its characters. Starring Josh Dallas (as Ben Stone), Athena Karkanis (as Grace), Melissa Roxburgh (as Michaela Stone), and Parveen Kaur (as Saanvi Bahl), the show follows the sudden re-appearance of Montego Air Flight 828, which went missing for almost five and a half years. Although all the passengers returned alive, none of them have aged even a day and they were now experiencing certain "callings" which seem to be leading them towards one destination.
While the show has come to a long halt before it resumes from its fall break on January 7, fans are already rooting for the characters who they would love to see once again and those who they no longer want to be part of the show.
Most characters in 'Manifest' are quite simply painted in either black or white depending on which side of the spectrum they are on, however, there are a few characters such as Vance who have seen an extremely steep growth arc in the last nine episodes of the first season. Depending on how these characters had reacted to any situation of crisis, let's see where our Good-O-Meter scale finds these characters:
1. Ben Stone
Good old Benny can easily do with a complete 10. A perfect father, an ideal husband, and a brilliant human being who is putting his life and career on the line to protect his family from the impending dangers of the "calling". Unfortunately, he was kicked out of the house in the last episode but we can always hope that his hard work will bear fruit when his wife will finally understand that it was all for their welfare and protection.
We know she is hated by all but let's give this woman an 8.5 for the immense amount of mental trauma that she had to go through. Grace woke up one morning and was told that her husband and son were gone without a trace, and it took almost three years to get her life on track. She had to do all that once again when her husband and son finally returned, but no matter how hard she tries, things fall apart and she can't hold them together.
This Indian scientist has been winning our hearts since the first episode with her bold intelligence and her will to find an answer to anything complicated. We give her a big 9 for the discoveries which have not only helped the passengers uncover the truth behind the "callings" but has also given Cal another chance to live his life. Fans are totally rooting for a rebound between her and Ben in the coming episodes after the fall break, and we cannot wait to find out if it happens.
This girl deserves more than just a 10. In a single moment, she lost her mother, her fiance, and her best friend but she held on to her inner self in order to look for tranquility. She is not only a kind human being but also a fierce cop who does not hesitate from breaking into a godown when she smells "danger". We hope that she will find some redemption in the coming episodes, and probably her "callings" will take her somewhere better than where she is now.
We give a big shout out to this 10-year-old boy who has already been fighting a battle against leukemia and is now fighting a whole new war with his clairsensitive powers. It was difficult for him to watch his twin sister, Olive, and the rest of his friends grow older but Cal managed to pull through his first day in school. He was fearless in assisting his father bring down the UDS team of scientists, even though the experiments were making him bleed and weaker.
We had expected a little more from Olive, and we put her at 7. Considering all that her parents have been through, Olive could have been the one to bring the family together. She saw her mother suffer when the men in her life came and left like she did not matter, and Olive was also the only friend Cal ever had. Keeping secrets from her twin brother was not something expected out of her, but maybe she had some good reasons to do so.
With the steepest growth arc among all the characters, we applaud Vance's loyalty towards the law and put him in the top 10. Vance was never someone who was against the passengers but he was only too keen on knowing how the impossible could have ever happened. As a man of reason, he only believes in things that he sees but once they convince him, he can put his life on the line to fix it. We will surely miss him in the rest of the show. RIP, Vance.
Not a good way of welcoming your friend who is practically back from the dead, and due to her impassionate way of dealing with her friend's death, we give Lourdes a six. Michaela had indicated that Lourdes always had a crush on Jared, and soon after the disappearance she did not mind pairing up with Jared, who was clearly in love with Michaela. She refuses to let go of Jared when her friend returns and in order to play it safe, she makes the most drastic decision. Not fair, Lourdes!
9. Fiona Clarke
We smell a rat everytime this woman speaks, and considering her dubious nature we give her a 5.5. Her research has only caused trouble and it is almost unbelievable that she never had the least idea about the kind of work that her research was being used for. Also, at the last moment, she suspiciously takes away the missing passengers, and we fear that she might begin her own set of experiments on them.
We take away a few points from Jared for going along with Michaela's best friend, Lourdes, when she was declared dead. However, he has made up for his mistakes as he proved to be the most loyal friend Michaela could ever have. He took that entire fire on himself even when he was not required to do so, and Jared never complained about Michaela's visions although he was always doubtful about them.
'Manifest' returns to NBC on January 7, 2019.