'Manifest': Dr Saanvi can offer a lot more than just being a sidekick for the Stones
She deserves the spotlight just as much as the Stone family and the character might have a lot more to offer than just support.
There are certain characters in NBC's 'Manifest' who have been overshadowed by the ongoing drama of the Stone family, and Dr. Saanvi Bahl is one of them. Played by Parveen Kaur alongside Josh Dallas as Ben Stone, Athena Karkanis as Grace, J.R. Ramirez as Jared, and Melissa Roxburgh as Michaela Stone, Saanvi was one of the passengers of Montego Air Flight 828, which went missing for almost five and a half years.
Like her fellow passengers, Ben and Michaela, she too has been witnessing the strange "Callings", but Saanvi almost had the answer to it.
The Jeff Rake-created show has been introducing several plot points which went dissipated as the show progressed, and Saanvi's discovery of the brain tissue could have been the key to solving the mystery. As a medical student, while working on her research to cure cancer, Saanvi had found out certain brain tissues in her head, which were not there when she had boarded the plane.
On further investigation, she found out that many other passengers too had the same tissues. However, the discovery was dismissed by a senior doctor who claimed that it was only an indication of the early stages of schizophrenia.
The show does not touch upon Saanvi's theory until the last few episodes when Fiona Clarke gives out her lecture about mirror neurons. Even then, we only vaguely get to know that Saanvi and Fiona were almost on similar paths in their research. While this could have been a major plot point in the show, Rake seemed to have dismissed it as a sideline. Instead, the show has concentrated more on the romantic relations, the family drama, and the ongoing chemistry between Michaela and Jared. Even if Saanvi is mentioned, she is only there in the context of the Stone family but she holds far more potential than that.
As much as her research could have been a major plot point, Saanvi as a character is a breath of fresh air. Saanvi seems to have received the most concrete "calling" as the moment she landed she was told that her research on a cure for cancer had been put to use for the last 36 months.
Saanvi not only saved lives while she was gone, but she is continuing to save the lives of those who were not considered for the medication. Also, let's just be thankful that she is probably the only character on the show who is not involved in any kind of unnecessary romantic flings.
We hope we will get to know more about Saanvi and her discovery of brain tissue when the show returns to NBC on January 7.