'Manifest' Season 2 Episode 9: Ben's calling on a boat gives fans Prince Charming vibes from 'Once Upon A Time'

With comparisons to 'Lost' and Josh Dallas in the lead role, 'Manifest' already has a lot of similarities with ABC's 'Once Upon A Time' where Dallas played Prince Charming


                            'Manifest' Season 2 Episode 9: Ben's calling on a boat gives fans Prince Charming vibes from 'Once Upon A Time'
Ben Stone (NBC) and Prince Charming (ABC)

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This week's episode of 'Manifest' featured Ben Stone (Josh Dallas), his wife Grace (Athena Karkanis), son Cal (Jack Messina), and TJ Morrison (Garrett Wareing) having a shared calling which was later deduced by Olive Stone (Luna Blaise) to be similar to Yusuv Al-Zuras and his men's time on a boat.

To recall, Olive and TJ learned that Al-Zuras's boat disappeared just like Flight 828 with him and his men experiencing the "voice of God," or as our heroes know it as 'a calling'. 

Once Ben and TJ understand what Cal is trying to build (a replica of the boat in the Stones' living room), they help him build it. When it is done, the four of them are transported to Al-Zuras's boat in the middle of a storm.

With comparisons to 'Lost' and Josh Dallas in the lead role, 'Manifest' already has a lot of similarities with ABC's 'Once Upon A Time' (OUAT), where Dallas played the Prince Charming. With the boat scene, however, fans could not help but reminisce about the fairytale-inspired fantasy adventure drama. As one fan tweeted, "Oh yeah this is a reminder of when Snow, Regina, Charming, and Hook lost it during a storm in Neverland and Emma had to snap them outta of it! #OUAT."

One fan tweeted, "Soon as I saw everyone on the boat in tonight's episode of #Manifest I was like 'Hey it's a throwback to OUAT!' @JoshDallas." Another wrote, "Yes #Manifest gave me some OUAT vibes tonight and that makes me very happy." One viewer said, "Why am I getting serious Once Upon A Time vibes? I mean Ben on the “ship” during the “storm” brought back memories of when @JoshDallas was on OUAT. #Manifest." 

Some viewers also missed Prince Charming's scenes with Captain Hook (Colin Donaghue) on 'Once Upon A Time'. A fan wrote, "It's like a #OUAT crossover. Miss the bromance between you and Hook #Manifest."

The stars of the show did not miss the reference. Prince Charming himself (Dallas) shared a photo of on Instagram on the boat set, writing, "Get a load of this boat @colinodonoghue1."

The actor who portrays Jared Vasquez on 'Manifest', J. R. Ramirez tweeted, "Nice Prince Charming reference @jeff_rake I see you. @JoshDallas #Manifest."

'Manifest' airs on NBC on Monday nights at 10/9c.

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