'Manifest': No one's talking about the Stone twins, Cal and Olive. Here's why we should
Cal and Olive are five years apart despite being twins, and with the time lapse, they have grown apart without being noticed
The multi-layered mystery of 'Manifest' has been the chief element of the show, be it couple-dynamics, the reason behind the disappearance and reappearance of Montego Air Flight 828, or the relation between the government and civilians. The Jeff Rake-directed show, starring Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis, Melissa Roxburgh, J.R.Ramirez, and Parveen Kaur, has neared its climax and it is about time that we started talking about the Stone twins, Olive (played by Luna Blaise) and Cal (Jack Messina). The show airs every Monday at 10 pm.
Every character is dealing with some kind of crisis ever since they got off the plane, but the time lapse is prominent between Cal and Olive who are now five years apart. Speaking with Cinema Blend, Karkanis, who plays their mother Grace Stone in the show explained, "I think it's cool, and they constantly sort of like putting in little reminders to the audience about this crazy thing, because [the age gap is] such a huge difference: 10 to 16, or 10 to 15."
She adds: "In real life, they're 11 and 17. That's a big difference. You know, like a 21-year-old and 27-year-old don't look that different. But at that age, there's so much changing, not just physically, but also those are sort of your formative years. And yet they still have this really strong twin connection. I like that. I like that dichotomy."
While everyone is already talking about Ben (played by Dallas) and Grace's probable split following the time-gap in their relation, no one is really concerned about what is going on with the Stone kids. We think that we should talk about it, and here's why.
1. Five years apart
Cal and Olive are in the strangest situation since, despite being twins, Olive is now five years older than Cal. As Karkanis rightly mentioned, the aging is pretty evident since Olive is a teenager now, while Cal is still a pre-teen. In episode eight, we see Cal going back to school where all his friends have grown up, and he will probably have to repeat the same class again with students who are conceptually younger than him. We also see an awkward moment when it was revealed that Olive is now dating Cal's one-time best friend, Kevin. Not only have their lives taken separate routes in the five years, but Cal and Olive are also different people now.
2. Two worlds, one kind
After the incidents on the plane, Cal (like the passengers) developed some mystical powers through which he can feel another person's emotions and foresee the future. His clairsensitivity leads him to unravel some secrets, such as the 11 missing passengers, and he is also able to predict if an enemy is about to cause any harm. However, Olive is not aware of any of this. To her, Cal is still a kid suffering from leukemia, but to Cal, Olive is a grown-up whom he no longer recognizes. They still live in the same house and are children to the same parents, but Olive now also considers Danny (Daniel Sunjata) as her father.
3. Parent trap
After the news of their apparent death, Grace and Olive had moved on with their lives along with Danny but when they came to know that Cal and Ben are alive, they cut their ties with Danny. However, Olive had spent some of her most difficult years with Danny and finds it hard to let go of him. She still calls him in her difficult times, seeks his help, and tries to stay as close to him as possible. However, that did not change for Cal, who is still attached to Ben just the way he was before boarding the plane. The two children seem to embody their parents' perspective on Danny's presence in their lives — Olive embodies Grace's hope for Danny's return, and Cal embodies Ben's resent on Danny's presence.
Olive and Cal's relationship is the least spoken about and maybe this very lack of attention is what makes their story more interesting. The kids don't share much time together but every time they do, there is a lost hope about getting back in them. As the worst victims to the time lapse, they have both lost five long years of their lives. What could have been the most significant years of their lives, never happened for Cal, and for Olive, it had already happened and she was moving on. They still claim to call each other best friends, but they very well know that they even want separate fathers now.
It could be considered that Cal is the older of the two, and maybe watching Olive grow up before he does can be difficult. It can also be assumed that ultimately when their parents part ways with separate partners, Cal and Olive will have no choice but to depart once again. Suffering from leukemia, separated by fate, it seems Cal and Olive are siblings who are destined to stay apart.