'Manifest': The number 828 which appears on every episode might be hinting towards something
From changing their own realities to their perception towards life, Flight 828 had a big role to play in rebuilding the characters' lives.
The number 828 has been a recurring clue in NBC's Jeff Rake-directed show, 'Manifest', and over the last nine episodes that aired before the show went on its long fall break, the number has appeared every now and then, sometimes as address, like a license plate, time, but most importantly it was the number of the flight which went missing for almost five and a half years. Starring Josh Dallas (as Ben Stone), Melissa Roxburgh (as Michaela Stone), Athena Karkanis (as Grace), Parveen Kaur (as Doctor Saanvi), and J.R.Ramirez (as Jared), 'Manifest' has been following the aftermath of the sudden re-appearance of Montego Air Flight 828, and the eventual "callings" which the passengers begin to experience.
The number appeared on several episodes, and fans have been spinning out their own theories regarding the number. A Reddit user has suggested, "Anyone else think they were all on THE Island. From Lost, the whole time? Maybe they'll start having flashbacks of what happened there? The entire series of Lost in reverse?". Another fan has mentioned, " Numerology is definitely playing a role in the series. 828 in an "angel" number, for starters. Both '8' and '0' are associated with infinity. '0' represents the beginning and suggests you listen to your intuition. '8' represents personal authority, self-confidence, among other things. '8' is also known as the 'karma number.'"
Considering all the nine episodes of 'Manifest', the latter fan theory completely makes sense. In fact, the show had hinted at the significance of the number in the very first episode when Michaela's mother was stitching the verse on a pillow-case. The show has heavily relied on the concept of Angel Numbers which in Biblical terms suggest that our guardian angels often send us messages through numbers, which means that if we are noticing a certain set of numbers repeatedly then maybe it would be a good idea to go back to the Bible and check out the verse under it. The verse under Roman 8:28 says, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose."
The verse clearly indicates that any desire with a moral intention will be fulfilled, and that is exactly what happens to the passengers when the land five and a half years later. Let's take a quick recap on how the number has been leaving subtle hints to indicate the mystery shrouding the plane:
1. Break and mend
When Monetgo Air Flight 828 happened to the Stone siblings, Michaela and Ben, they did not have the least idea what situation they had put the people they had left behind in. Presumed dead for almost five and a half years, their sudden return was not only a shock for everyone but also to them since they were now hearing voices. Whether these voices are their consciousness or any divine vocation is difficult to say but it has certainly led them to unravel some extremely twisted mysteries. While on one hand, the plane's disappearance did cause them to lose almost half a decade of their lives, it certainly served as a chance for them to mend what was broken.
2. A Second Chance
This leads us to the fact that when the passengers of Montego Air Flight 828 landed on earth, each one of them received the gift of a second chance. Michaela got the chance to save lives to compensate for the unfortunate death of her best friend, Eve. Cal, who wouldn't have been alive for more than six months since he had stopped responding to the treatments for leukemia, is now alive and will probably live a long life due to the advanced research by Saanvi. As for Saanvi herself, her research was being used for over 30 months in order to cure pediatric patients suffering from cancer.
3. Lost and Found
Had it not been for the disappearance of the flight, Michaela would have probably never realized her true feelings for Jared, and Cal might not have made it beyond those six months. It also gave Ben a chance to come closer to his daughter whom he had otherwise abandoned in his fight against Cal's leukemia. The flight must have had some influence on helping the characters work on their self-redemption because none of them had returned the same. While some were more aggressive about their needs, others such as Saanvi and Michaela were thankful for the second chance because it helped them find their lost morale.
4. Alternatively Clairsensitive
Fans have also suggested that the plane probably disappeared into an alternate dimension. Considering the probability of the theory we suggest that the flight was a chance for these characters to mingle with their other realities who have been a product of all the choices they rejected. Cal, in an alternate universe, never suffered from leukemia, Michaela is not responsible for Eve's death, and Jared is certainly not engaged to Lourdes. The show gradually slid in these alternate realities into the character's lives and now they are pursuing those other possibilities by discarding the realities in their own world.
The number 828 will probably serve as the ultimate answer to the question, "what happened on Montego Air Flight 828?" and maybe, in the end, it will help redefine the characters' psychology, their dynamics with the world, and their eventual release from all that been burdening them. The question still remains that why did only these group of individuals get the chance? Probably because they made the initial decision of changing flights, and hence, changing lives.