'Manifest': Why Saanvi is the true survivor of Montego Air Flight 828
Saanvi has kept quiet and done her job diligently, in spite of being discouraged by her seniors who consider the "Callings" to be the result of schizophrenia.
NBC's 'Manifest' has been following the aftermath of the sudden re-appearance of Montego Air Flight 828 which went missing almost five and a half years ago. And when the passengers arrived, they were subjected to some strange voices in their heads that they began to interpret as the "callings".
While some of the passengers have assumed divine intervention in the "callings", others have been trying to reason with the help of science. This is exactly where the Jeff Rake-created show sees a fine line of difference between Parveen Kaur's character Saanvi and the rest of the passengers.
Starring alongside Josh Dallas (as Ben Stone), Athena Karkanis (as Grace), Melissa Roxburgh (as Michaela Stone), Kaur's character stands out due to her intelligence, her presence of mind, and above all her determination to find a cure to disease as deadly as cancer.
Although Saanvi was on the plane with the other passengers, she has kept calm about the whole issue of the plane disappearing for five and a half years. However, on being exposed to the "callings" she began her own set of experiments and research that led to the discovery of certain brain tissues that were not there in her brain when she boarded the plane.
The research was initially dismissed as the indication to the early stages of cancer, but Saanvi did not let go easily. She kept her research to herself until she met Fiona Clarke, whose discovery of mirror neurons is loosely connected to the brain tissues.
While Ben and Michaela have been chasing the "callings" - Michaela utilizing them to seek redemption, and Ben simply following the to save his family - Saanvi is the only one who has been looking at these "callings" objectively. Not for once has she related them to any particular event in her life but she is considering it to be more of a medical problem than anything paranormal.
The plane's number 828 seems to be a direct reference to the Roman Verse 8:28, which suggests, "in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose."
Considering the word "purpose" in the phrase the show has certainly seen its characters try and fulfill their purposes - Michaela to redeem her guilt over her best friend Eve's death, and Ben figuring out a way to fix his broken family.
However, 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 has 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.
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.