'Manifest': The women on the show prove that they don't need any man to be their savior
Grace, Michaela, Saanvi, and Olive are the women who think for themselves and take charge of things when no one else can.
NBC's 'Manifest' has left its fans with probably a thousand questions, ever since the finale episode aired in February. Coming from creator Jeff Rake, the show follows the story of a missing plane whose passengers begin to hear strange voices in their heads which they refer to as "Callings". However, Rake's representation of the female characters amid all the ongoing turmoil of the mystery is worth an applause.
As we await the return for a second season, here are the top four times the women proved that they can fight the war without any men:
1. Amazing Grace
Grace (Athena Karkanis) found herself in a fix when she was suddenly left alone with her daughter, Olive (Luna Blaise), and for at least two years she barely got out of the bed, struck with grief upon the loss of her husband and son. However, once she realized that her depression was actually not working out very well for Olive she immediately forced herself to pull herself together. After that Grace gathered her things and started her own business where she worked as a chef. However, she realized that Olive would also need a father and when Danny (Daniel Sunjata) approached her and she did not refuse the proposal. Yet when Ben returned she was prepared to give up on the little life that she had built, although it was difficult.
Grace was left in the dark about the mysteries of the plane for far too long but once she began to wrap her head around the fact that things were no longer normal, she took charge of whatever she could. From attending to Cal's missing case to speaking with the cops, Grace emerged as a true mother who would fight any battle for her children.
2. Michaela to the rescue
Ever since she got off that plane, fear has been Michaela's (Melissa Roxburgh) greatest strength. She already went through some heart-wrenching losses, such as losing the love of her life who married her best friend and not being there at the time of her mother's death. However, Michaela did not waste time in turning things around for herself. She would always respond to the "Callings" demand to rescue anyone and be it a gunfight or a fist fight, Michaela always emerged as the capeless hero. Although Jared would often tag along with her everywhere she went, let's be honest Michaela never really needed him except maybe to cover up for her when she would go missing at work.
She showed immense courage while confronting both Zeke and Griffin, and although Griffin had terrified her with his wolf-like demure, she did not hesitate from warning him about the "Callings". She also proved that she has a strong heart when she chose to reunite with Lourdes, even though Lourdes had betrayed her trust.
3. Saanvi, the brainiac
While Ben and Michaela have been chasing around town, restlessly accumulating all the missing clues about the "Callings" and the mystery of the plane, it was Saanvi (Parveen Kaur) who first discovered the biological abnormality that the plane had inflicted upon the passengers. Almost as early as Episode 2, Saanvi had discovered the blood marks on the brains of the passengers which have been serving as a major clue on the show. Not only that, but she was also the one to enroll Cal in her program to cure cancer patients, buying him some more time which he otherwise wouldn't have had since he is already suffering from leukemia.
Also, Saanvi never begs for help. Since the beginning she has proven herself as a lone warrior, fighting her own conflicts with her own weapons. She didn't even seek help when she was on the verge of being murdered and continues to do so even when she is suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder.
4. Olive always knew
It took Olive (Luna Blaise) a while to wrap her head around the whole mystery of the plane but once she did, there was no going back for her. With a little help from Cal and Ben, Olive decoded the fact that the passengers are bound to die in the year of the dragon, as she carefully ripped out each piece of the puzzle. She also proved herself as an extremely caring daughter, who wants her family to be together. Although she does seek help from Danny every time Grace and Ben get into a fight, Olive wants Ben to be involved in the family the way he used to before the plane happened. She was also the one who made Cal feel at home, and did not leave his side on his first day in school.