This review contains some major spoilers for the third episode of Manifest entitled Turbulence (as well as some for the other episodes).
One Down, 190 To Go
Last week’s episode ended with a bang and as they dealt with the fallout of that, Ben (Josh Dallas) feared for the lives of his family while Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh) faced demons from before she left on Flight 828. On Monday, Manifest continued to answer one question as it allowed two more to take its place (and then some). Olive (Luna Blaise) and Cal (Jack Messina) reconnected on their twin level while their mother, Grace (Athena Karkanis) was finally completely honest with Ben about the men that had been in her life during his absence.
Owning Her Truth
One thing that I love about this show’s mind games is that they are spread out among the characters and guest stars. This week had both the late Kelly Taylor (guest star, Julienne Hanzelka Kim) and Michaela with a common theme of “owning your truth”. Even non-828 passenger Grace was being haunted by the term as she struggled to tell Ben about her former relationship, that only ended with the return of Ben and the others. Grace reassured Ben that even though she did have someone important in her life that it was over once he came home. One of the best things about this show is their ability to link together characters even with all of these supernatural things that could easily overshadow the entire plot line. At the end of the day, this story is about family and the lengths that you go to put back together your life.
For Kelly it was the fallout of owning her truth that ultimately led to her murder, finding out that while in her absence her husband, Patrick (guest star, Joe Urla) had become a slumlord of a local shopping center. Owning her truth had to do with more than just telling her story to the media, but wanting to shut down the business that her husband was guilty of extorting money from the people that worked there.
While Michaela dealt with facing the parents (guest stars, Adriane Lenox & Andrew Sensenig) of her other best friend, Evie (Simoné Elizabeth Bart) who died while she was driving (something that she hasn’t done since the accident). While dealing with these demons, Michaela mended the bridges that she had thought were burned forever, as well as made steps to heal herself.
Olive and Cal dealt the fact that Cal doesn’t really feel like they are twins anymore, he feels that both Olive and the rest of their friends (including his best friend and now Olive’s boyfriend Kevin (guest star, Sean Kaufman) )have left him behind. He felt such a disconnect that he even broke his and Olive’s “twin code” when he told their parents about her sneaking out of the house. However, she reminded him that Kevin wasn’t his best friend…she was. The two siblings resolved that it was still the two of them against the world.
Saanvi (Parveen Kaur) lets Ben know that she found something off about not only Cal’s blood but her own as well. She tells Ben and Michaela that there is a protein in her and Cal’s blood that signifies ischemia (or shows when circulation is limited) on par with a stroke victim. To her, it seems as if they were brought close to death and then brought back only increasing the mystery of what happened to them.
Michaela visited the man who had been arrested in connection with Kelly’s murder, who is with the group of people who are worshipping and following the passengers from Flight 828. Have to say it was a strange exchange, but one that only lends to the overall mystery of what happened to the people on 828.
Finally, in what has now become a Manifest staple, there was a plot twist in the final moments that makes you can’t wait for next week to come. As Saanvi is telling Michaela and Ben that she can’t find Kelly’s body in the morgue database, it was seemingly being loaded into a secured building by federal agents.
Questions for this week:
Why was Kelly’s body taken and just where was it taken to?
What is the government hiding when it comes to Flight 828?
Are we going to meet Grace’s boyfriend, Danny?
How are some “callings” (a term dubbed by Michaela) affecting those not on Flight 828?
What do the “cult” members see in “the returned”? What exactly do they want from them?