This review contains some major spoilers for the sixth episode of Manifest entitled Off Radar (as well as some for the other episodes).
Manifest is back this week with a bang after a week hiatus. Monday night’s episode paved the way for one heck of a plot twist. Grace (Athena Karkanis) and Ben (Josh Dallas) rush Cal (Jack Messina, who seriously KILLED it in this episode!) to the hospital with a mysterious illness that Ben is convinced has something to do with the plane, while Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh) and Jared (JR Ramirez) search for the person connected to what is going on with Cal.
This episode showed a bit how Cal’s connection to the callings and such are on a much more physical level than that of the others we have seen so far. Tonight, Cal woke up his parents with strange mumblings and a severe temperature. While at the hospital, Saanvi (Parveen Kaur) realizes that the phrase that Cal keeps repeating is something that she heard on the plane leading Ben to believe that it is connected to everything else that has been going on with them. (Really, what’s NOT connected at this point?!) This sends Ben on a quest to find out who this person is, causing Grace to ask about what it all has to do with their son being sick. In an attempt to not keep anything from his wife anymore, Ben tells Grace about the callings. However, she does not have the best response to it. (Really Grace? After the whole dead people/magic airplane line, you are going to be super skeptical about hearing voices?) After talking to Anna Ross (guest star, Jacqueline Antaramian) a translator who was on the plane with them Michaela, Ben, and Saanvi realize than a bus of eleven passengers got diverted somehow after leaving the hangar the night of their return.
Meanwhile, the real Marko (guest star, Nikolai Tsankov) was being subjected to a number of different tests and it is obvious (to us) that Cal is suffering from the effects of what is happening to Marko, who is being held with several other people, presumably from the plane. Testing doesn’t really feel like an accurate term here, because, especially in Marko’s case it seems more like torture.
A Nice Country Drive
Michaela calls Jared for a personal day when Cal is taken to the hospital, however, when they figure that there is a connection to the plane, she goes into the precinct. Jared catches her wanting to know why she was lying to him once again. He changes his mind (mainly because now that he is under NSA Director Vance’s (Daryl Edwards) thumb) and tells her that he doesn’t want to know why she is lying because he doesn’t want to be responsible for betraying Michaela. However, Ben tells her that she should take Jared with her, so she recruits him to help her with finding where they believe that Marko and the other detained passengers are being held. Telling him about a company that seems to be behind the missing passengers, Unified System Dynamics, she tries to go alone but everyone knows he wouldn’t let that happen. Once there, they find the red door that was in one of Cal’s “dreams”. They also find a heavily guarded building and are confronted by a guard with an automatic weapon. Michaela’s quick thinking (and vandalism) skills cause them to get a little bit of a better look at everything before getting away with a picture of someone looking like a passenger with someone in scrubs.
After they are a safe distance away, Jared has had enough of the lies and wants to know about how she is not surprised about what they just encountered. Like Ben, Michaela is tired of lying to the person she loves most and tells Jared about the callings. Jared responds much better than Grace, but it’s still obvious that he is struggling with knowing things and reporting them to Vance. Later she tells him about a company that seems to be behind the missing passengers, Unified System Dynamics. A multi-billion dollar company that seems innocent on the outside, however, we know that’s far too easy.
Last Ditch Effort…
After Ben leaves to do what he thinks will help them find Marko and the others, Grace confronts Saanvi for encouraging Ben when it comes to following the callings. Cal has a seizure before Saanvi can really defend her point, but I don’t see this being the end of the potential conflict between these two. Ben goes to the NSA and demands to see Vance who says that he knows nothing about Marko and the other passengers being held out in the country. However, Vance still takes men to the location and finds almost nothing, leaving even the seasoned NSA agent in the dark as to what is going on.
In the end, the calling technically failed, but as Saanvi says: “We get to count this one into the win column.” In that, no matter the outcome, Cal is alright. However, it still begs the question, for how long? Since as this episode closed, they showed that it was only a matter of time before the experiments started again for Marko and the others.
Questions for this week:
Who is Fiona Clarke? She has been shown in two episodes now on television screens, and we should all know by now, this show doesn’t put things in for no reason.
Who is behind Unified Dynamic Systems?
What are the experiments for?
How deep does Cal’s connection go to the others?