Manifest (S01E15) “Hard Landing”

Monday night proved that not everyone who comes back from the dead is interested in using their second chance for good. Getting to know Adrian last week, Manifest flirted with the idea of someone using their status of being a “returned” as a means of income and a purpose (albeit, a deceitful one). However, this week, as many times with this show, it doubled down with the concept and introduced someone who was completely irredeemable. Another cog in a machine that is barreling towards the finale next week! Also, while I am sure that a season two renewal is right around the corner, keep #RenewManifest trending on social media and make sure to tag @nbc, @nbcmanifest and @warnerbrostv. Alright #Manifesters, let’s get into this for the next to last time this season.

This review contains some major spoilers for the fifteenth episode of Manifest entitled Hard Landing. (as well as some for all other episodes).   

#Jachela or #Zekchela (?)

Starting off with the triangle again this week, since I feel that it is going to be a major part of not only the finale but of the next season as well. Jared (J.R. Ramirez) finally met Zeke (guest star, Matt Long) and he wasted little time trying to assert himself to not only Zeke but Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh) that even though he is still married that he was the man in Michaela’s life. Zeke seemed a little less problematic, but only time will tell what exactly his intentions are when it comes to Mick. Zeke was arrested after he was caught trying to break into a home that he claimed was his mother’s home. However, even when he goes back there, we don’t get to see if this is actually the case or not. Jared isn’t having any of it and is determined to show Michaela that Zeke can’t be trusted. There is obviously a lot at play here, Jared and Michaela were together for a long time, but there is something there between Mick and Zeke and it’s clear that it is not going away anytime soon.

Post Traumatic Saanvi

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Parveen Kaur as Saanvi Bahl

Saanvi (Parveen Kaur) was still dealing with what happened to her last week when she was held hostage because of her status of being one of the returned. I am glad that they just didn’t gloss over what happened to her and are allowing her to show a progression to getting better. Since she was attacked and almost killed by a desperate person, trying to save their loved one, she has been jumpy and been having episodes of stress. Being a doctor, she knows all the signs and acknowledges them, but doesn’t do anything about them. She does confess to Ben (Josh Dallas) that the more recent events have caused her to have a lack of faith that everything that was happening around them. That she used to have a more positive outlook on why she and the others were brought back but that she was no longer sure of the implications. Saanvi seems to be a bit of a loner in connections with other people, however, she has a family of sorts right at her fingertips. Ben, Michaela, and Cal (Jack Messina) have proven to be able to be there for her when needed and she needs to trust that they will be there for her if needed.

 

The Family That Googles Together…

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l to r: Athena Karkanis as Grace Stone, Josh Dallas as Ben Stone and Luna Blaise as Olive Stone

Grace (Athena Karkanis) offered up her and Olive (Luna Blaise) to help Ben look up some of the information on the mysterious James Griffin (guest star, Marc Menchaca) who was alive after being submerged underwater for over eighty hours. They prove that working together is always going to be better than going at a problem alone. Olive has a one-liner about MySpace that will make everyone of a certain age chuckle while at the same time looking for their walkers. They are able to get Michaela the information that she needs to try and rattle James.

Not Everyone Is Worth Saving  

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Marc Menchaca as James Griffin

Michaela was pretty busy this week, dealing with not only Jared and Zeke’s back and forth but she was desperate to try and help James Griffin, even though he is a ruthless criminal who murdered his two accomplices in cold blood. Her need to save those that are like them shows just how much stronger Michaela’s faith is now. Before, it seems that she wouldn’t have wanted to trust not only James but Zeke as well. However, giving someone like James the benefit of the doubt is not only foolish, it’s dangerous.

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Marc Menchaca as James Griffin

Even though with Ben’s (and family) help she was able to get to the heart of some of the issues that were plaguing James, they weren’t enough, and he used his new found “powers” to get away with murder and threatened to expose the Callings to the public. James used his knowledge through his Calling to thwart a bombing in Time Square that secured his immunity from his crimes and when Michaela was down with the bomb squad she saw the wolf from Zeke and Cal’s Calling. 

 

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Big bad wolf

 

Questions for this week:

Is James going to have the same consequences as he begins to threaten to expose the Callings? What is his ultimate plan? While still keeping our eyes on the Major, could James be the big bad (wolf) of the series?

Speaking of the Major, are we going to see her before the end of the finale? Maybe get a few more answers about what she is after?

I have so many questions after seeing the preview for next week, and then this will be it. Hopefully, we will get the news of renewal before the usual time (May) for certain network shows. I will catch you all here next week for the final recap of the season!