101.6 SYNOPSIS: Michaela has no apartment to return to, nor any belongings. Therefore, her brother Ben and sister-in-law Grace et up a room in their basement. Grace tries to console Michaela, but she is more concerned with calling her fiance Jared. Grace calls what happened “a second chance.”
0 comments | add a comment
Michaela moves in
WOMAN REPORTER: As a multitude of government agencies, including NASA, Homeland Security, and the NSA, descend upon New York, the story of the century now touches this middle-class neighborhood here in suburban Queens.
GRACE: Your mom made it after…
MICHAELA: That cheesy verse was her mantra. Actually, I’m pretty sure it’s the last thing she said to me.
GRACE: I’m sorry to stick you down here. We hung onto your apartment as long as we could, but eventually, we had to let it go.
Trusting in a Higher Purpose
Michaela’s Mom embroidered a pillow with a biblical verse which reiterates exactly that. The King James version Romans 8:28 reads “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” It is widely thought this verse applies to suffering and perseverance. The belief that even in times of great sorrow good will prevail if given the chance. It is not a “pie in the sky” view of the world where everything is honky dory, rather a view that if you trust in the higher purpose things will work out.
SOURCE: Tracy Palmer (Signal Horizon)
Michaela tries to connect
MICHAELA: Hey, can I use the phone?
GRACE: Yeah, of course.
GRACE: We gave up the landline.
As the phone is ringing on the other end, Michaela waits for it to be answered.
Michaela is given a do over
GRACE: All set.
GRACE: The universe just gave all of us a do-over. Everything that happened before goes out the window.
MICHAELA: [ECHOING] All things
GRACE: Are you okay?
MICHAELA: Yeah. Yeah, I’m okay. Sorry.
GRACE: [CHUCKLES] Okay. Anything you need, please. I’m just upstairs. Okay.Thanks.
ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD (ROM. 8:28)
Balancing One’s Own Needs
The way toward mental health lies in balancing your own needs with those of the larger world, and the characters in Manifest are forced to do that. Their personal struggles are compelling because they’re so human, and because the characters are played by actors who are charismatic and likable.