101.24 SYNOPSIS: Michaela is in a church and is approached by a priest. She is curious if she is chosen for some higher purpose when Ben arrives. Michaela questions why they were chosen. Later, some of the passengers return to the airport and witness the plane explode on the other side of the fence from them.
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Michaela seeks understanding
Scene shifts inside a church where Michaela is reading a bible in a pew. She is reading Romans 8:28 – “God causes all things to work together for good to those…who are called according to His purpose.”
PRIEST: Welcome home. Ears burning much? You’re the subject of my sermon this Sunday.
PRIEST: We know in our heart.
Michaela sees the plane in her mind.
PRIEST: You okay? Michaela?
Michaela holds up the bible in which she was reading.
MICHAELA: Can I take this?
PRIEST: As long as you put it to good use.
Michaela as a Tragic Character
Michaela is a “tragic character” who’s walked away from her faith, and viewers “meet her after she’d fallen a long way down,” Roxburgh says. But “she’s got this glimmer of hope in her eye. She’s kind of looking at it like, ‘Maybe we’re being called back for a spiritual reason.’ [“Manifest” creator Jeff Rake] promises a “major mythology reveal” halfway through the first season that will be “surprising and satisfying.” But throughout, small clues will peel layers of the onion.
SOURCE: (Brian Truitt, USA TODAY)
Ben seeks understanding
Ben enters church.
PRIEST: Looks like your ride’s here.
BEN: You saved those girls.
MICHAELA: We saved those girls. How’d you know I was here?
BEN: I just knew.
MICHAELA: What is this? What is happening? How about this? There were a lot of people on that plane. Why you and me? What makes two head cases like us so special?
BEN: What’s the probability it’s just you and me?
The passengers are called back
MICHAELA (Voiceover/Narrator): And, of course, it wasn’t just the two of us.
Camera shifts to other scenes of other passengers (including SAANVI) who were on the plane, before showing passengers convening near a fence at the airport looking out at the plane.
Scene shifts to CAL sleeping and his eyes open up.
MICHAELA (Voiceover/Narrator): It had no interest in being investigated. And as for the group of us? This was just the beginning.
Did the entity that brought them forward in time also take steps to make sure certain people were on the plane? Were they all random? Were none of them random? What does it say about them, that they are now some sort of chosen ones? What happens if they ignore the voice and walk away? Is the voice telling everyone who was on the plane to do good? Is hearing voices the extent of their changes, or will they develop other powers?