The renewal of Manifest a lost cause ... or not?
Manifest, as a series, premiered to blockbuster ratings in its pilot episode. A record number of live network viewers were captivated by the mystery involving what happened to Flight 828. Everyone loved the premise of the series. Even the harshest critics. Then something happened.
To watch or not to watch
More than half the of the first viewing audience stopped watching live network broadcasts. For reasons that haven't been empirically researched, weekly viewers have decided not to watch live episodes. Instead, the plurality of viewers delay watching each weekly episode.
Everyone have their own opinions why the ratings have slipped. But in my opinion, even with the deteriorating ratings, I honestly believe everyone wants Manifest to be a success. I know that I do. I'm sure NBC is onboard. If the network didn't fully support Manifest, there would have been no S3 renewal. The series would have been cancelled.
The good and the bad
When it comes to S3, let's be honest, the live ratings can't afford to slip down the rabbit hole any farther. The good thing is that S3 has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This gives the showrunner and writers ample time to recapture the magic that made the pilot episode so successful. They now have an opportunity to reset the story to meet the entertainment expectations and standards of Manifest's dedicated sci-fi fans.
The bad thing is that S3 has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. History shows the ratings dropped when the S2 premiere episode was delayed from Fall to Winter. There will be a significant delay when S3 returns in 2021. Will out-of sight and out-of-mind circumstances be the nail-in-the-coffin, i.e., become the reasons for the demise of Manifest?
The amount of content that's said or written about the series is limited. Publicity campaigns only go so far. These campaigns never reveal anything significant or provide any Easter eggs. Social commentary is useless and boring ... unless groups of intellectuals are willing to take the time to engage in analysis and theories ... serious or otherwise.
What do you think? Are you willing to wait for Manifest to return in the Fall of 2021? What about the Winter of 2021 or later? Will you engage in social media conversations about the series until it returns ... whenever that may be? Do you think the series can recapture the potential it showed when it first premiered in the fall of 2018?
At its core, Manifest is a sci-fi series. Then there are the stories that surround the show's sci-fi. For example, what is Grace and Ben's age on the show. Not Josh Dallas and Athena Karkanis' real ages, but the age of their characters. Based on the storyline, Ben and Grace met in college ... in Washington, D.C. in 1998. Ben graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Georgetown University. Cal and Olive were also born in 2002. Nothing has ever been specifically revealed about Grace's education.
Does it all add up?
Let's do the math. If Ben and Grace were both 18-years old when they first met, then they were 22-years old when Cal and Olive were born. Which means Grace was 36-years old when Ben and Cal returned on November 4, 2018. Ben was either 30 or 31 at the time because he didn't age. Bear with me. I'm guessing here. When the show returns, the year will be 2020 (unless the story is fast-forwarded to 2021); when means Olive will be 18-years old and Grace will celebrate her 40th birthday before the year 2020 ends. Manifest time. Not our time. Don't forget. It's important to remember that Manifest time is behind our time (real world time).
A journey to nowhere?
It's probably a lost cause when it comes answering the questions I want answered. But I'd like to know exactly when Grace had her miscarriage. Was it in the summer of 2018? And why would she at 35 or 36-years old would want to have a baby without getting married? She met and lived with Danny for 3-years. What happened to her during the other 2 and a half years? Did she start her catering business before or after she met Danny? What about Lindsay, Justin, and Rob ... the men in the village she had built around her? How do they fit into the overall picture?
The renewal of Manifest will probably do nothing to answer the above questions. But the questions remain; which means expecting answers is a lost cause. Then maybe not. But I'm not holding my breath when it comes to getting any answers. I have a strange feeling that the majority of remaining fans and viewers do not seek answers ... they're simply passengers in the car and they don't care where the car takes them ... or where the car ends up.