How does it end?
Does the show end the way it begin? Filled with immeasurable excitement and anticipation or does it end with a dud and utter disappointment? Very few television series have ended in a 100-percent satisfactory way. To be honest, I don't know of any series finale that has pleased each and every single one of its fans.
What previous television series will Manifest be compared?
The 4400? Invasion? Threshold? Firefly? Jericho? The Event? Terra Nova? Stargate Universe? The Crossing? Should Manifest be compared against other sci-fi series? Fair or unfair? For me, it's not about being fair or unfair. Sci-fi fans have watched many series come and go.
Some of the series were better in quality than others. Where Manifest will fit into the fan-quality spectrum once it ends remains to be seen. Then too, fans have different opinions because fans have different standards when it comes to their own personal entertainment standards.
What I like most about sci-fi fans is they are willing to share their opinions regarding series, including Manifest, in an unvarnished manner. True fans who love sci-fi may disagree; but they have no problem when it involves fellow fans criticizing some of their favorite sci-fi series in an objective manner. Manifest is no exception. And yes, when Manifest ends, whether the comments are good or bad, it will be compared to other sci-fi series.
Will Manifest end as an incomplete Story?
There are a lot of storylines to connect before Manifest ends. Of course, how the series actually ends will not be based on what fans think or how they feel. Some fans are invested more than others; but when it's all said and done, the showrunner will be the one (and only one) who is responsible for what eventually happens.
Some fans have asked other fans to be patience. They say that all of the answers to the mysteries that have been presented will be revealed. In short, every single question that has been asked will be answered. I'm a skeptic. Therefore, I have serious doubts whether the questions I posed will ever be answered. Read all 53 comments on the topic Unanswered Manifest Questions.
Before Manifest ends, there is a library of archived fan-base questions to be answered. Everything from why Marko Valeriev was in Jamaica to why Fiona Clarke was on the plane and didn't have callings. Did the meteorologist, Dr. Roger Mencin, die of a boating accident or was he murdered (111.13)? Why did the three mystery Shadows manifest themselves from the unknown figure in Cal's family drawing? There are a lot of questions to be answered before Manifest ends as a fully completed story.
But how does the story of Manifest end? Like The 4400 or like Terra Nova? Jericho or Firefly? Or will it end like Stargate Universe or The Crossing? Will Manifest end up in the company of other well-liked sci-fi series or will it end down on a deserted sci-fi series road ... all alone? How does it end? What do you think?
The story as it has unfolded up to now.
Flight 828 returned with 191 "souls" onboard from "the unknown" after 5 years, 6 months, and 28 days. Two other non-passengers returned from "the unknown" after a shorter period of time. One of the non-passengers returned from "the unknown" after being gone for only 82 hours and 8-minutes. A 16th century book reveals that the Egyptian artist and scholar Yusuv Al-Zuras and others were also "souls" who were lost at sea and returned from "the unknown" after 10 years.
What or where "the mysterious unknown" is located has not been revealed. Is purgatory an actual place in time and space; or is purgatory a state of mind?
Supernatural occurrences and special abilities.
It has been explicitly revealed the returned "souls" all possess the special ability to know, see, feel, and experience all kinds of weird supernatural occurrences. One of the returned "souls," Fiona Clarke, is the only exception. She is either exempted or blessed with the inability to have callings. It would appear the only reason for the lost "souls" returning from "the unknown" is to simply die again, i.e., they all have an expiration death date equal to the time they were "lost" in the mysterious "unknown." Returning from the dead to only die again; without having any actual or worthwhile purpose, i.e., to save the world? Go figure.
Brain scans and blood markers show the lost "souls" experienced a near-death experience and possess the special ability to have callings. The blood marker can be artificially removed as Saanvi proved in S2. But what about the Ischemic Stroke evidence which was revealed on a brain scan (103.20)? Can evidence of the Ischemic Stroke be artificially removed from the body of a lost "soul" just like the Blood Marker? No Ischemic Stroke, no Blood Marker? Or no Blood Marker, no Ischemic Stroke?
Two birds carrying more than one Stone.
S2 ended with the possibility of there being more than one Montego Air Flight 828. Since the return of Flight 828, there have been visions of peacocks, wolves, gargoyles, and out-of-this-world out-of-body experiences. Couple all of the lost "soul" experiences and a baby named Eden, who wasn't one of the onboard Flight 828 lost "souls," with special abilities; and the question remains: How does it end?
Who knows? When it's all said and done, the three shadows that keep showing up all over the place could be the manifestations of Cal, Olive, and Eden? Or Cal, Ben, and Mickaela? Or Mickaela, Lourdes, and Evie? Or Grace, Olive, and Danny? "All things work together for good" - Romans 8:28. Hopefully, the ending to the story will be exceptionally good. If not, there will be hell to pay.