Is it just me?
I know. Fans of the show are paying attention. Especially those who participate on this forum like @MaryGrace, @schroeswald, @toofab, @tjlevi, @happy-day, @paul-douglas, @chuckb, @wolflady-234567, @vivek, @lakesinclair, @emilyblunt, and others.
Fans participating here are aware of some of the basic facts, e.g., Olive and Cal were born on April 19, 2002; and that on April 7, 2013, Ben and Grace "had been together for 15 years." Fans are also aware that Grace disappeared from home without explanation after Olive was arrested for shoplifting at the Bluemercury cosmetic shopping location. Grace had taken the day off because she was concerned about the insurer's requirement to pay back a $500,000 death benefit she had received. Before leaving home and returning to immediately engage in a fight with Ben, she was about to go upstairs to the bedroom and show him some intimate appreciation for resolving the death benefit problem.
There are other things. Or is it just me?
Too many disconnected subplots to major plots or discarded/forgotten plot points?
Cal was enrolled in a highly specialized cancer program and was undergoing treatment protocols. It would appear he spent more time enjoying recreational activities with his father and grandfather and running away from home than he was treated for cancer. Maybe Cal routinely attended treatments sessions (off-screen) and was cured. Who the hell knows? I know that I don't what happened.
When Cal looked out the airplane's window and observed a blinding bright light; he said, "It's all connected." What did he see? Yusuv Al-Zuras' ship sitting in the middle of the ocean? A flying saucer? A spider's web? Then there's Cal's unexplained psychic connection to Marko Valeriev. Why were they connected and when did this connection end? Or did it end?
There are other discarded and or forgotten plot point connectors. Grace told Ben she had ended her relationship with Danny. Yet he stopped by the family home unannounced afterwards. She even seriously discussed with Danny to be publicly named Eden's father. Did she tell Ben she was having private conversations with Danny? She didn't tell Ben when Danny stopped by unannounced. She didn't tell Ben about the "intimate details" of her and Danny's "personal and physical communication" after Olive's Bluemercury incident. Nor did she inform Ben that she was eagerly and willingly impregnated by Danny. Where's the remainder of this soap opera storyline?
Will the subplots and plots end up connecting, and answering the questions in the story?
This remains the most important unanswered question. Questions are the only things in the story that make sense. At this point in the story, the questions don't appear to have any reasonable answers. Take Saanvi for example. What happens to her? Does she live or die? Here's what I'd like to see when it comes to Saanvi in S3. Very early in the upcoming season, as earlier suggested in another discussion by Tom Levi, she should die in a hail of blazing gunfire. Then in the last scene of the S3 finale, the doorbell at the Stone family home rings ... Ben slowly opens the door ... and unmistakeably ... it's Saanvi. Why not?
How are the three shadow figures connected to the "shadow figure" in Cal's drawing? And what are the three shadow? I know. Answers regarding the three shadows will be forthcoming in season 3. Yeah, right. Just like the answers to what happened to the 9-catatonic patients under Fiona Clarke and Saanvi's medical were answered in season 2. When it comes to waiting for questions to be answered, I'm not holding my breath. Nor do I recommend anyone else to hold their breaths. There are a lot of pieces to the Manifest mystery puzzle. But it seems as if nothing is happening other than more of the same nothing. At some point, something significant has to happen to move the story forward. If not, the story itself becomes irrelevant. Or is it just me?
What do you think? Is the overall story moving too slowly? Do the plots make sense? Do the plots connect to the ongoing storylines? Do the storylines logically connect the main characters to the recurring characters they encounter? Are some of the plots irreparably disconnected? Or is it just me?
At some point in the future, the lights will be turned off and the doors at this site will be locked. This happened after 5-episodes of the Exploring Manifest series on Youtube. And it happened with the Montego Nights podcast after 16 episodes when season 1 ended. I was a loyal fan of both Exploring Manifest and Montego Nights. I'm also loyal to this site.
I'm not a member of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or any other social media platform. So, when the lights are turned off and the doors are locked here, I will stop posting comments about Manifest anywhere. Period. I will wish Manifest and its supporters the very best. But that's just me.