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Mar 11, 2019 4:38 pm  

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As soon as Danny finds out Grace is pregnant, he hires a lawyer and takes her to court, demanding a paternity test. Why not? Danny has DNA legal rights, too.

What if …

Michaela died during the season 1 finale. Could there be a season 2 without her? Ask the folks at The Crossing. They killed off one of their show’s main characters (Sandrine Holt as Agent Emma Ren) and immediately killed any chance of getting a season 2 renewal when they did.

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The Major finds out about the Stone’s June 2, 2024 death date prediction. Will this information determine if she mistreats Saanvi or not? Will it give her an excuse to turn her hell hounds loose on the other 828 passengers?

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Danny and Grace are brother and sister and they didn’t know it. It’s a possibility. Perhaps, they find this scandalous information out during Danny’s court-ordered DNA tests. Nothing is known about Danny other than he drives an expensive sports car and Chevy truck.

What about Grace? Does she have family other than Ben and the twins? Some inquiring minds want to know about Grace’s history before she met Ben. When and what do we significantly find out about Grace when her past is finally revealed?

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Another commercial airliner, e.g., Flight 414 disappears during a severe weather event in the same vicinity as Flight 828. What happens if the disappearance takes place on April 7th … or June 2nd … or November 4th? Forget saving the Phantom Shiner fish species, would Congress quickly regroup and divert enough money to secretly allocate enough resources to save the long extinct DoDo Bird?

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Lourdes returns to Jared and is pregnant. And is surprised when she discovers Michaela is also pregnant with Jared’s baby. This would definitely add a new twist to the definition of the word Manifest.

Why not show that Saanvi is also pregnant by an unknown mystery man. After all, pregnancy has been one of the more prominent themes of the show recently. When it comes to soap opera storylines in a sci-fi tv show, according to some social media sentiment, there can never be too much “baby mama” drama.

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Aaron Glover, the 828-Gate podcaster, is accidently hit and killed by a car. What happens to Ben’s “reveal the government’s 828 conspiracy” podcast recording? Not to worry. Aaron gave a copy of the recording to Brandi and Terence at the Montego Nights podcast to use in case anything happened to him or Ben Stone.

At least that’s how I assume things have taken place since Aaron and Ben last met. And why not, Brandi and Terence are as capable as Aaron when it comes to keeping secrets. They have a proven track record when it comes to not revealing spoilers.

What if …

An additional someone who was previously missing returns from a time before Flight 828 disappeared on April 7, 2013. What then? If the Aftershock theory can cause a ripple effect in the future, why not in the past?

Ripple waves don’t simply travel forward in a straight line, they travel in all directions … at the same time.

What if …

NBC has already secretly renewed Manifest. The secret renewal took place on November 4, 2018 and the announcement of the show’s renewal will happen on April 7, 2019. (I have my fingers crossed). Keep in mind. Don’t underestimate (or overestimate) the genius of NBC.

What if …

It’s your turn to fill-in the blank. As a fan, you have the power to do so and no one has the power to stop you. It’s all about having fun. All fans have the right to enjoy the show in any manner they so desire … whenever and however they want.


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Mar 12, 2019 6:10 pm  

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Saanvi is lesbian/bisexual. Less a what if than a theory based on some clear subtext but yeah its definitely true.


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Mar 13, 2019 5:15 am  

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The Major already knew Saanvi was lesbian/bisexual before she started spying on her at the hospital. The Major probably has a detailed file on everyone associated with Flight 828. She's too competent and efficient not to have files.

She is definitely knowledgeable about Saanvi providing medical care for Fiona Clarke's catatonic patients. And it's highly likely she already knows the name of Saanvi's empty-seat 8B non-travel partner.

What if ...

The Major falls madly in love with Saanvi. Would the Major resign from her job?


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Mar 15, 2019 2:33 pm  

Saanvi is lesbian/bisexual. Less a what if than a theory based on some clear subtext but yeah its definitely true.

I don't want you to think I intentionally avoided addressing Saanvi's sexuality. IMO is would be great if she was bisexual. Other sci-fi series have done an outstanding job with bisexual characters. For example, Eliot on the Magicians; Magnus Bane on Shadowhunters; Nico on Marvel's Runnaways; Stahma on Defiance; Bo on Lost Girl.

Relationships between characters shouldn't overshadow the characters themselves. This is something I think Manifest writers must address. There's nothing wrong with the plots or subplots within the overall storyline remaining a mystery. But there is absolutely no reason whatsoever for the backstory of any of the characters in Manifest remaining secret. Especially if the storylines associated with the backstories of those characters aren't directly involved with the mysteries behind the "plane's disappearance" or "the callings."

The two characters we know the most about are Ben and Michaela. And Olive and Cal to a certain point. But Jared's backstory hasn't been revealed in-depth. The only information we have on Grace is that she married Ben and has a relationship with Danny. We know absolutely nothing about Danny. And we know next to nothing about the backstory of my favorite character, Saanvi.

Also, no backstory has been revealed for Fiona Clarke, the Major, Bill Daly, Marko Valeriev, or any of the other 828 passengers. For me, this has filled the story with empty spaces and has made the overall storytelling incoherent and incomplete.

Perhaps, season two will be more about character development than the overshadowing of characters stuck in relationship entanglements. At least that's what I'm wishing for ... I'm keeping my fingers crossed. 

What if ...

Saanvi is Danny's dead wife's Nina's cousin. And Nina was one of Fiona Clarke's spiritual followers (107.7) who later committed suicide after realizing Fiona would never return. Why not? We know nothing about the history of Saanvi's family. Nor do we know anything about Danny or how Nina died?


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Mar 16, 2019 8:27 pm  

I think that we should recognize the different between ships taking over the show and making relationships as important as the mystery. Lost did the latter and it worked (mostly) perfectly, Once let the former happen and it ended up less perfect. But Manifest is getting far too close to the former as opposed to the latter, but they aren't doing great, that's also why people like Saanvi and Autumn are more popular, because they haven't been trapped in ships yet.


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Mar 17, 2019 4:13 pm  

I think that we should recognize the different between ships taking over the show and making relationships as important as the mystery. 

True. But the ships themselves are more than just potential romantic relationships scribbled on any fan's "ship" wish-list. Take Lourdes, for example. Her character is defined by her relationships to Jared and Michaela. Outside of those two relationships, Lourdes' character is useless and meaningless. The same is true of Danny's character.

To make relationships as important as the mystery requires character development, and dedicated and skillful script writers. Lost and OUAT were both much better at simultaneously developing characters and relationships than Manifest has up to this point in the story.

that's also why people like Saanvi and Autumn are more popular, because they haven't been trapped in ships yet.

You're probably correct. Here's where I applaud the writers. They have done an outstanding job of developing Saanvi and Autumn's characters. The audience has been introduced to the strengths and weaknesses of both characters. The same cannot be said of other characters in the various plots and storylines.


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Mar 18, 2019 11:45 am  

Really everyone important outside of the love triangles is popular and well-written, they can write all sorts of relationships but not any type of romance, makes me not want Benvi to be made canon or else it would be completely ruined.


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Mar 30, 2019 7:39 pm  

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Michaela's wild night of passion with Jared was payback in the form of venegeance. Perhaps she wanted Jared to know what he was missing because he married her BFF Lourdes. And she wanted Lourdes to know exactly how she felt when a BFF marries her BFF fiancé.

If payback was Michaela's motive, she got exactly what she wanted. Jared has become insanely jealous of her. And Lourdes became so irreparably heartbroken, she immediately left town.


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Apr 2, 2019 10:04 pm  

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The first season had featured more Saanvi ... or more Fiona Clarke ... or more Vance ... or more shoot-outs and explosions ... or more plots involving the comatose patients ... and no more Danny ... and no pregnant Grace. Would the second season have been already renewed?


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May 27, 2019 4:26 pm  

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Kelly Taylor and or Harvey Stein reappeared. Either "alive" or in a "callings" vision? Why not? Bottom-line, Manifest is essentially a drama-based supernatural, sci-fi thriller.


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Aug 1, 2019 4:58 pm  

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Grace, Olive, Grandpa Steve, and Grandma Karen are the ones who died on their flight when returning from Jamaica. And it is they who are trapped and living in a hellish nightmare ... not Ben, Michaela, and Cal. And Grandma Karen is the one responsible for the "callings" and all of the other randomly placed 828 symbolism.

What about redemption? It's about reconciling the life Grace and Olive could have lived. While they both continuously make serious mistakes and amend their mistakes as if it were Ben, Michaela, and Cal the ones who had returned from the dead ... creating havoc and chaos in their lives.

Their hellish nightmare is scheduled to end by TPTB  on June 2, 2024. Either that or the world and universe in which Manifest exists is forcefully devoured by space and time itself ... compliments of a Black Hole.


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Aug 4, 2019 10:15 am  

What if ...

Danny is playing himself, Daniel Sunjata, a famous TV actor? He does act a little "too cool for school" when he is in scenes. 


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Aug 4, 2019 10:17 am  

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The show hires Dean Winters, Allstate's " "Mr. Mayhem" as Grace's gynecologist with whom she falls in love and leaves Ben and Danny. As a result Ben and Danny team up to expose him as a government agent working with the Major. Their fight over Grace is temporarily interrupted. Yep, a new love interest for Mrs. Stone.


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Aug 4, 2019 10:19 am  

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We were able to insert photos with our topics and replies. Would be much more fun.


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Aug 6, 2019 4:13 am  

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Danny is playing  with himself in his mind, Daniel Sunjata a delusional and misguided soul,  who is a famous TV actor has convinced himself that he had an imaginary wife who died? He does act a little "too cool for school" when he is in scenes.

Please don't be angry at me. I know you like Danny. I'm only trying to have a little fun until Manifest returns in January. 😭  


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