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12/05/2019 9:20 pm  

Now that the premiere episode for season 2 has been scheduled to air in 2020, have fan expectations for the show increased or decreased? Does anyone other than the most dedicated and loyal fan really care about what's happening?

Of course, it's not possible for showrunners and NBC to satisfy 100% of the show's fans 100% of the time. But tbh it would be foolish for the show's executives to think fans haven't been paying attention and will forget everything that has happened within the story and its embedded mysteries. If they don't believe me, they are free to simply ask any Game of Thrones fan.

Fans everywhere absolutely love and support their favorite shows. Manifest fans are no exception. So, what are the expectations for Season 2?

Continuity in Storytelling

The timelines and storylines of the characters must remain synchronized to correspond with all of the events that took place in season 1. Trust me. Fans will remember. I know that I will.

Use less Shades of Gray when painting pictures of Characters

Sometimes it's best to define who and what a character represents on-screen than forcing the audience to guess and or wildly speculate what the hell's going on every time someone shows up. Even too much of what's perceived as a good thing can be a bad thing.

Answer some of the unanswered questions

Not asking for answers to the two main questions, i.e., the identity of the what behind the plane's disappearance and return, and the originator or source of the Callings. But there are virtually a million questions that can be answered.

Make Manifest exciting and unique again

It's all about the mysteries surrounding the plane's disappearance and what happened to the passengers ... and who or what is the cause ... and who did what to whom and why. Shoot-out's ... explosions ... car chases ... and murder and suicide thrown into the mix would be absolutely entertaining and satisfying.

Hopefully, the extended wait for season 2 will be worth it. If not ... we'll have to cross that burning bridge when it's time.


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23/05/2019 3:58 pm  

It's all about the mysteries surrounding the plane's disappearance and what happened to the passengers ...

Eleven passengers were kidnapped, tortured and experimented on; nine (9) were left in states of catatonic helplessness, and at an unknown location(s). This is an important and intriguing part of the overall and underlying mystery of the story. For some unknown and unexplained reason this storyline was inexplicably abandoned.

I don't know about anyone else, but I expect answers to some of the questions involving these passengers. At a minimum, why these particular passengers were chosen to be kidnapped must be explained. Asking "why" isn't asking much. Not providing the audience with an answer in season 2 could possibly be a fatal mistake.


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24/05/2019 1:19 am  

There's one season 2 expectation that can be easily fulfilled. There's Paul Santino ... Clarissa Ford ... Audio Campbell ... Anna Ross ... Aaron Glover ... Tim Powell. Then there's Danny. His name always brings cheers and accolades whenever it appears. Obviously, Danny is such a popular character with the fan base he doesn't even need a last name.

But not knowing Danny's last name is not as important as knowing what caused Flight 828 to explode on the tarmac. Knowing exactly what caused the plane to explode would be great. But to the dismay of fans everywhere that probably will not happen. So, that leaves Danny's last name. Season 2 will be the perfect time to reveal his full name.

Fans will cheer in the streets. Dogs will stop chasing cats. Mongoose and snakes will become friends. Just kidding. Everything I said about Danny shouldn't be taken serious. Revealing Danny's last name is something that should have taken place in episode 4 or earlier. Not doing so in season 2 would be ____. You fill in the blank.


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24/05/2019 7:44 pm  

As a fan of Lost, I'm not sure all of this needs to be answered, the explosion of the plane should be answered soonish, but they should keep a couple more major questions for longer, a couple need to be answered in the final episodes.


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24/05/2019 8:03 pm  

I apologize for the confusion, i.e., not providing clarity. I wasn't demanding that the back stories associated with Paul Santino, Clarissa Ford, Audio Campbell, Anna Ross, Aaron Glover, and Tim Campbell be revealed. I was attempting (desperately struggling) to show they (characters with less important roles) all had "last names" and Danny did not.

I completely agree. "...  they should keep a couple more major questions for longer, a couple need to be answered in the final episodes." Answering the cause of the plane's explosion may not be possible because that would probably provide the answer to who's behind the callings.


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25/05/2019 5:33 pm  

When it comes to thought-provoking storytelling, season 1 only provided a quick glimpse of the infinite possibilities that are available in season 2. For example, it's crystal clear that certain government entities don't have a clue as to what's going on (106.2):

VANCE: Finest minds in the scientific community, and they can’t even come to a consensus on the ground rules.

POWELL: Sixth panel we’ve held on this. Pretty much par for the course. Did you see the report from DARPA?

VANCE: The one they tried to bury in 1,000 pages of inconclusive test results? Bureaucratic oversight my ass.

POWELL: Can always count on DoD for some counterproductive territorialism.

On the other hand, some government entities either know more than other government agencies or for some deceptive reason is hiding critical information (106.22):

AGENT: Homeland sent over the 11 passenger dossiers you requested.

POWELL: Five foreign nationals repatriated to their countries of origin, three people in the hospital listed as receiving inpatient care.

AGENT: One in the Bureau prisons custody for an outstanding warrant two with no next of kin.

VANCE: And a partridge in a pear tree.

We now know that a government contractor, UDS, kidnapped those 11 passengers; and used a non-profit organization, Singularity Project, it had funded to torture the passengers in the name of science and national defense (109.9). Don't forget, the passengers were held and involuntarily underwent a series of unknown "medical" evaluations when they returned (103.4).

 BEN: At the airport when we were detained, remember they gave us those vitamin boosters, electrolytes? I mean, there could’ve been something in any of that.

Yes. Grace is pregnant. Saanvi has PTSD and the Major is her therapist. Either Michaela, Jared, or Zeke got shot. And the Stone family will not welcome the arrival of June 2, 2024. But honestly, when it comes down to what's really going on with the mysteries involving the plane and the other 828 passengers, those yet-to-be-resolved cliffhangers are nothing more than inconsequential side-stories.

Marko and Cal's connection remains an incomplete storyline. So does the storyline as it pertains to the Major's involvement with the 11 passengers and Tim Powell ... and the NSA. I look forward to season 2. Don't forget that politicians are secretly involved (110.14). And when politicians are involved, bad situations always seem to quickly get worse. I expect the upcoming season to be substantially better than season 1. As an intrigued fan, I expect nothing less. 

Btw why didn't Congress allocate emergency funds to help the 828 passengers readjust to the impossible and untenable situation these innocent individuals had been unwillingly placed? Just asking. 

 

 


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26/05/2019 6:15 pm  

The following comment was posted in the Unanswered Manifest Questions forum topics by Schroeswald:

Maybe Harvey's brain tissue was too messed up to test? 

I re-posted the comment here in order to put my thoughts about this particular comment in proper context. First, I realize that death isn't something to laugh about. Second and lastly, the only reason I watch "fiction" or "make-believe" on television is to escape reality and to be entertained.

There's a difference between what's "real" and what's "make-believe." This is why I took the liberty of laughing so hard at Schroeswald's comment that I almost fell out of my computer chair. My laughter wasn't only about Harvey jumping off a building and splattering his brain matter all over Freedman College, it was also about what happened to Kelly and James.

Talk about messed up brain samples? Kelly's brain was blown all over her television screen and living room by a close-range shot from high-caliber hand gun. And James Griffin? He essentially vomited his brains out ... all over the streets of NYC. I know. It's not funny to everyone. Those three scenes weren't intended as humor. But please forgive me, I can't stop laughing.

Which brings me to any potential death of an 828 passenger in season 2. I will not complain or criticize if any passenger, who could no longer cope with their personal situation, would pour gasoline all over his or her body and then walk out into the middle of 5th Avenue and set themselves on fire. A scene that would ignite a fan discussion fire? 

Funny? No. Horrible? Yes. But it wouldn't be any less funny or more horrible than what happened to Kelly, Harvey, and James. As I've stated, I watch television to escape reality and to be entertained. In season 2, I expect Manifest to continue to help me escape reality and to be even more entertaining than season 1. And if I can find laughter in any of the scenes, that's okay too.


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27/05/2019 10:43 am  

Yeah, I wasn't being serious at all, though I don't think that Griffin vomited his brains out, all the water that would have entered him for the 82 hours and 8 minutes filled up in him, and he had to spew some of it out.


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27/05/2019 4:16 pm  

Nor was I being serious about stating that Griffin vomited his brains out. I immensely enjoyed and was entertained by the visual. Comparing his death to Kelly and Harvey's was done solely for the purpose of  satisfying my own insatiable dark humor.


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27/05/2019 7:13 pm  

His death was pretty ridiculous looking, when you start throwing up a bunch of water all over the place to die, you might be in a cartoon.


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18/06/2019 5:12 pm  

The season 1 finale left us with four cliffhangers:

  1. Grace's pregnancy.
  2. Somebody probably got shot.
  3. The Major's now Saanvi's unethical (illegal?) therapist.
  4. Passengers who boarded Flight 828 on April 7, 2013 have all been predicted to die NLT June 2, 2024.

What do I realistically expect from season 2 based on the four cliffhangers? I'm not sure. Like everyone else, I'll have to wait and see. But not being sure doesn't keep me from guessing.

Unless items 1 and 2 are directly related to helping solve the mystery of the plane's disappearance and return, I see these two particular cliffhangers as being nothing other than OMG meaningless soap-opera distractions. Depending on how it's developed, item 3 could be interesting. Item 4 was a powerful cliffhanger and will be central to what happens in season 2.

Here's what Jeff Rake said about season 2:

We need to have a passage of time now that we have this ticking clock of five and a half years. The entirety of Season 1 took place in the short span of six weeks and so viewers can expect that the series will start moving more quickly in terms of moving forward in time, moving characters ahead further in their lives. By that, I don't mean more magical time jumps. I mean just coming back in Season 2 perhaps a little further along than people would expect. And also, trying to move further along from week-to-week throughout the season. You can expect things to move along mythologically, you can expect things to move along scientifically. 

As I stated above, I'm not sure what to expect. But I'll take Rake at his word, i.e., we can expect (demand) that things move along mythologically ... and scientifically. To be honest, I've lowered my own personal expectations for season 2. I'm trying very hard to shield myself from any and all anticipated future disappointments.


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16/07/2019 1:55 pm  

I would love to see the unexpected happen. It would great if the showrunner and executive producers used the multitude of resources, assets, and celebrities available at NBC and throughout New York State. For example:

  1. The spouse abusing attorney Paul Santino (who suffers from memory loss) being interviewed by Ari Melber from MSNBC's The Beat.
  2. The Governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo, appearing on-screen and addressing the public concerns of the 828 passengers.
  3. Any of the 828 passengers being interviewed on Morning Joe.
  4. Saanvi Bahl on the Rachel Maddow Show.
  5. Locations filmed at historic landmarks, e.g., the Statue of Liberty, Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building, etc.

I could go on ... and on. But I will not. I've already lowered my expectations for season 2. So, there's no reason to disappoint myself by wishing for something that will not happen.


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