Manifest Season 2 Expectations
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The season 1 finale left us with four cliffhangers:
- Grace's pregnancy.
- Somebody probably got shot.
- The Major's now Saanvi's unethical (illegal?) therapist.
- 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.
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.
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:
- The spouse abusing attorney Paul Santino (who suffers from memory loss) being interviewed by Ari Melber from MSNBC's The Beat.
- The Governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo, appearing on-screen and addressing the public concerns of the 828 passengers.
- Any of the 828 passengers being interviewed on Morning Joe.
- Saanvi Bahl on the Rachel Maddow Show.
- 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.
Besides making money, why are television series produced? To inform, persuade, or entertain fans and the general audience? On the other hand, what are the expectations of fans and the audience when it comes to watching?
It's safe to say that fans want their voices heard. If they didn't, they wouldn't actively participate on fan sites and boards like the magnificent Manifest Viewer's Guide (Unofficial) provided here. Whether the show's executives, writers, or cast are listening or paying attention or not, fans want to voice their opinions.
Here is some advice regarding expectations that executives and writers can ignore at their own peril. More quality control and attention to detail will lead to fewer errors and complaints. For example, listed below are some of the major "jump off the screen" errors and mistakes presented in season 1:
3. The hours between Griffin's "resurrection and re-death" do not add up to 82 hours and 8 minutes (116.18):
From last episode, the van was in the river from Wed. 11:06am to Saturday 9:14pm -- which is exactly 82 hours and 8 minutes.
Add an additional 82 hours and 8 minutes and Griffin should have died on Wed morning at 7:22am. But the coroner's report indicated that Griffin died at 10:49 am on Tuesday Dec. 11, 2018, which is 61 hours and 35 minutes after Griffin was pulled from the river.
The clipping of Susan Creighton states she died on December 11, 1996 and Rick Moore died in April of 2018 from lung cancer (c.f. Michaela says they both died in the past few days, and Jared later says that Rick died of a massive heart attack.)
When it comes to thought-provoking television, fans expect showrunners and writers to pay attention and quality control their own work. Glaring errors and mistakes repeatedly "jumping off the screen" do not show serious intent or credibility when it comes to the showrunner and writers. If fact, such errors and mistakes are indicative that the showrunner and writers aren't paying attention and do not care about the quality of their own work.
I hate to be bas but, I would be interested in a flashback to the afternoon and evening of the shoplifting event. My opinion is that a mother, any mother, who gets word that her daughter was caught shoplifting could not get home fast enough to tend to that very important parenting opportunity. Different moms may have a different approach to the situation but one thing they all would have in common is that they would deal with it immediately.
It was very puzzling that Mrs. Stone did not arrive home until late that evening and rather than going immediately to her offending child, she picks a fight with her husband and avoids the question regarding how she found out about the incident. Where was she for 7, 8, or 9 hours?
The flashback that I would like to see is the love scene with Mrs. Stone and Mr. Whatshisname at the culmination of which Whatshisname's seeds were sown. Based on all the "pregnancy math" that has been floated around the various forums related to the show, it is very possible that "Shoplifting Day" could very well be "Conception Day." Maybe we will find out sometime during Season 2. It seems that from people who are in NYC and follow some of the shooting locations plus the various behind the scenes photos on social media there are two actors who are nowhere to be seen at filming locations. Those two would be Karkanis and Sunjata. It seems possible the Grace/Danny/Ben triangle may be on the back burned for several episodes. Who knows.
Having said all that, what would be the plot advantage of the love child being fathered by Mr. Whatshisname? In my opinion zero plot advantage but it would intensify the family conflict that we thought was calming down. The plot advantage would be that the little one would be sired by Ben. Those out to get the Stones would find out that the baby has inherited the "powers" of the callings with the whatever blood maker. It would then become the "Holy Grail." That would make more sense than Grace popping out a little bastard child just to see what Ben would do.
Just my opinion.
Two additional things before I forget.
5. When MA828 landed at Stewart Airport, head flight attendant, Bethany Collins announced that it was 11:49 PM local time (101.2). MA828 was scheduled to land in NYC at 1:40 AM, April 8, 2013, Gate C8 (105.1). MA283, the flight on which the other Stone family members returned, arrived at 11:50 AM, April 7, 2013, Gate C11.
Bethany Collins (actually the scriptwriters) had to have known something was seriously wrong when MA828 arrived at its destination 2-hours earlier than scheduled ... on a 3-hour flight? Two things are definitely important when it comes to flying on commercial airliners ... departure and arrival times. When Collins said it was 11:49 PM, someone responsible for the flight, alarm bells should have immediately went off. Here's a hint: that 'someone' responsible was not Bethany Collins.
My opinion is that a mother, any mother, who gets word that her daughter was caught shoplifting could not get home fast enough to tend to that very important parenting opportunity.
I completely agree with Tom's opinion. In fact, I agree 100% with each and every word stated in his rational "common sense" based opinion post.