"NBC’s Manifest has boarded a couple of new faces for Season 2, which won’t arrive until early 2020.
Additionally, Garrett Wareing (Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists) will recur during Season 2 as TJ, a college freshman (at Astoria U. perhaps?) who had been a passenger on Flight 828, but after the five-year time “loss” is feeling a bit left out. Watch for Ben to take the discombobulated lad under his wing."
Seriously? So Ben will now have a pregnant wife, a side chick, and college kid to mentor. When will the madness end and get on with the show?
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Seriously? So Ben will now have a pregnant wife, a side chick, and college kid to mentor.
This is exactly why many fans continue to voice their concerns and criticism. And the concerns and criticism are warranted. There's too much "going nowhere" fluff involved in the storytelling. Especially when it comes to the original premise of of the show. Too much "going nowhere" leaves the mystery surrounding the sci-fi aspects of the plots within the story in chaos.
Yes, there are callings, blood markers, and an alleged expiration death date (June 2, 2024) for the passengers. So what? Why exactly did they return from the dead? Period. What's their purpose? Why them? What's the threat? If there's no threat to the world or if the survival of the human race is not in mortal danger, exactly what story is Manifest trying to convey? A "conflict and relationship" soap opera drama disguised as what should be a high concept sci-fi mystery?
At some point ... and very soon ... Jeff Rake and company will have to "Lets Get it On" and explain exactly why the passengers returned. And whether they're a threat or not. If they're not a threat, then who or what is the threat? Sci-fi series don't work unless there's a threat. Alien invasion. Humans turning into Zombies. Arrival of a Prophet of Doom. There's always a threat and the threat's always easily identifiable.
A visible and imminent threat to the world storyline has to be immediately revealed. Otherwise the only excitement fans will get from the show are slowly-paced boring, recycled "pregnant wife," "side-chick" "college kid to mentor" plot