Unanswered Manifest Questions
The first reveal of the five foreign nationals being held against their will happened during this exchange:
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.
The writers did an outstanding job killing the storyline involving the tortured 828 hostages who are now catatonic patients ... and have mysteriously disappeared from the plot. The writers efforts in making it happen should be highly commended. /sarc/
What's next in this
- Were their dying bodies cloned (with an expiration date) and all previous memories implanted ... except for what happened to them inside the time distortion?
- Were experiments conducted on them by human, extraterrestrial or supernatural entities?
- Why did some passengers like Fiona Clarke not receive the gift of being blessed with Callings?
Why were the 20 passengers, which excluded Fiona Clarke and others, summoned by an unknown force to witness the plane's fiery destruction? Did something from inside the time anomaly travel with the passengers to their New York destination and continues to remain with them?
Maybe nothing happened to the passengers and plane inside the dark lightning created time-space anomaly. Or perhaps whatever took place happened either nanoseconds before they entered the time distortion or immediately thereafter.
Michaela notices the two cups on the coffee table from earlier that afternoon when Autumn stopped by for a visit. She remembers the conversation she had on the phone with Ben, “Hey, how’s Massapequa? “
MICHAELA: Maybe I did.
MICHAELA: Autumn was here when you called. I-I asked you about Massapequa in front of her. What if Autumn is the mole? T-The Major, she’s looking for the Holy Grail the passenger most affected by the calling.
FIONA: What? I did no such thing.
Ben nods his head as two Air National Jets fly overhead.
If Captain Daly wanted to take a dark lightning flight to the future, shouldn't his journey to the future have included duplicating and executing his travel plan exactly as it had happened on Flight 828? Which would have required him to take off from Jamaica at the same time and fly the exact same flight path?
Daly didn't duplicate or execute the exact original 828 flight perimeters. Did he fly into the future or into the past? Did the dark lightning related disappearance of Bill Daly and Fiona Clarke's plane cause the resurrection of the immoral James Griffin ... and unlike Zeke Landon, Griffin was not linked to Saanvi's Aftershock theory (113.13)?
The most important question has now been answered. Manifest was renewed by NBC for a second season. All is good. Congratulations to the cast and staff of Manifest and to executives at both WB and NBC for making it happen. But most importantly, thanks to NBC for supporting the demands of the fans.
It is now incumbent that the show's producers improve upon the anticipated excitement expected in season two. In spite of some of its earlier flaws, Manifest continues to have the potential to be the one of the best of its genre in television history.
For the record, let me be crystal clear. I unapologetically use the time-lines that have been painstakingly and meticulously constructed by this site's creator. I recommend that everyone takes full advantage of the character time-lines and all other available site resources ... everyone also includes the showrunners at Manifest (JMO and mine alone).
The time-lines are major reasons why the two questions are being asked here:
First, when exactly did Grace end her romantic relationship with Danny? On Day 7, Ben found out about Grace's new lover, Danny, from Olive. Later that night, Grace and Ben had sex for the first time since he had returned (102.23). The next morning (Day 8), Grace took Cal to work with her and told her friend and coworker Rob that it felt like she was cheating on Danny by being with Ben (103.11).
This is also when Grace told Rob she had ended her relationship with Danny. So, when did she do it? Did she send him a phone text message and say it was over? Did she do so immediately after having sex with her husband Ben? Or did she do it on her way to work the following morning? Perhaps, there's more than one addictive Manifest fan who would like know the answer to this question.
Second, what's up with James Griffin's death certificate? This is an issue that was presented by a fan on Reddit. Griffin drove the van into the East River on Wednesday (mid-afternoon-ish) and was "rescued" late Saturday night, 82 hours and 8 minutes later.
The death certificate showed that Griffin died on Tuesday morning, December 11, 2018. This was far less than the stated 82 hours and 8 minutes expiration date. It was also short of the time-line highlighted by this site. On Day 45, December 17, Michaela questioned Griffin (when he was still alive) after being admitted to the hospital (115.4 time-line).
Fans were challenged to pay attention to possible clues that would help to unlock the show's mysteries. Paying attention when looking for clues is also a double-edged sword. Paying attention also means pulling the curtain back and revealing irreparable mistakes.
Throughout the season, I've discovered the resources at this site to be more reliable than the spin I hear or read about the series and its characters from comments on articles, interviews, and forums. Btw April 19 is Olive and Cal's birthday (101.18). Which means anything taking place in the story after this date should indicate that Olive's 17-years old. As for Cal, is he now 11 or 12-years old?
According to Grace, Olive is currently in therapy twice a week (101.14). Based on what has transpired since Ben and Cal's return, she now needs therapy more than ever. Her mom Grace must have an excellent work insurance plan.
Will Olive and Saanvi's "therapy sessions" storylines converge? Will the Major end up as the therapist for both Olive and Saanvi? I hope so. It's definitely something that could be intriguing ... and entertaining.
It's important to note that Olive told Ben; after he, Cal, and Grace had returned home from saving Zeke's life, that Cal had told her about the callings "a long time ago" (113.12). According to Olive's time-line, her reveal took place on Day 42.
Did Olive know about the callings before Grace kicked Ben out of the house (109.20), Day 28? If not, she had to have known before inviting Danny over for dinner to "comfort" her mom Grace (110.12), Day 38. So, why didn't Olive tell Grace about the callings instead to running to Danny for help, and arguing with her that Danny was family (110.21)?
Why did she go to Danny to help her mom Grace rather than going to her father Ben? After all, Ben is her family, too. He's the father whose wife kicked him out the house who earlier had assured her, "... you’re this whole new person. And you know what? I really love this whole new person. And sometimes I might not be great at communicating with her, but I want her to know whenever she needs help, she can always call me, no matter what. Okay?" (104.20)(Day 9)
What is it about dark lightning? Is it a supernatural occurrence that originated in the Bermuda Triangle, and has it now migrated and taken up permanent residence in or near the State of New York? Here's what we know:
- Flight 828 disappeared from radar after an hour during a planned three-hour flight (105.1). Note: Flight 828 was scheduled to arrive 1:40 am, April 5, 2013. Grace said, "It’s not gonna arrive for another few hours. It’s too long to wait."
- Flight 828 reappeared on radar while requesting permission to land. Head Flight Attendant Bethany Collins said to passengers via the plane's public address system (101.2), " Welcome to New York, where local time is 11:49 p.m. On behalf of your flight crew, we’d like to thank you all for flying Montego Air."
There are countless unanswered questions surrounding dark lightning. But here are a few questions that can be answered in season 2:
- When and where exactly did Flight 828 disappear? And when and where exactly did Flight 828 reappear?
- When and where exactly did Zeke Landon disappear? When and where exactly did he reappear?
- When and where exactly did James Griffin disappear? When and where exactly did he reappear?
- Why did Bill Daly think that dark lightning would appear at the time and place of his choosing?
As I see it. The best way for Manifest to get to season 6 is to provide creative and entertaining answers to some of the already intriguing unanswered questions in season 2. No one, as least not me, is willing to patiently wait 5-years for answers to the all of the questions and puzzles that were presented in season 1.
Saanvi Bahl wanted a sample of Kelly Taylor's brain tissue because: "I could test for that rebound. If they take a sample during an autopsy, maybe I could have some access." (103.27). Harvey Stein committed suicide (108.12). James Griffin died after vomiting his body weight in water from the East River (116.12). Did Saanvi ever get the brain tissue sample she needed? Or did Stein and Griffin's bodies disappear before she could do so?
Flight 828 mysteriously disappeared and returned 5 years, 6 months, and 28 days later. This is what has made Manifest an intriguing and compelling story. Three questions are important when it comes to the on-going mystery, i.e., who, why, and how?
By the end of season 2, the planned 6-year series will be one-third completed. At least, one of these three important questions should be answered by the end of next season. Which means, those who religiously follow the story each week should unequivocally be provided an answer to either who is responsible, or why it happened, or the mechanism(s) behind how Flight 828 disappeared and returned.
There is no valid reason for not answering at least one of these questions. As a dedicated and loyal fan, I don't see any valid reason for not doing so. Do you?
It was revealed that Olive has been in therapy (101.14) twice a week, for years now. As MetaWitches pointedly stated, "... serious amounts of therapy." After 16-episodes, Olive's therapy sessions were never addressed again. Period. Why?
If questions like Olive's twice a week therapy sessions aren't answered. Why should the audience expect answers to the most important questions, i.e., what caused Flight 828 to disappear and return? And why and how did it happen?
At the rate unanswered questions are being revealed, it's conceivable the series could broadcast its season 6 finale in 2024 and we will still be in the dark; and not know what actually caused the plane's disappearance and return.