Ben Stone has serious anger management issues
For some unexplained reason, Ben can't seem to keep himself from physically assaulting anyone he believes he must put his hands on. His need to touch others is obviously based either on his own self-righteousness or he thinks he has the irrefutable right to use violence against anyone he so chooses.
Ben punched Blake Valero in the mouth at the storage bin where he discovered Blake has stole merchandise from his father's jewelry store and was blaming Audio Campbell for the crime. He didn't punch Blake in self-defense. He literally "knocked-out" Blake simply because of what he said about Audio. And what Blake said about Audio wasn't "that" bad or so "bad" it required Ben to physically punish Blake. Maybe Blake should have filed a civil lawsuit against Ben.
The next person to feel the wrath of Ben was Danny. After Grace had kicked Ben out of the house, Olive invited Danny over for dinner. Cal texted Ben there was a problem and Ben immediately rushed over to find Olive, Grace, and Danny in a verbal argument. Verbal ... not physical argument. Of course, Ben demanded that Grace explain why "he," i.e., Danny gets to see Ben's children and Ben doesn't. Only moments later, Danny would tell Ben, "You are the whole reason this family is messed up. I'm trying to pick up the pieces." It was then when Ben strongly shoved Danny backwards. IMO Ben shouldn't be blamed 100-percent in this particular situation. But he should get 90-percent of the blame. Although he felt provoked, he had no right to put his hands on Danny. And like it or not, and I don't like it, Danny had as much right to be in the house as did Ben.
The next individual on Ben's list to commit the crime of physical assault against was Cody Webber, the X'er who organized an on-line hate group against the 828 passengers. Ben went on Webber's property and laid hands on him. Lucky for Ben, Webber lives in the state of New York and not in Florida, a Stand-Your-Ground state. Physically assaulting Webber only resulted in Ben being arrested, not dead. What happened to Ben's assault charges in this case? Were the charges dismissed because Webber refused to press charges?
The last person Ben physically assaulted was Adrian, an entrepreneur and founder of the Church of the Returned. He grabbed Adrian by the collar, threw him against a wall, and lifted him off the floor. Just like he did with Webber, Ben went on private property, i.e., property which didn't belong to him, to use violence against another human being. Ben assaulted Adrian as a way of warning him to "stay away from Olive?" WTH, Ben? Adrian has done absolutely nothing. And it's not his responsibility to tell Olive where she can and cannot go simply because Ben doesn't approve. Ben has a serious problem. Perhaps, he should enroll in an Anger Management class. And make sure the class isn't under Charlie Sheen's supervision.
I realize that criticizing Ben Stone isn't a popular position to take. Josh Dallas is probably the most beloved character on Manifest; primarily because of his starring role on OUAT. For diehard Josh Dallas fans, any criticism of Ben Stone whatsoever is the same as criticizing Prince Charming.
But here's the real deal. Ben Stone has serious character flaws. He has a propensity to physically assault anyone he doesn't approve. Sometimes he also gives up too easily. With over 5-years to the death date, he decides to make a "goodbye" video recording for Olive. He's reckless. Breaking into corporation computers and stealing information. Visiting crime scenes with Michaela and personally conducting on-scene investigations. Traveling to neighborhoods, stepping his foot on property that belongs to someone who immensely hates him, and walking up on vans without knowing exactly who he's dealing with.
He's also a know-it-all. And no one knows it all. And most people don't like a know-it-all. Especially, a know-it-all who sits in his car and cries when he voluntarily leaves his own home; and gives another man permission to stay. A man who he had, at the time, tentatively handed his wife and daughter over to; the man who had replaced him when he disappeared. He also gave Grace permission to cuckold him when he said, "And neither one of you seem to be able to let this guy go. [PAUSE] But maybe it’s not fair for me to ask you to." Ben Stone has problems resolving his own internal family problems. So what makes him qualified to "save the passengers?" Or to save himself?