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Mar 11, 2019 4:38 pm  

What if …

As soon as Danny finds out Grace is pregnant, he hires a lawyer and takes her to court, demanding a paternity test. Why not? Danny has DNA legal rights, too.

What if …

Michaela died during the season 1 finale. Could there be a season 2 without her? Ask the folks at The Crossing. They killed off one of their show’s main characters (Sandrine Holt as Agent Emma Ren) and immediately killed any chance of getting a season 2 renewal when they did.

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The Major finds out about the Stone’s June 2, 2024 death date prediction. Will this information determine if she mistreats Saanvi or not? Will it give her an excuse to turn her hell hounds loose on the other 828 passengers?

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Danny and Grace are brother and sister and they didn’t know it. It’s a possibility. Perhaps, they find this scandalous information out during Danny’s court-ordered DNA tests. Nothing is known about Danny other than he drives an expensive sports car and Chevy truck.

What about Grace? Does she have family other than Ben and the twins? Some inquiring minds want to know about Grace’s history before she met Ben. When and what do we significantly find out about Grace when her past is finally revealed?

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Another commercial airliner, e.g., Flight 414 disappears during a severe weather event in the same vicinity as Flight 828. What happens if the disappearance takes place on April 7th … or June 2nd … or November 4th? Forget saving the Phantom Shiner fish species, would Congress quickly regroup and divert enough money to secretly allocate enough resources to save the long extinct DoDo Bird?

What if …

Lourdes returns to Jared and is pregnant. And is surprised when she discovers Michaela is also pregnant with Jared’s baby. This would definitely add a new twist to the definition of the word Manifest.

Why not show that Saanvi is also pregnant by an unknown mystery man. After all, pregnancy has been one of the more prominent themes of the show recently. When it comes to soap opera storylines in a sci-fi tv show, according to some social media sentiment, there can never be too much “baby mama” drama.

What if …

Aaron Glover, the 828-Gate podcaster, is accidently hit and killed by a car. What happens to Ben’s “reveal the government’s 828 conspiracy” podcast recording? Not to worry. Aaron gave a copy of the recording to Brandi and Terence at the Montego Nights podcast to use in case anything happened to him or Ben Stone.

At least that’s how I assume things have taken place since Aaron and Ben last met. And why not, Brandi and Terence are as capable as Aaron when it comes to keeping secrets. They have a proven track record when it comes to not revealing spoilers.

What if …

An additional someone who was previously missing returns from a time before Flight 828 disappeared on April 7, 2013. What then? If the Aftershock theory can cause a ripple effect in the future, why not in the past?

Ripple waves don’t simply travel forward in a straight line, they travel in all directions … at the same time.

What if …

NBC has already secretly renewed Manifest. The secret renewal took place on November 4, 2018 and the announcement of the show’s renewal will happen on April 7, 2019. (I have my fingers crossed). Keep in mind. Don’t underestimate (or overestimate) the genius of NBC.

What if …

It’s your turn to fill-in the blank. As a fan, you have the power to do so and no one has the power to stop you. It’s all about having fun. All fans have the right to enjoy the show in any manner they so desire … whenever and however they want.


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Mar 12, 2019 6:10 pm  

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Saanvi is lesbian/bisexual. Less a what if than a theory based on some clear subtext but yeah its definitely true.


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Mar 13, 2019 5:15 am  

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The Major already knew Saanvi was lesbian/bisexual before she started spying on her at the hospital. The Major probably has a detailed file on everyone associated with Flight 828. She's too competent and efficient not to have files.

She is definitely knowledgeable about Saanvi providing medical care for Fiona Clarke's catatonic patients. And it's highly likely she already knows the name of Saanvi's empty-seat 8B non-travel partner.

What if ...

The Major falls madly in love with Saanvi. Would the Major resign from her job?


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Mar 15, 2019 2:33 pm  

Saanvi is lesbian/bisexual. Less a what if than a theory based on some clear subtext but yeah its definitely true.

I don't want you to think I intentionally avoided addressing Saanvi's sexuality. IMO is would be great if she was bisexual. Other sci-fi series have done an outstanding job with bisexual characters. For example, Eliot on the Magicians; Magnus Bane on Shadowhunters; Nico on Marvel's Runnaways; Stahma on Defiance; Bo on Lost Girl.

Relationships between characters shouldn't overshadow the characters themselves. This is something I think Manifest writers must address. There's nothing wrong with the plots or subplots within the overall storyline remaining a mystery. But there is absolutely no reason whatsoever for the backstory of any of the characters in Manifest remaining secret. Especially if the storylines associated with the backstories of those characters aren't directly involved with the mysteries behind the "plane's disappearance" or "the callings."

The two characters we know the most about are Ben and Michaela. And Olive and Cal to a certain point. But Jared's backstory hasn't been revealed in-depth. The only information we have on Grace is that she married Ben and has a relationship with Danny. We know absolutely nothing about Danny. And we know next to nothing about the backstory of my favorite character, Saanvi.

Also, no backstory has been revealed for Fiona Clarke, the Major, Bill Daly, Marko Valeriev, or any of the other 828 passengers. For me, this has filled the story with empty spaces and has made the overall storytelling incoherent and incomplete.

Perhaps, season two will be more about character development than the overshadowing of characters stuck in relationship entanglements. At least that's what I'm wishing for ... I'm keeping my fingers crossed. 

What if ...

Saanvi is Danny's dead wife's Nina's cousin. And Nina was one of Fiona Clarke's spiritual followers (107.7) who later committed suicide after realizing Fiona would never return. Why not? We know nothing about the history of Saanvi's family. Nor do we know anything about Danny or how Nina died?


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Mar 16, 2019 8:27 pm  

I think that we should recognize the different between ships taking over the show and making relationships as important as the mystery. Lost did the latter and it worked (mostly) perfectly, Once let the former happen and it ended up less perfect. But Manifest is getting far too close to the former as opposed to the latter, but they aren't doing great, that's also why people like Saanvi and Autumn are more popular, because they haven't been trapped in ships yet.


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Mar 17, 2019 4:13 pm  

I think that we should recognize the different between ships taking over the show and making relationships as important as the mystery. 

True. But the ships themselves are more than just potential romantic relationships scribbled on any fan's "ship" wish-list. Take Lourdes, for example. Her character is defined by her relationships to Jared and Michaela. Outside of those two relationships, Lourdes' character is useless and meaningless. The same is true of Danny's character.

To make relationships as important as the mystery requires character development, and dedicated and skillful script writers. Lost and OUAT were both much better at simultaneously developing characters and relationships than Manifest has up to this point in the story.

that's also why people like Saanvi and Autumn are more popular, because they haven't been trapped in ships yet.

You're probably correct. Here's where I applaud the writers. They have done an outstanding job of developing Saanvi and Autumn's characters. The audience has been introduced to the strengths and weaknesses of both characters. The same cannot be said of other characters in the various plots and storylines.


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Mar 18, 2019 11:45 am  

Really everyone important outside of the love triangles is popular and well-written, they can write all sorts of relationships but not any type of romance, makes me not want Benvi to be made canon or else it would be completely ruined.


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Mar 30, 2019 7:39 pm  

What if ...

Michaela's wild night of passion with Jared was payback in the form of venegeance. Perhaps she wanted Jared to know what he was missing because he married her BFF Lourdes. And she wanted Lourdes to know exactly how she felt when a BFF marries her BFF fiancé.

If payback was Michaela's motive, she got exactly what she wanted. Jared has become insanely jealous of her. And Lourdes became so irreparably heartbroken, she immediately left town.


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Apr 2, 2019 10:04 pm  

What if ...

The first season had featured more Saanvi ... or more Fiona Clarke ... or more Vance ... or more shoot-outs and explosions ... or more plots involving the comatose patients ... and no more Danny ... and no pregnant Grace. Would the second season have been already renewed?


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May 27, 2019 4:26 pm  

What if ...

Kelly Taylor and or Harvey Stein reappeared. Either "alive" or in a "callings" vision? Why not? Bottom-line, Manifest is essentially a drama-based supernatural, sci-fi thriller.


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Aug 1, 2019 4:58 pm  

What if ...

Grace, Olive, Grandpa Steve, and Grandma Karen are the ones who died on their flight when returning from Jamaica. And it is they who are trapped and living in a hellish nightmare ... not Ben, Michaela, and Cal. And Grandma Karen is the one responsible for the "callings" and all of the other randomly placed 828 symbolism.

What about redemption? It's about reconciling the life Grace and Olive could have lived. While they both continuously make serious mistakes and amend their mistakes as if it were Ben, Michaela, and Cal the ones who had returned from the dead ... creating havoc and chaos in their lives.

Their hellish nightmare is scheduled to end by TPTB  on June 2, 2024. Either that or the world and universe in which Manifest exists is forcefully devoured by space and time itself ... compliments of a Black Hole.


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Aug 4, 2019 10:15 am  

What if ...

Danny is playing himself, Daniel Sunjata, a famous TV actor? He does act a little "too cool for school" when he is in scenes. 


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Aug 4, 2019 10:17 am  

What if ...

The show hires Dean Winters, Allstate's " "Mr. Mayhem" as Grace's gynecologist with whom she falls in love and leaves Ben and Danny. As a result Ben and Danny team up to expose him as a government agent working with the Major. Their fight over Grace is temporarily interrupted. Yep, a new love interest for Mrs. Stone.


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Aug 4, 2019 10:19 am  

What if ...

We were able to insert photos with our topics and replies. Would be much more fun.


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Aug 6, 2019 4:13 am  

What if ...

Danny is playing  with himself in his mind, Daniel Sunjata a delusional and misguided soul,  who is a famous TV actor has convinced himself that he had an imaginary wife who died? He does act a little "too cool for school" when he is in scenes.

Please don't be angry at me. I know you like Danny. I'm only trying to have a little fun until Manifest returns in January. 😭  


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Oct 18, 2019 4:57 am  

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The identity of the person who's the shadowy figure in Cal's drawing is not revealed in season 2.

Sitting next to Cal at the hospital, Cal shows Ben a family portrait he had drawn. As Ben looks at the picture, he notices an area where Cal had erased where a shadowy figure appears to be standing behind Grace (102.15).

Would not revealing the identity of the figure in Cal's drawing in season 2 indicate the reveal will take place in season 6? Or worse ... it will never be revealed?


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Nov 14, 2019 2:10 am  

What if ...

It's the final season ... and it's the series finale ... flashbacks are being shown of various scenes from throughout the different seasons. Michaela is the off-screen narrator. And Michaela last words are:

"We still don't know what happened to us on the night of April 7, 2013. No one does. No one will probably ever know what happened. But we survived ... unfortunately not all of us lived to see June 2, 2024. Whoever or whatever was responsible for the Callings and our 5 and 1/2 years of hardships remain a mystery. Today is August 2, 2024 ... 8-2-8 ... the day a miracle truly happened. It's the day I gave birth to twins ... whom I've lovingly named Jared and Lourdes." 

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Jan 18, 2020 3:52 pm  

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Olive was in possession and control of Daenarys Targaryen's dragon Drogon. I can think of three possible things which could happen.

First. She would execute both Ben and Michaela. Grace blamed Ben for taking Cal from her and Olive ... and Grace didn't want Michaela anywhere around her children. Olive was force-fed this information by Grace for 5 1/2 years ... and Olive now angrily oppose Ben and Michaela replacing Danny as residents in the Stone family house.

With Ben and his sister Michaela holding hands, and with Olive presiding and Drogon overlooking on a hill, Olive would declare, "I Olive. First of my Name. House Stone. Mother of No One. Daughter of Danny, too. Breaker of Rules ... sentence you to die. Dracarys."

Second. She would burn the Bluemercury and everything around it to the ground. The department store would have been better off sharing its loot with Olive rather than arresting her on shoplifting charges. After all, one of Olive's self-serving titles when it comes to shoplifting, and sneaking out of windows at night while leaving home without permission, is Breaker of Rules.

While riding Drogon over the NYC skyline, she would look down ... find and target the Bluemercury ... swoop down and utter the word dracarys ... where the Bluemercury would violently explode and everything within 12 city blocks would burn.

Third. She would attack Montego Bay, Jamaica. Olive blames Montego Bay, Jamaica itself, for the conspiracy surrounding Flight 828. No longer taking her antidepressant medication and not attending her twice a week therapy sessions, Olive has gone mad ... declaring herself ... the Princess of Punishment ... the Khaleesi of Khaos. 

Using the sun to hide her and Drogon's power dive/descent from miles above the earth, she attacks and quickly destroys all of the cruise ships anchored in Montego Bay. Now that she's completely batcrap crazy, in her mind, she sees the hundreds of people on the beach as images of zombies (white walkers). She immediately orders Drogon to strafe the white powdered (snow-like) beach ... as she repeatedly utters the word dracarys ... where sand and zombies/people on the beach loudly explode. 

“It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.”

― Philip K. Dick, VALIS

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Jan 26, 2020 3:44 pm  

What if ...

During her next therapy session, Saanvi, without hesitation, confronts the Major "straight-up" by assertively stating:

"I know who you are. So, let's drop the charade. I disappeared for 5 years, 6 months, and 28 days. I need to know why. What do you know about what happened to me, Flight 828, and the passengers who were on-board?" "I know what you're capable of; but you don't scare me. I'm more afraid of not knowing what happened to me than I am of you." 

"Okay, Major General Kathryn Fitz, it's time for you to tell me what you know. I'm listening."


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Feb 14, 2020 7:19 pm  

What if ...

It's revealed that Grace is a direct descendant of Yusuv Al-Zuras. What would this OMG WTH discovery about her 16th century ancestor mean to her and her unborn child? And to everyone else?


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Feb 17, 2020 12:44 pm  

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An unidentified assailant attacked and severely injured Jared; and he was hospitalized. Who would be at his bedside first ... Tamara or Michaela ... or his mom? Would X'ers and cops congregate in the waiting room colluding; and engage in a conspiracy theory to blame the 828'ers for the attack? What if ... those things were to happen? Wouldn't it be fun?


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Mar 12, 2020 4:21 pm  

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Danny was driving the car involved in Grace and Cal's unsolved hit-and-run case. When it comes to chasing shiny objects down rabbit holes, why not Danny? When he discovered that Ben was the father of the baby Grace is carrying, all of his hatred toward Ben manifested into ... "if Grace can't have my baby, then she won't have Ben's child."

Also, Danny's attitude toward Grace and Olive have changed. They both abandoned him; after everything he had done for them. 


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Apr 2, 2020 3:06 pm  

What if ...

The writers and cast members, i.e., the main characters involved in the show's production actually knew how, why, and what happened to Flight 828. Would the writing and acting dramatically improve? If the writers and cast members aren't trusted with the answers to the questions involving the mysteries surrounding Flight 828; it becomes impossible for them to sell the story to the viewing audience ... JMO.

Btw, I'm curious. Do the writers and cast members know if the storylines involving Michaela, Zeke, and Cal's wolf and Grace's gargoyle will ever be explained or followed up? Just askin' ...


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Apr 11, 2020 6:44 pm  

What if ...

You took the quarantine partner test linked here. Who would your quarantine partner be? I took the test and my quarantine partner is: Grace. And I'm extremely happy with my test results. Grace is only one of the two choices on the show I'd rather be with in quarantine. The other would be Drea Mikami, Michaela's partner. Sorry, Saanvi. I think Grace and Drea would have no problem showing how charming they could be ... in a sexy math kinda way.

Saanvi would probably be more interested in experimenting on me in an attempt to find a cure for COVID-19 ... and accidentally kill me.


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May 24, 2020 5:18 pm  

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...Grace and Danny were married before the plane landed? How would the "hangar reunion" have gone. Here's my take. Grace, Danny, and Olive show up together. Grace is visibly pregnant. They are all three standing together with Danny in the middle and his arms around each. He being quite a bit taller than either, his hands are supporting each's outside breast and is gently massaging each. As Ben approaches, he looks at Grace and says, "Grace?" She responds by extending her hand to shake Ben's hand and says "This is my husband Daniel Oglethorpe of the East Hampton Oglethorpes. We have come to collect Master Calvin." Ben begins to protest at which time two large security employees of the the Oglethorpes step in and restrain him. They collect Calvin and start to leave at which time Olive turns, looks at Ben and flips him off. Danny reaches down and turns Olive by the ass and they walk away with Danny fondling each's ass. Ben as usual, starts to cry.


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May 24, 2020 8:23 pm  

What if ...

You were a writer on Jeff Rake's staff? Answer: Manifest would have no problem getting renewed for six seasons. At the end of the Pilot episode, my very first guess was that Grace had indeed remarried ... but didn't have the courage to break Ben's heart by telling him she had married someone with a "bigger" package personality. What you have an abundance of, and Jeff Rake and his writers lack, is a creative imagination filled with fantastical and titillating ideas.

What if ... Grace actually decided to vividly describe to Ben some of the things Danny did to her in bed? Ben would probably never stop crying. Thanks @MaryGrace. You're the best of the best.  


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Aug 3, 2020 1:06 pm  

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The old Grace returns. You know. The Grace from S1. The Grace who blamed Ben for Cal running away from home ... twice ... when she was personally watching him. The Grace who kept secrets from Ben while chastising him for keeping secrets from her. What if that Grace returned in S3 ... the good old reliable Grace ... the Grace who many fans loved to hate.

What if ...

Grace goes all in when it comes to hating Ben. Hating Ben for coming back; and as she sees it, replacing her perfect lover, Danny. Hating Ben for being Eden's father. In her warped S3 mind, it would have been better if Danny had been Eden's biological baby's daddy. Hating Ben for not allowing her and Danny to have the family she had so desperately wanted and worked hard for.

What if ...

Grace's character does another 180 and returns exactly to where she was in the Pilot Episode, i.e., keeping Danny a secret from Ben. Why not? Isn't Manifest, as a fictitious television series, produced for the entertainment and enjoyment of its fans; i.e., sci-fi fanatics and those who love exorbitant amounts of soap opera drama?


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