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Often the word “hell” is used to express discontent or displeasure, and therefore, many consider it an abusive word. In other cases, it may be used to express disregard for conventional procedure and precautions.

c.f. John Lawler’s comments on linguistics here.

The word “hell”:  In Manifest, however, the context in which it has been used early in season 1 may point to something else. It not only signifies utter confusion, but one’s state of mind or being (i.e. “Turbulence” , the episode 3 title.) Although the common Christian concept of hell does not involve redemption, the writers may be using a more broad view of hell (i.e, a purgatorial view).

The word “fall”:  The word “fall” or the action of falling may also be used by the writers in a similar manner (e.g. Kelly having fallen at the mall in episode 3, Jared taking the fall for Michaela in episode 4).  One of the background songs used in episode 3 is  “Hurt Fall” by Twisted Box. It is the lead song on their album “Goddess” (2013) which also contains songs titled, “Supernova”, “The Fallen Will Rise”, “Our Last Stand”, “Fight for Life”, and others.

Related Scenes

The word hell is used in the following scenes
Slower! Slower! (101.11)
101.11 SYNOPSIS:  While taking the bus home Michaela hears a voice inside her head yelling "slower."  She yells at the bus driver to slow down, which he does in just enough time to be able to stop before a boy runs into the street.
Caught on video (101.16)
101.16 SYNOPSIS:  At the precinct, an officer reveals to Jared phone footage of Michaela and Ben freeing the dogs.  Jared is willing to help Michaela out of her predicament, but she’s uneasy that her ex-fiance and her best friend are now married and she has been been gone for  five 1/2 years.
Cleanup (102.1)
102.1 SYNOPSIS:  While firefighters are hosing down the plane, the NSA detains the passengers and asks why they were there at the fence. When Michaela says that they have no legal basis to detain them any longer, she gets everyone released, and they are told not to talk to the media.
Out of Place (102.22)
102.22 SYNOPSIS:  Michaela visits Lourdes who says she feels like a fraud or the second choice for having married Jared, but Michaela tells her  she was going to give the ring back after she returned even though in a flashback it’s revealed that she was going to say yes.
Kelly is Murdered (102.24)
102.24 SYNOPSIS:  While Kelly is watching herself on television news, a shadowy figure can be seen behind her, and then we hear a gun shot as Kelly's blood splatters onto the television screen.
Mr. Taylor's Mall (103.16)
103.16 SYNOPSIS:  Ben and Michaela make a visit to Kelly's mall and when one of the store employees sees her badge, she flees. They chase her in a backroom where she reveals that many of the store owners are illegal. They learn that Kelly was trying to own her truth and shut down the family business.
Save Him! (104.10)
104.10 SYNOPSIS:   Michaela  learns that Jared convinced her partner to take the day off so that he could have time with her to make sure she’s alright. As they start arguing, she sees the stone woman appear in front of her chanting “Save him.” She believes it has to do with their undercover asset and decides to move in on the operation, but it botches the whole mission.—>
Free Pass (104.20)
104.20 SYNOPSIS:  Ben tells his daughter about a boomerang he once stole and why he felt like he did it. When he gives her a free pass for stealing the makeup, she opens up about not wanting him to see her a a screw up.  Olive asks Ben not to tell Grace.—>
Who is Gray Woman? (104.22)
104.22 SYNOPSIS:  Saanvi and Michaela discuss their different visions of the gray woman . To Saanvi, she has wet footprints while to Michaela she had large wings. Bethany connects the two to the Angel of  Waters, a statue in Central Park, at Bethesda Fountain.
Flight 828 Missing (105.2)
105.02 SYNOPSIS: Jared is with Lourdes, paranoid that Michaela plans to turn down his proposal when he receives a call from her parents. They hope that maybe his badge will get them a little more info about what’s going on with Flight 828, but they are left with more questions than answers.—>
Gee, Grace, You look... (105.9)
105.09 SYNOPSIS: Grace sits down with a support group, which includes Danny, and shares her story with them. He approaches her afterward and instantly manages to make her laugh for the first time in a long time.—>
To Fight Like Hell (105.17)
105.17 SYNOPSIS: Michaela visits her dad and opens up about missing her mom and seeing the life she could’ve had with Jared. Her dad tells her to go for it because he never got over her and these are special circumstances.—>
The word fall is used in the following scenes
Saanvi Fights to Save Cal (101.18)
101.18 SYNOPSIS:  A medical team is reviewing trial applicants and come to a consensus that Cal falls outside the trial’s qualifications. This causes Saanvi to take up his cause to Dr. Cardoso that he be allowed treatment.
Passengers are called (101.24)
101.24 SYNOPSIS:  Michaela is in a church and is approached by a priest. She is curious if she is chosen for some higher purpose when Ben arrives. Michaela questions why they were chosen. Later, some of the passengers return to the airport and witness the plane explode on the other side of the fence from them.
Reunion at Rikers (102.7)
102.7 SYNOPSIS:  Ben and Radd visit Adio at Rikers who tells them that he did not steal anything from the jewelry store where he worked. Radd notices bruises on his face, and suspects he is being poorly treated while in jail.
Kelly's Housekeeper (103.9)
103.9 SYNOPSIS:  Michaela and Ben question Patrick, Kelly’s husband. His housekeeper Christine tells them Kelly bruised her arms when she fell at the mall.
Homeless Patient (104.5)
104.05 SYNOPSIS:  At the hospital, Saanvi gets another doctor to consult her on her own brain scan who reveals that its similar to a homeless man that was recently admitted and diagnosed with schizophrenia. As she leaves the office, she follows more watery footprints that arrive at the door of the schizophrenic patient Thomas who bursts out of the room asking for them to find the flight attendant Bethany. Hospital personnel are able to sedate him, but Saanvi is visibly shaken by this. —>
Code of Silence (104.15)
104.15 SYNOPSIS:  Jared takes the fall for Michaela leading to his suspension. Michaela wants to tell Jared everything, but Ben advises her not to.—>
Jared's Suspension (104.19)
104.19 SYNOPSIS: On the car ride  home, Olive does not look at her father. In a flashback, Ben remembers a special moment when she was 10 years old bonding with him, and stating that he always makes everything better.—>
All for One (105.11)
105.11 SYNOPSIS: Michaela shows up at Lourdes house and asks for help with the Jared situation, but decides not to tell her the whole situation.—>
Categories: Metaphors, Terms
Tags: religion
Hell (Wikipedia)

Hell – detail from a fresco in the medieval church of St Nicholas in Raduil, Bulgaria

In religion and folklore, Hell is an afterlife location, sometimes a place of torment and punishment. Religions with a linear divine history often depict hells as eternal destinations while religions with a cyclic history often depict a hell as an intermediary period between incarnations. Typically these traditions locate hell in another dimension or under the Earth's surface and often include entrances to Hell from the land of the living. Other afterlife destinations include Heaven, Purgatory, Paradise, and Limbo.

Other traditions, which do not conceive of the afterlife as a place of punishment or reward, merely describe Hell as an abode of the dead, the grave, a neutral place located under the surface of Earth (for example, see Sheol and Hades).

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