• Missing People Become a Mystery Made Manifest

    by  • September 11, 2018 • NBC, Paleyfest 2018 • 3 Comments


    This character drama has a mystery at its heart. 

    On April 7, 2013, Montego Air flight 828 departed, bound for New York; but when it landed three hours later, the date was November 4, 2018. To the separated families and friends on the ground, those on flight 828 were missing and dead for five-and-a-half years; but for those on the plane, no time has passed. For police detective Michaela Stone, this means her beloved mother has died, and her former fiancee has married her best friend. For Michaela’s brother Ben, it means his wife Grace had moved on and started a romance with another man. And for Ben and Grace’s leukemia-stricken son Cal, it means a formerly terminal condition is now easily cured – but it also means his twin sister is now five years older than he is. As Michaela, Ben, Cal, and the other survivors struggle to come to grips with their radically altered lives, they also begin experiencing psychic “voices” that give them knowledge they shouldn’t have. Where will these voices lead them…and what does the whole experience mean?

    With its bizarre premise, which puts ordinary people into extraordinary, difficult, and  unexplained circumstances, Manifest in an intriguing mystery that should please viewers who enjoyed programs like Lost. The first episode contained a bit of profanity, a brief fight, and a subplot about kidnapped children. The program should be safe for families with children, and for fans of mysterious programs, Manifest is a welcome addition to NBC’s schedule.

    Manifest premieres Monday, September 24 on NBC.



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    3 Responses to Missing People Become a Mystery Made Manifest

    1. L Mullins
      September 29, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      Not appreciating the inclusion of G–Damn in a Network TV program!!! This phrase is obviously not considered by NBC to be as bad as common curse words that haven’t been included in programming thus far. It is an affront to a large portion of watchers. We and our children should be able to watch shows without being subjected to this.

      • October 3, 2018 at 9:32 pm

        Didn’t you read the second-to-last paragraph? “The first episode contained a bit of profanity, a brief fight, and a subplot about kidnapped children.”

        So if the PTC says Manifest has “a bit of profanity”, then words like GD are expected. Maybe you should read the article again before complaining.

    2. September 12, 2018 at 12:28 am

      I will probably check out the first episode to see if it’s good.

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