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.