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Manifest (2018)

Season 1


Manifest (2018) Manifest (2018) [Season 1, Episode 1] Pilot
Shown 24 Sep 18

An airplane takes off from Jamaica in April 2013 and lands in New York State in November 2018. The passengers have not aged a day, and have no idea that any time has passed. Now they have to re-adjust to their new lives.

Ben Stone (Josh Dallas - Once Upon A Time ) tries to bond with his widow and daughter. Their son was on the plane with him, which turns out to be a minor miracle. The boy has leukemia, but in his five-year absence there has been a massive leap in treatment.

By incredible coincidence, one of the other passengers was the woman responsible for the new treatment. In the missing five years her science project has progressed and is now at the stage of human testing. She might actually become a legend in her own lifetime. She is also in a position to make sure Ben's son is on the test list.

Ben's sister Michaela Stone ( Melissa Roxburgh ) is a police detective. She starts to hear a voice in her head that instructs her to do good deeds. She also discovers that everything is somehow connected, possibly as a supernatural act of Jehovah.

The premise of the show may sound familiar. A group of people mysteriously disappear, and then reappear years later with superpowers? This is basically a mainstream version of The 4400 , produced by NBC instead of SyFy.

Manifest (2018) Manifest [Season 1, Episode 2] Reentry
Shown 01 Oct 18

The FBI are mystified about the plane's explosion. They cannot pin it on the abductees, so everyone is released.

Ben Stone (Josh Dallas - Once Upon A Time ) hears a tune in his head. It leads him to a fellow abductee, a Jamaican man whose son is in Rikers Island jail awaiting trial. Our hero must solve the crime and find the real crook.

There is a subplot about romantic relationships. The Stone siblings were away for five years, and it would be unrealistic for their partners not to have moved on. The cop girl's fiance went on to marry her best friend, but the man with the rocky marriage assumes everything is solid.

Manifest (2018) Manifest [Season 1, Episode 3] Turbulence
Shown 08 Oct 18

One of the passengers has been murdered. Ben Stone (Josh Dallas - Once Upon A Time ) and his sister Michaela Stone ( Melissa Roxburgh ) go along to investigate. After all, she is a police detective. However, the NSA move in and take jurisdiction.

Michaela is unwilling to drive a car, because of her guilt about being the driver during a car crash that killed her best friend. She has flashbacks while attending the passenger's funeral. As always in this kind of show, this storyline and the murder investigation colide.

The teenage girl has been sneaking out to meet a boyfriend. This leads to yet more domestic drama.

The scientist tests the young boy's blood, and discovers an unusual protein marker. This is reminiscent of what gave The 4400 their super-powers. However, this is not an outwardly speculative-fiction show. The blood results indicate the passengers were held in suspended animation for years, although none of the characters actually work this out for themselves.

Manifest (2018) Manifest [Season 1, Episode 4] Unclaimed Baggage
Shown 15 Oct 18

The doctor has visions, similar to schizophrenic halucinations. Her brain-scan is similar to that of a newly admitted patient. As always, there are no coincidences. He is a Jamaican citizen who became a refugee in the USA because of homophobic persecution in his home country. This certainly ticks a couple of boxes.

Detective Michaela Stone ( Melissa Roxburgh ) goes along on a BATF investigation. She has the visions too, and the operation ends badly. Should she confess everything to her boss?

The teenage daughter gets caught shoplifting. This leads to yet more family conflict. The father meets the step-father. Yet more domestic drama ensues.

Manifest (2018) Manifest [Season 1, Episode 5] Connecting Flights
Shown 22 Oct 18

Ben Stone (Josh Dallas - Once Upon A Time ) ignores the voice that tells him to help the gay Jamaican refugee. Instead he takes his young son on a day-trip. His mistake is to leave everything up to chance, because he has yet to realise that it is all connected.

Michaela Stone ( Melissa Roxburgh ) tries to sort out the NYPD/BATF mess she started in the previous episode. She goes to her old friend, who is now her ex-partner's wife. However, the ex-partner has everything under control. Thanks to the NSA, who want him to spy on Michaela for them.

In between the main story scenes are flashbacks to the missing five years, as experienced by the relatives of the people left behind. They moved on, and the return was traumatic for them.

Manifest (2018) Manifest [Season 1, Episode 6] Off Radar
Shown 05 Nov 18

Ben Stone (Josh Dallas - Once Upon A Time ) finally meets his widow's rebound man. It turns out that his teenage daughter is still friends with the guy, since she needed a father figure while her old man was MIA.

Michaela Stone ( Melissa Roxburgh ) discovers that a military contractor firm, UDS, has abducted a group of passengers and is performing medical experiments on them. They may even have been responsible for the abduction.

Manifest (2018) Manifest [Season 1, Episode 7] S.N.A.F.U.
Shown 12 Nov 18

Ben Stone (Josh Dallas - Once Upon A Time ) goes undercover at an accountancy firm that services UDS. He has a plan to steal their data. Of course, he forgets he is under NSA surveillance.

The lady doctor has discovered a scientist whose work may be related to the abductions. The scientist's speciality is networking human brains.

Michaela Stone ( Melissa Roxburgh ) is drawn to investigate a robbery that turned into a murder. The witness claims he is unable to identify the perp. However, Melissa hears a heartbeat instead of a voice this week. If her brain is networked, it is not with the other passengers - it is with someone who died before the plane even took off.

Manifest (2018) Manifest [Season 1, Episode 8] Point of No Return
Shown 19 Nov 18

Manifest (2018) Manifest [Season 1, Episode 9] Dead Reckoning
Shown 26 Nov 18

Manifest (2018) Manifest [Season 1, Episode 10] Crosswinds
Shown 07 Jan 19

Manifest (2018) Manifest [Season 1, Episode 11] Contrails
Shown 14 Jan 19

Manifest (2018) Manifest [Season 1, Episode 12] Vanishing Point
Shown 21 Jan 19

Manifest (2018) Manifest [Season 1, Episode 13] Cleared for Approach
Shown 28 Jan 19

Manifest (2018) Manifest (2018) [Season 1, Episode 14] Upgrade
Shown 04 Feb 19

Manifest (2018) Manifest (2018) [Season 1, Episode 15] Hard Landing
Shown 11 Feb 19

Manifest (2018) Manifest (2018) [Season 1, Episode 16] Estimated Time of Departure
Shown 18 Feb 19

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Manifest (2018) Manifest (2018) [Season 1 , Episode 1 ]
Shown th October 2019 [Wednesday]

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