First half of ‘Manifest’ season four is not a plane wreck


Sarah Hardiman

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Nicole McIssac, Managing Editor

If you spend hours scrolling and looking for a new TV show to binge-watch on Netflix, look no further — the four-season-long drama “Manifest” is exactly what you need.

After being produced by NBC for three seasons, the conglomerate cancelled the continuation of the show on June 14. The 2018 American series follows an emotional and supernatural rollercoaster, one that I doubted to be interesting before giving the show a try. 

With utter disappointment from committed fans of the show, Netflix swooped in and made its emergency landing by announcing the final season would continue on its online streaming platform. The first half of the final season, or 10 episodes, was released on Nov. 4, while the second half is anticipated to be released sometime in the spring of 2023.

While some viewers predicted how the storyline would end before its arrival, I can confidently say that the show has lived up to its expectations. After using all my free time within a week to finish the 10 episodes, I am left in anticipation of what is to come next.

The development and plotline from a heartbroken and grieving family, the Stones, as they healed from their mother Grace Stone (Athena Karkanis) dying two years ago revealed a lot about who the characters really are. You see the husband and father, Ben Stone (Josh Dallas), fall into a spiral and completely lose himself as a person — all while still searching for his stolen child that was kidnapped by Grace Stone’s murderer.

While there are points in the season that do feel a little dragged out, this first half of the season was everything I wanted it to be and I could not stop binging it.

However, if you think someone important will die in this season, boy are you right. Tears will be shed and emotions will be felt — so be sure to grab yourself a box of Kleenex, popcorn and maybe a bottle of wine.

If you aren’t familiar with the show whatsoever, the storyline follows a group of passengers that are traveling back from their vacation in Jamaica to New York City on Montego Air Flight 828.

After some turbulence and screams, the flight winds up going missing for five and a half years with no evidence of crashing or rationale. Everyone who awaited their loved ones’ return ultimately presumes they are deceased and life simply goes on.

Where you’d imagine the story stops there, it doesn’t.

With no damage to the plane and no signs of aging to the passengers at all, flight 828 ends up returning at an airport in Newburgh, New York. The 191 passengers and crew members reunite with their families and friends, some fighting personal feats as loved ones moved on with their lives.

As time goes on and the storyline advances, members of Flight 828 start to realize one thing: they all are connected through supernatural forces, otherwise known as “callings.”

Despite each season of the show progressing differently, I think it’s fair to say that it is quite easy to become emotionally attached to the characters in the show.

While the series mostly follows the progression of passengers Ben Stone and his sister Michaela, as well as their family, the emotional ties and connections portrayed within the show forces viewers to obtain feelings regarding other characters within the series.

Take characters such as doctor and passenger, Saanvi Bahl (Parveen Kaur), and Michaela Stone’s partner at the New York Police Department, Drea Mikami (Ellen Tamaki) — although these individuals were not the leading characters within the storyline, their ties and connections with those curate emotional connections to them.

Although the full fourth and last season of the show has yet to be released, I believe the first half of the season fulfilled all thoughts and predictions about what was next. While I may be biased since I literally drove past the show being filmed on multiple occasions in my hometown, I think this show has a lot of value, strong acting and life lessons embedded within its episodes.

Plus, who doesn’t love a good supernatural show to tune out reality to?

Despite admittedly not being a fan since it started in 2018, I am so glad I finally listened to my mom and tuned into this show. With only 10 more episodes until it is officially over, I can promise you this series is far from a plane wreck.