Over the summer, I saw a couple of promos for NBC’s new series, Manifest, giving away the series premise and showing us the highlights of the first act of its pilot. Those teases intrigued me enough that I decided to tune into the series and see if it was worth filling a spot on the DVR.
Watching the pilot, I couldn’t help but feel that I wish I hadn’t known the set-up heading into it. The first act is a taut, well-constructed mystery involving a group of people who gave up their seats on one flight and heading toward New York on the next available flight. Among them are a woman mulling her boyfriend’s proposal, a boy with a form of pediatric cancer who also has a twin sister and a couple of other various people with varying backstories. (I have a feeling we’re going to meet more of the passengers and crew as the series develops).
Going through some turbulence, the plane lands only to find that some wacky time-travel has occurred and they’re five years in the future. And while they haven’t aged, the world has moved on around them.
If you’re worried about SPOILERS, I don’t think I’ve really given anything away (yet) that you couldn’t get in the marketing campaign leading up the series’ debut. From here on out, I will probably get into some pretty episode specific SPOILERS for the first two episodes. So, if you haven’t seen ’em and don’t want to know more, turn back now. Continue reading