Manifest begins “when Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. Yet in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years and their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they’re all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds and some of the returned passengers soon realize they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible. (synopsis via Wikipedia (c) Deadline Hollywood)
You are not ever allowed to complain about your flight being delayed again OK?
The good people of Montego Air Flight 828 took off eager to see family/friends/gods knows what really five and a half years ago … and have only just landed.
Not that they know that; well, at first. But when emergency vehicles etc swarm around them at the airport, it becomes clear that there’s a lot more going on than some terrible timetabling.
Quite what will no doubt emerge, but after the debacle that was the end of Lost, and NBC’s unwillingness to give the myserious shows it insists on putting on its schedule enough time to fully find their feet (or ABC – see The Crossing or …) AND Network TV’s propensity to water down really clever, chilling premises to “family fare” banality, I am not holding my breath for some gripping, grand reveal.
Still, it’s a really cool idea, ripe with all kinds of intriguing narrative potential and I can only Manifest is given the time it needs to really take off.
See where I did there?
Manifest premieres on 24 September on NBC.