Drama, science, and a bit of mystery come in the form of NBC’s Manifest which is set to premiere in September. The premise of the show is based around the passengers and crew of Montego Air Flight 828. While it has just been a standard flight for them that has only lasted a few hours, the rest of the world has deemed them missing for over five years. When they come back, not only must they reintegrate themselves back into society, but they have gained certain abilities that connect them to each other. Getting a chance to start their lives anew, the passengers feel that they are meant for a greater purpose.
Executive producer and creator of the show, Jeff Rake spilled some of the things that audiences should be excited for about Manifest. With the big question of whether this phenomenon is supernatural or scientific, he said that the characters search for their own answer to this question each episode. The mystery aspect of the show is not only about solving what happened to these people, but getting a glimpse into the lives of the 191 passengers and how their stories will intertwine in unusual and surprising ways. Rake also shared that Manifest is a three for one deal when it comes to genres. In addition to mystery, it is a relationship drama that has a “procedural” and “mission-esque” aspect to it. Each week wraps up different chapters of the story, while still exploring the intimate lives of the very relatable characters like Ben and Michaela Stone.
GeekRockTV was able to get the inside scoop on these characters when talking to Josh Dallas and Melissa Roxbourgh. The two of them play the Stone Siblings who are opposite in their beliefs.
Dallas talked a lot about his character and said that Ben is someone who is very scientific and must search for answers. He wants to find a logical explanation of what has happened to them during the flight and his search is grounded in something earthly and biological. Dallas also shared some of the difficulty that they have when reuniting with their loved ones. One of the pilots comes back to find his daughter all grown up, meaning he has missed out on being the father he wanted to be.
In contrast to Dallas’s character, Roxbourgh said that her character Michaela is more on the spiritual side when it comes to searching for answers. Roxbourgh said that Michaela comes back from the flight as “a mess” having lost her job, her mom, and fiancée during the time that passed. Take these real-life struggles and pair them with the newfound ability that they have gained after the flight. Her and other passengers hear and sense things that everyone else does not, much like a super power. No one knows how they got it or what their abilities are for adding more depth to the mystery.
There is a lot to look forward to with this show, as the plot thickens with every episode. Tune in on NBC to uncover what happened to those passengers and what their new lives have in store.
Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition with an exclusive pilot screening of the new series Manifest, plus an advance screening of the following week’s episode of The 100 (“The Dark Year” will air Tuesday, July 24, at 8/7c on The CW) exclusively for the Comic-Con audience. On top of all this, the evening will include a special world premiere of brand-new episodes from season 2 of Freedom Fighters: The Ray, which will later stream on CW Seed. | Schedule
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