By Pauline Perenack
San Diego Comic Con is officially upon us, and as per tradition, Wednesday’s Preview Night saw Warner Bros. show off its latest and greatest over a 4 hour marathon.
Included in the slate last night was NBC’s new drama, Manifest, which centers on group of airplane passengers who discover the world has aged five years, yet no time has passed for them, following the events of a turbulent flight. An even deeper mystery is created when the passengers are brought together following mysterious residual effects caused by whatever happened aboard the flight.
ScreenSpy will review the episode in more depth closer to its official US premiere on NBC on Sept. 24, but for now, you can find our hot take on last night’s proceedings below.
- Yay! Josh Dallas is back on our TV screens and he’s just as charming on this show as his last one.
- The premiere’s initial moments are both strong, and creepy, and offer a new twist on the “people missing for years” storyline.
- Wait, what is Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh) hearing? Voices? That’s going to be important.
- Apparently Michaela used to be a cop. As was her boyfriend, Jared (J.R. Ramirez — aka Jessica Jones’ hot boyfriend Oscar). Who has moved on from her. I’m assuming this will be the relationship we’re going to be cheering for?
- Jared is working a really important abduction case, and it’s pointed out a lot that he is, so that’ll tie in somehow to this storyline.
- There’s those voices again.
- Looks like this is going to be similar to Lost, where the characters on the plane somehow all have a connection to each other.
- Oooh, there’s more to Ben’s (Josh Dallas) wife than she’s initially letting on. (Which makes sense).
- Oh look! Other people are hearing voices too.
- Hmmm, another Lost (and Alias) similarity. A mysterious number that keeps popping up everywhere.
- Aaaand there’s the connection of the abduction case to the storyline.
- Whatever happened on that plane, something or someone definitely doesn’t want people to know too much about it.
Overall? I liked it. Not the best premiere I’ve ever seen, but definitely not the worst. My initial take is that I can’t figure out who the antagonist is, and I’m not sure who we’re ultimately going to be cheering for. Michaela, I’m assuming, but also Ben? Others on the plane? I also feel like this could turn into another Lost, where there are just so many characters to follow, and ultimately, a mysterious mystery that ultimately doesn’t hold interest. We shall see.
Manifest will premiere on NBC, Monday, Sept. 24 at 10pm.
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