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Manifest season 4 review, part 1 – an exciting addition to the resurrected mystery box drama

November 3, 2022

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We review the relaunched Netflix series Manifest Season 4 Part 1 which is spoiler free.

The fourth and final season of Manifest almost didn’t happen. Even before the Season 3 finale aired, NBC decided to end the series, leaving fans disappointed. To make matters worse, Season 3 ended on a thorny cliffhanger. Fortunately, creator Jeff Rake struggled hard to find the show a new home. As the series proved its popularity, Netflix has revived it for a 4th and final season which will be divided into two parts of 10 episodes each.. Part 1 is thrilling entertainment with heavy use of symbolism, strong character development, and a new set of calls for the 828 passengers solve.

Season 4 Part 1 takes place two years after Angelina (holly taylor) murdered Grace (Athena Karkanis) and kidnapped Eden due to a delusional belief that Stone’s youngest child is her guardian angel. Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh) has now taken over the role of captain of Lifeboat as Ben (Josh Dallas) has fallen into a deep depression and has completely stopped caring about the Callings. Angelina and Eden are presumed dead, meaning Ben is the only person still trying to find them. Cal (now played by Ty Doranwho succeeded Jack Messina), now magically five years older after the events of Season 3, hides his true identity to avoid becoming a government experiment. After the plane disappeared with the brief appearance of Captain Daly, Eureka was arrested, so Saanvi (Parveen Kaur) and Vance (Daryl Edwards) are working off the grid again at a small research center they affectionately call the Bird’s Nest.

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As we got used to Manifest, throughout the season, several subplots merge with the main narrative showing how intertwined the lives of these passengers are. Jared’s (JR Ramirez) career has taken a step back as he’s now in uniform, while Mick’s ex-partner Drea (Ellen Tamaki) is a double agent working for the government registry while covering up for the Stone family. as they follow Callings.

Non-passenger characters like Olive (Luna Blaise), Jared and Drea have more to do this season, while during the NBC run they seemed like more of an afterthought. Even Michaela’s husband, Zeke (Matte Long), whose main arc has long since been resolved, plays an important role in the storyline.

We also get to catch up with the 828-ers we encountered throughout the early seasons, and new characters are added to keep things interesting. Troublemakers like Adrian (Jared Grimes), the leader of Cult 828, and Eagan (Ali Sohaili), last season’s villain, also returns to wreak havoc. However, the main focus of this season is to find Ben’s youngest child and finally learn what really happened to the passengers of Flight 828 when Captain Daly flew into the storm.

Given the time jump, the show makes good use of flashbacks to help fill in the blanks of what happened to our main characters in the aftermath of Grace’s brutal murder. At the start of the season, the The date of death is only 18 months away, which means there is a rekindled sense of urgency. Michaela does her best to keep the Lifeboat afloat and prevent its 828 other passengers from meeting a grim fate.

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Although the season is set two years after her death, Grace’s absence is strongly felt throughout the story. Her calming presence in the first three episodes was a driving force in keeping all the main characters together. But, in a way, his loss allowed viewers to see a different, more human side of Ben. When the series first premiered, Ben was extremely likeable and seemed entirely focused on the greater good. Still, this season he’s showing a selfish side of himself, which is an interesting change.

We also discover a whole other side of Cal. Well, he’s a completely different actor portraying the older version of him, which is probably why. I liked how the writers dealt with putting the character in the unique position of not only having suddenly aged, but also having to deal with having her identity concealed. The father-son interactions make for compelling drama because, though he never says it outright, it’s clear that Ben blames his son for what happened to Grace and Eden, which strains their relationship.

Part 1 of Season 4 is a satisfying addition to the mystery box drama as it lays a solid foundation for the grand finale. I’m happy Manifest survived its cancellation and found a new home on Netflix. A series of this caliber deserves to finish telling its story.

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What did you think of Manifest Season 4 Part 1 on Netflix? Comments below.

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