New TV show “Manifest” debuted on NBC this week and the series premiere, seen by more than 10 million viewers, centered on the Bible verse Romans 8:28.
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The show compared to the hit series “Lost” was an instant fall escape series. According to Deadline, “Manifest” earned a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 age bracket and 10.3 million viewers. The pilot was uploaded before it opened and garnered an additional 1.2 million views on YouTube.
Monday’s series premiere kicked off with the Stone family at the airport. The family matriarch tells her seemingly depressed daughter to believe the Bible verse Romans 8:28 which says, “All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to his purpose.” Moments later, siblings Ben (Josh Dallas) and Michaela Stone (Melissa Roxburgh), along with Ben’s young son, who has cancer, choose to catch a later flight to New York apart from the rest of their family.
The flight they board, Flight 828, experiences severe turbulence and then reappears after being missing for more than five years, which is the premise of the show.
The Stones are reunited with their family after the mysterious years apart, but things have changed drastically. In contrast, Ben’s son, Cal (Jack Messina), has retained the same age he was when the plane left and can now receive cancer treatment that was unavailable when he left and might be able to cure it.
Throughout the episode, number 828 keeps coming back and while everyone hails the reappearance of the passengers as a “miracle”, they all come back different. A handful of passengers who have returned from the unexplainable flight begin to hear messages in their heads that help them solve crimes. The main character, Michaela, continually hears the scriptures her mother shared with her before taking the life-changing flight and eventually ending up in church.
Near the end of the episode, Michaela is seen in a church reading the Bible. When approached by the pastor, she asks, “How do we know if we are called?” he replied that it is something felt in the heart.
“Manifesto” concluded with the entire group of survivors led by a “force” back to the site of the plane, which suddenly burst into flames.