Manifest, NBC's Lost-style mystery drama, descended on New York's Javits Center for its inaugural New York Comic Con appearance. Stars Melissa Roxburgh and Josh Dallas and executive producer Jeff Rake teased what's to come as the mystery of Montego Air Flight 828 unfolds, starting with Monday's third episode.
In "Turbulence," we'll find out more about the circumstances of Michaela's (Roxburgh) car accident that killed her friend, and which understandably is still causing her a lot of turmoil, and meet her friend's parents, who Rake says will be very important going forward. Elsewhere we'll find out more about the "shadow" or the "smudge" that Ben's (Dallas) son Cal is seeing (they don't have a name for it). Cal's abilities are a little different than the other passengers', says Rake, and that will be explored. And finally, Saanvi (Parveen Kaur), the doctor who was on the flight, will reveal that she's been performing scientific experiments to find out what happened to the plane, and she's found some viable theories. She's been experimenting on herself, says Rake, and going forward she'll find some new test subjects.
Further down the line, Episode 5 will break from the format and show what happened to people like Ben's wife Grace (Athena Karkanis) in the time the plane was missing. Episode 9 will find Ben and Grace's and Michaela and Jared's (J.R. Ramirez) relationships at a crossroads. At some point we're going discover that while most passengers have gone home to their families, there are still some passengers who are unaccounted for. And Rake says Episodes 12 and 13 will include "a major card turn" that will give the first huge reveal as to what happened. That could foreshadow what's to come: So far NBC has only ordered 13 episodes, but the show is likely to be picked up for a full season, as it's NBC's top-rated new drama.