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Anyone watching the new drama series "Manifest"?

Discussion in 'Movies & Television' started by MaxxVolume, Sep 26, 2018.

  1. MaxxVolume

    MaxxVolume AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    New series offered by NBC (which I normally wouldn`t even watch, but there was something about the trailer), the premise here is Flight 828, taking off from the Bahamas, en route to JFK in New York, and landing (so they think) uneventfully, only to be met by a crowd of shocked people. Seems that it`s been five-and-a half years since the plane took off, and all on board were long ago presumed to be dead.
    Yet, whoever was on that plane has not aged one day.
    After an extensive debriefing, the "survivors" attempt to continue with their lives, some find a number of complications, among them, hearing strange voices in their heads.

    The first episode was pretty well done, but will the series have what it takes to survive ?
     
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  2. Eric H

    Eric H AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Sounds interesting, as long as it doesn’t end like Lost.
     
  3. 91r100gs

    91r100gs Lunatic Member

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    Watched the pilot last night. Thought it was very good. The ending has me worried that they will run out of ideas before long. They should look at the old series "The 4400" on what to do but keep it realistic.
     
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  4. Duane

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    Watched it as well. Interesting pilot. It's got that Bermuda Triangle theory or alien abduction possibility going for it. Got the DVR set to record the series.
     
  5. ETLS

    ETLS metacarpophalangealcranium Subscriber

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    Five and a half years from now, when the pilot re-airs, it won't look a day older either.
     
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  6. NAD80

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    Watched it. Will watch the rest of the episodes if the writing is good enough. As long as the writers don't go on strike as they did with Lost.
     

     

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  7. WobblySam

    WobblySam Well-Known Member

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    It seems that there are few show writers that can sustain a consistent science fiction premise. A show starts with an interesting concept then slowly devolves to nothing more than another melodramatic "soap opera". The original premise is lost to the periphery with emotional conflicts and interpersonal problems becoming the focus. That's fine if you like that sort of stuff, but I prefer my science fiction to remain about its original premise. I know - old fuddy duddy.
     
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  8. CT_Ohio

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    I missed the pilot. Can't say I was making time for it, as it's on NBC. My list of NBC sci-fi that I found worth watching in the last 30 years:

    • Quantum Leap
    • SeaQuest DSV
    • Heroes

    In other words, not much. The 4400 dealt with some sort of X-Men protein that each abductee had, doesn't sound like Manifest will go for post-human powers with this bunch. Can't compare with Lost as the gag was pretty obvious early on, so I stopped watching, but I would hope the showrunners for Manifest know better to chase that idea. There are a bunch of flight tracker apps that can pinpoint where the flight 'left' and where it came back, assuming no equipment damage to the transponder. If the pilot ep didn't at least touch on that, well boo on them. Examine the site of departure and go from there; find a few other planes that didn't come back or something creepy. Or both. Then maybe I'll watch.

    Edit: Always good to brush up on one's TV Tropes, and they summed up the pilot episode (yes, spoilers. I like spoilers.) Result: it sounds horribly cliche'd. But now I'm curious enough to check it out, if only for the main character's huge eyebrows.

    https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/Manifest
     
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  9. Eric H

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    I agree, Lost was one such show, so many plot elements that had no real purpose in the end.

    Fringe was probably my favorite Sci-Fi of all, they knew what their story was, where it was going and how it would end, consistent start to finish.
     
  10. Eric H

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    I loved the first season of Heroes but heard it went downhill after so I never pursued it, maybe I should continue.

    Manifest sound like several episodes of The Twilight Zone that involved Airplanes landing in the future or the past. I like that kind of stuff so I'll check it out.
     
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    Yeah that's probably fair about Heroes although I stuck it out thru season 2. I think it had the advantage of showing on a night when I had time to watch.
     

     

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  13. invaderzim

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    I hope they avoid doing what Lost did with each episode introducing multiple new questions and only half an answer. That can only go on for so long before it looks like the writers have no idea where the past items were supposed to lead and are just trying to add strange stuff.
     
  14. Harvestor

    Harvestor Super Member

    Anything to do with Time ...
    Yes I been watching.....

    So far it's been interesting.....

    I'd like to jump through time..
     
  15. Mystic

    Mystic We're all born mad

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    Uncle Buck
    (Hughes, 1986)

    * IMO one of Hughes' ... and Candy's ... best films. And little M. Culkiin was still (very) young, innocent, and played a delighful character.
     
  16. qdrone

    qdrone Music is my mistress

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    watching the 2nd episode now and I'm hooked. The story has so many tangents, I see a wealth of story lines to draw from.
     

     

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  17. teal'c

    teal'c It's all moo Subscriber

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    Wrong thread Mystic. This is about Manifest, a supernatural, science fiction, drama that looks like it's starting to get complicated.
    It's interesting, I'l give it that.
     
  18. Torontoblue

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    I got quite bored of this towards the end of the pilot episode.

    Too many flashbacks, and it just came across as a really soppy, give me another chance drama.

    Don't think I'll carry on with this.
     
  19. Mystic

    Mystic We're all born mad

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    Dang it. That's what can happen when I post before I've had my first coffee!
     
  20. DeeCee

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    Started recording it due (much to my surprise) from my wife’s urging; typically not her cup of tea. However I’m waiting for it to run out of gas as typical of this type of tv series.

    Usually they tend to get yanked practically between commercial breaks! :D
     

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