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Coronavirus Will Probably Save NBC's 'Manifest.' Haven't We Suffered Enough?

By Dustin Rowles | TV | March 17, 2020 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | March 17, 2020 |


If you listen to the Podjiba podcast tomorrow, Dan will talk a little about how the Coronavirus has affected both the remainder of the network television season (say goodbye to the last 2-3 episodes) and how it affects pilot season (uh, say goodbye to that, too). The take-home from all of this, basically, is that a lot of those network television shows that are on the bubble are far more likely to be picked up for another season because the networks may not have time to produce replacements.

In other words: Manifest will probably abruptly end without a conclusion this season (which would not in any way be inconsistent with its operation through the first two seasons), but it will probably also get picked up for a third season of conspiracy word salad. Last we checked in on Manifest, the Stone family had built a boat mast using hockey gear while a storm that only they could see pounded around them, at which point they were transported to a 15th-century ship where they looked up in the sky and saw Flight 828 (from 2018) flying above them.

Obviously, in this week’s episode, they’re going to pick up on the ramifications of what that means, right, because it’s not every day you’re transported back in time 500 years to witness the plane you time-holed in fly above you, right? Well, guess what: They never mentioned that. Al-Zuras’ journal is very last week. This week is a brand-new conspiracy that we’ll probably never see again: The three-headed shadow monster.

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We don’t know anything about the three-headed shadow monster yet, except that Cal drew it and therefore apparently conjured it into existence.

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I’d tell you more about the episode but frankly, I don’t care and neither do you. But tl;dr: Adrian, the cult leader who once believed that Flight 828 was a miracle now believes that sinister forces are behind by Flight 828 and the callings. He sees the three-headed shadow monster, which confirms his belief in his mind.

Elsewhere, Grace had her baby. At one point, Ben had to choose whether to save Grace’s life or the baby’s life, and he chose Grace, but it was moot because Adrian saved the one doctor on the planet who could save both the baby and Grace. Also, in last week’s episode, Grace was like 4 months pregnant, and this week’s episode — which picked up where last week’s episode left off — Grace had the baby (premature, yes, but not five months premature).

Also, Michaela found out that Jared was working undercover as an Xer, and Jared saved Derek’s life, and now they’re all friends, I guess. Cool. That entire storyline has been a complete waste of time, which is not inconsistent with the entirety of this series.

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