Manifest is a supernatural drama television series created by Jeff Rake. The final season (Season 4) aired on Netflix on November 4, 2022. Let’s discuss Episode 1 of Manifest called “Touch and Go”. Joining me (Rike) are Mandy, Anna Maria and Evi. Are you ready for this one? Let’s go then, but don’t forget to fasten your seatbelt before starting to read this.
Q: How do you feel going into the last season of Manifest?
R: Excited. Happy. Sad. Terrified. Pretty much all of it. I’m sad the show will end, but I’m also super grateful that Netflix picked it up for one last season. At least this will give us the chance to say a proper goodbye to this awesome cast and the whole story. I can’t wait to see what the writers have in store for us for these last 20 episodes. It’s going to be a hell of a rollercoaster ride, that’s for sure. Flight 828, here we go!
M: I have so many mixed feelings about this. I can’t believe it’s the last season and that it’ll all be over after this. It seems like yesterday we got the announcement there’ll be a fourth and last season. I am excited to see my favorite TV-family back on screen, to see what’s going to happen in the last season and if they all get the happy ending they deserve.
But I’m also anxious to find out all the answers and what’s going down, because with Manifest, I am sure there’ll be some chaos coming, and with how last season ended, it was really dark. So I am curious to see how far they’ll go this season. It’s gonna be bittersweet to say goodbye to them and see it ending, but I am also proud of them all that they return for one last season, where many shows don’t get the chance for that.
A: So many mixed feelings. So excited it’s finally back, but also sad it’s coming to an end. So glad Netflix picked it up for one last season – and so happy we get as many as 20 episodes. That will hopefully give us enough time to wrap up the story-lines. Can’t wait to see what the writers have in store for all the characters – hopefully they will all get an ending they deserve.
E: Overwhelmed. All at once actually. Happy, ecstatic, sad and also scared. But above all: grateful that we can watch this fourth and final season. After more than one year, that’s very welcome. I was really hoping for three more seasons, though, but anything is better than nothing! We are so lucky to have these final 20 episodes. We’re finally able to get some closure and say goodbye to our beloved characters!
Q: Are you a fan of time jumps to start a new season? Do you think this could work well for Manifest?
R: For me, it’s a bit of both worlds. Sometimes you need a time jump to move on, but with some shows, it just doesn’t make sense, and you truly can’t follow the story anymore. I think Manifest chose the right way by doing a 2 years time jump and adding some flashback scenes every then and now. This way you’re moving on, but also get to see what happened in the past without it being too much and too depressing.
M: I think it’s a very interesting way of storytelling, doing a 2 year time jump with flashbacks to fill the gaps of what happened in those 2 years. I only like time jumps when the writers can map out and bring the story in a good way. From what I have seen of this episode, I think they have done that really well. You can directly see how one big event can affect people for so long.
A: I’m usually not a fan of time jumps, but I think it could work out for Manifest. As long as they know what happened in the meantime, and don’t let any questions from last season stay unanswered.
E: With Jeff Rake and his crew, I learned everything can work out. I’m not a fan of time jumps in general, but I trust them! A two year jump isn’t that much I think, but I do have some doubts because they finished season 3 with a huge cliffhanger. I hope they cover that enough in season 4 with flashbacks.
Q: What did you think of Cal’s (Ty Doran) feeling of guilt?
R: Completely understandable. I would not like to be him, to be honest. It’s been a lot for him, and these feelings won’t just go away overnight. I have to admit I’m already a fan of Ty Doran. I mean, sure, it’s only been one episode so far, but I already feel he’s going to be one of my new favorites this season. Can’t wait to see some more emotional, but also some super kicking butts scenes in the next episodes. Hopefully.
M: My heart breaks for Cal. I totally understand where those feelings come from, but at the same time he was also a kid who had no idea what the consequences of trusting Angelina (Holly Taylor) could have. I hate that his family blames him for what happened when he was just a little kid. He shouldn’t have that kind of responsibility. Cal’s storyline intrigues me this season, and I feel like he’s definitely one of my favorite characters this season. Ty has done a great job. Can’t be easy to come into this family and take over a role that has been created already and is loved by the audience, crew and cast.
A: I think it’s very understanding that he feels a lot of guilt for what happened, and it makes it even worse that Olive (Luna Blaise) blamed him for it. Hopefully, it will feel better with time.
E: It would be strange if he didn’t feel any guilt at all. So I understand that well. He will need time to process it. It’s not easy to lose your own mother, especially when you think you had a part in it.
Q: Eden and Ben (Josh Dallas) shared a calling. Do you think this will get them closer to a reunion soon?
R: This better makes them reunite soon. I can’t watch Ben suffer like that any longer. The way he’s distancing himself from the whole family. It’s like he’s in his own bubble, and no one can get through to him. He’s not looking right and left. Focus is on Eden and nothing or no one else. This is giving me some lifeboat and death dates bubble flashbacks. He kind of behaved the same back then. Talking about being stubborn and doing what he thinks is the right thing to do. Angelina, please give your little Angel back.
M: I hope so. I don’t know how much longer I can see Ben being this crushed and desperate. But I wonder how much longer this storyline will play out if people like Anna Ross continue to help Angelina stay on the run. I can’t believe a decent human being would keep a child away from her father and family. This is nuts.
A: Yes! I think it’s definitely a sign that they will reunite, and that they have a deep connection. I feel really bad for Ben, but he’s right that he’s the only one looking for her, and hopefully it will be worth it in the end.
E: I hope so! I desperately want a reunion ASAP for Ben. He looks terrible, sorry Ben. Them sharing a calling is definitely something big. They are connected in a way that Angelina isn’t with Eden. So this gives me hope. The callings work in mysterious ways, though, we never really know what they mean.
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