Well that was not what it looked like? Manifest Season 1 Episode 12, “Vanishing Point,” seemed like it was about Cal’s kidnapping, but pleasantly surprised us by twisting it into Cal pursuing a calling.
“Vanishing Point” ties together a lot of ends from the last few episodes to bring the seasons to a conclusion.
Manifest has built itself around the mystery of the plane’s disappearance and has slowly been chiseling away at that central point. As they’ve gotten closer—or arguably one step closer—two steps back, the storylines need to come to together in some way.
“Vanished Point” draws together Ben and Grace’s relationship, Michaela’s strange version of a guy in the snow, and Cal’s callings to create a storyline that doesn’t resolve everything that’s happened between these characters, but it definitely inches them in the right direction.
Grace and Ben’s relationship needs unpacking, and they get that chance on this episode. It doesn’t tie up the current of emotions from the last five years in a nice bow but it provides a framework for them to start working together.
The biggest step here is Grace getting on board and realizing that since this involves Cal, she should be involved too. When we were first introduced to Ben and Grace in the pilot episode, they were a couple that would do anything for Cal.
GRACE: The era of you protecting me. That’s over. If you know something that will help us find Cal, I want to hear about it, and I would rather die than not do everything in my power to save our son.
Getting them back to that point is essential for the story to go forward. Breaking the rule that isolates the passengers from their family and getting this secret out to someone close to them, is a vital next step.
We also know that Ben and Grace’s relationship was on the rocks before Jamaica so I am sure that there is some more that needs to unpacked in future episodes. The important thing is that now she understands that Ben has been working to protect them the entire time.
Olive reacting to her brother’s disappearance is another interesting dimension to the story. The thing about Olive is that while we’ve seen her interact with her brother and her dad we haven’t really had a chance to dive into how all of this is affecting her.
The scene between her and her grandfather when she talks about how it felt when the plane disappeared is a very touching moment for them, even more so when her memory of their hiding place breaks open the case.
The entire case hinges on the fact that Cal left willingly, and the way that unfolds is deftly done on the part of the writers. It really seemed like The Major had kidnapped him, and if there had been a showdown, it would have been poorly timed.
It seems like the show is setting up so that The Major will be Manifest’s big bad, and having Ben and Grace come face to face with her in this episode would not have been a smart move. Instead, giving the viewers a little bit of insight into her network while she’s looking at an apartment sets up a base for subterfuge.
Now that the audience is in on the secret, the tension is going to soar.
- The other big development this episode is the introduction of Zeke. Zeke is the man that Michaela has been having visions about, and he left for a hike a year ago. It’s interesting that whatever is going on behind the scenes would go from such a large scale abduction to a small scale abduction. I’m curious to see where this goes.
- Okay, so Autumn betraying the passengers for her daughter might be a little more understandable, but it was still not cool to sell them down the river like that.
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Manifest airs Mondays at 10/9c on NBC.
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