It’s really nice to watch some simple, forward moving character development when there are so many other complex shows around that require you to watch with all of your brain power. That isn’t to say that there isn’t a lot to think about when it comes to Manifest, but the mystery and drama of the show have always been fun before they’ve been complex, and it’s good to see that it has stayed that way.
The series is captivating. It keeps you on the edge of your seat. The story flows but also it leaves you wondering what will happen next. It is a 10/10 because it has a great story, for all ages above 10.
All I can speculate based on the pilot is that either none of the characters on that airplane are interesting or else the pilot made a huge mistake in terms of which characters to lead with. The Stones are, simply, dull. They're very pretty, mind you. And they're very earnest.
The premise is certainly alluring, which is why it’s so disheartening to discover Manifest’s lack of imagination or intuition for what it might feel like, in the show’s lead example, for an extended family to be suddenly reunited. ... A viewer who might have been interested in the human element is instead served a cold plate of mystery meat--not the new “Lost,” but a feeble throwback to forgettable failures such as “The Event.”
Starts out with a confusing but entertaining beginning, but after that there's not much else. Bland drama after the first few episodes. Like seriously, how does this oddly timed lightning strike send people 5 years into the future? Everything is average, the characters, all that. It's not very enjoyable.
This show gets a 3 from me for the premise, which made the show sound extremely interesting. Take away that and it barely merits a 1. Some in my household found it interesting enough to keep watching and for that reason, I have seen every painstakingly awful episode of very bad acting and even worse writing. Aspiring/struggling actors must look at this show and say "I can't get work and THAT guy gets a role on a major network's TV drama?! I'm mostly talking about the actor who plays Ben, I'm stunned every time I watch and realize that a group of people watched him auditon for the part and said "yep, that's our guy" One critic nailed it with the critique that Manifest wants to be "This is Us" meets "Lost" and fails miserably. I loathe the emotional manipulativeness of "This is Us", but can not deny the writing and acting are consistently good, and sometimes excellent. As for Lost, Manifest can't hold up to even the late season Lost that so many people **** even close. I can only assumed that the folks who like Manifest have limited cable access and rarely venture out beyond ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox.