What is Manifest?
Ever since the first trailer for Manifest got released, there’s been some real excitement about the NBC’s new drama series. Those lucky Americans have already been able to feast their eyes on this elusive show, it started airing over there on September 24th. But what’s all the fuss about, and how can one watch Manifest in the UK?
Well, the series centres around the passengers and crew of Montego Air Flight 828, from Jamaica to New York. During the flight the plane experiences some severe turbulence, which eventually subsides. Everybody on-board the flight is none the wiser, however, to the rest of the world the plane is declared missing and the entire cohort presumed dead for five years.
When they land the passengers and crew learn that an entire five years have passed whilst they were on-board. Coming as a huge shock to everybody involved, the passengers must try their best to reintegrate back into society – all they want is their normal lives back. Unfortunately as time passes, It becomes clear that their lives – and loved ones – will never be the same as they were before.
Who stars in Manifest?
Melissa Roxburgh plays Michaela Stone, a police officer in the NYPD and fellow character Ben’s sister. Roxburgh has played a few high profile roles prior to this one, namely in Star Trek Beyond and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Josh Dallas as Ben Stone, an intelligence officer and Michaela’s brother. Known primarily for his work in Once Upon a Time, Stone has also had a few appearances in various films and TV shows.
Further cast members include:
Athena Karkanis as Grace Stone, Ben’s wife. Karkanis recently starred in hit series The Expanse.
J. R. Ramirez as Detective Jared Vasquez, Michaela’s ex-fiance and now married to her best friend. You might recognise Ramirez from Jessica Jones.
Luna Blaise as Olive Stone, Ben and Grace’s daughter and twin sister to Cal.
Jack Messina as Cal Stone, Olive’s twin brother and now five years younger than she is.
Parveen Kaur as Saanvi Bahl, grad student and medical researcher.
How good is Manifest?
Having only released a few episodes so far, it’s hard to get a gauge on how successful the show is and what kind of a reception it’s getting. The numbers from the pilot, however, have been impressive – garnering a total viewer count of 16.1 million. Having been compared to Lost on a number of occasions, Manifest comes close to matching their pilot – it got a total of 18.6 million.
The critical reception has been mostly positive, although a few mixed opinions have been mentioned. Rotten Tomatoes currently shows an approval rating of 61%. Metacritic, another aggregator of reviews, has a critic score of 55% and a user score of 6.8. Definitely not flying colours at this point.
Is it available in the UK?
Those of you hoping to find Manifest on the likes of Netflix or Amazon Prime are going to be disappointed on the time being. It’s not available on either platform. We’ve been in touch with the network regarding a possible UK broadcaster picking up the show, but so far we’ve heard nothing. Yes! The series will be airing on Sky One on the 30th July, however a time has yet to be confirmed. Be sure to keep coming back to the site and we’ll update you with a time-slot in due course.