It’s sneak peek time again for NBC’s new scifi drama Manifest. I’ve found two so far, in addition to the episode promo. But before we get to those, a little more ratings news. NBC has released the Live+7 day ratings for the pilot, which increases the total numbers of viewers to 18.4 million, making the premiere NBC’s most-watched drama series premiere in 19 years! Final ratings aren’t in yet for episode 2, but the preliminary ratings look good. SpoilerTV has more ratings news.
‘Turbulence’ episode description from NBC:
Ben (Josh Dallas) and Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh) investigate a shocking murder in fear that it’s connected to Flight 828. Meanwhile, Ben struggles to accept the life Grace (Athena Karkanis) led in his absence, while Olive (Luna Blaise) and Cal (Jack Messina) realize that being twins after five and a half years apart is harder than they thought. Also starring J.R. Ramirez (Jared Vasquez) and Parveen Kaur (Saanvi Bahl).
In this clip, Ben has the TV on the news and we see the announcement that Kelly has been murdered. This universe appears to be an Orwellian state, where everyone is required to have a news station, probably MSNBC, on in every room and in every public place, 24/7.
Saanvi calls to tell Ben that she’s found a unique marker in Cal’s blood that wasn’t there before the plane and isn’t caused by his cancer or other natural causes. It’s really convenient that they have such thorough medical information for Cal to compare to his current status, and a legit reason to investigate his medical changes without drawing suspicion. Saanvi and Ben agree that the marker may be something that the Feds inserted into all of them while they were detained. Saanvi will continue to investigate.
In the second clip (or third, including the promo), Mick is investigating Kelly’s murder. Jared brings her some new information, but notices she’s out of sorts. Even though it’s been 5 years for him and he’s married to someone else, he can’t stop being her boyfriend. He insists that she tell him what’s wrong.
Mick went to visit their dead friend Evie’s parents, even though, or maybe because, she feels crushing guilt for driving the car during the accident that killed Evie. Jared reminds Mick that Evie’s death wasn’t her fault. We’ll have to wait for the whole episode to understand Mick’s motivations better, unless she simply believes she’s guilty of everything, ever, and deserves to suffer for it. Then we have to wonder where her martyr complex comes from.
They move on to the new information that Jared found about Kelly. She and her husband owned several commercial properties, including a mall. Mick is interested in the mall. She thanks Jared quickly and rushes out. Jared is left sitting at her desk, feeling left out. But she did say “Thank you!”
We’ll have to wait until the episode airs to find out whether it’s the Subway or the donut shop that she thinks hold important clues for her investigation.
Update 10/7/18: TVLine has an exclusive sizzle reel from this weekend’s NY Comic Con HERE. Most of the package is footage from the first two episodes, but the last 45 seconds is from episode 3. It shows Vance asking Jared to spy on Michaela and report her every movement back to him, Saanvi discovering that she and Cal have the same strange markers in their blood, and Kelly’s husband telling Ben and Mick that she felt she had a “calling” after Flight 828. And the phrase “Own your truth” appears to be important.
Image and videos courtesy of NBC.