Manifest Season 2 started a few weeks ago. I am enjoying the season so far. The writers have expanded the story world and increased the stakes for a number of our significant characters. There are a few things that are kind of awkward (i.e., the Jared/Michaela/Zeke situation), but even those things set up a bigger (potential) pay off later. I will write a more in-depth review of all of my thoughts and feelings later on. But there is one thing that happened during this past week’s episode that I must absolutely address now. There are major spoilers ahead. I will place the-thing-that-must-not-be-named below the line.
I warned you…
Here we go…
The exposure of Dr. Reiger/The Major.
It happened this last week during the third episode of the second season. Ben, Vance, and (more importantly), Saanvi, have figured out Dr. Reiger’s subterfuge. The reveal was sharp and introduced even higher stakes and more conflict (both inward and outward) for exploration. How will this impact Saanvi’s delicate/ almost non-existent sense of trust? Will the Major use what she learned about Ben and Saanvi to manipulate the Stone family? How will this information impact Vance’s plan to “come back to life”? What will the Major do when she finds out she’s been made? These avenues and more are now open and available for exploration during the coming weeks.
I was afraid The-Major-Is-The-Therapist storyline, in addition to Ben and Vance keeping Saanvi in the dark, would drag out well past their welcome and sink the whole show. I love CW’s The Flash, but nightmares of Defoe, Zoom, and Savitar swirled in my mind. The writers on that show drew out the “mystery” aspect of these villains at the expense of telling the stories of how their identities impacted our heroes. Barry seemed to process the fact that his future self goes dark and kills his wife relatively quickly. But Manifest seems to be on a mission. It has places to go, things to do, and is bringing us along for the ride. The revelation of the Major was well-done, organic yet well-paced, and set up the show for more exciting storytelling. I should have trusted the writers more. These are the same people (I assume) who gave lift-off for last season, got the plane to altitude, and now we’re on cruise with wind conditions favorable.
I should note that a lot happened in this episode that has me pumped for more, but I just had to give a shout-out for this particular thing now. I must give props when props are due.
I look forward to seeing more!