Manifesto S1 Review

Manifesto S1 Review

Briefly:

A commercial airliner suddenly reappears after five years of disappearance. As its passengers reintegrate into society, they experience strange prophetic voices and visions of events yet to come. Soon a deeper secret is revealed, which involves not only those who have been missing for 5 years, but also everyone who stayed and waited for them.

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TV-14
43 min
Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery
2018-

Technicality - 7/10

Story - 7/10

Characters - 7/10

Manifesto S1

Description: A commercial airliner suddenly reappears after five years of disappearance. As its passengers reintegrate into society, they experience strange prophetic voices and visions of events yet to come. Soon a deeper secret is revealed, which involves not only those who have been missing for 5 years, but also everyone who stayed and waited for them.

Well, the story turned out to be quite fun, at first everything is quite simple and you keep wondering if there will be anything good here. However, when the first episode ends, you immediately go to watch the next one, because well, what happened there, and this and that. I think the whole process of telling the story is chosen very tactfully, at the same time we see what the government or other organizations know and can do, but the main secrets are revealed by the characters themselves simply trying to find out what is happening to them. Yes, the explanation that "if the government knew it would experiment with us" is used a bit too often, but in this situation it is not only very appropriate, but also strongly used as a key element. The first season manages to find a very good balance between religion, science, drama, and supernatural phenomena.

The main mystery itself and the whole hook of this series is quite balanced and does not just show everything only in science or only in religion. Everything that happens can be explained using religion and God, but at the same time everything can be supported by science. And the show almost never tries to pick just one side of that answer, which helps keep the intrigue that 2 very different ways of unfolding this story can be just as interesting. It's also a plus for the fact that the supernatural things themselves start out quite simply, small things that are difficult to interpret somehow, no one here becomes a super hero in one moment, everything feels more "stuck to reality", as if you could imagine it happening to us too, well maybe that's why I'm afraid of airplanes.

The problem comes when the show starts to move away from its original mystery, then the unanswered questions just keep piling up, but what should be replaced with answers, is replaced with drama and melodrama. Sometimes I just want to say, I understand that relationships are complicated, I understand that life after returning is strange, but I think it would be difficult to think about it too much when seeing strange visions. Some of the answers to the questions that have already been received are quite narrow, so there is still the question of whether the developers still have those answers for that reason or if everything will just be shallowly resolved at the end. Some characters and their problems are much stronger than others, and the effort to cover them all sometimes leaves the story feeling like it has nothing to focus on.

Overall - 7/10
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