Manifest through all its 3 seasons will get you to the point where you would watch this only as a last resort hoping this will improve after such a promising premise. Supposed serious conflicts are continually resolved with corny lines and conveniently simple outcomes. Marriages, relationships, and lives are destroyed, people and family members are murdered, and all with no realistic or lasting trauma. A dinner and a group hug always seem to resolve everything.
The supporting characters are good, but the main characters are mostly unbelievable with no intensity or passion. Characters are conveniently left out when they should be accounted for. What should be suspense, curiosity, desperation, anger, fear and mounting tension simply result in frustrating viewing.
One of the issues that I have with this show is the lack of consistency. The first half of season 1 was boring but then randomly the show just flips the switch. Season 2 was definitely a lot better with significant character and plot growth ending with a good resolution but also with a good cliffhanger. I was able to live past that. Season 3 is where it all goes wrong as it doesn’t deliver on its promise and is filled with less Sci-Fi, and more bullshit mythological random plots.
Overall, it gives you a great premise but nothing about it, while watching, makes you think of the promise before. When you think of the premise, you’re probably expecting an entirely different tone, atmosphere, etc. It just happens to be the premise, yet is barely focused on. Most of all, it seems like a series that was unlucky enough to get the premise it got, and then you’re stuck with the soap opera mess of it all and everything else.
Season 1 Score: 55%
STW: 15/30, D: 14/25, C: 6/8, E: 2/5, PVD: 6/12, A: 6/10, S: 6/10
Season 2 Score: 76%
STW: 25/30, D: 21/25, C: 6/8, E: 4/5 PVD: 7/12, A: 6/10, S: 7/10
Season 3 Score: 27%
STW: 3/30, D: 3/25, C: 5/8, E: 1/5 PVD: 6/12, A: 4/10, S: 5/10
SERIES AVERAGE: 52.66%