Review: Manifest Season 4 Part 1

“Manifest Season 4 Part 1” came out on Netflix on Friday, Nov. 4, and has secured a 7.1/10 rating on IMDb.

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“Manifest Season 4 Part 1” came out on Netflix on Friday, Nov. 4, and has secured a 7.1/10 rating on IMDb.

When the first three seasons of Manifest dropped on Netflix in 2021, I managed to watch all the episodes in a couple of weeks. From supernatural powers to heart-touching character development, the show was exactly what I was looking for during COVID.

When I found out it was canceled, I was devastated. Not only was the third season left on a huge cliffhanger, but I wasn’t going to see how the main mystery was going to be solved.

So, when I heard that Netflix would pick Manifest back up for a 4th and final season, I was expecting a lot.

Season 4 part 1 came out Nov. 4 with ten 45-minute episodes, which follow main characters Ben Stone (Josh Dallas) and Michaele Stone (Melissa Roxburgh) who work with other passengers to find out what happened to flight 828 when it went missing for 5.5 years and came back seemingly unharmed —and passengers unaged.

Overall, I’ve enjoyed the season so far, but it definitely still has its problems.

The first problem is the visuals. Most of the CGI and visual effects in the show are pretty standard for TV shows, but somewhat low-end for Netflix. With such a big budget company, I expected better visuals in some scenes, especially ones with green screens. A lot of the CGI scenes look dated and like something that could have been made at home with editing software and a standard everyday camera.

Another problem was the plot. Overall, the plot was captivating and had a lot of twists, but the main problem I had with it was the pacing. For instance, there was this one scene where after a traumatic event, the characters didn’t seem affected for too long and forgot about the event by the next scene. The show would go through so many different emotions in such a short amount of time, which really threw me off during some of the episodes.

The last problem was the characters. Most of the main characters like Ben Stone and Saanvi Bahl (Praveen Kaur) were great. I enjoyed their development and chemistry with the other characters, but there were a couple who just didn’t make any sense to me. For example, the main villain of this season, Angelina Meyer (Holly Taylor), had a weird motive to do what she did to Eden. Some of her choices throughout this season to keep her away from Ben and his family went a bit too far and felt unreasonable for her character, especially when her parents got involved towards the end.

Overall, I would rate this season a 7/10. Although it definitely has its problems, I still enjoyed watching all 10 episodes and hope to see part 2 come out soon.