Investigating 4 Characters' Callings From 'Manifest' Season 1 (PHOTOS)

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SAANVI 

(Parveen Kaur)

Frequency of Callings 

Low.

Key Example 

Visions of a statue-esque gray woman and wet footprints by a hospital bed in Episode 4 aided the medical researcher in locating an MIA patient at a fountain.

Call Log 

Her role seems to be more about deciphering the physical effects of the experience.

Manifest - Season Pilot
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Michaela 

(Melissa Roxburgh)

Frequency of Callings

High.

Key Example 

In Episode 10, she hears “Find her” and sees a blizzard — only to realize she’s experiencing someone else’s calling, a non-828 survivor, Zeke (Matt Long).

Call Log 

She was the first survivor we saw get an aural calling — the words “Slower! Slower!” — which helped save a boy from a speeding bus. The cop quickly became a believer and followed callings to successful outcomes (the words “Set them free” led her to kidnap victims) but also misfires (“Save him” pushed her to act, ruining an ATF operation).

Manifest - Season Pilot
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Ben

(Josh Dallas)

Frequency of Callings

Moderate.

Key Example

The vision of 828’s emergency floor lights in Episode 9 are essential to Ben saving fellow survivors who are being held (and tested on) by shadowy Unified Dynamic Systems.

Call Log 

At first he mistrusted the callings, but they soon fueled his obsession with solving the mystery of the plane. His own callings (music, voices…a peacock?!) were persuasive, but witnessing son Cal’s callings — unexplainable but undeniable — squashed all doubt.

Manifest - Season Pilot
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Cal

(Jack Messina)

Frequency of Callings

Over the top.

Key Example 
In Episode 5, after Ben hears the calling “It’s all connected,” we flash back to Cal saying those same words out loud on Flight 828 — when he is apparently the only one to see a white light in the sky.

Call Log 

The 10-year-old boarded 828 with leukemia, and when he landed, a cure seemed within his grasp. In fact, Cal occupies a touched-by-angels role in everything that goes on. He sees more, hears more, knows more and he often delivers his intel via sketchbook: He drew a town he’d never visited (before running away to follow a calling there), a wolf to signal danger — and, in the finale, three ominous gravestones.

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In each episode of Manifest, fans are trying to figure out the voices and visions experienced by Flight 828 survivors, which they refer to as "callings."

In the gallery above, we delve back into the NBC show's nagging mystery with a side-by-side comparison.

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