Josh Dallas as Ben and Jack Messina as Cal

Ever wondered how your life could have changed if you’d just made a different decision somewhere along the way? 

Manifest explores this idea perfectly when three members of a family take a later flight home to New York after a holiday. After a turbulent but routine journey, Montego Air Flight 828 lands safely. 

But the pilot, crew and passengers are confused and shocked to discover that their plane has been missing for five years and all onboard presumed dead. 

When they are reunited with their families, everything has changed for those left behind, but the plane’s passengers haven’t aged a day. What happened to flight MA828? 

Josh Dallas (Once Upon A Time) plays Ben Stone, father of twins Olive and Cal and wife to Grace. He takes the later flight with his son Cal, who has leukaemia, and his sister Michaela, played by Supernatural actress Melissa Roxburgh. 

Dallas describes the show as ‘Lost meets This Is Us’ – a sci-fi mystery with family drama at its heart.

At a panel for the new show at San Diego Comic Con, creator Jeff Rake said the first season would explore the battle between faith and science. 

Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas and Jack Messina in Manifest

“It’s a huge thrust of the show,” Rake says. “Ben is inspired by Richard Dreyfuss in Close Encounters. Michaela is a lapsed person of faith. She believes all of this might connect to a higher calling. It’ll be one of our series mythology questions.”

Rake also confirmed that the first season has an endgame. “I have a pretty serious roadmap,” he says, adding that the story would extend to all the passengers aboard the ill-fated flight.

“There’s 191 people who are on that plane, so we have a lot of stories to tell,” he says.

The show’s fans already have a name – Manifesters – coined at Comic Con after the audience viewed the first episode. 

So, jump on board Manifesters and get ready for the ride of your life.

Manifest premieres Tuesday 25 September at 8pm, same day as the U.S. on TVNZ OnDemand.

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