Manifest (TV series)

From Seeds of the Word, the encyclopedia of the influence of the Gospel on culture

Created byJeff Rake
ComposerDanny Lux
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes52 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Cathy Frank
  • Laura Putney
  • Margaret Easley
  • Harvey Waldman
  • Marta Gené Camps
  • Tim Ives
  • Tim Norman
  • Joseph Bradley Smith
  • Sarah Cawley
  • John Inwood
  • Andrew Priestley
  • Elena Maganini
  • Nicholas Erasmus
  • Scott Boyd
  • Steven Lang
  • Mark Conte
  • Nina M. Gilberti
  • Maura Corey
  • Matt Coleshill
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time42–50 minutes
Production companies
Original network
Original releaseSeptember 24, 2018 (2018-09-24) –

Manifest is an American supernatural drama television series created by Jeff Rake that premiered on September 24, 2018, on NBC. It centers on the passengers and crew of a commercial airliner who suddenly reappear after being presumed dead for five and a half years. It stars Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis, J. R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Jack Messina, Parveen Kaur, Matt Long, Holly Taylor, Daryl Edwards, and Ty Doran.

In October 2018, NBC ordered further episodes for the first season and subsequently renewed the series for a second season that aired in 2020, and again for a third in 2021. In June 2021, the series was canceled by NBC after three seasons. The series was added to Netflix shortly before it was canceled and immediately topped the viewing charts, persuading Netflix to renew Manifest for a fourth and final season consisting of twenty episodes, with part one premiering on November 4, 2022, and part two set to premiere on June 2, 2023.[1][2][3]


While traveling from Jamaica to New York City, Montego Air Flight 828 experiences a brief period of severe turbulence. When they land at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York, the plane's 191 passengers and crew learn from NSA deputy director Robert Vance that over five and a half years have passed while they were in the air, during which time they were presumed dead. As they rejoin society, the passengers begin to face the fact that their lives—and loved ones—are not the same as they were, while they also begin to experience guiding voices and visions representing events yet to occur, referred to as 'callings.'

Cast and characters

  • Melissa Roxburgh as Michaela "Mick" Stone, a detective who works at the NYPD's 129th Precinct, and Ben's sister. She was a passenger on Flight 828. She later marries Zeke. Ariana Jalia portrays a younger Michaela.
  • Josh Dallas as Ben Stone, a college associate professor in mathematics, Michaela's brother, and father to Olive, Cal and Eden. He was a passenger on Flight 828.
  • Athena Karkanis as Grace Stone (seasons 1–3;[4] guest season 4), Ben's wife, Michaela's sister-in-law, and mother to Olive, Cal and Eden. She runs a catering business.
  • J. R. Ramirez as Jared Vasquez, a detective at the NYPD's 129th Precinct and Michaela's ex-fiancé; he married Michaela's best friend during the five-plus year absence of Flight 828, but they divorce after Michaela's return. Jared is later promoted to police lieutenant.
  • Luna Blaise as Olive Stone, Ben and Grace's daughter, Michaela's niece, Cal's twin sister, and Eden's older sister. Jenna Kurmemaj portrays a young Olive.
  • Jack Messina (seasons 1–3; guest season 4) and Ty Doran (season 4;[4] guest season 3) as Cal Stone, Ben and Grace's son, Michaela's nephew, Eden's older brother, and Olive's twin brother, who is five and a half years younger than she after Flight 828 returns. Cal was a passenger on Flight 828. Jack Messina portrays a younger Cal while Ty Doran portrays a teenage Cal.
  • Parveen Kaur as Saanvi Bahl, a doctor and medical researcher at Koch Hospital and passenger on Flight 828. She is later recruited to work for the NSA's Project Eureka task force that is investigating 828.
  • Matt Long as Zeke Landon (seasons 2–4; recurring season 1), a hiker who got trapped in a cave during a blizzard and was presumed dead for a year. He returns to life in a situation similar to what happened to Flight 828 passengers. He later marries Michaela and becomes the first person to beat his death date after saving Cal's life. After beating his death date, Zeke develops empathic powers. At the end of the first part of season 4, Zeke sacrifices himself to save Cal by absorbing Cal's returned cancer. Colin Critchley portrays a younger Zeke.
  • Holly Taylor as Angelina Meyer (seasons 3–4[5]), a Flight 828 passenger who is held captive by her religiously fanatic parents in Costa Rica after her return. She is later rescued by Michaela and Zeke and taken in by the Stones to live with them.
  • Daryl Edwards as Robert Vance (season 4; recurring seasons 1–3), the director of the NSA who leads the investigation of the re-emergence of Montego Air Flight 828. Despite apparently being killed in season 1 during the raid on a Singularity Project's base, he is revealed to still be alive in season 2. With only a few people aware he is alive, Vance begins working covertly to uncover the mysteries of Flight 828 and his government's sinister objectives. After his survival is revealed to the government in season 3, Vance resumes his old position and heads up a new taskforce known as Project Eureka, examining the rebuilt wreckage of the plane for clues.

Seeds of the Word

Many of the character names in this TV series are biblically inspired. Here are some notable examples:

  1. Michaela Stone: The name "Michaela" is derived from the biblical name "Michael", which means "who is like God?". Michael is an archangel mentioned in the Bible. This archangel is a significant figure in various religious traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In these traditions, Michael is regarded as a powerful celestial being, often depicted as an archangel or a chief angel.
    • In Judaism, Michael is considered as one of the archangels and is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. The name "Michael" is derived from Hebrew and means "who is like God?" He is often associated with protection, righteousness, and the defender of the Jewish people.
    • In Christianity, Michael is also recognized as an archangel and is mentioned in the New Testament. He is depicted as a warrior and a guardian of God's people. In the Book of Revelation, Michael is described as leading the heavenly armies against the forces of evil.
    • In Islam, Michael, known as Mikail in Arabic, is considered one of the four archangels mentioned in the Quran. He is associated with acts of mercy and is believed to be responsible for the distribution of sustenance. Though the Quran does not explicitly mention the names of the four archangels, Islamic scholars have however identified, based on Hadith (sayings and actions of Prophet Muhammad), four archangels who play significant roles in carrying out the commands of Allah (God). These archangels are: Jibril (Gabriel), Mikail (Michael), Israfil, and Azrael.
    Overall, Michael the archangel is a significant figure in religious mythology, often portrayed as a powerful and protective celestial being.
  2. Ben Stone: The name "Ben" is a shortened form of "Benjamin", a biblical name that means "son of the right hand" or "son of the south." In the Bible, Benjamin was one of the twelve sons of Jacob.
  3. Grace Stone: The name "Grace" carries religious connotations and refers to the unmerited favor or mercy of God.
  4. Cal Stone: The name "Cal" is a shortened form of "Caleb", a biblical name that means "faithful" or "devoted to God". In the Bible, Caleb was one of the spies sent by Moses to explore the Promised Land.
  5. Olive Stone: The name "Olive" does not have a direct biblical reference, but it symbolizes peace and is often associated with religious symbolism and the story of Noah's Ark. It can also be associated with the Garden of Gethsemane also known as the Garden of Olives, where Jesus prayed with his apostles after the Last Supper and where he was arrested by the soldiers of the sanhedrin before being brought to trial before Pontius Pilate and ultimately being crucified to then rise again on the third day.
  6. Zeke Landon: The name "Zeke" is a variant of "Ezekiel," a biblical name that means "God strengthens." In the Bible, Ezekiel was a prophet. The surname "Landon" does not have a specific biblical reference.
  7. Eden: The name "Eden" is commonly associated with the biblical Garden of Eden, which was depicted as a paradise where Adam and Eve lived before the Fall. The name might have been chosen to evoke a sense of innocence or a metaphorical connection to a place of beauty.
  8. Angelina: The name "Angel" or "Angela" has connections to heavenly messengers in various religious traditions, including Christianity. In the context of the TV series, the name Angelina might have been chosen for its aesthetic appeal or to convey a sense of grace or beauty.
  9. Adrian: even though this name does not have a direct biblical connection, it can however refer to the Roman Emperor Hadrian. Hadrian was known for his architectural achievements and his efforts to consolidate and fortify the Roman Empire. The name Adrian can be associated with leadership, strength, and the ability to govern.

Divine Providence

The flight number for the mysterious reappearing aircraft is 828. This is a reference to Romans 8:28 and is the basis for many of the biblical references in this series:

This scripture verse is sewn on the pillow of Michaela's now-deceased mother.

The passengers of Flight 828 experience a time jump and encounter various mysterious events, but ultimately, their experiences and the subsequent events are portrayed as part of a larger divine plan. The verse reflects the underlying theme of the show, which explores concepts of fate, destiny, and the belief in a higher power orchestrating events for a greater purpose.


"Callings" refer to a central supernatural phenomenon experienced by the passengers of Flight 828. Callings are unexplained visions, messages, or instincts that guide the characters and often lead them to take specific actions.

Here are some key aspects of "callings" in the storyline:

  • Collective Experience: Callings are shared experiences among the passengers of Flight 828. They can appear as vivid visions, hallucinations, or a strong sense of intuition, and they usually involve specific people, places, or events.
  • Premonitions and Guidance: Callings often provide premonitions or guidance to the characters, giving them glimpses of future events or warnings about potential dangers. They can be cryptic and require interpretation to understand their significance.
  • Time Sensitivity: Callings often have a time-sensitive nature, urging the characters to act swiftly or within a specific timeframe to prevent negative outcomes or assist others in need.
  • Individual Interpretation: Each character may interpret the callings differently based on their unique perspectives, skills, or personal connections. This can lead to different approaches to understanding and fulfilling the callings.
  • Connection to Fate and Destiny: Callings are believed to be connected to a greater plan or purpose. They suggest that the passengers of Flight 828 have a specific role to play in the events unfolding around them and that their experiences are not random.

Throughout the series, callings serve as a central plot device, driving the characters' actions and influencing the overall narrative. They provide a supernatural and mysterious element to the show, pushing the characters to unravel the mysteries surrounding their time jump and their place in a greater cosmic plan.

The pastor Adrian, having been isolated from the rest of the passengers, interprets his "callings" in a negative manner, as though they will bring him to spill blood. Michaela finds him during a "flashback" on the mysterious flight with blood covering his hands.

In the Bible, there are several examples of individuals receiving callings or divine assignments. Here are a few notable examples:

  1. Moses: Moses received a calling from God at the burning bush in Exodus 3. God spoke to Moses and called him to go to Pharaoh and lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt.
  2. Noah: Noah received a calling from God to build an ark in order to save his family and pairs of animals from the Great Flood. God instructed Noah on the dimensions and construction of the ark in Genesis 6.
  3. Samuel: As a young boy, Samuel received a calling from God while serving in the tabernacle under the guidance of Eli the priest. God called Samuel by name and appointed him as a prophet to deliver messages and guide the nation of Israel.
  4. Isaiah: Isaiah received a powerful calling from God in Isaiah 6. In a vision, Isaiah saw the Lord seated on a throne and heard the voice of the Lord asking, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" Isaiah responded, "Here am I. Send me!"
  5. Jeremiah: Jeremiah, known as the "weeping prophet," received a calling from God to be a prophet to the nations (Jeremiah 1:5).
  6. Paul: Saul, later known as the Apostle Paul, received a dramatic calling on the road to Damascus. Jesus appeared to him in a blinding light, and Paul heard a voice saying, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" This calling led to Paul's conversion and his subsequent mission to spread the gospel.

These examples demonstrate how individuals in the Bible received specific callings from God, often involving instructions, tasks, or appointments to fulfill divine purposes. The callings varied in nature and scope but were generally intended to serve God's plan and bring about His purposes in the world.

Death and Resurrection

In the TV series "Manifest," the themes of death and resurrection are integral to the storyline and play significant roles in the overarching narrative. Here's how these themes are tied into the storyline:

  1. Death of Flight 828 Passengers: The initial event that sets the series in motion is the presumed death of the passengers aboard Flight 828 when it disappears and reappears after a time jump of five and a half years. The passengers experience a sense of loss, grieving the lives they left behind and struggling to adapt to a world that has moved on without them.
  2. Resurrection through Time Jump: The reappearance of Flight 828 and the survival of its passengers can be seen as a form of resurrection. They were presumed dead, but they are given a second chance at life. Their return raises questions about the nature of death, the possibilities of supernatural phenomena, and the mysteries surrounding their fate.
  3. Renewed Life and Second Chances: The passengers, upon their return, often face personal challenges and struggles but also find new opportunities and a sense of renewal. They are given a chance to reconnect with loved ones, make amends, and pursue paths they may not have taken before. The concept of resurrection ties into the idea of second chances and the potential for personal transformation.
  4. Symbolic Resurrection in Character Arcs: Throughout the series, many characters experience transformative journeys that can be seen as symbolic resurrections. They confront their past mistakes, grapple with their identities, and undergo personal growth. The themes of death and resurrection are explored in the context of their emotional and psychological journeys.
  5. Mystery Surrounding Death Dates: In "Manifest," the passengers begin to experience "death dates," which are visions of their potential future deaths. These visions create a sense of urgency and heighten the tension around life and death. The characters grapple with the notion of destiny, trying to understand if their futures are predetermined or if they can alter their fates.

The themes of death and resurrection in "Manifest" add layers of mystery, emotional depth, and spiritual exploration to the storyline. They raise philosophical questions about life, death, fate, and the nature of human existence.

Peacock symbolism

In season 3 episode 3 "Wingman", while Olive is exploring ancient mythologies by studying pieces of Egyptian artwork that TJ had given her, she stumbles upon some clues and a peacock feather at the same time that Cal has a vision of a peacock. The peacock has various religious and symbolic significances in different cultures and religions. Here are some of its religious associations:

  1. Christianity: In Christianity, the peacock has been associated with immortality, resurrection, and the glory of God. Its extravagant and vibrant plumage was believed to symbolize the radiant beauty and eternal life found in Christ. Peacock feathers were used as decorative elements in religious art and architecture, particularly during the Byzantine era.
  2. Hinduism: In Hinduism, the peacock is closely associated with the deity Lord Murugan (also known as Kartikeya or Skanda). Lord Murugan is often depicted riding a peacock and is considered the god of war, victory, and wisdom. The peacock is regarded as a sacred bird and a symbol of beauty, grace, and divine protection.
  3. Buddhism: In Buddhism, the peacock is regarded as a symbol of purity, wisdom, and enlightenment. It represents openness and acceptance of all experiences and is associated with the concept of breaking free from the cycle of suffering (samsara) and attaining spiritual liberation (nirvana).
  4. Greek Mythology: In ancient Greek mythology, the peacock was associated with the goddess Hera. It was believed that Hera adorned the tail feathers of the peacock with "eyes" as a symbol of her watchfulness and all-seeing knowledge. The peacock, therefore, became a symbol of protection and divine vision.
  5. Islam: In Islamic art and culture, the peacock is often depicted as a symbol of beauty, abundance, and spiritual guidance. It is associated with the concept of Paradise and is believed to have resplendent feathers in the heavenly realm.

Faith and Salvation

The themes of faith and salvation play significant roles in the storyline of "Manifest." Here's how these themes are tied into the narrative:

  1. Faith in the Unknown: The passengers of Flight 828 are thrust into a mysterious and supernatural experience that challenges their understanding of the world. As they navigate the unexplained phenomena and the callings they receive, faith becomes a central theme. Some characters turn to faith in a higher power or a divine plan to make sense of their circumstances and find meaning in their experiences.
  2. Belief in a Greater Purpose: The concept of a greater purpose or a higher calling is intertwined with the theme of faith. The passengers grapple with the idea that their return and the subsequent events are part of a larger plan. They seek to uncover the meaning behind their experiences and whether they have a specific role to play in shaping the world.
  3. Redemption and Salvation: Several characters in "Manifest" seek redemption and salvation in the face of their past mistakes, regrets, or personal struggles. The callings they receive often guide them toward acts of selflessness, forgiveness, or making amends. The theme of salvation is explored through the characters' quests for personal redemption and the potential for finding peace and healing.
  4. Trusting the Journey: Faith in the journey and trusting in the process become essential for the characters. They face numerous challenges and uncertainties but rely on their faith and belief in something greater to guide them forward. They learn to trust in the callings they receive, even when the path is unclear or difficult.
  5. Moral and Ethical Dilemmas: The themes of faith and salvation also come into play when characters are faced with moral and ethical dilemmas. They must grapple with the choices they make and the consequences of their actions. Faith and the search for salvation guide them in making decisions that align with their values and the greater good.

The themes of faith and salvation in "Manifest" explore the complexities of belief, trust, and the search for meaning in extraordinary circumstances. These themes add depth to the character journeys and highlight the spiritual and existential aspects of the series.

Noah's Ark

The callings of the passengers of Flight 828 lead to the conclusion that the world will come to and end on a specific date. And they believe that solving the callings to help people will also lead the way to salvation from the death date, from the apocalyptic end of the world scenario. In Season 4 Episode 19, Marko, one of the passenger's who had been in a coma and under testing by the Major, woke up from his coma repeating the word 'ковчег' (kovcheg) in Bulgarian, which can have two meanings: either "coffin" or "ark". Marko himself thought that the reference was to a coffin, and drew a picture of a coffin on a piece of paper, but later, seeing a picture of Noah's Ark, realized that this could also be the meaning. The theme of Noah's Ark as a means of salvation from the death date is tied into the storyline: the Major had been experimenting on a fragment of Noah's Ark that was covered in sapphire, and which Saanvi had thrown into a fissure that had opened up at the base of Storm King Mountain.

Faith and Science

The storyline in the TV series Manifest explores the relationship between Faith and Science.

The tailfin of the airplane was being studied in a government facility by Saanvi, a scientist from India. When Cal goes up to it and touches it, he disappears. Ben becomes desperate in his search to find Cal again, coming to the conclusion that the tailfin must be thrown back into the ocean. The scientiest however is contrary to this choice, convinced that it would make no sense to throw it into the ocean rather than continue to study it; however she changes her mind when she sees writing in Cal's drawings that is in her own native language, along with the constellation of the dragon which she always gazed upon as a child through her telescope in trying to "see" her deceased mother among the stars of heaven. She had given up on the pursuit of seeing her mother in the heavens, but Cal's drawing became a sign for her: she understood that perhaps faith had a role alongside scientific research, and that she should listen to Ben and Grace. It is thus decided to bring the tailfin back to the ocean, in the specific spot that Ben had located.

Battle between Good and Evil

The series has some underlying apocalyptic themes that contribute to the overall narrative. Here are a few ways in which these themes are present:

  1. Time Displacement: The central premise of the show involves Flight 828 disappearing and reappearing five and a half years later, resulting in a time displacement for the passengers. This sudden and unexplained event creates a sense of disruption and disorientation akin to an apocalyptic scenario. The passengers find themselves thrust into a world that has moved on without them, leading to personal and societal upheaval.
  2. The Death Dates: The concept of "death dates" introduced in the series adds an apocalyptic element. The passengers begin receiving visions of their own deaths, which creates a countdown and a sense of impending doom. This apocalyptic ticking clock adds suspense and raises questions about fate, mortality, and the potential end of their lives.
  3. Callings and Divine Intervention: The callings experienced by the passengers can be seen as a form of divine intervention or supernatural guidance. These callings lead the characters to specific actions or events, often with high stakes and potential apocalyptic consequences. The passengers grapple with the responsibility of their callings and the potential role they play in preventing or mitigating catastrophic events.
  4. Prophecies and Revelation: The show explores various prophecies, visions, and revelations that hint at a larger, apocalyptic narrative. These elements suggest that the events surrounding Flight 828 are part of a grander plan or a significant turning point in human history. The unfolding of these prophecies adds a sense of urgency and foreboding to the storyline.

While "Manifest" primarily focuses on personal and relational stories, it intertwines these underlying apocalyptic themes to heighten tension, drive the plot, and explore existential questions. The series combines elements of mystery, spirituality, and human drama to create a unique blend of storytelling with apocalyptic undertones.

Furthermore, Cal and Angelina can be considered as the protagonist and the antagonist in the storyline, representing the battle between good and evil respectively. In the book of Revelation, the "Hill of Megiddo" or "Armaggedon" is the place where the final battle between good and evil will take place:

Cal and Angelina can somewhat be related to the biblical themes of the Christ and the anti-christ: the character of Angelina is somewhat inspired by that of the "false prophets" of which Jesus warns his disciples, especially in the Olivet Discourse.

In Season 4 Episode 16 "Furball", Angelina succeeds in escaping the Detention Center after having been injected with an "antidote" serum by Ben, and starts to form a small group of "followers". Confronting them about their doubts towards her for some of the grave deeds she has accomplished, she replies with a quote from the Gospel:

Symbolism of the Sapphire

As Manifest revealed in the third season, sapphire has a unique connection to the passengers. When the tailfin was found in the middle of the ocean after Saanvi accidentally killed the Major (Elizabeth Marvel), they brought it back to their secret Eureka lab and discovered it was covered in sapphire. The piece of Noah’s ark they later experimented on, causing potentially catastrophic damage to the Earth, was also covered in sapphire. The body of Kelly Taylor (Julienne Hanzelka Kim), the passenger murdered by her housekeeper shortly after the plane reappeared, had somehow started to show injuries consistent with the plane exploding and was also covered in sapphire. However, it isn’t until the fourth season when Saanvi begins to dig into the Major’s experiments that left multiple passengers with no brain function — who they discover are actually constantly tied to the Callings and divine consciousness now — that she finds the Major used sapphire in her experiments to bring about more Callings.

The Major noted though that the type of sapphire she wanted to use was not available, so everyone began to look into what that meant. Shortly after, they discover records from throughout history mentioning omega sapphires, a more pure version of the gemstone, being tied to divine consciousness. The omega sapphire can bring them unlimited Callings to increase the amount of good they are able to do to offset the horrible actions of other passengers, like Angelina. Unfortunately, once they discover the omega sapphire hidden in the same boiler room where they hid Thomas (Sheldon Best) from the government so many years ago, Eagan steals it and bolts as the building collapses around them. And, before Eagan has a chance to use it, Angelina bashes him over the head and steals it for herself, leading us to the events of the midseason finale.

With the omega sapphire, its extreme power is finally revealed through Angelina’s horrifying and cruel actions. She manages to use it to give Ben a false Calling of his late wife, who pleads with him to bring Eden to her, so Angelina can kidnap her once again. Luckily, she doesn’t succeed, but she later uses this false version of Grace against Cal to try to convince him to stop fighting his cancer. It almost succeeds, but Cal fights back and recalls that his mother never told him to stop fighting during his first cancer battle and would never do so now.

This is when the dragon tattoo that Cal somehow received from another passenger begins to glow, revealing itself to be filled with omega sapphire. So, while Angelina has one, so does Cal, and breaking through Angelina’s false Calling causes the sapphire in her possession to shatter. When Angelina breaks out of the Calling, she sees a shard about to fall into one of the pools of lava she has brought forth with her nefarious actions — just as we saw from Eureka’s experiments on the piece of Noah’s ark. Angelina reaches for it as it falls into the lava, melting the shard into her hand.

Before the finale fades to black, Angelina walks off with the omega sapphire in her hand (literally), as the camera pulls back to reveal fissures filled with lava all over the city. So, while Cal has an omega sapphire that he can do an incredible amount of good with, Angelina has another to spread her false Callings and trick the passengers into doing her evil bidding. With the apocalypse looming over the world, as we learn this season is the true nature of the passengers’ death date, the final episodes are going to be one vicious battle between good and evil with the omega sapphire(s) complicating everything even further.

— Jay Snow, What Is the Mystical Omega Sapphire in 'Manifest' Season 4?,

Sapphires are widely recognized as blue gemstones, which is why they are frequently associated with the celestial realm. This bestowed upon them the moniker "the divine stone" in certain cultures. In India and parts of Southeast Asia, they are considered as one of the nine specific gems symbolizing celestial entities. In this context, yellow sapphires represent Jupiter, while blue sapphires represent Saturn. As a result, the term "sapphire" was said to signify "Beloved by Saturn" and also "azure gem". Conversely, in Judaism and Christianity, sapphires are regarded as gems embodying purity, wisdom, and chastity.

Sapphire serves as the birthstone for September and is primarily acknowledged as the stone of sagacity. It is intended to epitomize intellect, education, and the capacity to make prudent and virtuous choices. Even in ancient times, sapphires were perceived in this manner, as Ancient Greeks would wear this stone to attain wisdom. It was occasionally employed in medicinal practices in Ancient Persia, believed to fortify the heart, muscles, and bestow courage. However, others asserted its effectiveness as an antidote for poison, instantly lethal to snakes. During this era, sapphires were utilized for diverse purposes, with the most significant being protection against sorcery and the dispelling of malevolent spirits. It was thought to establish a connection with the universe, safeguarding against negative influences while welcoming benevolent spirits and celestial beings.

Sapphires are mentioned several times in the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament, and the mention of sapphires highlights their association with beauty, value, and the splendor of God's creation.. Here are a few references to sapphires:

  1. Exodus 24:10: In this passage, during the time of Moses, the Israelites have a divine encounter on Mount Sinai. It describes how they saw God, and under His feet was a pavement of sapphire stone, as clear as the sky itself.
  2. Job 28:6: In the book of Job, sapphires are mentioned in the context of mining and the search for precious gems. It describes how humans search for hidden treasures, including sapphires, by digging deep into the earth.
  3. Ezekiel 28:13: This verse speaks metaphorically about the king of Tyre, comparing him to a guardian cherub who was in the Garden of Eden. It mentions that the king was adorned with various precious stones, including sapphires, highlighting their beauty and value.

Plagues and Witnesses

In Season 4 Episode 13 "Ghost Plane", there is a direct reference to the Book of Revelation chapter 11 regarding the "Two Witnesses":

Cal has a vision of two olive trees on Flight 828, one in the cockpit where Captain Daly was sitting, and one at seat 23B of a passenger whose name is Fiona. Both Captain Daly and Fiona have returned once again, and are identified by Olive as the "Two Witnesses" of Revelation chapter 11 which also calls them the "two olive trees". Since in the book of Revelation, the two witnesses die before the end times, Angelina believes that she’s the chosen one to bring this about and kill the two witnesses to end the world. In fact, Angelina manipulates Eden by projecting herself as Olive and getting Eden to remove the splinter that allows Fiona to continue breathing, resulting in Fiona's death: Angelina then crosses out one of the two witnesses from the Bible she is holding. At the end of Season 4 Episode 14, Angelina succeeds in procuring Captain Daly's death by projecting herself as his son and tantalizing him, getting him to leave the room in which he is confined and getting him shot by the nearby guards.

Captain Daly is associated with a number of plague outbreaks that are similar to the plagues of Egypt as told in the Exodus account. This is a reference to Revelation 11:6 as quoted above.

In Season 4 Episode 12 "Bug Out", Captain Bill Daly (Frank Deal) had opened his mouth to release a swarm of Rocky Mountain Locusts, which had been extinct since 1902. This is on one hand somewhat of a reference to Stephen King's 1996 novel The Green Mile, in which John Coffey opens his mouth to release a swarm of flies every time he accomplishes a healing. But mainly it is a reference to the eighth plague of Egypt:

In fact, in Season 4 Episode 13 "Ghost Plane" an outbreak of boils seems to also originate from Captain Daly, a reference to the sixth plague of Egypt:

In Season 4 Episode 14 "Fata Morgana", the liquid in Captain Daly's intravenous bag turns to blood, and soon after all liquids in the Detention Center turn to blood, a reference to the first plague of Egypt:

At the end of Season 4 Episode 14 and the start of Season 4 Episode 15 "Throttle", the blood from Captain Daly's gunshot wounds drips into a sewer and flows out into the nearby river, which turns to blood.

See also

  • Departure, a TV series about a crashed airliner investigation
  • Lost, a TV series about a crashed airliner on a mysterious island
  • 4400, a TV series about people from various different times in the past who come back to life
  • Les Revenants ("The Returned"), a French TV series about people who mysteriously return years after their death without having aged and their attempts to reintegrate into their former lives
  • The Returned, an American remake of the French TV series
  • Glitch, an Australian TV series about people from various different times in the past who come back to life in a country town


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