Television | Writing

‘Manifest’, My Sister, And The Pitfalls Of Serialized Storytelling

Things that happen when you write without a long-term plan

Giulia Picciau
The Ugly Monster
Published in
7 min readJun 15, 2023

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Manifest’s main cast. © NBC/Netflix

I’m not sure whether it’s appropriate to say that Manifest is my guilty pleasure. I mean, I’ve been spending the second half of the show wondering why I was still watching, and even expressing frustration out loud from time to time. Because of that I’m not sure forcing myself to finish it could be defined as pleasure.

Still, I made it through 4 full seasons (or were they 5? Why did they split season 4 in half?), even though I’m aware I could have made a much better use of my time.

But hey, it finally gave me an idea for an article about pop culture after a very long time, so it still was worthwhile.

Why am I watching this?

My sister had convinced me to start watching Manifest. “Do you remember Lost?” She asked me. “It kinda gives me the same vibes.” And in fact, you see a lot of similarities since episode one, as it’s basically a mystery around a vanishing plane.

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Giulia Picciau
The Ugly Monster

Passionate about storytelling in all of its forms. Disconnected rambles about pop culture and music. Come visit at https://garrickzanna.com