It’s not often that a well-known Bible verse serves as the backdrop to a hit television show, but that’s the case with NBC’s Manifest.
The series premiered Sept. 24 and was the top-rated scripted show that night and in its second night (Oct. 1), too.
The plot follows a group of passengers who take off in a plane from Jamaica on April 7, 2013 but land in New York City more than five years later -- on Nov. 4, 2018, not having aged. Friends and family members had assumed they were dead but now must help them assimilate back into family life and society, while government officials must tackle the obvious question: Where were they for five years?
Central to the plot is a young woman named Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh), who had lost faith in God after a tragedy but who grew up in a Christian home. At the beginning of the pilot and prior to the plane disappearing, her mom begins quoting Romans 8:28 (“All things work together for good …) when Michaela tells her: “I don’t believe that anymore.”
Here are three things you should know about Manifest: