When I first read the info on the upcoming series "Manifest", I thought it sounded interesting. Then the critics weighed in describing everything they didn't like with many saying it was just a variation on "Lost". I was puzzled since the original description from NBC did not seem to indicate a "Lost" plot - unless all "airplane time anomaly stories" are to be considered a variation on "Lost." I decided to watch the first episode. It has a large, talented ensemble cast. It is about people who were on an airliner when "an incident" occurred (not a crash, not anything resembling a crash). The first episode was very well done, with an intriguing plot, offering a lot of potential. I guess I just have to accept the fact that TV critics just don't see the world anything like I do. Therefore I have to ignore them.