The first unofficial day of San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) starts the same way every year – with Warner Bros’ special presentation of upcoming television content.
This year they brought the pilot for Manifest (NBC), the upcoming episode of The CW’s The 100 (“The Dark Year”), a teaser preview of season five of FOX’s Gotham, and a brand new episode from season two of the animated Arrowverse show Freedom Fighters: The Ray, available on CW Seed.
Manifest is a one hour scripted drama which will premier on NBC on September 24 and stars Once Upon a Time’s Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, and J.R. Ramirez.
The show is about a flight from Montego Bay to New York City that experiences an intense bout of turbulence which sends them five years into the future though for them it doesn’t seem like any time has passed. While trying to adjust to their new lives it becomes clear that something isn’t quite right. Some of the passengers on the plane start hearing ominous voices, which call them to action. Apart from siblings played by Dallas and Roxburgh, the series also features a scientist, whose research has advanced medication for paediatric cancer.
As far as pilots go, this one is about as forgettable as they come. While Manifest offers an interesting premise, the characters offer little to nothing new, and the acting was subpar at best. Sorry, WB, but we’re passing on this one.
The second screening of the night was next week’s episode of The 100. While we were asked not to spoil any plot lines for fans unable to attend SDCC, the series takes survival to a whole new level. However, we did offer some teasers (as approved/retweeted by The 100 showrunner Jason Rothenberg!)
Ready for some #the100 teases?
+ the show goes to a place darker than ever before
+ a core character’s life is in danger
+ someone is locking lips #sdcc
— 4 Your Excitement @SDCC (@4_Y_E) July 19, 2018
The Gotham sizzle reel for season five gave a sneak peek into what the villains of Gotham are up to, what and who we can expect to see, and also a hint at the beginnings of Batman. Overall, it looks super cool, dark, and edgy.
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