About Last Night...AMERICA'S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS and MANIFEST - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote


January 8, 2019 by  


MANIFEST — “Crosswinds” Episode 110 — Pictured: (l-r) Athena Karkanis as Grace Stone, Daniel Sunjata as Danny, Luna Blaise as Olive Stone — (Photo by: Barbara Nitke/NBC/Warner Brothers)

Let’s talk about Monday night’s TV!

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS: I was really interested in how tense this would feel given many of these acts are established (Susan Boyle sold over 20 million records?!) and are there because they’re good; there isn’t the risk someone is going to get on stage and be flat-out awful. Instead, the tension came from the fact that people were almost too good. The right two acts moved forward, but man, there are a few of the cut eight acts that were fantastic/could have just as easily advanced.

It is also fascinating how many champs were willing to come back to compete. As Simon Cowell pointed out, some victors didn’t want to come back and run the risk of not winning. While it may seems small, it’s a valid concern, I’d imagine. Good for so many of these contestants for taking the risk.

MANIFEST: Right now, the mythology feels like they’re putting hats on hats on hats. As of now, I don’t super care about the Major and her holy grail. I’m much more interested in Michaela’s expanding calling radar and even the connection Cal has. (It also feels like Ben going on the podcast was a really, really short-sighted move?!)

For me, what continues to work best about the show is the interpersonal drama. Given they don’t plan to reveal everything about what happened on the flight until the very end, that’s a good thing…if the characters’ relationships can remain compelling, that is the most important thing. I do worry about how the writers are going to handle Grace and her (understandably) complex triangle. It feels like there’s a bit of a risk of making Ben into a quasi-Jack Pearson-like figure: almost too perfect to exist in life, and therefore the wife kind of suffers by default. Monday’s episode felt rough on her, even though she was actually the one who was right. We’ll see…

Which shows did you watch last night?

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