TV on DVD: Manifest: The Complete First Season (DVD)/ Teen Titans Go! Lookin’ for a Fight (DVD)

It’s shocking that “Manifest” lives on to see a second season, as the series is thick in mystery and mythos and it might drive fans nuts if it ends without some answers. I’m not usually a fan of series like “Manifest” that practice the tradition of an ensemble of characters uncovering a mystery that connects them a la “Lost,” but “Manifest” is a pretty good science fiction drama all things considered. I don’t know if the show is going to dip in to science fiction or religious realms soon, but the series digs in to some unique material with a prologue that is pretty damn compelling.

When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. Yet in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five and a half years. Their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they’re all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds and some of the returned passengers soon realize they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible. With various survivors building what seems like superhuman abilities, they try to figure out what is happening to them, as the government begins to turn them in to potential felons.

Manifest: The Complete First Season” works with two or three episodes watched consecutively, as it draws out some interesting plot twists and introduces threads that will likely keep you hooked. I can’t say that I loved “Manifest” but it’s definitely intriguing and seems to be building up to something that’s meta-physical in nature and indicating a lot more science fiction down the road.

Most of season one involves the characters coming to grips with the fact that life just had to move on without them, and to make things worse, they’re given a heightened sense of awareness that scares them but drops them in to extraordinary circumstances. The first mini-arc includes primary protagonist Michaela tasked with coming to terms with her boyfriend garnering a new relationship, all the while being faced with a mysterious voice that is inexplicable encouraging her to free a pair of junkyard dogs.

I won’t give it away, but the series takes so many unique turns I was quite surprised by how unpredictable everything dramatic beat was. Sadly, for fans of “Manifest” the series is only on DVD and comes with no extras. There isn’t a single trailer, or brief Making-Of, or bloopers, or anything remotely resembling an extra (Not even a Digital Copy! For shame!), sad to say. But there are all sixteen episodes of season one, and it’s coming back for season two! That’s good…! Right…? In either case, your mileage may vary, but “Manifest” is a solid science fiction drama I recommend if you’re aching for a thickly layered serialized mystery.

More from Warner, “Teen Titans Go! Lookin’ For a Fight!” is now on DVD, and picks up where the theatrical film ended, showing the team of teens doing what they do: Getting in trouble and having weird misadventures. “Teen Titans Go!” has managed to change my opinion since it debuted, as I was someone who despised its existence but eventually warmed up to it and learned to find it quite funny. Re-visiting it again for this DVD was a reminder that this series is quite funny and has a good time satirizing the silliness of DC Comics.

For this compilation of season five episodes we join Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Beast Boy and Raven once again, all of whom are trying to navigate being teenagers and being superheroes. This series is much more based around situation comedy than action and science fiction, and it’s continued to be a big hit for Cartoon Network, shocking enough.

Most of the time the Titans are goofing around and Robin is anxious to have take themselves seriously, and it’s never quite successful. One episode has the team trying to emulate Superman and pretend to be him, as Robin insists they don’t have to be Superman to be good superheroes. There’s also a hilarious episode where the team gets fed up with their abilities and begs Raven to give them new ones.

To teach them all a lesson, she gives them some of the lamest superhero’s abilities, including Aqualad who can only breathe underwater, and Vibe, a superhero whose powers activate with break dancing. The results are hilarious, suffice to say. No one is more surprised than I am how much “Teen Titans Go!” has won me over. It’s not a brilliant series by any stretch but it’s clever, witty, and occasionally laugh out loud hysterical. This new DVD in spite of lacking extras, includes a slew of episodes all of which amount to almost five hours of entertainment.