The number of times will NBC create a TELEVISION program including an airplane that inexplicably vanishes in an effort to copy the success of Lost? If the trailer for the upcoming Peacock initial series Departure is anything to pass, the answer is “at least 3 times in less than a years.”
Departure, a six-episode miniseries set to be launched on September 17th, tells the story of guest plane Flight 716, which “shockingly” disappears midflight, triggering a team of detectives to attempt to decipher the conspiracy before another plane vanishes. If youve been enjoying network television for the last years and a half, it may likewise sound a little familiar.
In 2004, Lost debuted on ABC, telling the story of Oceanic Airline Flight 815, which disappears into thin air during a regular flight and crashes on a mystical tropical island, starting an enormously successful flashback-reliant, conspiracy-laden TV series that would rule pop culture for years.
Lost ended in May 2010, and the following season, NBC was currently aiming to select up the audience with The Event, a likewise flashback-reliant, conspiracy-laden TELEVISION series that– presumably by overall coincidence– ends its first episode with Avias Airways Flight 514 vanishing into thin air. In spite of its resemblances to Losts “neither tell nor show” approach when it pertained to in fact discussing its secrets, The Event just lasted a single season prior to getting canceled.

But NBC wasnt done delving into the unusually specific sub-genre of “airplane all of a sudden vanishes, beginning a large conspiracy.” In 2018, the network debuted Manifest, which tells the story of Montego Air Flight 828, which (you thought it) disappears midflight, only to come back years later, beginning more concerns and supernatural secrets. Manifest was just recently restored for a third season back in June, implying NBC will be the happy owner of 2 completely unassociated airplane disappearance conspiracy programs, airing simultaneously.
In defense of NBC, Departure seems taking a departure from the networks previous vanishing aircraft shows and taking a more grounded approach to the principle. The series appears to be pinning the missing flight on a more conventional terrorist attack, not a supernatural event triggered by inexplicable forces or effective aliens.
That stated, if it turns out that Flight 828s disappearance was brought on by an energy website that took the travelers to a tropical island that likewise doubles as a convoluted metaphor for purgatory, dont state I didnt warn you.

These are all different programs.


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