Heroes: Cold Snap
by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 24th 2009 12:40AM
(S03E20) Hey, it's the episode that Swoosie Kurtz is guesting in. It's so exciting. Bryan Fuller from Pushing Daisies is back on board Heroes, though I'm not sure if his influence is felt yet, and now we get one of its stars in a big, important role where she ... um ... well ... she was there. Luckily, they more than made up for that with the revelation of Rebel's real identity. And I can tell you that many of you were dead on as to who it is. And some more of you were wrong.
Once again, our focus was tightened this episode, but the reason for leaving out many of our favorite cast members was pretty plausible. They were unavailable, as it were. With Nathan outed, Danko's control of the whole project was solidified, and I guess he no longer has any government oversight? And it still wasn't made clear if that means Danko outed Nathan to the President, or really anyone. But that doesn't mean we weren't treated to a lot of things, cool powers and dramatic moments.
Well we were promised three deaths in the closing chapters of this volume, two of which would stick and one which would not. And we got two of them tonight. So what do you guys think? I think Daphne will stay dead, but I'm not as sold on Tracy. She barely had an understanding of her abilities, and her body was completely ice when Danko broke her. I've read X-Men, and Iceman has survived worse. Plus, the blink/wink the half of her face that was still intact gave indicates that maybe once she melts down a bit she can reform. Maybe she'll be solid ice from now on; that'll be hell on the budget.
Other than Tracy's "sort of" noble sacrifice, one of the key reveals of the episode was Micah stepping forward as Rebel. Noah Gray-Cabey was a great character, and his abilities made perfect sense for the breadth of what Rebel was able to do with electronics. It looks like Micah has grown even more powerful, even as he's been growing up a little bit while he was away. I guess he was hanging out with Walt from Lost, even though he didn't gain nearly the height. Still, two kids leave their shows for awhile and come back all grown up.
Our other two major storylines involved Matt Parkman and ... Matt Parkman. The elder Parkman was freed from the internment facility by Tracy, along with Mohinder and the seriously injured Daphne. It seemed inevitable that Daphne would finally succumb to her injuries, because Matt is the most emotionally cursed person on the show. The writers just keep piling it on. At least they got a tender send-off with the fake flight through Paris and off to the moon. It was pretty damned obvious what was going on when Matt was flying, but I guess at that point it didn't matter because he knew he was running out of time.
As for the young Matt Parkman, I enjoyed both the return of the actress playing Matt's ex-wife, poor thing, and the fact that the baby has an ability. I didn't pick up on the connection to the depowered Hiro and the baby's ability to "turn on" anything until the SWAT-like goons were busting into the house. And they put Hiro exactly how I wanted him, with his abilities limited to stopping time. It's still an incredibly powerful ability, but it's far more limiting as far as "breaking" the show every few episodes. Plus, it's visually far more interesting than teleportation.
So now we have HRG established in Danko's inner circle, sort of because Danko doesn't really trust anyone, and we got to see Angela on the run. Her ability is almost completely useless in a crunch (I'm surrounded by guys with guns, let me just take a quick nap and see how this might turn out), but she did catch a life-saving catnap in the cab. Then a life-saving ride with Peter, still sporting his brother's flight ability.
Most of the missing cast members were out of the episode because they were trussed up and shut down in Danko's storage lab, but Nathan was just missing altogether. He probably just flew off to pout for awhile; he'll be back. He has to change his personality completely a few more times before this ride is through.
|Yes, absolutely||44 (4.3%)|
|God, I hope so||224 (21.8%)|
|She'll be back as an ice woman||360 (35.0%)|
|It's time to meet the third sister||400 (38.9%)|