This Week on Heroes – Cold Snap

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Spoilers below, as usual!

Sorry I’ve missed a couple of these discussion posts recently, everyone. I had houseguests, and minor home renovations keeping me busy. But enough about that – let’s talk about “Cold Snap.”

I don’t have much of substance to say, but here are a few quick reactions to get things started, broken down by character/subplot:

Heroes DVDAngela Petrelli. Oh, how I love to… Well, hate isn’t right, because while I find a lot of the character’s behavior completely vile, I also find myself grinning giddily and doing fist-pumps in the air whenever she pulls off something particularly outrageous. She’s a great character, whether you see her as a villain or something a little harder to categorize, and Christine Rose really rocks the role. So I was pleased to see her in fine form again this episode, with hints that she’ll be more fully involved in the action for a bit. Woo!

Hiro and Ando! I always get a kick out of the best-friends-forever vibe between these two, and it was even cuter than usual in “Cold Snap.” The Star Trek references were a bonus. Bringing baby Matt into the mix should be interesting, and it was cool to see Janice again, albeit briefly (also, how gorgeous was her outfit? I have major suit envy). I wish that Janice was going along with our guys on the baby-saving adventure, though. I don’t like the “two guys without kids will be better caretakers than the mother” thing, even with the superpowered intrigue stuff in the mix.

Tracy and Micah. OMG YAYE MICAH. I squealed, I really did. And then I went “awwww! His voice changed! Our little Rebel is growing up!” And then my husband laughed at me. But nothing can harsh my squee over Micah being back. Particularly since he brings some much-needed moral certainty to the show. Micah cares about being good and just, and the heroes can use some more of that.

I was less than thrilled about Tracy going all ice-statue, as you can probably imagine, but I totally dug the visuals and the drama of the scene. I do love me a dramatic self-sacrificial gesture. But why did it have to be a woman again, Heroes? I mean, really.

Some people are speculating that Tracy isn’t really dead-dead, because it seems like her shattered ice face thing winked at Noah at the end of that scene. I dunno. If she’s not, yay for not fridging yet another heroine, and all, but the writers really need to give the THIS CHARACTER IS DEAD – WAIT, NO – WAIT, YES! REALLY DEAD – OR NOT??? dance a rest.

…And that brings us nicely to Daphne. OMG, SHOW, ARE YOU SERIOUS? I’m not sure I can be more eloquent than that. What more is there to say?

So, what did you think?

Comments

  1. MaggieCat says

    I’ve decided that the only way I can accept the death of Tracy (who I really liked) without having to hurl things at the television is if they seriously come through with Barbara. It would make a kind of sense — Niki was basically good but took forever to get the hang of her powers, Tracy got control of her powers very quickly but was prone to self preservation in a way that didn’t really put her on the “hero” side, maybe Barbara can have a useful power she understands AND a reliable moral compass.

    Of course it’s far more likely that the show will continue its wretched streak of only being able to write female characters who are evil* or Sandra Bennet with any regularity, but hope springs eternal.

    (*Not including random awesome characters who were in a teeny number of episodes.)

  2. Robin says

    Three cheers for Bryan Fuller! (And a moment of silence for Pushing Daisies.)

    I’m so glad we were right about Micah being Rebel. Now I just hope the writers don’t mess it up. I’ve never loved Tracy, so I’m not overly sad that she’s gone, but I am really proud of her for going out on a heroic note. Micah may not be her actual son, but he’s kind of like a long-lost nephew. And in the end she saw that he could and would do much more good in the world.

    I’m also glad that Angela is finally having to face her own mortality. And that she was wrong about not seeing Peter again. He’s a good boy who loves his mom. He wouldn’t leave her to the wolves no matter how mad he is at her. (And continuity girl says yay for him making sure his skin was covered so that he didn’t accidentally absorb her power and not be able to fly away.)

  3. says

    Robin – Does Peter need skin-to-skin contact, or is it an intent thing? I kind’ve thought it was the second, but that wouldn’t explain him accidentally grabbing Tracy’s power in the airplane.

    MaggieCat – Yeah, I’m definitely interested to see whether they do anything with Barbara, and if so what it’ll be.

  4. SunlessNick says

    Our little Rebel is growing up!” And then my husband laughed at me. But nothing can harsh my squee over Micah being back. Particularly since he brings some much-needed moral certainty to the show. Micah cares about being good and just, and the heroes can use some more of that.

    They’d better be bringing Monica back too. (I’d love to know what would happen if Ando supercharged her).

    Kinda sad that Daphne and Tracy died too.

    Wait. They left Daphne hanging for weeks just to kill her off anyway? The hell? Do they have some contractual limit on how many female characters they can have at a time or something?

  5. says

    SunlessNick – Yes, yes they did. And they had this cheesy-ass dream sequence where Matt goes into her head while she’s dying and flies her around Paris. I was cringing so hard I’m surprised I didn’t strain something.

  6. says

    *nods at MaggieCat* the dream sequence part wasn’t creepy, SunlessNick! Personally, I found it painfully cheesy, but I did like that the scene gave poor Daphne some on-screen closure time.

  7. MaggieCat says

    No, not really. At first he was trying to, but Daphne being Daphne she figured it out, and then asked him to keep up the facade until she was gone.

    As hard as I am on the show, it’s not fair to not give them credit for a moment I thought was genuinely sweet and deliberately pointed out and then averted the creepy. (I sense Bryan Fuller’s hand at work there.)

  8. MaggieCat says

    Heh, I had a feeling that’s how a lot of the audience would feel. I thought it was cute, but that may explain why Pushing Daisies didn’t last. *sigh*

    (Not that PD was like that all the time, and it was balanced out with an equal dose of snark. Althought I was just trying to figure out why I liked Janice so much better this time around and remembered the “Why do you want to question my son? He’s never met his father and he can’t talk.” line, so it sorta was here too.)

    And you have to admit that Matt’s idea of Daphne’s happy ending included her leaving him because she didn’t want to be a replacement for his ex-wife was nice and realistic. (Which is why it faked me out at first.) It may have been to allow him to waltz in and convince her to take him back, but he also did that by knowing her well enough to know exactly where she’d be rather than being pushy some more. He’d finally internalized why his whole “Nice to meet you, we’re going to get married! Yay!” thing was giving her the heebie jeebies.

    (Can they just give Bryan Fuller his own network? Please?)

  9. Robin says

    “Does Peter need skin-to-skin contact, or is it an intent thing?”

    I’ve been assuming direct contact is necessary, although he might have been wearing the heavy coat and gloves just because flying would get cold. Or for stealth purposes. It seems to me that his original power was diminished when Arthur sucked all of his acquired powers out so that he can’t yoink people’s powers just by being in proximity. I can’t really remember if there was an element of intent before. Did he have to work at it when he was absorbo-guy?

    “Can they just give Bryan Fuller his own network? Please?”

    Seconded. Or at least let him share one with Tim Minear, Ben Edlund, and Joss Whedon.

  10. SunlessNick says

    At first he was trying to, but Daphne being Daphne she figured it out, and then asked him to keep up the facade until she was gone.

    Ok, fair enough. On that score.

    But not on the score of killing her in the first place. That just sucks cold sick.

  11. SunlessNick says

    Did he have to work at it when he was absorbo-guy?

    No. In fact, it happened so automatically that he didn’t always know he was doing it.

  12. MaggieCat says

    Seconded. Or at least let him share one with Tim Minear, Ben Edlund, and Joss Whedon.

    They can’t have Edlund until Supernatural is over! He’s busy alternately making cracktastic episodes or ones that make everyone suicidal. But I have some names from Friday Night Lights that should be considered.

    (Um… can I be honest? Whedon’s kind of starting to creep me out a little with the latest episodes of Dollhouse. (In addition to some serious problems I had with Buffy and Angel by the end, and part of that problem is that they’re THE SAME problems.) There’s probably a way to save it for me given how much backstory is still hidden, but truthfully I can’t figure out what it would be.)

  13. SunlessNick says

    a suicidal teddy bear

    “Kneel before Todd!”

    Despite those two things though, that episode did give me an ill-feeling from its treatment of Hope (which I’ll leave there, so as not to threadjack).

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