Spoilers for this episode below!
My overall impression of “Cold Wars”: meh.
The promos for this episode implied that we’d be getting all new insights into Noah Bennet’s character, but it all comes down to the same old whose-side-is-he-really-on question, and all Noah himself has to say is that he’s comfortable with morally gray. Nothing new there.
In fact, we didn’t learn much of anything at all this episode. We knew that Noah was working with Nathan, and that Danko was increasingly in charge of the operation. We knew that Nathan is driven by self-interest with intermittent bouts of familial affection. We knew that Angella Petrelli isn’t the sort to stand back and let her sons take over all the action. We even knew that Mohinder has questionable ethics and loyalties, that Peter is pretty good at pointing guns at people and bad at actually firing them in an effective way (which is a pretty good metaphor for Peter’s effectiveness generally as well as a factual statement about his history with firearms and standoffs), and that Matt is rapidly heading villainwards in his quest for revenge.
The only revelations in this episode, as near as I can tell, are that Danko is a workaholic –which, while an interesting character note, isn’t really enough to fill an hour of programming – and that Daphne is alive.
I’m excited about that last thing, with reservations. I really like Daphne. I think she’s an interesting character, and I was super-pissed when she got shot. Not only because it was one more incident of a female character getting fridged in order to advance an emotional arc for a male character, and not only because it meant one fewer female hero out there in the increasingly man-dominated super-world, but also because I was personally very attached to the character.
But I totally hate the contrived-feeling relationship between Daphne and Matt, and now that Daphne is actually alive and Matt knows it, I have a feeling that there’s going to be a Romantic Rescue, and the thought makes me gag. And not only is Daphne still serving as an effective woman-in-a-refrigerator for Matt, but she’s suddenly become leverage for Mohinder, too, as a helpless innocent who he will feel pressured to protect.
Do. Not. Want.
“Cold Wars” had gorgeous visuals. Those dissolves between present and past and the sharp black-and-white footage were beautiful. And it had some very fine acting, with really nuanced delivery coming from actors working in tiny sets with very little action to break up the space between lines of dialogue. But the story wasn’t worth the effort. And the myopic focus on a bunch of dudes who are becoming increasingly less sympathetic and interesting doesn’t bode well. Daphne’s alive! Huzzah! Now, where’s the episode that’s all about her?
What are your thoughts about this episode, and the volume so far? What did I miss, and what did you notice?