Review of Episode 320: “Cold Snap”

Several climactic twists arise like a creeping heat in this weeks show including two deaths, one capture and one precocious baby Matt Parkman.

Danko’s got Issues: After Sylar leaves his house, Danko’s alarm system alerts him [Danko] to a neatly puppeteered and gift wrapped Doyle. This is a bit of a scare, but Danko frigidly and seemingly soullessly moves on to task two as Suresh is summoned by Danko to view the quarantined prisoners. Suresh wrongly assumes he is there to help heal the sick but soon finds himself caught in Danko’s trap. Danko’s next target is the person who has been irritating his mission since the beginning: Rebel. Noah then suggests that he and Danko allow Tracey to escape in order to reveal Rebel – but not before Noah threatens to turn his nemesis Angela to the Feds. Tracey in turn releases Suresh, Matt Daphne…. Sure enough Rebel is revealed to be Micah. Micah and Tracey race against time to escape but are seconds away from being caught in the Building 26 parking lot. Thinking quickly, Tracey instructs Micah to tell the alarms to turn on the sprinklers – she freezes the room and herself, but not before Danko’s bullet smashes her to pieces as a tear then appears to run down her newly- shattered face.

From the looks of it, Tracey does appear to be dead. Is she? (Sources have it that Tracey’s real-life self Ali Larter wanted out of her contract and this looks to be the end of her character). Micah however is able to escape and thereby continue his rebellion. How will Tracey’s death effect Nathan’s quest for quixotic justice? Where does he go now that Danko has outed him and where does Micah fit in the Senator’s plans? I’d love to see Micah take a new lead now that he’s been revealed.

Daphne’s Last Moments: Matt and Suresh admit Daphne to the hospital. She wakes to everyone around her thinking she’s Gwen Stefani. She tells Matt to leave her behind. Flash forward to a surreal scene in Paris where Matt reveals he can fly. Daphne asks to be flown around the Eiffel Tower but suddenly amid the happiness, she realizes it’s all dream and asks Matt to fly her to the Moon – he does and she is seen deceased in the hospital.

This ending doesn’t sit well with me. There just isn’t closure to the relationship in a very well-dramatized way. I would have liked a fight, an accident, a heroic battle to the death Obi-Wan Kenobi style.

Baby Matt is the Little Engine that Can: Hiro and Ando discover a picture of Matt’s ex-wife and conclude that Baby Matt is really Matt Jr. The babe has a power: He can make inanimate objects move by themselves.

This is cute I guess… but what role will Matt Jr. play? Will he hold the key to next big storyline? I think it might be possible.