Season 3 Episode 20

Cold Snap

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 23, 2009 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The identity of "Rebel" is revealed. Noah wants Danko to let Tracy go in the hope that she will lead them to Rebel. Hiro and Ando continue with the mission that Rebel entrusted to them, to keep the new hero safe.

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  • Rebel, Rebel. Not just the character but Bryan Fuller the writer as well.

    This show, although relatively better this volume, has kind of wallowed in mediocrity since volume 2 and been written badly since the start of volume 3. Yeah there has been some good episode's here and there but mainly it became character's motivations led by plot. Bryan Fuller is therefore a Rebel who restores faith in the audience that the characters can drive plot as well. He also mostly leaves out the big 3 of Claire, Peter and Sylar (well Peter appears at the end, Sylar's prescence is felt with the delivery of The Puppetmaster). In fact, Nathan doesn't appear either. What's more important though is that with this episode Bryan Fuller has the guts to kill off, redeem and re-introduce characters and their powers. He starts to streamline and incapacitate, or in one case, give a character an ending that is more than, 'shot in the shoulder, who cares'. When Daphne was supposedly killed in chapter 2 for a few eps she was mostly forgotten. Not till now do we see her again, and as she lies in a hospital bed, Matt's storybook ending for her was touching and charming. Her character could have been so much more but was wasted when she became Parkman's unlikely girlfriend. The writing is good enough to acknowledge that, as a couple, they made no sense but still gives us a glimpse of the way their relationship should have evolved, in the first place.

    So onto Rebel which was obvious from the start. This was set up very similar to the Linderman/Maury Parkman mystery from last volume but not as successful in tricking the audience. It was Micah by the way and even though Tracey was surprised it felt too underwhelming for me. The main surprise came from how much the actor looks different because he's grown up a little. This story was mainly Tracey's anyway, a way for her to redeem herself. Her shop lifting felt novel and (like Matt) the sudden increase in power felt right and long overdue. She sacrifices herself for Micah and shatters with a little help from Danko. Whether she is dead or able to do a T-1000 isn't entirely clear though. It was the scene itself that was able to look cool as well as serve a purpose that made it work.

    So third and 4th strands. With the death of Daphne we are re-introduced to Matt's wife who when last seen was pregnant. Well she's had the kid now and it's up to Hiro and Ando to save it from Danko's men. Along with better comic-relief we get some actual character moments as well. Hiro reveals to Ando he saw his mother die when he was stuck in the past. You sort of feel this should have happened already but gives the character added warmth and gravitas that he hasn't had since that episode. The fans will also be happy as well because baby touch and go reboots Hiro's freeze power. No teleporting though as that makes time travel possible and we don't need that after so many problems its caused with plotting on the show. Add to that Ando's power increase and more progression emerges.

    The last strand is fugitive Angela Petrelli which lives up to the name of the Volume. Her little talk with friend Millie reminded us that the character has flaws. We are nicely reminded of her shoplifting after Arthur's death and that made me feel for the first time in a while that this was a 3d character and not a 2d villain.

    So a good episode, one thing though is that it serves amongst everything to propel the plot, resolve loose ends and get rid of or push to the side unnecessary characters. Also, 3 character's in particular had a sudden upgrade to there powers in this episode out of nowhere. If Bryan Fuller had been around earlier then at least this could have been hinted more frequently. Basically this episode, although a return to form, was let down by having to resolve and move forward some of the mess that had been created beforehand. With it we at least can have a more clean slate and his next episode can be an absolutely amazing one.moreless
  • Is Bryan Fuller a Godsend? Is his return to the Heroes writing staff the change that is needed to give the show a much-needed shove in the right direction?

    Is Bryan Fuller a Godsend? Is his return to the Heroes writing staff the change that is needed to give the show a much-needed shove in the right direction? Well, judging by his first effort since Pushing Daisies, well, pushed the daisies, yes and no. 'Cold Snap' certainly sees a general upswing in quality: the script is solid, engaging and eventful and contains some of the most sparkling dialogue we've heard in aeons. There's an emphasis on character development here but not at the expense of the story, which is the problem that has plagued Heroes since Kring pressed the 'reset' button at the beginning of volume four. While fans have been crying out for a return to the halcyon days of the first season, it hasn't really been achieved... until now. Although this is not an exact return to form, it still shows promise. Tracey Strauss gets a satisfying character-arc-resolving death and it looks well cool. Rebel's identity is revealed and it's entirely logical. Hiro and Ando get an amusing side-story involving 'baby Matt Parkman' that's silly but rewarding because it advances things. Daphne's swan-song is unexpected and engaging, even if one does feel rather like the aforementioned 'reset' button is being pressed on characters far more frequently than it should. I mean, she renounces her entire relationship with the guy after professing her undying love like, three episodes ago. It's a bit much, a bit fast - one of the problems crippling Heroes is the juxtaposition between slow-moving action and ludicrously-paced allegiance/personality shifts - but as it seems to signify the end of this problematic storyline, I'm willing to overlook it. A good effort on the whole and hopefully a sign of things to come.moreless
  • Pointless episode with fewer and fewer characters, even characters being killed off. I'm starting to worry about Heroes' future.

    I can't even call this a filler episode, it actually served almost no purpose, it wasn't even informative. I can only hope more of an effort is made for the finale because if the season doesn't end on a high note, it's really in trouble.

    Angela warns Bennet to sacrifice one of them to win Danko's trust. She knows who Rebel is! Maybe driving around in the Petrelli limousine is not the best plan. Bennet literally gift wrapped Doyle for Danko! A prophetic dream lets Angela gets out. It gets ugly, why do they need so many guns, she's just clairvoyant! Peter to the rescue and it's very obvious symbolism with the Statue of Liberty.

    Danko tricks Mohinder into walking into the facility under his own steam, under the guise of helping the prisoners. Why is Tracy still the only one not drugged? Rebel comes for Tracy, letting her out so she can release the others. A good move, we get Matt, Mohinder and Daphne in the deal. Rebel is Micah! Hind sight is always 20/20, who else would it be?! Surely there was a better way to save Micah than sacrificing herself!

    I love Ando and Hiro but they are morons! They finally figure out who the baby is and he has a power! He can power something even if it's not plugged in. Hiro's powers are back! Well, at least his freeze power.

    Matt convinces the staff that Daphne is Gwen Stefani! Incredibly sweet how Matt tries to give Daphne her fairytale ending.

    Not a great episode, very little happened and the strain on the budget is becoming increasingly obvious. Fewer and fewer characters in an episode and interacting with each other, characters being killed off. Really worrying.moreless
  • extremely good episode

    Cold Snap was good for so many reasons. This episode managed to make me teary eyed, to make me laugh and to put me on the edge of my seat. It made me teary eyed when nikki 3.0 allowed herself to die in order to protect micah also known as the rebel. It also made me a bit teary eyed when parkman was taking Daphne to paris in her dream bc she was dying and he didnt want to let go of her. It made me laugh because Hiros storyline is hysterical with baby "touch and go". It put me on the edge of my seat because for the first time in quite a while mrs petrellis storyline was actually good! Another reason to love this episode is because hiro got his power back finally!moreless
  • Strong special effects, Weak plotline.

    Even though this episode contained some of the strongest special effects of the series so far, that wasn't enough to make this a great episode. While it did reveal some key events and characters (including the somewhat predictable identity of REBEL), the episode itself was still rather weak. There were two deaths in this episode, and I'm glad for both of them. Tracy has been the weakest character of the series, and she needed to go. Daphne, while I've seen many reviewers take a liking to her, was also a pointless character in my opinion. The show is attempting a transition into something new by weeding out some characters, but I doubt it will be enough to fix the various plot holes that have brought this show from being great to mediocre.moreless
Swoosie Kurtz

Swoosie Kurtz


Guest Star

William Duffy

William Duffy

ER Doctor

Guest Star

Noah Gray-Cabey

Noah Gray-Cabey

Micah Sanders

Guest Star

Elizabeth Lackey

Elizabeth Lackey

Janice Parkman

Recurring Role

Brea Grant

Brea Grant

Daphne Millbrook

Recurring Role

David H. Lawrence XVII

David H. Lawrence XVII

Eric Doyle

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Hiro takes the baby bottle and gives it to baby Matt, the milk is clearly moving despite the fact that Hiro has stopped time.

    • When Hiro unplugs the TV, its clear that the actual set is still plugged in. A green light is visible on the bottom corner of the TV which indicates that it has power.

    • When Hiro unplugs the TV, he unplugs a 3-prong plug. When the TV turns back on and they look at the plug on the floor, it is only a 2-prong plug.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Ando: People like us are being arrested.
      Janice: By who? The government?
      Hiro: Yes. They're rounding us up. And they're coming for little Matt. We were sent to help.
      Janice: The government is coming for my son? He's just a baby. He's no threat.

    • Micah: I thought that because you looked like my mom, that I knew you.
      Tracy: If I met you earlier in my political career, maybe I'd be more like my bio. But I'm not that person. I'm not your mom.
      Micah: I know. You're nothing like her. My mom, who was the everyday American, was a hero. You're just a politician.
      Tracy: And who are you? Che Guevara?
      Micah: Che Guevara led a revolution. This is a rebellion. So whose side are you on? And "mine" is not an answer.

    • Daphne: I didn't know you could fly.
      Matt: I didn't know you could run on water.

    • Daphne: You convinced them I was Gwen Stefani?
      Matt: Uh... yeah. Got you a good room, didn't it?

    • Angela: Hello, Millie.
      Millie: You look like you've been mugged and the first thing they stole was your dignity.

    • Tracy: So we just walk out the front door?
      Matt: Yeah. Aren't you glad you waited for us?

    • Noah: How did you catch him?
      Danko: I'm smarter than the average bear.

    • Angela: This should be our last conversation. It's not safe for you to be seen with me.
      Noah: I'm touched. Or I would be if I could imagine that you really care about my safety.
      Angela: What I care about is having an awful lot depending on a man too distracted to pack an umbrella on a cloudy day. Or use a proper razor.

    • Daphne: You really would do anything for me, wouldn't you?
      Matt: Just say the word.
      Daphne: Then let me go.
      Matt: (hesitates) What?
      Daphne: We're still in the hospital, aren't we? And this is all you in my head, trying to give me a storybook ending.
      Matt: I'm sorry.
      Daphne: Don't be. I'm not. But, Matt, you deserve the real thing. Not a fantasy.
      Matt: I just wanted to make you happy.
      Daphne: You did... Do one more thing for me?
      Matt: (choking up) Anything.
      Daphne: Fly me to the moon.

    • Hiro: (in Japanese) Heroes change the world. Not diapers.

    • Matt: A penny for your thoughts.
      Daphne: Since when did you start paying people for their thoughts?

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: April 6, 2009 on BBC2
      Belgium: May 14, 2009 on VT4
      Latin America: May 22, 2009 on Universal Channel
      Australia: June 4, 2009 on Channel Seven/7HD
      Germany: January 13, 2010 on RTL II
      Finland: June 19, 2010 on Sub
      Czech Republic: October 15, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: August 14, 2012 on Markiza


    • Danko: I'm smarter than the average bear.

      Referencing Yogi Bear, an animated bear created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. He starred in The Yogi Bear Show and the movie Hey There, It's Yogi Bear! (1964). Yogi, along with his sidekick Boo Boo, roams Jellystone Park, steal picnic bears, and avoids Ranger Smith.

    • (Hiro and Ando hide in a closet, leaving only their faces showing out of a wall of stuffed animals.)

      This mirrors a scene in the movie E.T. in which E.T. hides among the toys in Elliott's closet in the same manner.

    • Noah: (as Building 26 loses power) Rebel, Rebel.

      Rebel Rebel is a song by David Bowie from his 1974 album Diamond Dogs.

    • Hiro: Like a baby Genesis Device. Life from lifelessness

      The Genesis Device is a machine that is featured in the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The device was capable of terraforming a barren or inhospitable planet into an Earth-like planet. Its effect was described in the film as "life from lifelessness".

    • (Daphne stands on Matt's feet so that he can fly with her.)

      This scene may be a reference to the movies Superman (1978) and Superman Returns (2006) in which Superman flies with Lois Lane in almost the same way.

    • Ando: How could Parkman be a baby?
      Hiro: On The Next Generation, it was a transporter accident.

      In the episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation entitled Rascals (6x07) the characters Captain Picard, Ensign Ro, Guinan, and Keiko O'Brien were turned into children by a transporter accident.