I've often considered Angela Petrelli (Cristine Rose) as a character that Heroes can do without. She's not as annoying as Mohinder (Sendhil Ramamurthy) but she's not as significant as the other main characters either. As I've mentioned before, an entire episode could pass and you won't even know she's missing. But Monday night's episode changed my mind. Suddenly, I saw the mother of Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) and Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) in a whole new light.
Since the beginning of Heroes, Angela has always been depicted as a cunning figure engulfed in poise and sophistication. However, in Cold Snap, viewers saw anxiety and desperation in her eyes, which was quite a breath of fresh air from her usual polished image. If you missed the episode, you can read a recap in this article. But in a nutshell, it puts the spotlight on Angela as she tries to run away from The Hunter's soldiers, implying that all Petrellis are fair game after Nathan revealed his power to Danko in Shades of Gray. Initially, Angela avoids capture through a conveniently timed prophetic dream and manages to get some cash from her estranged friend but Danko's men eventually locate her to a nearby elevator where her son Peter flies her to safety. The episode ends with Peter asking Angela, So what do you want to do now? at the top of the Statue of Liberty in New York.
With the tables turned, it will be interesting to see how fugitive Angela will dig her two sons, as well as herself, out from the big hole she created in the first place. Luckily, I've stumbled upon an article that hints that Heroes fans will be getting just that: A huge dose of Angela in the coming episodes!
"Peter and I take refuge in a church in the next episode, and then we're going somewhere special in the following one." Cristine Rose told Eonline's Kristin Dos Santos. "The last five episodes, they're really starting to use me more."
For now, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the coming episodes of Heroes will equal, if not surpass, this week's episode now that Bryan Fuller is officially on board. Like many viewers, I was a bit skeptical to even think that Heroes can spring back into life. Also, there was just too much hype surrounding Fuller and his redemption plan for the show. But after seeing Cold Snap, I now understand why fans that have gone astray have so much optimism for the show.