Heroes Reaction Time: Cold Wars - Featured

This was advertised as the HRG: Revealed! episode.

So, what have we learned?



1. Angela Petrelli has not completely disappeared.

HRG and Angela Petrelli have been in cahoots in the past, and apparently their alliance isn't dissolved yet. No hint as to where this is all headed quite yet, but it is good to have one of the few non-annoying female characters back on the show (I'm looking at you, Tracy).


2. Parkman has gone batshit insane.

We've seen jolly, happy Parkman. We've seen Spirit Walk Parkman. We've seen daddy/bromance Parkman. But this new, vengeful, violent Parkman is, well, kind of scary. Not since 'Five Years Gone' have we seen Parkman the bad guy (with good reasons). I miss nice Parkman, but it's good to see Greg Grunberg get to show a little range (and also remind us that he's a HUGE dude and you do NOT want to get in a tussle with him).


3. Mohinder still sucks.

Sad, but true. Half the episode, he's Mr. Morality, trying to keep Parkman from doing bad bad things. Then we find out he KNEW about this Hero-hunt before it even began and didn't tell anyone. Say what you will about Peter and Parkman's less-than-exemplary behavior in 'Cold Wars,' but please don't argue that Dr. Suresh isn't a dick. Because he kind of is.


4. Peter will actually shoot people.

For awhile there it seemed like good-guy nurse Peter Petrelli was back. Not so, it seems. He shot The Hunter with Nathan watching. He took out six or seven Building 26 (two-six) agents with a grenade. Who knows what he might do next?


5. Daphne is alive.

I WAS SO EXCITED TO SEE BREA GRANT'S NAME IN THE CREDITS!!! AND EVEN MORE EXCITED WHEN I REALIZED IT WASN'T *JUST* BECAUSE OF FLASHBACKS!!! Apparently Matt does some horrendous things to rescue her (blowing up Washington, DC?), but it's all good as long as Daphne comes back. At least in my book. Besides, maybe Hiro and Ando will stop it.


6. The Hunter is more than a military hardass.

Character depth beyond McCarthy-variety fervor and gun-toting vigilance was hinted at in this week's episode. I look forward to seeing it play out.


7. HRG is an enigma.

"You know me. I've always been comfortable with morally gray."

We know he joined Nathan's coalition because Nathan used Claire's safety as leverage. We know he's hunted the Heroes and will continue doing so. We know he told Parkman about Daphne, but we don't know why. We know he is trying to gain the trust of The Hunter. We know he and Angela Petrelli are planning something. And that's ALL. HRG is one of the most detailed characters on Heroes, and yet we still have no idea if he's a Hero or a Villain. And maybe it's better that way.




When all is said and done, 'Cold Wars' supplied more questions than answers. HRG is up to something, but what is it and how will it happen? Daphne is alive, what will Parkman do about it - will he really blow up the Capitol? Mohinder has been captured by Nathan, what happens now? And, of course, we still have the old questions. Who is The Rebel? Will Ando kill Hiro? When do Hiro and Ando need to save Parkman and why? Sylar?


"Frustrating" doesn't even begin to cover it. But this was an EXCELLENT episode, overall - storytelling, suspense, character development, AND explosions. And the comic-book cinematography was noticeable again, which is one thing I've really missed from the first season. Quality Heroes!




(I'd really like it to be next Monday NOW.)

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Feb 24, 2009 3:56AM EST

I totally agree! This was definitely a step in the right direction for this show.

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Feb 24, 2009 8:43AM EST

i agree its was a great episode
combining Angela with Noah was a nice idea too as they are by far the 2 most mysterious characters with shrouded motives. it will be cool to see what there grand plan is

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Feb 24, 2009 9:21AM EST

defintely a better episode than last week, especially with Daphne still alive and no Claire or Hiro to speak of.

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Feb 24, 2009 10:37AM EST

my only addition to this would be BOO for no sylar!! haha

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Feb 24, 2009 11:38AM EST

I actually wasn't too fond of the episode. The previews made it seem like we were really going to learn something about Noah, but in the end, it was all the same stuff we already knew. He betrays people, does whatever it takes to keep Claire safe, and is "morally gray." And I don't think Mohinders a dick, just that he's an idiot for supposedly being a genius. He was a pawn and tool for people like The Company so many times, that when Noah actually tells him the truth, he's so convinced its going to be another trap he doesn't say anything to anyone. And the ending just pisses me off, and makes it seem like they're trying to completely reuse season 1's story line. A good guy is going to wind up blowing shit up, and they have to stop it while being pursued by people who track down those with abilities, and they know about it because of paintings. Hell, they reused Isaac's loft and even his floor mural, its like they're telling you right now "We're going to re-use the story." But hey, thats just my 2 cents.

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Feb 24, 2009 2:51PM EST

i actually thought this episode was ve-ry boring!

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Feb 24, 2009 3:50PM EST

A comment on your #4 about Peter. The grenade he used was a flash-bang. It is non-lethal, it just provides a loud bang and a giant burst of light. It's purpose is to disorient the target and give whoever threw it a chance to act without using deadly force.

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Feb 24, 2009 7:10PM EST

Not sure why anyone is surprised that Daphne was still alive. We've seen the future and she has a kid with Matt so how could she die now?
Got to agree a bit with Kota about reusing season one's plot except now Parkman's the bomb and he's in DC.
I am very curious though about when/how/if Hiro gets his powers back. Also wondering when Peter is going to get his face slashed up and when/how he gets his powers back in full form.
Does anyone think that when Sylar meets his father that he will find any sort of answers?

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Feb 24, 2009 9:12PM EST

First Manhatten now Washington, (i think those r the city names im Canadian EH) it feels like in season 6 theres gonna b a picture of pittsburgh there gonan hve to save..

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Feb 24, 2009 10:18PM EST

dude it's ovious that sylar's dad is dead. the boy keeps talking about him in past tense. :) you will see.
i don't think matt is gonna blow the place up... i think it's road flares lol. and like the place accidently blows up.. after they are all out xD
although i do believe they are redoing the plot alot.. maybe they are going for a "something is destined to blow up" theme.
and it was a flash granade...
other than that i agree with the original writter of this little piece... i thought it rocked... i did miss sylar... lol i just love the littly phyco!

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Feb 24, 2009 10:18PM EST

I have forced myself to watch the past few eps, but I'm done with heroes. This was just a so so ep and I didn't find myself interested at all. Very dull and when they showed the exploding city scene, that was it for me. Surely they can come up with something original without going over past plots to keep me watching.
For the fans that still enoy it, good luck, but with the falling ratings, I don't think it will be around for many more seasons.

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Feb 25, 2009 6:03PM EST

"darynx Send a Compliment - 16:10 PST, 24 February, 2009
Not sure why anyone is surprised that Daphne was still alive. We've seen the future and she has a kid with Matt so how could she die now?"

-- Just a comment here, we saw that future when Peter WENT to the future, and Hiro dreamed it. If thats how it worked, then Claire would be dead, New York would be a nuclear waste land, and Sylar would be president. When you travel to the future and go back, you already weren't supposed to do that, and now the future is different. And is going to continue changing with each new action you made. Nothing that he saw is 100% going to happen now, because he's changing the future.

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Feb 25, 2009 6:36PM EST

actually sylars dad is supposed to be played by the guy that played lex's dad in smallville. so hes probably not dead.

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Feb 27, 2009 3:31PM EST

Peter used flash-bangs on those agents, not frags... so he didn't kill anybody.

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Mar 2, 2009 7:50AM EST

The guy who played lex's dad in smallville is a legend he would lend well to the heroes cast.
I was just glad to see an episode of heroes without claires annoyingly childish whinging all god damn day.
Also about how ando kills hiro in the future, there was no evidence that ando killed hero, only that he zapped him with his lazer power, which if you all remember enhances peoples abilities. My guess is that even tho hiros powers are gone, their not totally gone and that spark from ando would be enough to bring them back.
Thats what im hoping anyway cos the story needs more hiro and more sylar. looking forward to seeing whether or not Sylar joins the fight though.

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Mar 2, 2009 3:23PM EST

I like Deijixfx's idea. I thought the same thing about Ando and Hiro, the shock shouldn't kill anyone, remember Ando saying he felt useless. Whats abit of Redlightning going to do to anybody? HaHa
Maybe Sylers dad is Rebel, my money is on him, or Mrs. PEither way, HRG is one of the best written characters in the whole show. Without a doubt, its trying to work out his and Mrs.P's motives that will make this season interesting.
And yeah, Peter shot someone, but it wasn't a fatal wound, just a friendly warning if you like. Though on the Peter matter, I'm still rather confused as to how he carried Parkman away without loosing his ability to fly and becoming a mind reader when he made contact with him...
It would be good if Slyer was actually related to Peter in some way, and I've got a feeling that the boy is somehow more connected than we all think. Thats just me though, and we'll just have to see how it pans out...

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Mar 2, 2009 5:16PM EST

Great episode, as usual! Just a thought on the Rebel thing. Am i the only one who remembers Wireless? The woman who could tap into wireless signals like email n stuff. She found ted when he was in the shack in the desert, helped him track down noah, and seemed to have a vendetta against the company. This whole Rebel thing seems right up her street!

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Mar 3, 2009 12:02AM EST

@ chilldude22: I thought about Wireless as well, because I remembered that she could connect to Explosive Guy even when he was in the middle of nowhere. And in today's episode, Rebel had access to Peter and Parkman wherever they went (in the security room, in Dead Painter's apartment).
To be honest, I would find it really sucky if it was actually her, because that means we guessed it, so... no surprise there.Nonetheless, if it is her, I think the surprise will be who she is working with. I don't think it's Angela, I actually believe it's Claire's papa.
(By the way, I really can't stand the fact that Nathan's turned bad. I keep hoping we'll suddenly "discover" that he's actually been the good guy all along. You know. Yaddi yadda.)

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