THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.
I mean, yeah, there were a few lame moments. But so much of this was a throwback to the days of old, when all is said and done I was very, very, VERY pleased with this episode. Kudos, Tim Kring, kudos. Now, on to a more detailed breakdown.
As far as I can tell, he was only in this episode to reinforce his own stupidity. Would someone please just kill him off already.
Honestly, I'm not sure this plotbit was necessary. Yeah. Angela's on the run. We get it. Did that really need to get spread out across the entire forty minutes? The little bit of HRG/AP plotting in the beginning was enjoyable as always (they are the most fascinating characters on the show as far as I'm concerned), seeing Swoosie Kurtz (with both eyes!) was absolutely wonderful, and I suppose it's good that Peter got to do his superhero thing...but when all is said and done, I'm still left wondering why.
This was the most disappointing Danko episode for me to date. I did have my HOLYSH*TOMG moment during his first scene. Puppet Guy in a bow? Super terrifying. (<3 Sylar) But after that, all I really got out of Danko's bits were that a) HRG can play him like a fiddle, b) he's really scary for someone that short, and c) his paranoid personal security system is way funnier than it ought to be.
TRACY AND REBEL:
As soon as I saw Noah Gray-Cabey's name in the credits, I literally groaned out loud. Because that meant that Micah was indeed Rebel, and my hopes that the truth would be more fantastic than that were crushed. From that point on, I was very ready to be disappointed.
I do not like Tracy. Anyone who has read my reviews before knows that. So, for me, it was really satisfying to have her be such a...for lack of a better word, such a dick in this episode. Yeah Tracy. Try to get out by yourself, fail, get help, then try to go off by yourself, get cornered by HRG in a dressing room, and then lead the feds straight to a thirteen-year-old kid who still thinks you're like his mommy. Good job.
What really disappointed me with this plotline was the complete lack of shock factor. Oh my god, Micah is Rebel. Oh, pinch me pinch me. Tracy suddenly finds her soul. Wow. She starts talking like Niki and then turns hero to save Micah? Puh-lease. The whole thing was painfully cliche. The only thing I got excited about was Danko shooting Tracy into oblivion...until they made her blink. Which means she's coming back. Dammit. (Huge props for the effects department on the parking garage icing over, though. That was KILLER.)
THE GOOD THING IS, Micah as Rebel worked out better than I was expecting. I didn't want Micah to be Rebel because, while he's got the tech power, he just never seemed awesome enough to have that kind of sneaky badassery. Having seen "Cold Snap," I admit the wisdom. He's still comic-book mommy-boy Micah, but now he's not just IQ smart, he's actually savvy. And he gets mad props for dishing it out at Tracy. Looks like Micah will be sticking around for awhile. I'm surprised that I'm pleased.