We know from the ads that this episode is supposed to feature Tracy heavily, which is kind of a "no-duh" given the title.
Word is that REBEL is supposed to be unmasked this time too. Smart money was on Micah even before we saw the clip in the ads where it appears Noah believes that Tracy can be used to track REBEL... which Tracy potentially could do as Micah's aunt.
This episode also marks the first episode since Pushing Daisies' Bryan Fuller returned to the show as head writer. So here's hoping tonight is even better than Season 4 has been - for the most part - so far.
8:00 - Right. So, last time... Bennet points Danko in the right direction and exposed Nathan, Hiro and Ando go to "save Matt Parkman" and find there is a second Matt Parkman - Matt's son, apparently. And Tracy was screwed over by Nathan.
8:01 - New from Gillete - the Mach 4 Turbo! (See.. cause Danko is shaving and we're getting a lot of close-ups....)
8:02 - And there's the puppet-master Eric Doyle, all strung up and gift-wrapped! Sylar is getting creative!
8:03 - And Noah is having trouble shaving too. That's got to be symbolic of something...
8:04 - Oh wait... maybe Noah was the one who got Eric Doyle? I can see him doing the stringing up and the bow as a joke. Then again, if it was Noah, he wouldn't have been anonymous given that he needs a way to bring Danko to heel NOW.
8:05 - Wait... so is Angela involved with REBEL or not? My guess before now was yes... but now I'm not so sure.
8:06 - Wait... so apparently Danko was rehired now that Nathan has been outed as a metahuman. But they still left Noah in charge? Or is Noah still in charge? So many questions... but I'm glad they're intelligence questions that have a chance of being answered.
8:07 - And yeah... Mohinder is still as clueless as ever. Nice to know some things don't change.
8:08 - No jokes about how hot Ali Larter looks in the heat lamp room, please.
8:10 - Ah. Recent management changes. So Noah IS still in charge.
8:11 - Yeah - typical Noah plan. Use the powered killer as bait for everyone else.
8:12 - Baby Matt Parkman... SO clueless, and yet so funny. And trust Ando to be the one to figure it out. Could this be the start of a new HEROES BABIES spin-off? :)
8:13 - "I'll be warm mommy". Hee hee hee.
8:14 - The baby has a power! And he's a technopath too! Hey... maybe the baby is REBEL...
8:15 - Ah. And now they come for Angela. Nice fake-out with the vision, too... "Rebel Rebel". Never figured Noah for a Bowie fan.
8:16 - Fast recovery time on that drug. Mohinder, Matt and Daphne are freed. And yeah - I so like Matt being smug about how Tracy should have waited for them as he EASILY mind-controls all the guards into seeing an empty hall.
8:17 - For the record: I don't believe for a minute Noah didn't account that maybe Tracy freeing some of the other captives. He's trying to bust some of the other Heroes out... mark my words.
8:21 - Ah. But Tracy ran off AFTER they all got out. No surprise there. And no surprise that Noah is more concerned about Tracy and REBEL than finding Matt, Mohinder and Daphne. Assuming he was even able to do that with Matt masking them all.
8:23 - Ah. Matt using his wife's name to see Daphne treated. Nice. Of course Mohinder wants to run too because - stupidly and like Tracy - he doesn't realize the Matt is probably his best chance at staying free right now
8:24 - The baby Genesis device. Nice. But I can't believe Hiro is so stupid as to think he can take the baby, leave a note for the mom and NOT have problems come up. Actually... wait. This is Hiro. Yes I can.
8:25 - Still, nice character moment with Hiro talking about how he saw his mom die...
8:26 - Heh. E.T. tribute for the win. And Janice is still not nearly as dumb as... oh, 90% of the supporting cast.
8:27 - So called it! Micah is REBEL! Or is working with them if REBEL is more than one person.
8:31 - Heh. Angela has a friend. And they referred to the shoplifting incident from the pilot! Wow... actual adherence to continuity. Nice.
8:32 - Anyone believe for a minute they actually got Swoozie Kurtz for such a small part? Me either.
8:33 - I can't believe for a moment that Janice would actually believe - as far gone as Matt went - that he's actually become a terrorist. Actually... wait. Yes I can.
8:35 - Ha-do-ken!!! Didn't know Ando could do THAT with his lightning. And neither did he, apparently.
8:36 - Wait... did the baby just start Hiro's power again? And hey... another fun note. Apparently if Hiro is touching someone when he freezes time, they become immune
8:37 - BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Wheelbarrow for the win. So Hiro can freeze time but not teleport. Wonder if that's permanent or if the baby has to be touching him for his power to work at all? Maybe if he's touching Ando while he's touching the baby....
8:41 - "You told them I was Gwen Stefani"? BWAHAHAHA!
8:42 - Oh NOW Daphne starts questioning the "destiny/vision-quest" thing. Fine time for them to get rid of the one new character from Season 3 we actually like!
8:44 - Micah mentions a "she"... "she thought you might be followed." Angela? Angela's friend? Both? Or maybe Monica is about to come back too?
8:46 - Heh. And Peter is there to air-lift his mom out of danger. Looks like Peter can control if/when he absorbs a power now.
8:50 - I love how Micah knows the difference between a revolution and a rebellion and corrects Tracy on the Che Guevara comparison.
8:51 - And yeah... I guess fighting those heat lamps DID give her a chance to boost her powers.
8:52 - Oh crap... I didn't expect them to kill her off. And just as she was becoming - forgive the pun - cool. Ah well... any bets on how soon until we see Barbara make an appearance?
8:54 - Heh. Shades of Lone Wolf and Cub here...
8:55 - Daphne back in Paris, looking somewhat regretful about all of this. And... holy crap, Matt can fly?!?! How the... what the.... psychically learning how to copy other heroes powers like he did with the precognition?
You know what? I don't care! That's cool! Unless it turns out this is a dream sequence.
8:57 - Oh hell... it IS a dream sequence. Well, close enough. But since it looks like Daphne might be dying in the hospital...
8:58 - Oh damnit. That was so manipulative... and so sweet. But DAMMIT.. again... why did they have to kill off the one good character to come out of Season 3?
8:59 - Heh. Crown of liberty. Nice bit of symbolism there...
9:00 - I just realized. They just killed the only two new characters to come out Season 3 who were still around. And both of them were women. And both of them died in order to add more trauma to a male character's life. Tracy dying to save Micah. Daphne having been shot - six episodes ago - trying to save Matt, and now existing mostly to give him one more reason to seek revenge on Nathan and everyone else responsible for going after the HEROES. That really sucks...
The Final Word: I'm torn. On the one hand, there were a lot of great moments here and some of the best cliffhangers going into commercial ever. And a lot of long-neglected characters got some much needed attention. Lots of revelations here which expanded the universe and explained a lot of the rules of reality.
On the other hand, we see two characters die. Well, one of them MIGHT be able to survive but that would be even cheaper than the death.
It gives little away to say that they were both female characters who died due to injuries sustained while saving a male character. It's hard NOT to get a WiR vibe from this episode... even if one of the deaths came as a point of redemption and the other came to a character we thought was dead for most of the season anyway.
I foresee a lot of pissed off fans, regardless.