Last night, heavily dosed on prescription decongestant (I reel from the over the counter stuff so wouldnt take it if I could avoid it) it suddenly came to me (during the G4 Heroes marathon) what Angela's power must be. (By "must be", I mean, it sounded good at the time, which is all it takes during decongestant induced insomnia at 2am) -she's an empath like Peter.
Just like the cruelest killer Linderman started as a healer, the ordinary guy became the Kruger of nightmares, the manipulative mom was the empath. She absorbs everyone's powers around her, learned to control it long ago, and then began using her gift to control others. She knew their emotions and could sense what they wanted, and used it against them.
Peter's nightmares, after the rescue at Homecoming, I dont think were all induced by his dream power (got from Charles Devereaux, Simone's dad) I think Nightmare man was inducing them. Only, it may not have been Nightmare man, it may have been Angela with the same powers. He had that fever, same as Molly.. I would be they are in identical shapes. Peter eventually broke out, or was let go. Angela may have been hustling the doctors along, but she must have known what it was and would have been spent hustling the company along to tell Bob to cut it out...but it was part of the programming to destabilize him and stop him from controlling his powers. Once he had that fear in him, it had to be harder. But - I think his ability from Simone's dad kept interfering and he started to see the way out. He didnt wake up till he started seeing the Invisible Man enter the dream - that's when Nightmare man gave up or was defeated.
Matt should be able to help Molly, agreed. I think his dad was another ordinary joe filled with resentment, and when he got his powers, he started out to help, to make himself feel special, but quickly learned to use his powers against the others, and for his own advantage. I bet he was the betrayer of the OWI that prevented them from doing their task, and led to them believing that a nuked NYC was their best shot at winning the world over. They'd become pessimists that believed power justified all, because they saw what it did to Nightmare Man.
Personally I dont think Nightmare Man was ever that great a guy tho, ...just as Matt, who turned down a bonus from an employer in the middle of a gunfight "You can't bribe me!" illogically stole 2million in diamonds over an unvoiced insult (that was such a break in character...still annoyed with Matt over that) ..I bet his dad was the guy who never made good, and turned con artist, playing the "oh poor me"..while milking everyone for all they were worth, stealing all he could. His power turned him from ordinary and relatively harmless, to the Freddy Kruger of Heroes world. Matt may have startled him, but he was ready by the time they got there and easily sent his son and friend into a world of terror, without a second thought.
Anyhow, in a week or two when I'm done with these decongestants, we'll see how all this looks