Stargate Atlantis

Season 5 Episode 3

Broken Ties

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jul 25, 2008 on Syfy
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Ronon is captured by his former friend Tyre, who plans to turn him over to the Wraith to get back in their good graces.

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  • And they all lived happily ever after...

    What a load of b*llocks! Do you honestly believe the ending should have been this neat? Firstly, Teyla should have retired off active duty. She's a mother now. First priority is the kids or she's a bad parent! What does she contribute nowadays? A bit of kung-fu? Everyone knows all about the planets locally now, and her people are rarely in it, so she has no real use. Oh and she's part Wraith. Great. That's it!

    And the Ronon storyline. Does anyone else believe that both his and Tyre's recovery and reversal of allegance were a little too easy.

    I think that Ronon should have escaped Atlantis as a new villain at the end.

    That would have been more interresting.

    As it was, it was like one of those episodes that starts and ends pretty much at the same point. This episode had potential and it wasted it.

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    The episode, Broken Ties, of Stargate Atlantis was very character building for Ronin. This episode primarily focused on him. He did a lot of growing as a person in this episode which was nice to see. Another character, Mr. Woolsey, also showed a different, yet predictable other side to himself as well. He is becoming more relaxed in his role, though not enough, and is finding his way as well. The Wraith get a hold of Ronin and try to turn him into a Wraith Worshiper. The Wraith believed they have succeeded and turn Ronin upon his team from Atlantis, only to be destroyed by them. This was a great, entertaining, engaging episode!!!moreless
  • This is the episode where Ronon is captured by the Wraith, and they try to turn him into a Wraithworshipper. Also Teyla must make a decision about rejoining the Atlantis team.moreless

    Woosly was great in this episode. I didn't expect him to have funny parts, but he did it very well. They were some of the best moments of this episode. I hope they keep giving him funny moments. I enjoyed the moments when Teyla was talking to Sheppard. They were really nice. I liked how Sheppard didn't inform her of the mission, to try to get her to make a decision faster. Sheppard was really great in these conversations.

    I can't wait to figure out more about how the baby fits into all this - so far it's been really great - I hope they keep him on Atlantis. And I want to know what there doing with Kannan. I actually want to see him turn back to a badguy again and work for Micheal. That would leave the door back open for a Sheppard/Teyla ship. I picture Kannan like the Pete for Sam on Stargate. There for awhile, but not her true love.

    Back to the episode at hand, I was a bit confused towards the end of the episode. Even with the wraith enzyme in Ronon, I don't think he would have given in - that didn't seem right to me. But overall a really great episode. Much better than last season and I'm loving the baby parts (espescially if Sheppard was in them!)moreless
  • Somehow weird episode...

    After quite good previous episode maybe I had my hopes too up but this was.. disappointing. The main storyline was again nothing too special and somehow this time it looked illogical. I understand there were some great camera works trying to show how both Ronon and his friend suffered in different places in different progresses but it looked too simple - specially turning Ronon back for their side.

    Teyla doubts and her decision - it was the best part of the episode. I think it really made her char more believable and the whole atmosphere and the way she was talking with Woosley.. it was the part what made this episode worth.. what had some depth.moreless
  • ok, I guess...

    It seems like SGA has had a pretty bad start this season. In this episode, Ronon was captured by his old buddy. Tyre basically gave him to the wraith so that the wraith could turn Ronon into a slave. In the end, of course, Sheppard and the team save Ronon and he gets back to normal. I didn't really like the story in this episode, but I did like the character development of Ronon. I loved Woosley's several funny moments. He's growing to be a great character. I hated the whole part with Teyla trying to figure out if she was going to be on the team or not. I was hoping she wouldn't because then I wouldn't have to ese her again....Overall, bad story but great character developments.moreless
Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major/Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Ronon Dex

Jewel Staite

Jewel Staite

Dr. Jennifer Keller

Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

Richard Woolsey

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Mark Dacascos

Mark Dacascos


Guest Star

Sean Campbell

Sean Campbell

Solen Sincha

Guest Star

Kavan Smith

Kavan Smith

Major Evan Lorne

Recurring Role

Tyler McClendon

Tyler McClendon


Recurring Role

Patrick Sabongui

Patrick Sabongui


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • At the end of the episode, Woolsey has a bottle of water in front of him. Even though we can't see the brand name, it is recognizable as a bottle of Evian, a French brand of mineral water.

    • The addicting enzyme injected during the Wraith feeding process is designed to strengthen the human body and prevent the body from failing prematurely. This is the same enzyme that Lt. Aiden Ford became addicted to in the episode "Siege (3)."

    • Tyre took Ronon to a planet called Sarif Sur, where Ronon had previously saved Tyre's life when they were both members of the Satedan military. A flashback scene involving this rescue was scripted but never made it to camera.

    • Teyla: (about Solen Sincha) He is a survivor of the Wraith attack on Sateda. Ronon and I encountered him on a trade mission to Belkan two years ago.

      Teyla is referring to the season 2 episode "Trinity."

    • Goof: In "Rising (2)," all the surviving Athosians moved to Atlantis and lived there for three months before moving to the Mainland. That would, of course, have to have included Kanaan. So why would he, upon his return to the City from the Mainland, be scared of the shower? Presumably he bathed during those three months?

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Ronon: You're wasting your time. I'll die before I turn, just like Morika and Hemi.
      Wraith: (Laughs) I'm afraid you're mistaken. Your friends didn't die because they were strong. They died because they were too weak to withstand the process. Their minds and bodies eventually shut down under the strain. But you... You're stronger, and it is your strength that will prove your undoing. (Starts feeding on Ronon)

    • Teyla: What is it? What's happening?
      Sheppard: We know where Ronon is.
      Teyla: I'm coming with you!
      Sheppard: Gear up.
      Woolsey: Uh, Teyla, this is exactly the kind of decision we were discussing ...
      Teyla: (talking over him) I was just about to meet Kanaan in the cafeteria. Would you please explain to him the situation?
      (She hands Torren over to Woolsey. He flusters nervously.)
      Teyla: Please!
      Woolsey: All right.
      (He takes the baby. Teyla strokes Torren's head for a moment, then turns and races off after John. Woolsey smiles down at Torren.)
      Woolsey: Well, well, well! Who have we here?!
      (Torren starts to wail. Woolsey looks around nervously.)
      Woolsey: Cafeteria. Cafeteria!

    • McKay: All right, I got it. We tell them we have some vital information that we're willing to give up, but we will only share it with Ronon. So, they send Ronon, he shows up, we appeal to him ... I mean, the part of him that's still ... him.
      Sheppard: Well, I can only think of three things wrong with that plan, but go on.
      McKay: He hasn't been brainwashed as long as Tyre, which means he might be more susceptible to our influence. We convince him to let us out or, or, or lead us out of here and then, you know, worst case scenario, he's not entirely convinced ...
      Sheppard: That's your worst case scenario?
      McKay: Hey, I'm just spinnin' here, but, um, we could, you know, take advantage of that moment of uncertainty and, and, and, and ...
      Tyre: Sheppard.
      (Everyone looks around as Tyre, accompanied by a Wraith guard, walks into view. The cell door slides up.)
      Tyre: You've been summoned.
      McKay: (quietly to John) You wanna go over the plan one more time?
      Sheppard: No, no, I think I'm good. (He turns to Tyre.) Guess it's my turn for the sales pitch, huh?

    • (after Tyre leads them into a trap with the Wraith)
      McKay: Well, you know, on the bright side, at least we'll never have to go back to Atlantis and hear Woolsey say, "I told you so."

    • Sheppard: You got anything?
      McKay: Ah, nothing. I tried everything: pacing, snacking, bathing ...
      Sheppard: Bathing?
      McKay: Yeah, like Archimedes.
      Sheppard: You mean the Greek scientist who had a crush on Teyla?
      McKay: No, like the Greek mathematician who came up with the Archimedes principle. The physical laws of buoyancy? According to legend, the idea came to him when he was sitting in the bath, so ... Look, the point is that the revelation occurred while he was, you know, relaxing, not thinking about the problem. The solution, as it turns out, was right in front of him all along.
      Sheppard: You think we've overlooked something?
      McKay: (exasperated) I don't know. Maybe. Look, all I know is I was up all night going over it and I'm drawing a blank, so, look, I could use a fresh perspective.
      Sheppard: I'm not taking a bath with you.
      McKay: (ignoring him) Let's just go over what we know.

    • Teyla: John, why wasn't I informed about the mission to rescue Ronon?
      Sheppard: (pauses) We were playing on a hunch, we had to act fast.
      McKay: I'm going to, um, see if there still serving lunch. It's ah, Keto Tuesday.
      Keller: I think I'll join you.
      (Keller and McKay leave Sheppard and Teyla)
      Teyla: I'm surprised that you would be so quick to move forward with out me.
      Sheppard: Don't put this on me. You're the one having second thoughts about returning to the team. I can not give you the option every time we are going off world.
      Teyla: This is not an easy decision for me.
      Sheppard: You think you're the only one feeling pressured? I've got Woolsey pushing me hard to find a replacement for you.
      Teyla: What did you tell him?
      Sheppard: I told him that I wasn't going to do anything until I talk to you. Now, if you want to join the team, great! I'll call Woolsey, I'll make it happen! But if you want to spend time with your son, I understand, I do, I really do! (pauses) You got to make a decision.

    • Teyla:It's difficult for Kanaan. He has Torren and me, of course, but I still think he feels isolated.
      Ronon: Yeah, well, he just needs to make some new friends. You should get him to come by the gym some time. We could spar.
      Teyla: Thank you. That's very kind of you, but I need him in one piece for the foreseeable future!
      Ronon: Ah, you're no fun!

    • Ronon: How's he liking life in the big city?
      Teyla: He's happy to be reunited with Torren and I but he's having difficulty adjusting to life in Atlantis.
      Ronon: (laughs) Yeah I hear the shower scared him.

    • Teyla: Mr. Woolsey, do you have children?
      Woolsey: No, but I had a Yorkie for many years. (Teyla stares, puzzled) It's a small dog.
      Teyla: Ah.
      Woolsey: But my wife got him in the divorce. I loved that dog. I never really had the chance to say goodbye. So no, no children.

    • Teyla: And you once stunned Dr. Gero at your own surprise birthday party.
      Ronon: He spooked me.
      Teyla: Uh-huh.

    • Ronon: All right. Just untie me and I'll listen to what you have to say.
      Tyre: Would that be before or after you beat me unconscious?
      Ronon: I don't know. You choose. Or I could just surprise you.

    • Sheppard: We need your help.
      McKay: Ronon Dex is in trouble.
      Solen: Ronon Dex is always in trouble.
      McKay: Well, his life is in danger.
      Solen: Again, what else is new?

    • Wraith: Ronon Dex. I looked forward to the day when you would finally serve me.
      Ronon: Well, then, I'm going to feel real bad disappoint you.
      Wraith: Oh, I'm sure you'll try, but in the end you'll come around.

    • Wraith: How does it feel to have your life stolen, to be pushed so close to the darkness, only to be pulled back from the brink? From what I understand, it's a magnificent sensation.
      Ronon: To be honest… I've felt better.

    • Sheppard: Nothing.
      McKay: So we were wrong. It has been known to happen. Hey, I always said this was a long shot.
      Lorne: Colonel, this is Lorne. We've got something.
      McKay: I knew it!

    • Wraith: Kneel.
      Sheppard: You know what would be really creepy and unexpected, is if you knelt instead.

    • McKay: Ronon? How do you feel.
      Ronon: Like hitting someone.
      McKay: Anyone in particular?
      Ronon: You, if you don't loosen these straps and get me something to eat.
      McKay: That is a good sign. It's a good sign. He's back! He's back!

  • NOTES (3)

    • David Hewlett voiced the "Previously on Stargate Atlantis" line.

    • Tyler McClendon (Wraith) previously played Lt. Banks in the Stargate SG-1 "Avalon (1)".

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on July 28, 2008 on Movie Central and The Movie Network.
      -This episode aired in the UK on September 2, 2008 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Sweden on October 10, 2008 on TV6.
      -This episode aired in Germany on August 19, 2009 on RTL2.
      -Syndication Premiere: October 3-4, 2009.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on October 13, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.
      -This episode aired in Australia on February 4, 2010 on 7TWO.