Stargate Atlantis

Season 2 Episode 3


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jul 29, 2005 on Syfy
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Sheppard and his team attempt to locate Lieutenant Ford, only to find themselves held captive by a young man who is being hunted by the Wraith.

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    This was a good episode, it was primarily focused on finding LT Ford. They basically found evidence of him on a planet that has little to no ozone layer and has intense radiation from the sun. McKay is very conscerned with his well being in a somewhat selfish way, but who wouldn't want to take every precaution. LT Ford is a little crazy, but maybe he really is still good and can use his abilities to help. I wonder if Teyla can sense him, that would be interesting in many ways. There was also a new character introduced, Ronan, who was also a military man, but he is now on the run from the Wraith who implanted a tracking device in his back to find and hunt him for sport, training, or who knows, but Dr. Beckett removed it. LT Ford ended up running into a Dart's tractor beam and was taken, and Ronin is now in Atlantis, so can't wait to see what happens with these characters!moreless
  • While searching an uninhabited planet Major Lorne finds a Wraith killed by gunfire. When Sheppard and a team return looking for Ford he and Teyla are captured by a human they find out is a Runner. Someone the Wraith cannot feed on and hunt for sport.moreless

    Introduction of Ronen Dex as a principle character to the series. It looks like no matter the effort Ford is not going to be brought in and helped. He has become more dangerous to the Wraith than they are to him. An interesting turn of events. I am sure we will see him again. Also there have to be more like Ford in the galaxy.

    We are seeing the conflict between Colonel's Caldwell and Sheppard that I think we can expect to see for a long time. It took Colonel Everett almost being killed to really understand the nature of survival and the reality of life in the Pegasus Galaxy. I guess we will have to wait for the same thing to happen to Caldwell for some clarity there as well.

    I am glad to see some new faces under Sheppard from the military side. Between the security forces and various doctors I was beginning to feel like Star Trek's red-shirts every time a new character is introduced. Major Lorne and Lt. Reed look like they may be a round for a while.

    It will be handy for them to have Ronen Dex as well as Teyla now added to their team. A few people capable of fighting the Wraith on a one to one hand to hand basis. It would have to be devastating to learn that your home world has been destroyed and everyone you knew dead. It will be interesting to see how Ronen melds into life with the humans on Atlantis. He does seem to be a rather heroic character. On the run, staying alive for seven years, alone being hunted by the Wraith.

    An entertaining episode with not too much McKay nonsense and the acting was good, production values and special effects wonderful as always, and the dialogue appropriate for the various interchanges that occurred. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Last of his kind...

    A lovely episode - first the Ford storyline what was left us wonder what have happened with him - now we learned and we had some really fun moments with him and McKay. McKay be very lucky that he is so important as some really might not resist shooting him.

    And all the storyline with Runner - it was incredible. The story, the way he was brought in and that past he had - he will be very interesting character.

    We had lot of action, running around on woods (what was really great), then the wraiths too and some beautiful moments. And Carson on other planet looking like little camel with all those things he ware. Great episode.moreless
  • The wandering warrior, Ronon

    With Lt Ford driven mad by the addiction to the wraith enzyme inside him, Lt. Aiden Ford of season one is no longer with us and the Atlantis team needs a new member. While searching for Ford, they meet a runner, a human hunted by the Wraith by use of a transmitter in his back, named Ronon Dex of Sateda. by the way in japanese the word ronin which sounds like Ronon was the name given to wandering samurai of the Feudal Era. That fits Dex perfectly. A brand new character sort of taking the place of Teal'c is introduced bringing a whole new facet to the show. I look foward to him in the later episodes.moreless
  • we meet Ronan....

    Sheppard and his team go out after Ford and Ford tries to prove to them that he's ok, but he's obviously not. I really don't like Ford and I hate his story line. Every time he comes back he's trying to prove himself. It's annoying. Sheppard and Teyla get captured by Ronan, a runner that has been hunted by the wraiths for years. Carson takes out the chip in Ronan's back and Ronan comes to Atlantis. Oh, and Ford gets away again. Another reason I didn't really like this episode was because it was the introduction of Ronan. I really don't like Ronan. He's just the musles that doesn't say much and when he does, it's something blatantly obvious. I don't think he adds anything to the show. Oh well, the story wasn't very interesting either. Overall, not a good episode.moreless
Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Ronon Dex

Paul McGillion

Paul McGillion

Dr. Carson Beckett

Torri Higginson

Torri Higginson

Dr. Elizabeth Weir

Jonathon Young

Jonathon Young

Dr. Parrish

Guest Star

Kavan Smith

Kavan Smith

Major Evan Lorne

Recurring Role

James Lafazanos

James Lafazanos


Recurring Role

Rainbow Sun Francks

Rainbow Sun Francks

Lt. Aiden Ford

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Goof: When Ronan shoots Sheppard from the bushes, the shot comes from Sheppard's right yet Ronan steps out from his left. In the DVD Commentary for this episode, Director Martin Wood explains that the Visual Effects team had mistakenly believed Ronan would be coming from the opposite side.

    • McKay: (to Ford) Although, the fact you keep referring to yourself in the third person does indicate clinic dissociation.

      On the episode, "The Lost Tribe," Daniel told McKay a very similar thing.

      Daniel: (to McKay) You know, it has been clinically proven that referring to yourself in the third person is a sign of mental instability, right?

    • McKay: My God, last week, we flew dangerously close to the corona of a sun.

      This refers to the events in the episode "Intruder."

    • First appearance of new cast character Ronon Dex, played by Jason Momoa.

    • The planet Ford was monitoring while a Wraith hive ship had landed there was designated P3X-447. The planet with the high ultraviolet index was designated P3M-736.

    • It has been a week since the events in the episode "Intruder".

    • Parrish stumbles on the dead Wraith while pursuing a live Williamsonia plant.

    • Major Lorne came to Atlantis on the Daedalus's second trip back from Earth. He was last seen in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Enemy Mine".

    • Goof: In Ronon's flashback of when he first encounters Ford, whilst running from the Wraith he is struck on the left leg by a Wraith-stunner, causing him to limp. Just after he comes face-to-face with Ford, he is struck in the back and falls to the ground. However, right after Ford shoots the Wraith and walks past, Ronon gets up and starts to run away, with no limp or apparent effect from the hit to the back.

    • Nitpick: Even though Sheppard and his team are supposed to be on an extremely hot world in this episode, their breath is visible in almost every outdoor scene. This would indicate a very cold environment. It is possible the planet's atmosphere lets in UV radiation but not infra-red, so the planet wouldn't necessarily be warm but would be bombarded with hazardous radiation.

    • In the first Ronon Dex flashback, he is firing a Genii rifle. These rifles came from the makers of Blade Trinity from whom they also got the set that is used for parts of Atlantis.

    • One of the characters says "...2630 Atlantis Time..." From this we learn that Atlantis has at least a 26.5 hour day and most likely a bit longer. Our 24 hour day runs from 0000-2400 in military time. So the day in Atlantis must be at least 2.5 hours longer.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • (After shooting over McKay's head)
      Ford: I'm sorry. Look, you don't know what it's like, almost dying like I did, having your friends turn on you, no one trusts you. I'm out here all alone.
      McKay: You don't have to be alone, Ford. Look, this drug is messing with your head. Come back to the Jumper with me, we'll go back to Atlantis, and Dr. Beckett may even be able to figure out a way for you to keep all your new superpowers, all right?
      Ford: You think?
      McKay: Sure, why not?

    • Sheppard: We know a pretty good doctor; maybe he could take that tracking device out of you.
      Ronon: You think I haven't tried?
      Sheppard: Suit yourself.
      Ronon: And why would you do that?
      Sheppard: Because I'm a nice guy. Look, I told you. You hate the Wraith; we hate the Wraith. It's something we all have in common. We just want our friend back.
      Ronon: You get this tracking device out of me; I'll get your friend back for you.
      Sheppard: Okay good. It's a deal.

    • Ronon: They hunted me. I hunted them back. I've been running ever since.

    • Sheppard: My guess is if you wanted us dead, we'd already be dead right now, so why don't you tell us who you are and what you want. (Ronon says nothing) All right, I'll go first. I'm Lieutenant Colonel John Sheppard.
      Teyla: I am Teyla Emmagan.
      Ronon: Colonel?
      Sheppard: It's my rank. Military designation.
      Ronon: Specialist Ronon Dex.
      Sheppard: That's you?
      Ronon: Name and rank.
      Sheppard: Military?
      Ronon: I used to be. (flashback to invasion of Sateda by the Wraith) A long time ago.
      Sheppard: And now?
      Ronon: Now I'm deciding whether to kill you and your friends.

    • Lorne: You know, when they told me I'd be traveling to another galaxy, visiting strange new worlds, defending humanity against unimaginable alien
      threats, this just is not what I pictured.
      Parrish: We could be saving Earth right here, right now, Major.

    • McKay: No, but by my calculations we've been exposed to 327 millisieverts since the sun came up. It may not sound like much to you but, uh, I've been keeping a running tally of my lifetime exposure to radiation: X-rays, cell phones, plane rides, that whole unfortunate Genii nuclear reactor thing. My God, last week, we flew dangerously close to the corona of a sun! As it is, I may have to forgo reproducing.
      Lorne: Yeah, that's funny. I was just thinking that might be wise.

    • Weir: Come on, pack up what you need.
      Beckett: I don't think an operating room and a bloody army will fit through the

    • Sheppard: Have you ever heard of Androcles and the lion?
      Beckett: Aye and who are you in this retelling, the Romans?

    • Sheppard: All right, for what it's worth, I'd never send you in there if I thought the guy was going to hurt you.
      Beckett: Is that opinion based on some sort of evidence or is it just gut feeling that this gentleman isn't dangerous?
      Sheppard: I didn't say he wasn't dangerous. He could probably kill you in the blink of an eye. I don't think he will.
      Beckett: Well, thank you. I feel much better now.

    • Beckett: You want me to go to an alien planet and perform surgery on an armed man who's holding Teyla hostage?
      Weir: Yes, something like that. And aparently you don't have much time, the Wraith can show up any minute.
      Beckett: Oh, it's getting better all the time.

    • (Teyla is struggling with her bonds)
      Sheppard: What the hell are you doing?
      Teyla: Getting my hand free.
      Sheppard: Didn't feel that way.

    • Sheppard: You might want to be careful where you point that thing. Looks like you got the safety off.
      (Ronon chambers a round and aims at Sheppard.)
      Sheppard: Okay. Be that way.

    • Sheppard: And Major, you got McKay.
      Lorne: Oh lucky me.
      McKay: Here, try some of this, SPF one hundred.
      Lorne: A hundred?
      McKay: Yeah, you can't buy this kind of protection, I make it myself. Waterproof too.
      Lorne: (with sarcasm) Great.

    • McKay: Dr. Parrish believes that the indigenous plant life retains enough residual radio-activity during the daylight to erm....well to screw up our sensors.
      Sheppard: Making it the perfect place to hide.
      McKay: Yes, or the perfect place to be exposed to dangerously high levels of solar radiation.!

    • Parrish: We could be saving Earth right here, right now, Major.
      Lorne: Oh, yeah? How's that?
      Parrish: Through a greater understanding of the long-term effects of severe ozone depletion on plant life. You may not want to admit it, but it's a real danger.
      Lorne: Oh, yeah. Sure. Global warming, Wraith attack...I see the similarity now.

    • McKay: Wait a second, 736 – the UV index there during the day is like a thousand!

    • Lorne: Dr. Parrish said a day or two of exposure wasn't going to kill us.
      McKay: Oh, yes, and Dr. Parrish has a Ph.D in what? Right. Botany!

    • Sheppard: How come it smells like I'm on vacation?
      McKay: (applying sunscreen) Could it be the simulated tropical aroma of cocoa butter?
      Sheppard: Strong enough for anyone within five miles to smell you.
      McKay: Like they haven't been tipped off by the Aqua Velva?

    • McKay: So exactly what kind of special training do you guys have to go through to get this sort of mission.
      Lorne: 'You guys'?
      McKay: Yeah, you know – 'Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines. It's a great place to start'.
      Lorne: And by this mission you mean hunting down a skilled weapons expert hopped up on Wraith drugs in the pitch black of an alien planet?
      McKay: Yes.
      Lorne: Actually, I skipped that course in Major School.
      McKay: I was afraid of that.
      Lorne: I was hoping Lt. Ford might recognize a friendly face and just turn himself in.
      McKay: You mean me?
      Lorne: Well, you were friends, weren't you?
      McKay: Oh yeah. When we weren't out on harrowing missions, we used to hang out together. I'd share my dreams of a self-sustaining fusion. He would talk of how you could sever a man's torso with a P-90.

    • Ronon: Why should I trust you?
      Sheppard: That's a good question. Teyla, why should he trust us?

    • Lorne: Wow, you must really be some kind of genius.
      McKay: Well, as a matter of fact . . . why would you say that now?
      Lorne: Something has to have kept Colonel Sheppard from shooting you all this time.
      McKay: Yeah, yeah, didn't see that one coming . . .

    • McKay: When did this escalate to killing?
      Ford: When you shot me!
      McKay: It's a flesh wound – I knew it wasn't going to hurt you! You're . . . Super Ford, remember?
      Ford: You tried to kill me!
      McKay: You can't kill an unarmed upside-down man!

    • McKay: 95% of deadly is still deadly!

    • McKay: (about radiation) As it is, I may have to forgo reproducing.
      Lorne: Yeah, that's funny. I was just thinking that might be wise.

    • McKay: (worried about the UV radiation on P3M-736) Have you seen my complexion?
      Teyla: Yes.
      McKay: Yes, it's very fair. Extremely fair...This isn't fair.

  • NOTES (7)

    • In the DVD Commentary for this episode, Director Martin Wood explains that in the scene where McKay shoots Ford in the shoulder, Franck's reaction was genuine as the squib used to simulate the gunfire was mistakenly set off early by one of the crew.

    • The cave where Ronon is first seen is a re-use from the Stargate SG-1 episode, "Avalon", where it appeared as the Glastonbury cavern.

    • According to Director Martin Wood on the DVD Commentary for this episode, Jonathon Young stepped in to play the part of Dr. Parrish a day before filming began due to the scheduled actor dropping out.

    • This is the last episode where Rainbow Sun Francks is credited as a regular cast member.

    • Dan Payne (Lt. Reed) occasionally plays a Wraith Drone on Stargate Atlantis and previously played the part of the Kull Warrior on numerous episodes of Stargate SG-1.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on August 1, 2005 on The Movie Network and September 26, 2005 on Movie Central.
      -This episode aired in the UK on November 2, 2005 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Australia on November 30, 2006 on Channel 7.
      -Syndication Premiere: October 7-8, 2006.

    • This episode marks Kavan Smith's first appearance on Stargate Atlantis. He previously appeared as Major Lorne in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Enemy Mine." His character is named after Peter DeLuise's brother-in-law, Lorne Loader.


    • Sheppard: Have you ever heard of Androcles and the lion?

      Androcles is an ancient Greek fable, Androcles pulled a thorn from a lion's paw, thereby gaining its loyalty.

    • McKay: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines.

      This refers to the tag line of a set of commercials from years past promoting U.S. military enlistment.