Stargate Atlantis

Season 3 Episode 4


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 04, 2006 on Syfy
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Sheppard, Teyla and Ronon come under attack on a forested world. Ronon, realizing that he has been on the planet before, learns that his earlier visit came with harsh consequences.

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  • One of my two favourite Atlantis episodes

    Ronon gets captured. Kills a lot of Wraith. Gets saved. End of review.

    If you don't get the reference above, you probably aren't a fan of Ronon. If you do do get the reference above, this episode is for you.

    Ronon Dex finds himself on a planet that he finds familiar. It turns out that this planet is the one he stayed at for too long, and brought the Wraith to. The team is captured but later freed as Ronon is to be given to the Wraith, who gave the villagers a way of contacting them if Ronon returned. Ronon is then captured and put back on Sateda, his home planet, where he is made to fight for his life.

    Wraith after Wraith comes to attack Ronon, while he deals with the painful memories of his loved ones being killed and culled by the Wraith. Eventually, Atlantis managed to find where he is and sends a Jumper to Sateda, via one of Earth's space vessels, to save Ronon. Surprisingly, both Rodney and Carson agree to come along.

    During Ronon's one on one fight with the big bad, he gets beaten to a pulp. Not knowing that Ronon threatened to kill anyone who killed the Wraith he was fighting, Carson and Ronon decide to shoot him with a drone, killing him. Everyone flees into the jumper and they fly off.

    Ronon then asks who shot the drone and both Rodney and Carson say it was them. John then tells them what Ronon told him and Teyla, and they decide to put the blame on each other, but ultimately onto Carson. Ronon then surprisingly hugs Carson before fainting from exhaustion.

    All in all, this was a great Stargate episode. Lots of action and character development, as well as backstory development. Just what an episode needs.moreless
  • See Summary

    Sateda was an excellent episode where we learned more about Ronin, and his past. It was nice to finally get more of a background on him, and see where and what he has come from. We also get more involved with the other characters, as Sheppard and Teyla have an exchange of feelings. It was also interesting to see how people feel about Ronin in relation to the situations at hand. The people of the world the team initially visited, was previously visited by Ronin as a Runner and the Wraith were upon the people, and this time they wanted vengence. Their deal with the Wraith was not honored, but what did they really expect? It was also cool to see a new Wraith, perhaps a male equal to the Queens, though we don't know for sure, and he is apparently destroyed. Always nice to learn more about the Wraith. The writers do a great job of building the complexities of the characters, and the actors do a great job of making it believable, and getting the viewers invested.moreless
  • Ronon's episode

    This was really stylish and visually impressive episode. First the style what was so different from the usual - that kind of one man episode, filled with hunting and action - the start did not promised it, but it came out better than expected.

    And the emotional level of this episode. First, the flashbacks to Ronon's past what really opened us that char more and more and then the friends theme. Everyone suddenly started to like him. It was funny to watch. And then the end, where Sheppard did not shot the wraith as Ronon disallowed him and then Beckett comes and shots him from the jumper and the way McKay already gets worried and...

    Really beautiful episode. Special and different episode.moreless
  • Ronon vs Wraith in "let's see what you're made of"

    It was about time i saw an all Ronon episode, to see and know how he became the brute that he is. In so many ways Ronon's character seems like Teal'c from SG1. Well this episode proves it totally. He has the same anger, the same strength and willing to turn around those he can call friends for honor and the sake of battle. Still this episode was very needed, Ronon being a key member of Atlantis and a successful character. Here he gets to prove what he's really made of, sticks and stones DON't break his bones, or lasers, wraith and pretty sure lots of other wonderful stuff.moreless
  • we delve into Ronan's character...

    The team goes onto a planet that Ronan was when he was a runner. Ronan feels guilty for bringing the planet death and allows himself to be given up to the wraith. The whole feeling guilty for past actions reminded me of the SG-1 episode where Teal'c was on trial for killing a man's father. Anyways, this episode was way better. The wraith place a chip into Ronan and turn him loose on his home planet. After interesting flashbacks and kick-butt action, the head wraith is killed by Carson's drone. This episode had a lot of character development. I'm not very fond of the character of Ronan, but he was great in this episode. I loved all of the other character's reactions. Carson and McKay were halarious. Overall, very good episode.moreless
Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major / Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell

Teyla Emmagan

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

Frank Collison

Frank Collison


Guest Star

Alexandra Carter

Alexandra Carter


Guest Star

David Pauls

David Pauls


Guest Star

Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

Colonel Steven Caldwell

Recurring Role

Chuck Campbell

Chuck Campbell


Recurring Role

Dan Payne

Dan Payne

Big Wraith

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In a flashback, Ronon and Melena argue about how he wants her to go offworld with Kell, who was Ronon's task master and was seen (and killed by Ronon) in "Trinity."

    • After McKay gets shot in the backside, he refers several times to not being able to sit down. However, during most of his time in the Puddle Jumper on Sateda, he was sitting in the cockpit.

    • Goof: In the flashback, when Ronon reunites with Melena at the hospital, he asks her to leave with him, saying he can get them to the Stargate. But in his first appearance in "Runner", Ronon said "I've always known it as the 'Ring of the Ancestors'."

  • QUOTES (23)

    • McKay: (on morphine) So many colors...all the pretty horses.
      Weir: What's he talking about?
      Beckett: I gave him some morphine for the pain.
      Major: I need to know how many villagers. How far is the gate from the village?
      McKay: Have you seen a guy around? He looks like you, but he's got messy hair. I think I lost him somewhere, and a pretty girl and a caveman.
      Beckett: I may have given him a wee bit much.

    • McKay: What the hell is going on down there?
      Sheppard: Ronon thinks he can get the head Wraith responsible for all this to come down and fight him if we kill all these Wraith first.
      McKay: That is the stupidest plan I have ever heard.
      Sheppard: I don't know, killing a bunch of Wraith always seems like a good idea to me.
      McKay: They outnumber you 25-to-3.
      Beckett: It's actually 22-to-3. 21.
      Teyla: And Ronon appears to be quite angry.
      McKay: (sarcastically) Well that evens it out.

    • Ronon: You kill him before I do, I kill you.
      Sheppard: What if he kills you first?
      Ronon: Then you kill him.

    • McKay: I'm going.
      Beckett: You can barely walk!
      McKay: I can walk fine, I just can't sit.
      Beckett: And you're a terrible shot.
      McKay: Oh, and you're Rambo now?

    • Beckett: (about Ronan) Oh, you're buddies now, are ya?
      McKay: Yeah, more than that, he saved my life. He's like a brother to me.
      Beckett: Aye, a brother who got every gene you didn't, and vice versa.

    • Sheppard: It seems Ronon doesn't want to leave.
      McKay: Well, too bad! You tell that ungrateful example of unevolved humanity that we came all this way to rescue him, so he'd better get off his a--
      Sheppard: (interrupting McKay to speak to Ronon) McKay says he's very hurt you won't come with us.

    • McKay: (to Sheppard) How about I leave the bad jokes to you and you leave the brilliant science stuff to me?

    • Teyla: They made sport out of trying to kill [Ronon] in the past.
      Sheppard: He was the one that got away.
      Teyla: I believe they will try again.
      Sheppard: Ronon will not go down easily.

    • Ronon: I should never have come here. I should never have stayed. I'm sorry about what happened to your village but if you think turning me over to the Wraith will keep you safe, fine. Do it. I'll do whatever I have to to make up for what happened, but don't punish them for my mistake. They're good people. You let them go, or I'll be dead before the Wraith get here. I promise. Then see what the Wraith do to you.

    • Keturah: They promised that if he ever came back, and we captured him, we would be forever free from culling in the future.
      Teyla: They "promised"? They are Wraith!

    • Rutherford: Snap out of it, McKay. It's important. Come on. What kind of weapons did they have?
      Beckett: (indicating McKay's backside) I'd say something that shoots arrows is a good guess.

    • Sheppard: Something wrong?
      Ronon: I have a bad feeling.
      McKay: Yeah, I always feel like that. Like something horrible's about to happen.
      Teyla: (a little sarcastically) How do you live?

    • Caldwell: Look, you know I want to help, but I will not put my crew and the only ship that we have in this galaxy at risk for one man.
      Sheppard: One man who isn't a member of the U.S. military.
      Caldwell: I didn't say that!
      Sheppard: He's a member of my team, and he deserves the same respect as anyone on this expedition.
      Weir: We don't leave our people out there, Colonel, not if there's any chance.
      Caldwell: Don't preach to me about leaving people behind, Dr. Weir. I'm just saying it's a very bad risk/reward situation.
      Sheppard: Fine. Then, just get us close. We'll take a cloaked jumper the rest of the way.
      Beckett: I'll go with them; remove the tracking device before we get back on board.
      Sheppard: We'll be out of there before the Wraith even know what happened.
      Caldwell: I won't bail you out if you get in trouble.
      Sheppard: You say that as if we are always getting in trouble.

    • McKay: Oh of course, if it sounds like it might be impossible, you look at me.

    • Sheppard: Look, Teyla, I'm not really good at… uhh…, actually, I'm terrible at expressing… I don't know what you call it…
      Teyla: Feelings.
      Sheppard: Yeah, sure, okay. Point is I don't really have good… uh…
      Teyla: Social skills?
      Sheppard: Well, that is why I enjoy flying choppers on the most remote part of my world before all this craziness happened. You should know I don't have…
      Teyla: Friends?
      Sheppard: No, I have friends. (long pause) You, Elizabeth, Ronon. Even Rodney, are the closest thing I have to…
      Teyla: A family?
      Sheppard: I'd do anything… for any one of you. If I had to give up my life the way Ronon was going to, I would.

    • McKay: You know, you really don't appreciate the simple things in life, like sitting.
      Sheppard: I don't envy you. Must be a real pain in the ass.
      McKay: Oh, how long did you work on that?
      Sheppard: Longer then I care to admit.

    • Sheppard: That's it. We got 'em all. McKay!
      Rodney: Yes, just you guys left! That was quick!
      Sheppard: Yeah, I got six, Teyla got...
      Teyla: Eight.
      Sheppard: I got nine, Teyla got eight, Ronon got the rest.

    • Rodney: (Screaming like a girl after being shot in the butt with an arrow) Oh my god it hurts! I can't feel my leg!

    • (on the Puddle Jumper after Ronon is rescued and they are safely away from Sateda)
      Ronon: (to Beckett and McKay) Which one of you killed that Wraith?
      Beckett: I did.
      McKay: But it was my idea
      Sheppard: Hey, I would've shot it but Teyla stopped me.
      (Ronon suddenly advances towards Beckett)
      McKay: (afraid of what's about to happen): (indicating Beckett) It was all his idea!
      (Ronon grabs Beckett but instead of hitting him he hugs him, surprising everyone)
      Ronon: Thanks, Doc.
      McKay: (protesting) Hey, what about me? It was my idea.
      Ronon: (turning to address the rest of the team) Thank you. All of you.
      Beckett: (getting back to business) Right, now let's remove that tracking device. This time you won't mind if I sedate you first? (Ronon passes out) Or not.
      Sheppard: Who's flying the ship?
      McKay: I am (Sheppard gives him a look but McKay heads up front to the controls anyway)

    • (Just as the Wraith leader is about to feed on and kill Ronon the team's Puddle Jumper decloaks in front of them surprising Sheppard, Ronon, Teyla and the Wraith)
      Beckett: (Sitting at the controls): If he doesn't like it he can sue me. (Closes his eyes and concentrates)
      Ronon: (To the Wraith) I win!
      (Beckett fires a drone into the Wraith leader blasting him backwards propelled by the drone into a wall where it explodes killing the Wraith and taking down the building)

    • McKay: (Shocked after being shot in the buttocks with an arrow) Ahh!!That did not just happen!!

    • McKay: Where do you think you're going?
      Beckett: (grabbing a gun) I'm going to help them.
      McKay: What, are you crazy? You're a doctor!
      Beckett: What does that have to do with it?

    • Rodney: (on morphine) Excuse me! Why am I laying here?
      Beckett: You have an arrow, Rodney, in your gluteus maximus!
      Rodney: Oh! Well, that sounds painful.
      Rodney: Gluteus maximus... Gluuuteus maaaximus... Oh my god! That's my ass isn't it?
      Beckett: Aye.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode had an unusually large budget, making it the most expensive episode of Stargate Atlantis since the 2-hour pilot movie.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: September 4, 2006 on Movie Central, October 2, 2006 on The Movie Network.
      UK: November 8, 2006 on Sky One
      Syndication Premiere: October 13-14, 2007.
      Australia: March 20, 2008 on Channel 7
      Czech Republic: April 29, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi


    • McKay: Oh, what, and you're Rambo now?!

      This is a clear allusion to the popular cult movies Rambo starring Sylvester Stallone. The Rambo movies, the first of which was First Blood were often violent and bloody, due to Rambo's excellent shooting capabilities - something McKay believes that Beckett doesn't have.