Stargate Atlantis

Season 5 Episode 9


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 19, 2008 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Keller is abducted on a trip off world to help a wraith-threatened village, and it's up to Ronon and McKay to find her. However it soon emerges that her abductor is, in fact, a Runner.

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    Tracker was an excellent episode. It had some action, drama, and character development. This episode was close to Ronin's heart, as it was based on a runner. Runners are humans that the Wraith implant with tracking devices and then they hunt them down like game. This episode was fun to watch. The Wraith have become weak, and don't really pose as big a threat as they did in the begining of the series. I think that the premis of this episode was good, but it ultimately did not contribute to the over all story lines or season. I look forward to seeing more engaging stories in episodes to come.moreless
  • A great action packed episode

    So, we have a great action episode what add even more tension to the storyline they have been pushing for a while - it is Jennifer and two man who might (and is) interested in her - so we have Ronon and McKay and they both try to contest who will save Jennifer but she is not in real trouble - just another runner and she really deals well with him and makes him see that the life he has chosen for that little girl is not right.. and the way he reacts in the end just after he has said - he won't run anyway..

    Great episode with action and some beautiful thoughtsmoreless
  • Dr kellar is kidnapped by a runner, Ronan & Dr McKay track them while fighting off wraith.

    I enjoyed this episode, I like the relationship building between Dr Kellar and Dr McKay. I thought it was well scripted, and avoided lots of over sentimental conversation, it kept moving, although I am a bit sketchy about the whole runner consept, why would the wraith waiste time chasing one man around the galaxy when there was a whole village there to feed on? Seems like a strange sport. I discovered the series around season 3 so it is possible that I missed the explanation in an earlier installment. I was impressed with Dr Kellar's new found fighting skills, it's about time she learnt to look out for herself.moreless
  • Love triangle or unusual friendship?

    After delving into massive implications in the previous episode, I suppose it makes sense that the writers would want to step back into something a bit less ambitious. This is a story that has been told a thousand times before, so for some, familiarity will breed contempt. So will the upfront presence of Dr. Keller, as there are plenty of Dr. Beckett fans still unconvinced that the character is necessary.

    Keller shows more grit in this episode than she had in the entire fourth season, and it's good to see the character getting some actual development. Granted, it's about as much development as anyone gets in the Stargate franchise, but it's progress, nonetheless. She doesn't back down or cower; she demands to know her captor's intentions. It's a step in the right direction, because it's very clear that she'll need a strong stomach and a lot of patience in the days ahead. (Though, would it kill the writers to make Keller more than the convenient hostage victim?)

    The combo of Ronon and McKay was amusing, if a little predictable. Ronon was a Runner, so he knows how to live off the environment, how to track, and how to think like his hunters and prey. McKay, for all his bluster, is out of his element, and he's too jealous of Ronon's rugged manliness to admit it to himself, let alone Ronon. In the end, the day is saved by a combination of both men's strengths, but McKay does come out looking a bit short in certain areas.

    The episode was designed, however, to highlight the growing tension between Ronon and Rodney in terms of Dr. Keller and their "intentions" for her. The potential love triangle was predictable enough; I called it back at the end of the fourth season (despite many derogative comments to the contrary). Perhaps for that reason, this episode seemed to go a long way to deliver old news.

    On the other hand, the writers could be playing to the expectations of the audience. "The Shrine" demonstrated Ronon's loyalty, even mild affection, for Rodney. And I think it's reasonable to assume that if Ronon had designs on Dr. Keller, it would be a lot more obvious. Rodney already declared his love for Dr. Keller in "The Shrine", and she seemed to reciprocate through action. Putting two and two and two together with the final scene of the episode, it's possible (even likely) that Ronon is pretending to have "intentions" towards Dr. Keller for the sole purpose of forcing Rodney to take action.

    If explored in the predictable manner, I expect the "love triangle" to be a bit of a disappointment. But the idea of Ronon playing "love therapist" for Rodney McKay, for some indescribable reason, sounds like the perfect character turn. If nothing else, it goes completely against expectation! I suppose, in this final season, I'm hoping for surprises from every turn.moreless
  • great episode...

    I read the summary and thought this episode was going to suck so I didn't even watch it. However, I decided to watch it online when I was bored and I love this episode, for the most part. Keller gets captured by a Runner that wants her to help a girl that he's protecting. She's the last of a world. I love Ronon in this episode - which is odd because I hate his character... anyways, he was great in this episode and I love his story with Keller. However, what was up with Rodney liking Keller? What the hell? That was random... anyways, I really hope to see the runner again because I really like his character.moreless
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

Joe Flanigan

Joe Flanigan

Major/Lt. Colonel John Sheppard

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Goof: Just after the fight between Ronan and Kiryk, Kiryk picks up his Wraith stunner off the ground and places it in its holster. However, the next shot shows him walking towards Keller with it in his hand about to place it in the holster.

    • Ronan Dex was introduced in the season two episode "Runner". This episode is appropriately titled "Tracker" to reflect Ronan's switch from being the hunted to the hunter.

    • McKay compares the short nights on this planet to the city Whitehorse in Yukon, Canada. The city is so close to the Arctic circle, that during the summer months, the city would have very short nights.

    • Kiryk has acquired a teleportation device that does not seem to be created by the Ancients or the Wraith. It is possible that this race is still alive as Dr. Weir mentioned many advanced civilizations were hiding from the Wraith in "Ghost in the Machine."

    • Celise's village was attacked by Wraith because Kiryk spent a night there, similar to the situation Ronon Dex caused in at least one village during his time as a Runner. In the Season 3 episode "Sateda", he returned to the village and was turned over to the Wraith.

    • The planet was designated M33-985. The planet's sun has a very gradual descent angle, meaning the world has very short nights.

    • When Keller tries to remove the tracking device she mentions that it is different from Ronon's. This must mean that the Wraith must have learned from their mistake and made the device more complex to remove.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (Sheppard walks into the infirmary, followed by Ronon)
      Sheppard: Well, how's our little patient?
      Keller: Oh, much better. She's a heck of a fighter.
      (Sheppard looks at Celise, gesturing at Rodney.)
      Sheppard: Is he bothering you? Cause I can have him removed...forcibly.
      Celise (hopefully): Really?
      McKay: Yeah, he's kidding.

    • Ronon: What?
      McKay: Okay... here's the thing, I've been thinking and ahhh... I need to know your intentions.
      Ronon: Intentions?
      McKay: With Jennifer.
      Ronon: I don't have any intentions.
      McKay: Oh. Okay. (turns to leave and begins to smile) Good.
      Ronon: Wait!
      McKay: (stops smiling and turns around)
      Ronon: What do you mean by intentions?
      McKay: I mean are you interested in her in a... romantic... fashion.
      Ronon: No.
      McKay: Good. (turns again to leave with a slight smile)
      Ronon: Wait!
      McKay: (turns around showing irritation on face) What?
      Ronon: Maybe I do... have... intentions.
      McKay: Oh.
      Ronon: Do you have intentions?
      McKay: Well, of course I do, that's why I was asking you.

    • McKay: What took you so long?
      Ronon: Oh, you're welcome.

    • Ronon: It's going to be dark soon.
      McKay: Actually, we have two hours, 43 minutes, and 17 seconds. This planet's sun currently has a very gradual angle of descent and a very short night. I always make it a point to download the planetary data on every address I dial, even goodwill missions. Yeah, things like atmospheric conditions. soil consistencies, available water supplies… what?
      Ronon: Just wondering how long you'd make it out here without your little gadgets.
      McKay: You know, I think you'd be surprised, you know. I may not be exactly what you'd call an outdoors person. But that doesn't mean I don't find the man vs. nature thing uninteresting. Hell, I joined a scouting organization when I was a child. Lodge 14 of the Fort McMurray Eager Beavers.
      Ronon: Beavers?
      McKay: Yep, large rodent, big teeth. They use 'em to chop down trees and build dams. Very industrious. I was with them for a few months before they asked me to leave, but I got the manual, still have it… Scouting for Beavers. Valuable resource.

    • Ronon: What the hell were you doing?
      McKay: At the moment, killing Wraith!

    • McKay: (to Ronon) I'm sorry, but I guarantee you at some point you're going to need my help. You'll see. There'll be some problem you can't solve, and then you'll turn to me. I'll figure it out in the nick of time. And you'll say "Good job" or just grunt or slap me on the back harder than necessary.

    • McKay: Look, How are we going to get up there?
      Ronon: You said something about solving a problem.
      McKay: Yeah, technological problems, not rock-climbing problems.
      Ronon: Thought so.

    • McKay: Mind your step, sir.
      Burly Woman: Sir?
      McKay: Ma'am, sorry. You have a... (Gestures towards mouth and looking at Ronon) That is clearly a mustache.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Chelah Horsdal (Erran) previously played Lt. Womack in several episodes of Stargate SG-1.

    • Rachel Luttrell and Robert Picardo don't appear in this episode.

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on September 22, 2008 on Movie Central and The Movie Network.
      -This episode aired in the UK on October 14, 2008 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Sweden on November 21, 2008 on TV6.
      -This episode aired in Germany on September 16, 2009 on RTL II.
      -This episode aired in the Czech Republic on November 3, 2009 on AXN Sci-fi.
      -Syndication Premiere: November 14-15, 2009.
      -This episode aired in Australia on March 18, 2010 on 7TWO.

    • Mike Dopud (Kiryk) previously played Colonel Chernovshev in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Full Alert" and Odai Ventrell in "Bounty."