After a group of people captures and gives Ronon to the Wraith, he becomes a runner again, but this time he's left in his home planet, Sateda, where the Stargate has been disabled.



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Todd Scott ...
Alexandra Carter ...


Sheppard and his team visit a planet but Ronon feels that he's been there before. In his days as a runner, the Wraith had hunted him there, causing much destruction and resulting in the death of the local leader's daughter. They haven't forgotten and soon have the entire team in captivity. Turned over to the Wraith, Ronon is once again forced into being a runner and they return him to his home planet of Sateda. In flashbacks, key events in Ronon's previous life are revealed. Needless, his friends don't just sit by idly but head to Sateda to help him. Written by garykmcd

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4 August 2006 (USA)  »

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Jason Momoa performed some of the Haka, an intimidating Maori war dance traditionally used on the battlefield right before fighting the head Wraith. He also does this in a season 1 episode of Game of Thrones. See more »


During the flashbacks to eight years into Ronon's past, he repeatedly refers to the stargate as "the gate". This does not concur with the fact that when Ronon first meets the Atlantis team (s02e03 - Runner), he claims that he only ever knew of it as "the ring of the ancestors". See more »


Dr. Rodney McKay: [referring to calling Ronon "Caveman"] It's a nickname. Buddies have nicknames!
Dr. Carson Beckett: So now you're buddies?
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References First Blood (1982) See more »


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The one where we see there is more to Ronon than meets the eye...
13 October 2007 | by (Dundee, Scotland) – See all my reviews

'Sateda' Season three, episode four.

This episode has to be one of the strongest in the series of 'Stargate: Atlantis' and proves this show has much potential if we get more of the same. 'Sateda' sees Sheppard and his team arrive on a planet only for the people to take Ronon hostage. They see him as responsible as having lead the Wraith to their planet years ago in an attack that left many dead and have made a bargain with a Wraith commander that he will leave them alone if they hand Ronon over should he ever return. Ronon is returned to Wraith custody where he is once again made their prey in their twisted cat-and-mouse game. He leads them back to his own home world of Sateda, where the final showdown begins. On his trail is Sheppard, determined not to leave a man behind.

Until this episode, the character of Ronon risked turning into a one-dimensional drone who was just good for fancy fighting scenes, all brawn but no content. 'Sateda' not only succeeded in giving him a rich background but gave motivations for his behaviour and depicted him to be more human than ever before. He is a man who had a happy life once only for it to be snatched away from him, leaving him only with vengeance until he met the Atlantis crew.

'Sateda' is not all drama and emotion. The darker scenes are nicely off-set by the Beckett and MacKay interactions (whoever decided Beckett's fate at the end of this season should be sacked for being a moron) as well as Teyla's realisation that Sheppard sees her and Ronon as valuable and close to him as people from his own planet.

This episode is definitely one to disprove the idea that some have that 'Stargate' is not as worthy in the science-fiction world as shows such as 'Star Trek'.

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