Stargate: Atlantis: Season 3, Episode 4

Sateda (4 Aug. 2006)

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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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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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The title refers to Ronon's home planet, where most of the action takes place. See more »


When Sheppard and Tayla return to the first planet to rescue Ronan from the village they stumble upon the villager leader. Although he is supposed to be dead you can still see him breathing. See more »


Ronon Dex: I'm gonna kill the Wraith responsible for all this.
Lt. Colonel John Sheppard: I don't suppose he happens to be one of the ones out there that's about to come in here?
Ronon Dex: No.
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References First Blood (1982) See more »


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He who fights and runs...
4 August 2011 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This is not my favourite episode, but it's far from being the brainless 40mn action scene that I remembered after first watching it. As the first (and almost the only) Ronon-centric episode, it says a lot about the guy --but it does so in a typically close-lipped way. For the first anniversary of his coming to Atlantis, Ronon literally retraces his steps as a Runner and a Satedan, which obviously involves a lot of guilt and bad blood before he can finally come to terms with his personal ghosts.

The episode begins with a brief follow-up on an event mentioned in Runner: that as a Runner, whoever helped Ronon immediately became prey for the Wraith. This is a good start to let us into Ronon's feelings, because even though he was a victim, the fact remains that he unwillingly brought about the deaths of many innocents and still blames himself for it. The second, and longer part, brings him back both to his now devastated homeworld, and to his Runner trials. The inevitable action here may be quite impressive, but I can't find much interest in it; what makes the whole sequence really fascinating is how it brings Ronon full circle, superimposing vivid flashbacks of his past to his present fight to the death. Beyond revealing more about Ronon, those memories also show us that this gruesome, lifeless place used to be a world much like ours, with people much like us. Even Ronon used to be a man like any other, until he saw everything he loved disappear before his eyes. Talk about survivor's guilt. Congrats to Jason Momoa for really making his few lines count and giving them feeling. But I also appreciate that even Ronon still has room to evolve as a character. Even though he wants to carry out his personal vendetta by himself, even though he probably expects to die, in the end he accepts his friends' help -a sign that he's moving on.

Apart from Ronon there are also good moments for the others. Sheppard and Teyla share a nice awkward conversation on the Daedalus while McKay and Beckett provide some welcome comic relief. I also notice a few hints of things to come: Ronon's wife telling him that "you can't run forever" is rather prophetic. And when Teyla says that she is relieved to know how far her friends would go to get *her* back if she ever found herself in Ronon's situation... well, that strikes me as meaningful.

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