Ronon is a trully silly character and for me a bad choice in development of the series.
Teyla was originally down ad the Teal'c type char - a warrior. for reasons unknown to me rather than developing her character and creating her to be an uber fighting machiene she's being relegated to a one line per episode side character. Did the producers just think "nobodys going to buy a kiss ass female warrior - no we better get a guy in for our demographics"...
Ronnan is just to predictable as a character - if i was a military leader you can guarantee I wouldnt be inviting a would be beserker on a mission unless it was as cannon fodder...
We know Jon shepard works - nice Richard Dean Anderson clone,
Ronan is the teal'c now (sigh)
Rodney = Samantha - though with her in it now I'm guessing she'll play the "generals" role and do little - vast waste of tallent as we know she's smarter than rodney - so the whole rodney / zalinska dynamic is now pointless...
and Teyla = pointless reduntant character now - not a Daniel Jackson... not teal'c... just a person who gets taken over by the wraith at all times.
I know this is a bit of a whiny post but I'm just seeing a decent series already starting to flush itself down the toilet becuase its just redeveloping itself all the time
I dont see whats the point of watching SGA S4 if you havent watched S3 other than cause of RDA....
I liked this ep alot. Cause Ronan has grown from Tealc lite IMO. This ep was showed why. I find it very interesting when its about him. Teyla i find uninteresting and useless. They never develop her and she is at best nother more than what if she was with Sheppard.....
Mckay is the star of this show and much more than a Sam clone. He is an hybrid of Sam and Jack. Funny like Jack and smart like Sam.
Because you don't have to see all of the series to understand the current part?
It's episodic television, not a serial where every new show is dependent on the previous.
It's also how new fans come in. The problem is, Ronon didn't get enough development in this episode for him to be interesting to someone who doesn't know who he is.
Mostly - he doesn't do anything. He just hits things.
Teyla would be more interesting without Ronon, or if she had a good solid storyline and history.
But, the writers are slacking a little - repeating things we've already seen, but with new bad guys - they need to jazz it up a little. Make me *care* about what happens to Ronon - b/c, right now, I don't.
I know I've come extremely late to this party but after a promising start to this 4th Season, which could have given a genuine rejuvenation to the Series, they have pressed a reset button and gone back to Atlantis in the ocean of a low-tech planet, more warrior tribe of the week stories, and replaced Teyla's world with one like Ronon's (not sure if it is actually near Ronon's homeworld since that would have been highly unlikely given that they randomly chose a world with a Stargate that Weir would not know of within 39 hyperspace jumps.) And the Wraith attacking code given to the Replicators last week can be easily reversed. Did the last 3 weeks even happen?
Rodney was okay when he was in the odd episode of SG-1 but he only annoys me now and bringing in Samantha Carter just smacks of desperation.
So, I'm going to have to agree with the negative comments here. Ronon is just not the hard man he is meant to be. Teyla was never the Amazonian warrior woman except in the first few episodes; she was more of a Deanna Troi "I feel your pain" sounding board.
Like Dave, I'm very late to Atlantis (watching the episodes on Pick?).
I don't mind delightful Carter being in command (it fits pretty well, I think), the problem, as mentioned above, is that she seems to have sod all to do. If they planned on reducing the leader's role so much they should've given it to a Wolsey-type character who could do the job on screen but whose presence wouldn't feel conspicuous by its absence.
Ronan and Teyla both feel underdeveloped significantly. With Teal'c, after 3-4 seasons or so, you knew he was First Prime, had a son, had a wife, was mentored by Bray'tac, his father was killed by Cronos, he meditates every day, and wild equines could not keep him away from a fight.
Almost the only thing we know about Ronan and Teyla is that they're handy in a fight and their worlds were hit by the Wraith.
I like McKay quite a lot, and Shepherd[sp, I know that's not how the show spells it, but it's not my fault they get it wrong ] has grown on me, but they should've done more with the other two main characters. I know more about Zelinka[sp] than them! [He races pigeons in his spare time and isn't fond of children's parties].