I have made no secret Ronon is not one of my favorite Stargate Atlantis characters, so Ronon-centric episodes makes me wary. “Broken Ties” is one of the better Ronon episodes, however. Or maybe I am just cutting Jason Monoa a break since his big screen flick, Bullet to the Head, with Sylvester Stallone bombed last weekend in its debut. Whichever the case, I am going positive with this one.
Tyre, one of Ronon’s fellow Satedan soldiers who became a Wraith worshipper, captures ronon and hands him over to the wraith in the hopes of getting back into their good graces. In doing so, he hopes to end his painful Wraith enzyme withdrawal symptoms. The Wraith take Ronon to turn him into a worshipper, but reject Tyre. With Keller’s help, he overcomes his addiction to the enzyme and helps rescue the brainwashed Ronon, sacrificing himself in the process in an act of reemption.
Meanwhile, Teyla cans maternity leave and returns to active duty.
“Broken Ties” winds up more an action piece than a character study of Ronon. Tyre’s story arc is terribly predictable, right down to sacrificing his life in the end But there is still not much to complain about. The action and humor, particularly Woolsey’s difficult time adjusting to Atlantis, make broken ties enjoyable.
Rating: *** (out of 5)