TV Review: Stargate Atlantis 5.9 – Tracker

Stargate Atlantis

Stargate: Atlantis, SciFi, Airs Friday 10/9c

Episode: “Tracker” (Season Five, Episode 9)

Synopsis: While on a routine goodwill mission to a planet to help a village with an influenza-like outbreak, Dr. Keller (Jewel Staite) is kidnapped. Rodney (David Hewlett) and Ronon (Jason Momoa) stay behind to track the good doctor and the Runner who took her hostage. To make matters worse, Rodney and Ronon have to avoid a pack of Wraith who are also tracking the running.

Review: This is the second episode we’ve seen lately that features Dr. Keller in peril off-world. In the previous season, she was on the run in the woods with Teyla (Rachel Luttrell), but this time she’s on her own as a hostage. This is a bit of a relief because Keller’s whining factor has been significantly reduced. In fact, she manages to take care of herself and retain her integrity as a doctor. Perhaps by not pairing Keller with warrior-woman Teyla, the doc was able to be more confident to fend for herself.

This is also the second time we’ve encountered a Runner, which was Ronon’s original introduction in the show. This Runner, named Kiryk (Mike Dopud), has a more sophisticated tracking device, which provides a significant challenge in evading the Wraith. While Kiryk is interesting and has potential, there’s not enough interaction with Ronon in this episode. We can only hope for the future.

Ultimately, this episode is Dr. Keller’s, developing her storyline and character a little better. Her budding romantic interest in both Ronon and Rodney is a key factor in “Tracker,” which will interest die-hard fans. I had a chance to talk with Jewel Staite at Comic-Con a couple months ago, and she explained that the Ronon attraction is strictly physical while Rodney stimulates Dr. Keller’s mind. When I asked if her character is going to have eyes for anyone else this season, she simply replied, “She definitely makes a choice.” Considering an alternate-future Rodney ended up marrying her in the Season Four finale, I’m putting my money on brains over brawn.

Up Next Week: Michael Shanks returns as Dr. Daniel Jackson, enlisting the Atlantis team in finding an secret Ancient lab. Any bets on whether Jackson dies for the first time in the Pegasus Galaxy?

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Kevin Carr crawled from the primordial ooze in the early 1970s. He grew up watching movies to the point of irritation for his friends and was a font of useless movie knowledge until he decided to put that knowledge to good use. Now, Kevin is a nationally syndicated critic, heard on dozens of radio stations around the country, and his reviews appear in a variety of online outlets. Kevin is also a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA).

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