It’s actually been a while since I saw episode three, but it was so underwhelming that I decided I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write about it. The episode in question sees a dislikeable male one-shot character charm the Atlantis crew with use of his special pheromone-based ‘love potion’, in the most ridiculous and over the top sequence to grace the series so far. Naturally, one character is left unaffected to save the day, but you have to wonder at the lax security measures, or the fact that it took everyone so long to work out that the love potion was responsible- any science fiction viewers on the Atlantis crew should have realised what was going on long ago.
Despite the standard “team visits village on another planet” opening, episode four looked set to deliver something more satisfying, at least until it revealed itself to be a Ronon based episode. Ronon has never been the most interesting of characters- where the others at least have good dialogue, he is just the latest in a long line of hard-headed alien warriors. This episodes sees both his past and the Wraith catching up with him, and whilst I suppose I should be glad for any kind of development on Ronon’s part, it was all of the most predictable kind. Even the Wraith in this episode was a standard “magic CCTV” villain.