Arazia had a long but troubled relationship with the Commonwealth. It became a member in CY 6740 and remained so until the Fall in CY 9785.
The Captain of the Starry Wisdom is Ismail Khalid, a Nietzschean who stayed loyal to the Commonwealth during the rebellion.
Dylan and Sara met when he and Ismail Khalid saved her after her scientific research station had been attacked by a swarm of Magog. Dylan was sent to rescue her by Sara's Aunt Admiral Stark.
Goof: In the original broadcast, the title "Serenity" was misspelled "Serentity" in the opening quote.
The Free Trade Alliance tries to protect trade routes from pirates, but also seems to work to protect the interests of large corporations over those of small operators.
When Beka goes to the Wayist monastery, you can see a giant statue of a Magog holding a flame. That Magog is The Anointed, the founder of Wayism.
It is revealed that Dylan is 342 years old, meaning he was 39 years old when the Andromeda was frozen in time and was born in CY 9745.
This is the first episode to feature the Restorians (also called the Restors) a group of eco-terrorists who believe that space travel encourages colonization, which encourages exploitation of primitive cultures and the despoiling of pristine planets. So, they blow up starships to discourage space travel.
Yazgar: You always were a stickler for that kind of thing. Hell, it's been years, and you still haven't told me how you got that stomach wound.
The cause of Dylan's stomach wound is explained in flashbacks in the episode "Forced Perspective."
The final battle of the Nietzschean Rebellion took place at the Witch Head Nebula. A Nietzschean force of 500 ships ambushed a Commonwealth fleet of 100 vessels on their way to attack the Nietzschean homeworld of Fountainhead. The Nietzscheans won, but at a terrible cost, since the ruling Drago-Kazov Pride was weakened enough that Pride Jaguar and several allies attacked them. This is the reason that the Nietzscheans did not take over after the fall of the Commonwealth. During the ensuing Nietzschean Civil War, the Magog Horde attacked, and no one was strong enough to oppose them.
It is revealed that Artificial Intelligences cannot navigate the slipstream. Only an organic sentient can do it, and no one knows quite why. Rommie says that it is thought that it might have something to do with the way organic brains interact with quantum possibilities. AI guess correctly at a 50% ratio when organics guess at a 99% ratio.
Borotep Yeshgar mentions Dylan's fiancee, Sarah, is trying to mount a rescue expedition to retrieve the Andromeda from the edge of the black hole. This would come into play in the episode "The Banks of the Lethe".
According to Dylan, this episode takes place a "few months" after "Under the Night (1)".
The year is established as CY 10087 in this episode.
Instead of a ring, Nietzscheans signify marriage by an armband with a stylized DNA double helix pattern.
Harper's upbringing in a refugee camp on Earth has left him with a weakened immune system, so he is more susceptible than normal to things like radiation.
The Andromeda uses sensor drones, small ships that surround it and extend the range at which it can detect targets.
The Andromeda can survive the heat and pressure of the corona of a star for up to 48 hours.
Dylan's High Guard access code is Lexic Dark 52278 Alpha 771.
This episode features the first mention of Earth, which is now in ruins after constant attacks by Nietzscheans and the Magog.