Stargate Atlantis

Season 5 Episode 5

Ghost in the Machine

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 15, 2008 on Syfy



  • Allusions

    • All your base are belong to us

      When McKay was corresponding with "Elizabeth Weir" on his laptop and the city's power turned on again, McKay asked, "Did you do that?" As with the other responses, the letters and words in the reply changed. Initially the letters "styr" appear, soon to be corrected to the word "star" as the "y" is changed. As the text changes, the following text can be seen:


      This is a subtle reference to the Internet phenomenon of the phrase "All your base are belong to us," which was initially seen in the opening cutscene of the European Sega Mega Drive version of the Japanese video game Zero Wing. Since its beginnings in that game, the phrase has been seen on T-shirts, Flash animations, emails, Internet forums and YouTube during downtime for scheduled maintenance on June 1, 2006.