Stargate Atlantis

Syfy (ended 2009)




  • Season 1 Episode 1: Rising (1)

  • It is obvious that the uniforms are color coded to the department in which a particular person works. Yellow is medical, Blue is sciences, Red is leadership, and, introduced later, Black is military.

  • Goof: In the episode Dr. McKay brings up how one of the Ancients must have told the Greeks the story of Atlantis. But historically it was the Egyptians who learned of Atlantis, not the Greeks. This could be a case of ignorance on part of the character.

  • McKay: "Zero-Point Module," General, the Ancient power source you recovered from Praclarush Taonas and that's now powering the outpost's defenses.

    McKay is referring to events in the Stargate SG-1 seventh season finale "Lost City, Part 2."

  • Sheppard: Sure you'll warm up to me once you get to know me, sir.

    Captain Samantha Carter said something along that response to Colonel O'Neill, in the pilot episode "Children Of the Gods" of Stargate SG-1. Only hers was "You know Colonel, you really will like me once you get to know me."

  • Goof: When General O'Neill's helicopter makes an emergency landing because of the drone, tire tracks and footprints can be seen in the snow.

  • When Shepard and O'Neill are leaving the Antarctic Base and are in the Helo, Sheppard starting to prep for take off and we hear the machine sound though the helo's main circuit breaker from the previous emergency landing is still on.

  • In this episode the 'GDO' is introduced to Stargate Atlantis. The GDO was first introduced in the pilot episode of Stargate SG-1 "Children of the Gods". It means Garage Door Opener, the casual name for the device which sends an identification code (IDC) through the Stargate so that those back at base know it's safe to lower the shield.

  • Nitpick: Why did it take Colonel Sumner going down 3 levels from the Atlantis gate room to discover that the city was underwater? There were at least two exterior windows in the gate room (as evidenced when the city rose: the water level was shown passing a window behind the Stargate and one at the top of the stairs). They may not have been able to see much of the rest of the city from those windows, but they should have been able to see the surface as it was visible from the lower level.

  • Goof: The helicopter that General O'Neill and Major Sheppard arrive in is supposed to be American but it has a Canadian tail number. They would have been flying out of the McMurdo Air Force base in Antarctica so why are they in a Canadian registered civilian helicopter and not an American military helicopter?

  • Goof: When departing the SGC Bates is shown wearing the rank insignia of a Second Lieutenant, despite holding the rank of Sergeant.

  • Early in the episode, General O'Neill describes Antarctica as "One of his least favorite continents." In the first season of Stargate SG-1, then-Colonel O'Neill and then-Captain Carter were stranded in Antarctica after a Stargate malfunction ("Solitudes"). Both were nearly killed in the incident. In the sixth season, he was infected with an alien virus in Antarctica ("Frozen"). In addition, in the seventh season finale ("Lost City 2"), after he defeats Anubis and his fleet, O'Neill entered a chamber which placed him in suspended animation, and, as shown by his double take when he passed it, the memory is not pleasant.

  • Nitpick: Just after Colonel Sumner orders Ford to assemble recon teams, Grodin orders a MALP to be prepared to go through the Stargate. In what seems like a few seconds later, he is shown running down the stairs to the gate area and reports the MALPs readings. However, even if the MALP had been ready to go immediately, its slow speed would have meant it wouldn't have had time to reach the gate, let alone have passed through and relayed climate information.

  • Nitpick: From his first appearance to his ordering Ford to assemble recon teams, Colonel Sumner wears a camouflage outfit, yet in the time it takes McKay to dial Teyla's planet (which only seems like a few minutes at the most) he has managed to change into a standard Atlantis grey uniform.

  • When the Atlantis expedition leaves Earth the wormhole is green as opposed to blue when people travel within the Milky Way galaxy.

  • Goof: When it is discovered that the city is underwater, Colonel Sumner estimates that they are "...several hundred feet..." under. However, in the shot out the window looking towards the surface, sunlight and surface ripples are visible. Light cannot penetrate hundreds of feet below the surface, nor can the surface be distinguished.

  • Flags on uniforms: Germany, Belgium, Canada, Russian Federation , China, Spain, Scotland, Shetland Islands, Australia

    Some of the flags have been placed upside down on some uniforms. Futhermore one would think that Scotland would be represented under the United Kingdom, but as Dr. Beckett is a civilian, it would be his choice which flag he'd have on.

  • Throughout the series, one will hear McKay call the Zero Point Modules "Zed-Pee-Ems." Saying zed instead of zee for "z" is a characteristically British, and by extension Canadian, articulation. It's a small detail but an important one for a multi-national group of people especially since the only English-speaking nation in the world that pronounces the last letter of the alphabet as "Zee" is the U.S.A. All other 41 English speaking nations pronounce it "Zed". The English, Scottish & Shetlander (British) and Australian members of Atlantis (according to their uniform flags) should be heard to say "Zed" in the future, which would be their natural way of speaking. But since 60% of the English-speaking people in the world live in the U.S., and the show started as a U.S. project, it is understandable that most personnel in Atlantis will pronounce it "Zee".

  • Goof: The drone that assaults the helicopter blasts a hole in the top of the dome at the Antarctica station. When the helicopter lands around 7 minutes later, the glass on the dome is complete.

  • Goof: When the Wraith dial into Athos, the symbols rotate the same as when someone is dialing out. However, in all future episodes, all the symbols begin lighting up in a clockwise order, activating each chevron along the way.

  • Goof: On Teyla's planet, Athos, the Stargate's DHD appears to change locations. When they first arrived it was only a few meters away from the gate, but when the Wraith attacked it was much further away.

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Futuristic, space travel, Time Travel, alien technology, planetary explorers