Goof: When Colonel Ellis beams into the control room, someone can be seen walking by in the far background who just disappears during the beam-in process.
After appearing in the majority of Seasons 2 and 3, the Canadian gate tech is finally given a name, "Chuck", apparently after the actor who plays him, Chuck Campbell.
This is the first appearance of Colonel Abe Ellis (Michael Beach) and his Deep Space Cruiser, the U.S.S. Apollo.
This is the first appearance of Jewel Staite as Dr. Jennifer Keller, the new head of medicine.
The Apollo is the fourth Daedalus-class ship to enter service. The other three Deep Space Cruisers are the Daedalus, first seen in the Season 2 Stargate Atlantis episode "Siege 3;" the Odyssey, first seen in the Season 9 Stargate SG-1 episode "Off the Grid;" and the Korolev, first seen in the Season 9 SG-1 episode "Camelot."
Sheppard: Well, then I'd be "The Man" and who would I have to rage against?
In the Stargate SG-1 Season 8 episode "New Order (2)" Jack O' Neill, discovering he was to be made General and "the man" of Cheyenne Mountain, said much the same thing.
Goof: When Dr. Weir is thrown from the window due to the force of the blast, you can see her rock forward and backwards because of the wire she is attached to.
Goof: The F-302 pilots have Daedalus patches on their jackets as opposed to the Apollo patches they should have.
Goof: As Weir and Dr. Keller step into the transporter, Weir pushes the destination in on the ship's schematic. In previous episodes when someone has used the transporter a sheath of sorts has covered the panel after the destination has been chosen, this does not happen.
It is revealed that Oberoth's consciousness survived in the Asurans' subspace network collective and replicated a new body after his was destroyed in "Progeny". It is not known if Niam could have done the same thing.
Through the use of the geothermal energy project, Atlantis is able to lift off of the surface until the umbilical snaps and use its hyperdrive engine with only one ZPM, though the drilling station is damaged during the launch sequence.
Sheppard and McKay now sport new fatigue-style shirts similar to those worn by the majority of SGC personnel in Stargate SG-1.
Goof: Like in so many other episodes the German flag patches on the uniforms are upside down. The correct order is black, red, gold, NOT gold, red, black.
Atlantis's new target destination was M12-578, the closest uninhabited planet with a large ocean (since McKay wasn't comfortable about landing the city on land).
The Asurans fixed the star drive after the drone damage inflicted by Dr. Beckett's attack in "The Return Part 2".
This episode marks the first appearance of the Horizon, a tactical weapons system on board the Apollo. It consists of a delivery module containing ten missiles, six Mark IX "Gatebuster" nuclear weapons that were first featured in the Stargate SG-1 Season 9 episode "Beachhead" and four decoys.
As the city sinks beneath the water, the bottom spire that has been visible on all Atlantis city schematics since Season 1 is suddenly missing. It even disappears from the schematics once the city is on the ocean floor.
Goof: Atlantis receives Sheppard's IDC transmission before we hear the Stargate activate.
This episode featured the return of Michael, who was believed to be dead after the planet he was left on was destroyed by Sheppard (in the episode "Misbegotten"), but it is not known what information he could have given up about Atlantis.
Rodney, a Canadian character, makes reference to the Canadian fitness program ParticipACTION. He mentions he received a Bronze award, and claims it was due to his inept nature at rope climbing.
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