McKay's password is 16431879196842. The numbers 1643 was the birth year of Isaac Newton, 1879 was the birth year of Albert Einstein, and 1968 is Rodney's birth year. The 42 is "the ultimate answer to the Great question of life, the universe and everything" in Douglas Adam's 5 book trilogy The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
The Wraith used cloning technology in their war against the Lanteans. The Hive Queen would create several warriors naturally to be used as templates then the machines would duplicate the gene patterns of those Wraith several thousand times creating an instant army.
In this episode another Hive ship is destroyed by Sheppard. This brings the total to fourteen since the expedition arrived in the galaxy.
The Wraith use the Z.P.M. to power their cloning facility. This shows that the Wraith have a firm grasp of Ancient technology and the ability to integrate with their own.
Teyla is having a boy.
This is Major Kevin Marks (Martin Christopher) first appearance on Stargate Atlantis after appearing in several episodes of Stargate SG-1 during it's final two seasons. Marks originally served on the Prometheus and transferred to the Odyssey after the destruction of the Prometheus in the SG-1 episode "Ethon". He is now assigned to the Apollo, most likely because he has the most experience with the Asgard energy weapons.
The planet that Sheppard and his team are going to evacuate is designated M9R-373.
The planet Asuras has an abundance of the mineral Neutronium that is essential to the creation of Human-Form Replicators. Neutronium first appeared in the Stargate SG-1 episode "New Order (2)."
Asuras, designated M7R-227, is destroyed in this episode when the mass of nanites sank into the planet's core, causing it to implode. McKay happily removes the planet from the Ancient database at the end of the episode.
This is the first episode to feature the new Asgard upgrades on the Daedalus and the Apollo. They first appeared on board the Odyssey in the Stargate SG-1 series finale "Unending."
The Asurans had 38 active Aurora-class battleships at the beginning of this episode. The entire Asuran fleet is believed to be destroyed during battle over Asuras except for the one controlled by the Rogue Replicators seen at the end of the episode.
In this episode another Hive ship is destroyed by the Asurans. This brings the total to thirteen confirmed since the expedition arrived in the galaxy. It is not know how many the Asurans destroyed since the beginning of the war.
F.R.A.N., the name McKay gives to the replicator he created, stands for Friendly Replicator ANdroid.
The vision that Sam Carter had in "The Seer" of Atlantis being destroyed is fulfilled in this episode. However, it's the fake "Atlantis", not the real one.
Goof: Near the end, Sheppard tells the control room to shut down the stargate after he walked through. You can't shut down the gate on the receiving end; it has to be shut down from the side that activated the gate.
The duplicate Sheppard says they can try to contact Atlantis by going to New Athos but they actually make contact with Major Jordon on an outpost on the planet M34-227.
Sheppard: It's not like this hasn't happened before. The other Elizabeth got infected by those little nanite things and we figured out how to stop 'em, somehow...
At the extreme end of the Season 3 episode "Progeny", Dr. Elizabeth Weir was infected by nanites when attacked by the Replicator Niam. In the following episode, "The Real World", Weir fights off the infection while the nanites manipulate her consciousness.
Sheppard: Great. The last time I came face-to-face with myself I ended up kicking my own ass.
This is a reference to the Stargate Atlantis season four episode "Doppelganger" in which Colonel Sheppard has to fight an alien entity assuming his form.
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