When Woolsey orders the complete shutdown of all electrical power in Atlantis you see that some lights still shine at sea-level. These are most likely emergency lights powered by other means, possibly solar panels.
It is stated that Michael's hybrids are being kept in a camp on the main land and have been cured using a modified version of Dr. Beckett's retrovirus.
Sheppard: Turn me into a bug? Been there, done that.
This is a reference to the season 2 episode "Conversion" in which Sheppard is infected with the Iratus bug retrovirus and transforms into a creature similar to the Iratus bug.
This is the first episode to feature Richard Woolsey as the new commander of the Atlantis expedition.
Nitpick: Carter seemed surprised by the wraith tactic of opening a wormhole to prevent escape, however the Goa'uld used this same tactic in Stargate SG-1.
Michael's planet was designated M2S-445.
Nitpick: Given how quickly the Daedalus disabled Michael's hyperdrive (1 shot), it seems it would be easy to disable Michael's weapons before dropping the shields to beam up Sheppard and Ronon.
Goof: The Daedalus has transported through shields several times in the past: Atlantis city shield ("First Strike") and against Wraith while the shields were up ("The Siege (3)"). This is the first time its been suggested that the shields need to be down to use the transport beam. However the shields would have needed to be lowered anyway in order to bring the wounded on the Jumpers aboard.
At the end when Colonel Sheppard is lying on the infirmary bed, he is playing with the popular hand held gaming console, the DS Lite, produced by Nintendo.
Goof: Teyla names her son Torren after her father but in "Rising (1)" she says she is the daughter of Tagan. Toran was the name of the Athosian that was captured with Teyla and Colonel Sumner and later feed on by the Wraith Keeper in that same episode.
Naquadah technology advanced a great deal in the 25 years McKay worked to solve the problem. The Mark XII Naquadah generators are 10 generations more advanced then the Mark II's currently being used. A single Mark XII was able to power the shield of Atlantis for nearly 400 years, after laying dormant for 48,000 years.
When Keller takes a splinter out of McKay, he is typically Rodney about it ("splinter acting" David Hewlett calls it) in much the same way as he did in the Season 2 episode "Conversion" when he and Sheppard were brought to the Infirmary together.
In the future when "Holo-McKay" tells Sheppard the history, what has happened after Sheppard disappeared, he says that all that can be prevented if and when Sheppard will return back because he would already know all what was going to happen. In the Stargate universe, when somebody time travels they create a parallel universe from the point they arrive, so all that stuff happened in that universe, but as soon as Sheppard returns he's in a different universe than the one he spoke to "Holo-McKay".
This is the second time that McKay talks about inventing a new kind of math. Here he believes he'll have to invent one to get the answers he needs. In the Season 3 episode "The Tao of Rodney", McKay, whose intelligence had been artificially accelerated, claimed to have created a new kind of math.
This episode marks the first time we see the Asgard Beam Weapons destroy a Wraith Hive-Ship.
Based on estimates of the ages of the two Weirs in "Before I Sleep", a person in stasis ages one year for every (approximately) 160-165 years of real time that passes. Since he had been in stasis 700-800 years when he returned to Atlantis from the future, Sheppard was physically 4-5 years older than when the episode began.
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