Rodney McKay's sister, Jeannie Miller is played by Kate Hewlett who is David Hewlett's sister in real life.
During the first season and much of the second, most of the Wraith males were played by the same actor: James Lafazanos.
Joe Flanigan (John Sheppard) and David Hewlett (Rodney McKay) are the only actors to appear in all 100 episodes. Rachel Luttrell (Teyla Emmagan) is the only other regular cast member to stay with the series throughout its entire run.
David Hewlett based the character of Dr. Rodney McKay on the nerds he used to work with in his IT days working for a voicemail company.
Ben Browder was the producer's and series creator's original choice for the role of Major John Sheppard. Joe Flanigan was hired for the role when Browder could not take the role due to filming "Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (2004)." Browder was later cast in the role of Lt. Col. Cameron Mitchell on "Stargate SG-1 (1997)."
Paul McGillion (Dr. Carson Beckett) was also in Stargate SG-1: The Torment of Tantalus (1997) as the young Ernest Littlefield.
The character of Dr. Weir, played by Torri Higginson, was originated by Jessica Steen in the two-part story beginning with Stargate SG-1: Lost City: Part 1 (2004) on Stargate SG-1.
Although David Nykl and Paul McGillion were born in the Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia) and Scotland respectively, both moved to Canada when very young and speak normally with a Canadian accent. The accent used for their characters come from their parents.
The on-set Stargate prop is composed primarily of vacuum-formed plastic panels on the front and rear faces with rubber caps on the circumference and cast resin chevrons.
The production crew actually have two Puddle Jumpers. The first is closed, and is used on location, and the second is an open Jumper that stays on set. The open jumper is used to film interior shots.
The load bearing vests worn by the "Stargate: Atlantis" team are Blackhawk Omega tactical vests.
Joe Flanigan (John Sheppard), David Hewlett (Rodney McKay), Rachel Luttrell (Teyla Emmagan), Paul McGillion (Carson Beckett), Amanda Tapping (Samantha Carter), David Nykl (Radek Zelenka), Chuck Campbell (Chuck) and Gary Jones (Walter Harriman) are the only actors to appear in all five seasons. Of these, only Nykl, Campbell and Jones were never regular cast members on the series.
"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)" is considered a strong influence behind the television series.
When on base, the uniform jackets have different colors on the chest: red for Elizabeth (command), black for military, blue for scientists, yellow for medical, green for operations.
The shooting set of the Stargate Atlantis base, specifically the balconies where the humans from Earth celebrated their first victory as well as several times depicting the outdoor dining area is the exact same location as the Colson Industries' main office building from Stargate SG-1: Covenant (2004).
Only three out of the ten regular actors from all seasons are American: Joe Flanigan and Robert Picardo, who also play American characters, and Jason Momoa, who plays an alien. David Hewlett, who was born in the UK, is the only regular who plays a Canadian character; The other six regular actors are Canadian: Torri Higginson, Rainbow Sun Francks, Amanda Tapping and Jewel Staite, who play American characters; Rachel Luttrell, who plays an alien; and Paul McGillion, who plays a Scot (McGillion was actually born in Scotland).
Each episode has a pop culture reference in, usually Star Wars, Star Trek, or various sci-fi movies, to make the show appear grounded in our, real, universe.
Stargate's ring have 39 glyphs. In this TV series as in Stargate SG-1 (1997) and Stargate Universe (2009) is explained that the number of glyphs in a stargate depends of the galaxy where this stargate belongs.
Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy, the character played by DeForest Kelley in Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), is considered a strong influence behind Rodney McKay. This is even acknowledged in-universe.
The machine is a system to open a wormhole. A wormhole is a hypothetical way of space travel called an Einstein-Rosen Bridge, named after scientists Nathan Rosen and Albert Einstein. According to them, the wormhole should capable to unite two distant points in the universe, altering Space-Time Laws to cross from a point to another in a so brief period of time. The name wormhole was given after a comparative between the universe and an apple, with a worm moving inside. The same concept was used in Contact (1997) as well as Stargate (1994) and their TV series Stargate SG-1 (1997) and Stargate Universe (2009).