This film broke the Sci-Fi Channel's records by being the highest-rated television event in the network's history.
Dorothy Gale is referred to as the first in the royal bloodline. In the original books by L. Frank Baum, Dorothy was declared a princess of Oz and adopted as a sister by the ruler Ozma.
In the original The Wizard of Oz (1939), the Scarecrow points in many directions when Dorothy asks the way to Emerald City. In "Tin Man", Air-of-Day points in all directions when telling the travelers where to find the Seeker. Glitch, who represents the Scarecrow, responds "And you thought I had trouble with directions!"
Near the beginning of Part 2, DG affectionately calls her father, "Popsicle" (derived from the more common "pop" or "papa"). This is the same name by which Glinda the Good Witch addresses her father in the salutation of a letter home early in "Wicked," a Broadway musical popular at the time of Tin Man's production and also set in Land of Oz.
The character "Ahamo - The Seeker" explains he is originally from Nebraska. The name "Ahamo" spelled backwards is "Omaha", the largest city in Nebraska. Also, in The Wizard of Oz (1939), the Wizard had come to Oz from Omaha.
During the dream sequence, DG is asked if she's been having dreams again, and she says, "Yeah, in Technicolor." The Technicolor process made the intense colors of the original movie possible.
Glitch makes a reference to not liking scarecrows, a reference to that character's original version.
The house number of DG's Kansas home is 39, the same year the original The Wizard of Oz (1939) came out as a film. You see this briefly in the start of the storm scene
During a flashback as children, Azkadelia says to DG how smart it was to trick the trees into throwing their apples at them. This is a reference to The Wizard of Oz (1939), when Scarecrow does the same to get apples for a hungry Dorothy.
Not counting DG, only four characters are referred to on screen by the same (or similar) names to their analogous characters in the original book and The Wizard of Oz (1939): Toto, Police Officer Gulch (a reference to Miss Gulch, a character in the 1939 film), The Grey Gale, and Wyatt Cain. Cain is called "tin man" several times by other characters, most notably Glitch when he says, "Have a heart, tin man".
Anna Galvin who plays Lavender Eyes is only four years older than Kathleen Robertson who plays her daughter Azkedelia.
DG's house in "our world" was also used in "Once upon a Time". First seen in season 3 episode 13 titled "Witch Hunt". It was used by the Wicked witch character "Zelena" as her house in "our world"
DG's childhood doll wears a crown similar to the Oz crown worn by Princess Ozma in the original books by L. Frank Baum.
The tune to which the "Two Princesses" is sung to is a variation of the melody from the Elizabethan traditional song of "Rose Red".
The kilts worn by the men of the resistance, with their elaborate pleats and beveled rivets, are Workman-model Utilikilts, manufactured in Seattle, Washington, USA, and available for widespread sale.
When Dorothy, Raw, Glitch and Cain are running across the field trying to find the hidden realm, Glitch stumbles and is pulled up by Cain, just as in the original movie when running across the poppy field the Scarecrow stumbles and is pulled up by the Tin Man.
The main character is named D.G. This stands for Dorothy Gale, the original name of Dorothy in the L. Frank Baum books.