Factual error: Anytime a character fires a missile at an airborne target, it's invariably from an M136 antitank launcher. The M136 is designed to hit relatively slow moving ground vehicles and is useless against fast moving airborne targets. (This is because used M136 tubes can't be reloaded and are very cheap to use as props).Grumpy Scot
Continuity mistake: Right at the end, after the entity has gone through the gate, we get an overhead shot of McKay lying on the ground in front of the gate. His legs are stretched out straight. In the next shot, one of his legs is bent. He's unconscious, so he shouldn't have moved.
Plot hole: After Zelenka is finished with his description of how Atlantis rose from the ocean, Ford asks him if he said anything that would require security clearance to see. But if he is worried about security, why did he film Zelenka sitting in front of a top-secret Naquadah generator? This would be the equivalent of a soldier filming Enrico Fermi (speaking in Italian) in front of a nuclear bomb prototype then asking if he said anything secret.Grumpy Scot
Continuity mistake: In the beginning when the crew is in the jumper, Ronan Dex has his hair tied back. When they land on the island and walk into the camp, his hair is down, and then they have to run back to the jumper when the prisoners start shooting at them. When they get back in the jumper, Ronan's hair is tied up again.scaryterri
Plot hole: In early episodes, when Sheppard and his team are attempting to capture a Wraith, they ambush him and his soldiers with tasers. The taser just irritates the Wraith. Why don't they have Zat guns? (The real reason, of course, is that Wraith stunners will be introduced in 2 or 3 episodes.) But it makes no sense to not bring such a useful non-lethal weapon along into unknown territory.Grumpy Scot
Factual error: When Sam breaks her leg, Dr. Keller discusses with McKay the possibility of internal bleeding, then returns to splint her leg and offer her some ibuprofen for pain. A doctor concerned about internal bleeding would never offer a patient ibuprofen, as it inhibits blood clotting.Grumpy Scot
Continuity mistake: When the Atlantis team finds out that the experiment has caused problems in another universe, McKay's sister says to Rodney, something like,"You said that the chances of connecting to another universe that was inhabited were astronomically small." It was in fact Carter that said that.
Plot hole: Why do Dr. Beckett and Dr. Keller use so much Earth medicine? While the Ancients may have evolved past disease and genetic defects, they would still need treatments for physical injuries. And we know such advanced medical machines exist, scanners have been shown on screen and the Go'auld reverse-engineered their sarcophagi from an Ancient device. While they may be reluctant to use unknown machines for surgery or disease, surely bruises and broken bones should be healed instantly!Grumpy Scot