- Hilarious in Hindsight: See Line-of-Sight Name on the main page. Madison is now one of the most common female names in the United States.
- Moral Event Horizon: Dr. Kornbluth calls out the other scientists, particularly the leader Dr. Ross, for planning to dissect her. But they merely insult him for "not being a real scientist". This helps lead to his Heel-Face Turn afterwards.
- Which makes Ross an idiot since he could have gotten into the history books as the one who established contact with a new race.
- MST3K Mantra: Don't try to figure out how Madison is able to read a map despite having had no previous contact with the English language.
- One-Scene Wonder: Kornbluth's mentor