- Crazy Awesome: X-COM. Again.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Andianov's objection to Harlan making an android duplicate of her falls flat some time in the future.
- Many of the Call Forward jokes are deliberate attempts at this, such as insinuating that Rodney McKay didn't really have a place anywhere in the Milky Way Galaxy.
- Several characters espouse that the Kelownan version of X-COM, with a 1940's tech base, would be interesting to see. Though it might be twenty years after that, the X-COM game "The Bureau" was in fact about a very early, primitive X-COM (in the 1960's).
- Magnificent Bastard: Ba'al, even more so than in the original work.
- Name's the Same: Averted. In the X-COM series, the type-1 alien fighter is called the Wraith. To avoid confusion with the space vampires from Stargate Atlantis, the author decided to call them "Foo Fighters," after what pilots called UFO's during World War II.
- There is a Jaffa Pilot named Ronan who appears briefly in chapter 41, who has a homophonous name to the Satedan Runner from Stargate Atlantis. However, given that the Jaffa never appears again, it's safe to say that the Jaffa Ronan will probably not have any meaningful impact on the story.