Holy smokes, I never even noticed the "ties"!
Now that you pointed them out curtishart, I'd say they're intentional . . . but very subtle. Again, so subtle I didn't even notice.
The best shot (the last new one), is where we get to see the Data Wraiths in the real world, before they're digitized. Cool.
P.S. Hmm, an Automan avatar . . . there's a show I'd like to see again, actually.