The 80's television series:
- Artist Disillusionment: Catherine Disher (Mana in the second season) has made no secret of the fact that she hates the show because of irate fans who sent her derogatory and negative letters during (and after) the production of the second season. To this day, she won't talk about the show at fan conventions or participate in DVD commentaries about the show.
- Executive Meddling: The second season.
The 2005 film:
- Unintentional Period Piece: This Post-9/11 Terrorism Movie isn't explicitly about terrorism. The aliens in Steven Spielberg's version of the story are very obviously meant to be a metaphor for 9/11 and America's feelings of helplessness and insecurity after the attack, and the film employs heavy use of imagery from the disaster to drive that point home.