For the film
- Creator Backlash: Don Jakoby's original script was far more serious than the finished product, thanks to credited co-writers David Diamond and David Weissman. He wasn't happy about it.
- Fridge Horror: After the space monkeys got napalmed, they all integrated into one giant cell that wasted no time beginning to divide, meaning that the napalm caused the evolutionary process to start all over, but on a MUCH bigger scale. If the single post-napalm alien cell was as big as it was, imagine what the end result would've been. Can you say "space monkeys the size of Russia"?
- Hey, It's That Guy!
- What Could Have Been: The film was originally pitched as a serious drama to Columbia and DreamWorks; but when Ivan Reitman came on board, he had different ideas.
- According to some design sketches, the final form of the alien's evolution would've been a much more humanoid form. However, seeing how difficult it how to make this a realistic threat, instead they went with the giant cell.
- WTH, Casting Agency?
For the book
- Genius Bonus: Two examples in the scenes in prehistoric Catal Huyuk. The ruler of the city is called the "Potus", which sounds like both a plausible root for the word "potent" (i.e. "powerful") and a common acronym for "President Of The United States". Plus, the physical description of the Potus matches that of the Seated Woman of Catal Huyuk (currently believed to be a fertility goddess).
- Narm: The last few chapters of the book crank up the nihilism while throwing in some bizarre predictions of future evolution, leading to unintentional hilarity. To wit: robots eat Mars, giant invisible salamanders roam the Earth, and the descendants of humanity get wiped out by trees with mind-control powers.
- Squick: Apart from the constant, vivid descriptions of excrement and erections, we also have the rape of a 12-year-old Neanderthal girl.
For the Professional Wrestling stable
- Badass Decay: Against The Shield as a whole. Evolution themselves have never been able to handle them in straight brawls, constantly outmaneuvered by them, and tends to rely on having several people help them or jump The Shield first before doing anything. And even that sometimes doesn't work. Throughout the entire storyline, despite what their new creed is, they've failed to actually live up to it…until Hunter launched Plan B and had Seth Rollins turn against his brothers.
- Fridge Brilliance: Said new creed was "Adapt or perish," which Triple H really had no grounds to claim if he was actually expecting that he could take out three of the hungriest, freshest, hottest (in more ways than one), most talented young stars in WWE by rehashing an old alliance with a stale Randy Orton and a rusty Batista. But then consider what his Plan B was: convincing The Heart of the Shield to betray his brothers and rejoin The Authority. Wait, this makes absolutely no sense either. Except if you consider this: throughout his years as the WWF/E's premier active arch-villain, he genuinely cared for his buddies in both DX and Evolution to an extent but was perfectly willing to step on any and all of them if he had to to stay on top. Having the eye for talent that he does, and having described Rollins as a guy he sees being key to the company's future, it's most likely that he saw this same darkness in Rollins before anyone else even thought of the possibility. Thus, it only stands to reason he was using Evolution as a sort of final test for the Shield and especially Rollins, who'd been asserting his leadership in the Shield through directing their targets and tactics, and once they'd achieved the heights of their success as a stable by beating one of the most dominant stables in recent memory into implosion, Rollins' ambitious dark side would be in prime position to reveal itself. A secret phone call between shows later, cue the end of the Shield.