- Adaptation Displacement: The film is better known than the original novel.
- Awesome Music: This was one of Jerry Goldsmith's major movie scores.
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The scene with Box the robot doesn't quite fully qualify, as it explains what happened to the other people who escaped, but it still seems quite gratuitously weird.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Logan and Jessica re-enter the city by diving into the Ft. Worth Water Gardens pool, where twenty-eight years later four people drowned.
- Inferred Holocaust: So, with the city destroyed, how will the people survive when they can't fend for themselves?
- Narm: This "NOOOOO! Don't go in there! You don't have to die, well no one has to die at 30! You can live, LIIIIIIVE!"
- "All frooooozeeeeeeen!"
- Nightmare Fuel: Box, the cheerful-voiced caretaker robot in the ice cave, cheerfully informs Logan and Jessica that "It's my job... to freeze you!" Did we mention he's immune to blasts from Logan's gun?
- Carrousel itself. It doesn't look so much like people happy to reach "renewal" as people trying to claw their way out - and then they explode to the cheers of the crowd. Later, Logan finds out that no one ever renews - then you realize that those people are dead, dead, dead.
The TV Series
- Fridge Logic: Why would a force of practical assassins need a weapon with a stun setting? A Sandman's job is to kill Runners so why would they ever need to NOT shoot to kill?
- Fridge Brilliance: Considering Jessica's character demonstrates there is an organized Runner's movement, a stun setting would be useful if you'd like to interrogate someone or use them as bait to catch their fellow subversives. It's also a nod to the books where a Sandman's pistol had several settings, including a "tangler" for live capture. Sandman were not just for killing Runners - they were the society's law enforcement. Unless you were on Last Day and trying to run, they were no more or less a threat than an average beat cop.
- Not-quite-as-Awesome Music: The pilot and three other episodes were scored by Laurence Rosenthal, who is probably most well-known for Young Indiana Jones. His main theme sounds like the Disco version of Princess Leia's theme punctuated by blasts from the spaceship-gun in Asteroids.
- Film Score Monthly released the soundtrack album for the series (and the complete score for the movie as well).
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Anyone who has played either of the first two BioShock games should find the description of Molly, the decaying city on the ocean floor, rather familiar.