- 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.
- Special Effects Failure:
- The small scale of the city models are painfully obvious and unintentionally make it look like a model train set. The opening at least tries to hide the scale with an out of focus lens, but it only helps so much, and the rest of the film shows the model sets plain and clear.
- During one shot of the Carrousel scene, you can clearly see the wires holding some of the people in the air.
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.