About the Steven Seagal film
- Best Known for the Fanservice: The scene where Erika Eleniak pops out of a giant cake while topless is one of the most-remembered scenes from the first film.
- Crosses the Line Twice:
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Jordan. Not only for her Best Known for the Fanservice scene, but also because she gets a number of good lines and some decent character development as she takes a level in badass. Hell, she even saves Ryback at one point - this is unheard of in a Steven Segal film.
- Evil Is Cool: William Strannix and Commander Krill, primarily because of Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey hamming it up like beasts, but also for providing a competent challenge for Ryback. Leonard Maltin hilariously described them as "better villains than the film deserves."
- Moral Event Horizon:
- Strannix launching two nuclear missiles at Hawaii out of spite, during his Villainous Breakdown.
- Krill turning on the bowel sprinklers to drown his imprisoned former crew, to lure Ryback into a trap. And that's if you don't count him betraying the crew and murdering the captain as this.
- Retroactive Recognition:
- Glenn Morshower as the arrogant junior officer Ensign Taylor with an Irrational Hatred of Ryback. Interestingly enough, recent viewers can also recognize and compare Morshower's Jerkass acting in this film to his performance as BJ Blazkowicz's Abusive Dad Rip Blazkowicz in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. It's like if Rip was a naval officer in this film. It is also no surprise that Taylor's dislike of Action Hero Steven Seagal is similar to Rip's dislike, which is more extreme in comparison, of his Action Hero son BJ.
- Tom Wood, the actor who plays Private Nash (who guards Ryback in the meat locker and neglects to take his pies out of the oven) would play Noah Newman in The Fugitive just one year later, again with Tommy Lee Jones. And later would reprise that role in U.S. Marshals.
- Squick: Ryback crushing Strannix's eye with his thumb, complete with oozing sludge.
- Special Effects Failure: It's pretty obvious Strannix's body when he is killed is a dummy.
- Tear Jerker: Ryback draping the dead Captain's uniform over his body, after Ryback finds the captain killed in cold blood. Not helping is the fact that it was his birthday.
- The final scene of the film is Ryback and the crew in full uniform paying full honors to the captain's flag-draped casket.
- Values Resonance: Krill calling Ryback a faggot in 1992 was a pretty standard affront to the latter's masculinity. Today it makes Krill into a full-blown Politically Incorrect Villain.
About the Avengers comic book
- What an Idiot!: The Masters of Evil have secured the mansion, have Jarvis and the Black Knight as helpless hostages, and banished Captain Marvel to a darkforce dimension. Now, thanks to Hercules' reckless Leeroy Jenkins act, they have beaten him to a pulp and almost killed him, and also defeated Captain America and the Wasp.
You'd expect: They would keep all the defeated Avengers as their hostages (those listed were the whole regular team at the time), keep a low profile, and torture and kill them at their leisure. Nobody would know anything until it's too late.
Instead: They let the Wasp leave, get rid of Hercules' body (who is then saved at a hospital, as he was actually Not Quite Dead), and surround the mansion with darkforce. A giant banner saying "overrun by villains" would have served just as fine. The Wasp manages to get enough reinforcements, and starts the counter-attack.