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: Krill's acts of hostility towards Ryback, beginning with spitting in the chef's soup.
I bet they fucking love you now, eh?
- Krill drowning his crew his both despicable and petty given that his reasoning is "They never liked me anyway." But the moment is made hilarious when Daumer replies:
- 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.
- 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.