- Contested Sequel: The film was not as well received as the original, holding a 54% "rotten" rating compared to the 78% "fresh" rating of the original. However, some fans still appreciate its quirkier and more bizarre choices.
- Crazy Awesome: The actual makeup of the band:
- Lead singers/guitarists are time traveling rock and roll messiahs.
- Bass player is Death. Literally.
- Bongos played by the most intelligent being in the universe, which happens to be two (sometimes) Martians.
- Drummer and Keyboardist are medieval princesses
- Backup dancers are super-strong robot versions of the leads, built by the bongo player(s).
- Critical Research Failure: The picture that accompanies the "Wyld Stallyns to Play Mars" has a picture of Jupiter's moon Io.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: William Sadler as Death, constantly struggling to hold on to the remains of his shattered dignity. The later half of the film even manages to add some depth to the character, showing Death as a deeply insecure, lonely person who for the first time in his existence has friends.
- Fashion-Victim Villain: De Nomolos is a Knight of Cerebus who is taken seriously. But it's difficult to take him seriously when he's got a outfit that includes a cape, a giant collar around his neck with built-in dramatic lighting, and giant floppy moon boots. However, Fridge Brilliance kicks in— aside from coloration, it's very similar to the futuristic attire not only seen on his soldiers, but Rufus and his students. Considering that the construction of two robotic simulacrums of Bill and Ted would've been likely to cost a lot of money (if they even used it in the future), it's possible that he simply stole clothes and spraypainted them black for lack of any other options.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- How ironic that Jim Martin of Faith No More, "founder of the Faith No More Spiritual and Theological Center", quit Faith No More only two years after his appearance in Bogus Journey.
- William Sadler plays Death in the second film and performs a HeelFace Turn when Bill and Ted defeat him. A few years later in Demon Knight, he plays The Chosen One that battles the forces of Hell to stop them from conquering the universe.
- The name of Ted's future son? "Little Bill"
- Nightmare Fuel: Being the somewhat Darker and Edgier sequel, involving the concept of being murdered and prominently featuring Hell; this was inevitable.
- The Evil Bill and Ted revealing their robotic faces by peeling it off to reveal robotic skulls with exposed eyes and lifelike gums with teeth.
- The Evil Bill and Ted murdering the original Bill and Ted by tossing them off a cliff.
- The now deceased Bill and Ted being banished to hell by Missy slowly falling for seemingly an eternity with completely blackness surrounding them.
- Hell itself, which is a red tinted cavern where sinners stand on levitating rocks connected to chains leading to a draconic headed machine controlled by Satan himself, who looks like a draconic humanoid.
- Bill and Ted being sent to three potential personal hells including the military officer that Bill would've been sent to- demanding a set of exercises, a twisted parody of Ted's grandmother, and an Easter Bunny looks both demented in its expression and disturbingly human like at the same time.
- Retroactive Recognition: This film was released between Pam Grier's heyday in blaxploitation fare and Career Resurrection in Jackie Brown, so many audience members might only recognize her long after seeing the film in 1991.
- Special Effects Failure:
- The greyscale makeup on Bill and Ted when they are ghosts is evident when they're in direct light.
- When Station is loading the robot parts into the back of the van, you can clearly see the rather wide seam between the costumes' removable faceplates and the rest of the suit. In other angles, this seam is concealed by fur.
- Values Dissonance: As with the first installment, the film's casual use of a gay slur as a punchline dates it.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: The effects used for Hell, Station and the robotic Bill and Ted duplicates (both good and evil) still hold up well by today's standards.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: While the first movie is a lighthearted, family-friendly Totally Radical comedy with only one dramatic moment (when Bill appears to be killed), the sequel adds scary scenes (including the heroes being banished to hell, a nightmarish depiction of Hell and three Ironic Hell scenarios involving a unnaturally human like Easter Bunny and a warped parody of a grandmother), gross-out humor, a Disney Death that sticks for the majority of the film done in cold blooded murder, alcohol, more profanity, and more sexual dialogue and incest references. As a result, the target audience of the sequel skews older than the first. Perhaps the filmmakers anticipated that fans of the original film would have aged two years since the previous film came out.
YMMV / Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey