- Awesome Music: The ending themes post-episode composed by Clinton Shorter.
- Critical Research Failure: According to "Mei Chen Returns", the CIA (and the FBI?) carried an "extraordinary rendition" operation against five "Basque terrorists" in Madrid that were "sought for information regarding "terrorist activities in the United States and Spain". This ended in a massive shootout, killing all five and a civilian in a nearby apartment. It is obvious that the writers were rather thinking of al-Qaeda, and particularly of that time when five islamic terrorists holed up in a Madrid appartment committed suicide by blowing themselves up and killed a policeman in the process (because the operation was carried by Spanish National Police - and the apartment was evacuated of civilians beforehand).
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Shenandoah Cassidy was described by Jin Cong in the pilot as the Geppetto to Gabriel's Pinocchio. This becomes funnier when in the season 1 finale, Geppetto makes an appearance on the show!
- Out of Order: CBS reshuffled the episodes out of production order; with the episodes largely being self-contained this wasn't too noticeable but does cause problems with the apparently very swift resolution of the mystery of Amelia's apparent defection.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Gabriel's wife Amelia being a suspected terrorist. The pilot made it look like it had all the makings of a decent Myth Arc, especially since Gabriel himself said it was the only reason he volunteered for Clockwork in the first place. To have the entire plotline so suddenly dealt with as soon as the second episode was a little too jarring.
- Then again, given the short run it may have been wiser to cut the plot short than to risk leaving it hanging.
- What an Idiot!: Gabriel won't even put on gloves after Riley insists he do so in Texas. Considering the risks involved, yeah, Gabriel was being a loose cannon.
YMMV / Intelligence (2014)