SHARKNADO 2 Was Better Than The First One

by on July 31, 2014

in Entertainment, tv reviews

sharknado 2 TV review

I can’t believe this is so f*ing popular!” That was the question in my household.  But to be honest, coming into this TV movie without looking at the cast list kept the movie fresh and fun as viewers were surprised by one after the other of guest appearances/cameos.

Between the guest appearances and the homages or references to past fun classic movies, Ian Ziering standing in various action poses, Sharknado 2: Another One came out on Syfy, way ahead as far as popular entertainment versus the first film.

Yes, this was a sequel that was better than the first film.  As if that’s hard. You also truly did not need to see the first one to have this one make sense. Well, what sense flying sharks in water spouts can make.

With the opening of Sharknado 2: The Second One, we find Fin (Ian Ziering) and April (Tara Reid) on an airliner with a stewardess (Kelly Osbourne) asking them for their autographs. (Other regular cast included Mark McGrath, Vivica A. Fox, and Kari Wuhrer {Eight Legged Freaks}.)

They’re headed to New York for a book signing appearance, but something seems amiss outside the airplane window. And there it is… but Fin thinks he sees a shark in the clouds below the airplane. He shuts the window blind, he’s pretty sure he’s seeing things.

We later see that the airline pilot is Robert Hays from the 1980 comedy, Airplane.  And he’s talking chicken with his co-pilot…

I had the chicken.”
Chicken? I was going to try the fish.”
(Yes, an nod to Airplane!)

Then Fin sees a shark land on the wing of the plane, but, shades of William Shatner in Twilight Zone’s “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” no one sees anything when they look.

(BTW, the flight number in Sharknado 2 is “flight 209,” the same flight number as the flight in the classic movie, Airplane.)

But then, the entire sky is full of flying sharks. The plane takes a hit, an engine tears off, tearing out a piece of the airplane hull.  Then the pilots get sucked out of the front window while playing tug-o-war with a shark.

It is all kinds of mayhem with sharks in the plane… including the death of passenger Wil Wheaton!  It is like Snakes on a Plane, but with Sharks. (SANTA MIRA airlines… could that be a coincidence that this is the same name of the fictional town in Invasion of the Body Snatchers?) Fin steps up and lands the airplane in New York while April loses a hand shooting at sharks out of the hole in the side of the airplane.

The first 10 minutes of this sequel hits all kinds of movie references that actually made this TV movie fun. And then we started seeing the guest appearances that were a hoot to behold.

We had the “Today Show” reporting on events of the Sharknado, with Matt Lauer and Al Roker. (They almost had more air time, well, did have more air time than Tara Reid.)

Billy Ray Cyrus played the doctor who worked on April.

We saw Andy Dick as a cop in a crowd.

Judd Hirsch played an insightful cab driver.

We had Subway’s Jared telling another subway goer about “eating fresh.”

We watched Perez Hilton die at the train station.

There were appearances by Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, doing their show.

And yes, that was Downtown Julie Brown, Tracie Thoms, Biz Markie, Robert Klein, and Sandra “Pepa” Denton and Richard Kind playing Harlan “The Blaster” McGuinness. We even had one of the guys from Shark Tank bite it.

(It just dawned on me that a character named Fin is taking on sharks.)

Aside from the great movie references and cameos, we had some great weather forecasting, as in, “The wind will be blowing sharks down Broadway,” all while showing digital graphics of sharks.

Fin even tried predicting how this sequel would perform when he “jumped the shark” by leaping from fish to fish in a flood.

Vivica A. Fox, Ian Ziering and Dante Palminteri in Sharknado 2

To be honest, Sharknado 2 has done something rare and unique, they created a sequel that was better than the original. Truly.

Unlike the first one that somehow caught everyone’s imaginations with how fun and hokey it was, this sequel tackled the “B” movie genre head on by making fun of itself and loaded up with hilarious cameos and references.

If you tolerated the first one, you will truly enjoy this one. Though to be honest…

Well anyway, it was a fun TV event. It made us laugh pretty hard while it trashed on itself, then in the last 15 to 20 minutes, it did revert to form to spin the classic, bad resolution we’ve all come to expect from Syfy and Asylum.

And yes, that book in the movie that was written by April Wexler, that we saw a few times in the movie, well, rather than using words, I just have to say, here it is, on Amazon.  (YES, it is… click on the image)

In case you are wondering, yes, Sharknado 3 is already in the works.  Prepare yourself. And if I’m not mistaken, that closing credits scene may have very well been a nod towards The Avengers movie.  You tell me!

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