‘Member when Sharknado premiered to big buzz, and as sequel talk quickly swirled, countless clever titles for the follow-up fish tale were bandied about?
And ‘member when Syfy officially greenlit the sequel, and invited fans to pitch titles via Twitter, with the promise they’d pick the best?
Well, some 5,000 submissions later, your winner is: Sharknado 2: The Second One.
That’s right. No lick of wordplay. No nod to the fact that the sequel is set in the mecca that is New York frickin’ City. (I mean, no one needed to see an eighth Friday the 13th movie, but Jason taking Manhattan by way of Vancouver? Ticket bought!) And there’s obviously no indication that any new twist is in play (a la Sharknado Meets Piranhacane).
I suppose Sharknado 2: The Second One is meant to be “wry” and/or underwhelming, a wink to the fact, “We’re not really trying here.” Or maybe there was the practical concern, “If we make the title too smart and exciting, it’ll oversell the ultimate product.”
Regardless, this title is, for the reasons listed two paragraphs above, a fail — so much so, we barely could bring ourselves to write about it. But hey, now the 2014 telepic can only surpass the promise, right?
What do you think of Sharknado 2: The Second One? Savvy in its simplicity? Or does it make you wonder which submission came in 4,999th?