Sharknado 2: The Second One storms Syfy this Wednesday at 9/8c, having been greenlit near-immediately in the wake of last summer’s social media-feeding frenzy.
Once again starring Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills, 90210) and Tara Reid (American Pie) — as Fin, a surfer turned action-hero (…turned 747 pilot?), and his lady love April — the splashy sequel moves the action to New York City, where the toothy twister phenomenon amazingly has tailed the triumphant twosome.
Also on hand to withstand this latest bout of wild weather are Kari Wuhrer and Mark McGrath (playing Fin’s sister and brother-in-law), Vivica A. Fox, Judah Friedlander without eyeglasses, Judd Hirsch and a multitude of fleeting cameos.
Should you pull-start a chainsaw and carve out two hours of your time for this follow-up (which already spawned a threequel order)? Having already watched The Second One a second time, let’s see if I can find reasons to reel you in….
IT’S THE REAL DEAL | Many have tried to fake New York City (hi, Toronto!), and many have failed. But there’s nothing fishy about Sharknado 2‘s locations, from the definitive Times Square to a bona fide Citi Field baseball stadium.
SNOW JOB | Further proof of the movie’s NYC shoot is a clumsy bit of weatherman dialogue which is there purely to account for the presence of snow on the streets during what is supposed to be baseball season, since this was filmed back in February during the East Coast’s epic polar vortex.
TONGUE, MEET CHEEK — HARD | Whereas the original Sharknado was 90 percent Syfy shlockfest, 10 percent in-joke, The Second One turns the dial to 11, amping up the ridiculousness to a point that a character at one point can, after actually jumping a shark, acknowledge that a shark was just jumped.
HEY, IT’S ____! | If any random “extra” gets more than three seconds of camera time, chances are it’s a C-list cameo and/or a knowing wink to the disaster film genre. (Case in point: It appears Robert Hayes still isn’t over Macho Grande.)
KILLER KILLS | Yes, the humans get dispatched with in blood-splattering ways. But our feral finned frenemies land on the receiving end of some nifty weapons, as well!
AL ROKER | For far different reasons than Kari Wuhrer — namely, his way of explaining the sharknado storms using meteorological jargon make them sound kinda sorta possible!
BOMBS AWAY | The utterly random assortment of household items Fin rounds up in the name of creating a tornado-busting bomb would make MacGyver guffaw.
THE WORDS GET IN THE WAY | Where else can you hear this eloquent a rallying cry?: “I know you’re scared. I’m scared, too. They’re sharks. They’re scary, and no one wants to get eaten. But I’ve been eaten. And I’m here to tell you it takes a lot more than that to bring a good man down.”
ALSO, A FEW QUESTIONS TO ASK AS YOU WATCH….
♦ How does the sharknado survival guide that April wrote and is in New York to promote go from about 1/2-inch thick (as seen on the airplane) to at least four times that (as seen during a Live With Kelly and Michael cameo)?
♦ How do Kari Wuhrer and her gal pals manage to take a NY Waterways ferry out of Staten Island’s St. George terminal, to visit the Statue of Liberty? (Heck, why even shlep to Staten Island if they were just in Times Square, which is mere blocks from the Circle Line?)
♦ Along those same “NYC nerd” lines: How does the 7 train manage to stop at 96th Street?
♦ Could Lady Liberty’s head possibly do that? And for so long a time…?
♦ And then there’s this one, for Fin, courtesy of Judd Hirsch’s driver of what must be a magic taxi: “What’s the inside of a shark smell like?” (Answer: Not chicken.)
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