[Ed. – And there may be more. Preston lists the “5 greatest.” So I’m just saying.]
When you watch Sharknado 2, and you inevitably will, here are the five greatest things to look out for in S2TS1.
1. S2TS1 wastes absolutely no time on story.
Literally seconds into the film, star Ian Ziering (whose character’s name is still “Fin”) sees a shark in a cloud backlit by lightning. What follows is a fun riff on the old Twilight Zone episode in which a young William Shatner sees a gremlin on the wing of an airliner, but nobody believes him. Ziering has his own Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, then, because of all the sharks, has to reprise Robert Hayes’ role in Airplane! I’m not even kidding. …
2. The cameos.
S2TS1 sets the tone early on with that Twilight Zone riff, and when Robert Hayes actually shows up reprising his own Airplane! role before Ziering takes it over, well, it’s time to keep an eye on everyone in the background. For a movie with no plot, there’s a thing or two going here, subtexts if you will. …
3. S2TS1 knows that it’s a shark-jumper of a movie.
The storm looks terrible, as it should. The CGI sharks look even less real than the plastic one that attaches itself to Ziering’s butt in one scene. None of the actors bothered to come up with any motivation for any of their lines. A character even recites the line — “You just jumped the shark” — when Ziering plays Frogger — again, not kidding — across a field of sharks swimming around him as he is stranded on a taxicab on a flooded New York street. In a snowstorm. In summer.