Thursday, July 23, 2015


Okay, don't blame me.  The title of this post is the title of the third entry in SyFy network's Sharknado franchise.  The movie debuted last night among great hoopla and abundant social media remarks, tweets, posts, pins, etc.

It was truly a festive occasion, shared by millions of viewers. The network played all three of the films in order starting late yesterday afternoon.  While I missed much of the first one yesterday, I caught the second one on the way to the third.  It was good to refresh my memories of the franchise.

As the title implies, this movie franchise is inherently silly, comically gory, and acted with tongues placed firmly in the cheeks.

This one was frakkin' hilarious!!! I laughed 'til I cried in places. Mostly at the inventive ways the marauding sharks found to eat the people and the equally inventive ways the hunters took out the sharks.

There were famous people in cameo roles, some a bit larger.  For example, conservative columnist and pundit, Ann Coulter, played the vice-president of the United States.  Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA team the Dallas Mavericks, played the president.  Needless to say, they were each individually assaulted by sharks.

One of the most comic bits of casting was disgraced-for-sexting former congressman Anthony Weiner playing NASA's head of Mission Control.

A still lovely Bo Derek played the mother of Tara Reid's character in a bigger than cameo role.

Penn and Teller had a nice bit with David Hasselhoff, who played hero Ian Ziering's father, the square-jawed hero who begot a square-jawed hero son.

Frankie Muniz had a wonderful heroic character to play.  The guy just doesn't stop, not even when sharks take first one leg, then one arm, then the other leg, and finally the other arm.  He crawls on his belly to the ignition button for a bomb and explodes the bomb with his chin.  Now, that's good old determination! It wiped out a small horde of the hungry sharks.

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan played themselves who reported the occurrences in NYC live on the air. Of course the sharks ultimately attacked them, as they did the anchors of NBC's Today Show.  Kelly, Hoda and Cathy Lee scored some points for the beleaguered humans.

There are other famous faces both eaten and not, but I will need to see it again to catch all of them.

There were some inventive situations to say the least as the sharks chomped their way down the entire Eastern seaboard.  And the ultimate trick was when they encountered SHARKS IN SPACE!!! One of the characters actually screamed out that phrase, reminding me of the old Muppet sketches called PIGS IN SPACE.

Yes, these movies are gory, but it's all in fun - sort of like the old Monty Python sketches which payed homage to Sam Peckinpah's violent films - quarts of spewing red paint and cartoon violence.

Everything is so over the top, it's hysterical.

Okay, I admit it, I liked the other Sharknado movies, too.  They represent complete abandonment of all reason and acceptance of a wild and wacky world.

In other words, they are pure escapism.  Look after the last month I've had, with an elderly parent sinking deeper into delusion day by day, and a beloved dog diagnosed with glaucoma, which resulted in his losing his eye earlier this week (via surgery), I was ready for a laughing fest.

Last night I got the granddaddy of all laughing fests.  Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No, is being shown again this Saturday night at 7:00 pm EDT. I'm not ashamed to admit I'll watch it again.

And, get ready....wait for it...Yes, Virginia, there will be a Sharknado 4.  I don't know how they're going to top the scope and breadth of Sharknado 3, but I have every confidence they will.

On a more serious note, SyFy showed some intriguing previews last night of upcoming mini-series on the network.  They showed snippets of two of them that will appear next December.  These look to be serious sci-fi works on a par with Battlestar Galactica and the current Defiance.  Stay tuned.

But if you see a shark flying through the air,  RUUUUUNNNNN!!!!!

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