If you missed the latest, and final, Sharknado this past weekend, we give you permission to leave work and watch it right now. Just kidding. But in all seriousness, watch it soon, because your life will change when you do. So buckle up, this is going to be a bumpy ride filled with sharks, laughs, dinosaurs, and more sharks.
A Crazy Cult Franchise
In case you aren’t aware, the first Sharknado was a 2013 SyFy Channel TV-movie, starring Tara Reid and Ian Ziering. The plot is as ridiculous as the name implies: a group of friends try to save Santa Monica from shark-infested tornadoes. Yes, sharks drop from the sky while trying to eat people. It became an instant cult hit after premiering. How, you ask? It initially began as an inside joke, a parody of disaster and sci-fi movies like 2012 or Jurassic Park. After premiering, however, it started to catch on, with many fans describing it as “so bad its good.” Now, the film has spawned an entire franchise!
Following the first film’s success, Syfy Channel The Asylum produced four sequels: Sharknado 2: The Second One, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, Sharknado: The 4th Awakens and Sharknado 5: Global Swarming. Not only did it spawn sequels, but also a spin-off (Lavalantula), a video game, and a crossover comic with Archie!
The Latest, and Last, Sharknado
The newest entry, titled The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time, premiered on Syfy on August 19th. This entry, like the past five, stars Tara Ried and Ian Ziering, as well as Mark McGrath and Vivica A. Fox. Another hallmark of the franchise is an abundance of celebrity cameos, and It’s About Time does not disappoint. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bo Derek, Al Roker, and James Hong all make cameo appearances in the latest shark-infested television movie.
The film takes on more than just sharks this time and features dinosaurs, shark-dragons, and time-travel, because why not? So not only is it “about time” for the franchise to end, the film is literally about time. Sometimes, you’ve just got to laugh, and this movie certainly does not take itself too seriously.
Hollywood’s Fascination With Sharks
For some reason, humans are fascinated by sharks, enough to constantly make films about the aquatic creatures. Perhaps the greatest example is the 1975 Steven Speilberg classic, Jaws. Maybe movies portraying sharks as vicious killers who target humans is a way of dealing with the fear of the unknown, created from our lack of knowledge of the oceans. Unfortunately, these terrifying films often make people hateful towards sharks, who are primarily peaceful animals.
On a brighter note, in the summer of 1988, Discovery Channel began airing their annual “Shark Week.” In fact, the only animal to receive a whole week of television broadcast is still sharks. 24/7 for an entire week, Discovery Channel is dedicated to shark documentaries. For the past thirty years, Shark Week has been combating the massive amount of misinformation out there about sharks, and we love it!
The More Dangerous Beast: Humans or Sharks
Sharks’ reputation are rotten because of movies like Jaws. Here’s a statistic to throw you off: on average, 100 million sharks are killed each year by humans, while there’s only an average of 19 sharks attacks against humans every year. According to MedicalNewsToday.com, the top three causes of deaths in the U.S are heart diseases, cancer, and lung diseases. In fact, you’re more likely to get killed by a bee sting than a shark attack!
Sharks are precious, peaceful creatures who are very important to our ecosystem, so let’s give them a little respect. But now that you know a little more about sharks, you can enjoy the last Sharknado in all its fictional glory! Just don’t take it too seriously.