The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1qT-uOncmA

Notes Before I hit Play: Okay, I kinda cheated for this one. Not only am I writing this after I’ve seen the movie (again) because I forgot this was a part of my reviews (again), but I read the description for the movie before I watched it. It made me literally giddy. I swear, when I joked about Fin going back in time to stop the sharknadoes, I hadn’t already seen this. Turns out, that’s exactly what happens.

I really didn’t have any predictions going into this movie besides that one, I had a fleeting thought that Fin would somehow die at the end of the sixth movie, but knowing the strength of his plot armor, I highly doubted it.

Synopsis: Fin is sent back in time by Gil along with the rest of the gang to stop the very first sharknado, which set off the series of sharknadoes they’ve dealt with over the course of the entire series. Turns out, right before the characters died, Gil swooped in, sent them back to the cretaceous period, and they all waited there for Fin. Since you can only go back in time once, unless you’ve perfected the art of time travel in the year 20013, Fin must be careful to destroy the Sharknadoes without tampering with history. He, of course, does this anyway, but is able to destroy all of the sharknadoes, therefore resetting the entire series to before they popped up at all.


Main Meat:

We have finally arrived at the end of this series. It’s been a wild ride, a roller coaster, and a sharknado all on it’s own. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel like crying at the end of this movie. This series has entranced me. I finally understand why everyone loves it so much. I can’t quite put words to it though. Something about the characters, the repetitive story lines, and acting is just the perfect mix of “so bad it’s good.” Now, I don’t spend a lot of time watching movies like this, as a matter of fact, through some of these movies, I dragged my feet and mumbled and complained to my husband about how dumb these movies are. But near the end, I realized that was kinda the whole point.

I truly don’t think this series would have been the same without Scotty Mullen though. He so perfectly wrapped up the last two films with callbacks to the first few movies, something the others rarely did, and made sure there was time infused into the relationships between characters. As we saw with the Insidious series, a shift in any major part of the crew can be devastating. In this franchise, that just isn’t the case.

This is a dumb, stupid, poorly made series with a made-for-TV budget, yet somehow they all felt like feature films while I watched them. If I hadn’t known these were SyFy originals, I would have thought they came straight out of theaters. I’ll be doing more research on the budgets for the movies and the time they actually took to make when I do my wrap up podcast episode, but for now I’m just marveling in the fact that these were TV movies from a station that makes bank off of “so bad, it’s good” movies.

Okay, I think I’ve prattled on a bit to much here. Let’s actually talk about what happened in this film.

So, Fin is sucked through this time portal thing in the Hummer that lands him in the stone age. Dinosaurs are everywhere, including one I could have sworn was an actual puppet that I look forward to learning about in the trivia section.

Gil is no where to be found and all Fin has for company is the decapitated head of his wife in a burlap bag and a choppy recording from his son letting telling him the details he needs to know to time travel. Gil also explains that, because of how dangerous the energy used to time travel is, you can only loop back once. He also explains that the wing insignia The Colonel gave him is a capacitor for the time travel aspect of the vortex, I assume stealing some tech from Back to the Future.

Before he knows it, some dinos are running towards him. Turns out, they’re running from an even larger T-Rex. When the giant dinosaur approaches Fin, he, of course, slides down it’s back like he’s Fred Flintstone. Fending off the beast, some random people appear. They’re revealed to be Nova, Bryan, and pre-cyborg April.

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Apparently, Gil went back in time to grab them right before they died so they could come back to this point in time to help Fin defeat all of the Sharknadoes. I don’t know how Gil had the forethought to do all of that if he could only go back in time once and wasn’t even born at the time most of them died. What I do know is that I need a spin-off series where Lost World meets Nova, Bryan, and April, who rides in on a pterodactyl she named “Tara” because why not.

sharknado1As the group cheers that they’re all alive again, the first ever sharknado starts to brew, kicked up by, I assume based on all of my knowledge of sharknadoes, the sudden shift in temperature that the meteor shower that killed the dinosaurs crated. This time, the sharknado even picks up the megalodon. I just wish it had focused on that a bit more.

The team and Tara head up into the sky, deflecting falling rock into the vortex until they have to stuff a few hot rocks into a giant shark, then explode that shark to make a bomb big enough.

Using the capacitor build into the wings, Fin and the group, along with Tara, head through a portal that opens up to transport them several centuries into the future.

The next stop of their journey lands them in Camelot. Thanks to the unstable energy levels, Bryan is turned into a woman. More specifically he’s turned into Debra Wilson from MadTV. God. Remember when TV was good?

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Anyway, a kick ass drag queen named Alaska Thunderfuck plays the main villain, Morgana. She was absolutely stellar and I was thankful that the small amount of screen time she did have was full of life and character. They also meet Merlin, played by Neil Degrasse Tyson. I must have missed the dialogue that happened here because these scenes were the weirdest in the movie. It’s clear that one or more of the actors isn’t actually in the scene with the rest of the team, so they had to be digitally added in.

So, I found out the entire movie is available on YouTube and re-watched the scene. Gil had been in Camelot for 10 years working on time travel. Basically, because wormholes require really fast rotations to work, the inside of a sharknado is the perfect location to house a time traveling vortex. Gil spent the last 10 years here perfecting how time travel worked and we were even shown that the cave paintings from the fifth movie were done by him.

Apparently, Gil was searching for his parents throughout time and, because he used the process of trial and error to do it, he was the one who created the sharknadoes in the first place. Each time the group appears somewhere, it seems like they’re just missing Gil heading to the future to find them.

From the brief encounters where we see Gil growing up, it seems the nuclear shark zilla blob explosion sent him all the way back to the time of the dinos and he took a similar path as his parents do in this film to get to where we met him in the last movie.

I just want to take the time to mention here that time travel is my least favorite genre of science fiction. People rarely deal with their consequences and it’s often done wrong, but this movie. This dumb ass, stupid movie, did it better than anyone else. Everything makes sense, nothing is out of place, and in the end, no one remembers anything and it all goes back to normal. Bravo, Sharknado.

Once the castle is taken down by enchanted, fire-breathing sharks, Fin grabs the chainsaw-sword from the stone and starts swinging. The sharknado is defeated and the group is flung into the time vortex in a large pot from a trebuchet landing themselves in the middle of the Revolutionary War.

Here, Nova meets an ancestor of hers, tries to get him a letter to stop her grandfather from going fishing the day he dies, but is stopped by Fin because it’s just not right to mess with time like that. Instead, Fin rips up the letter and just THROWS IT ON THE GROUND LIKE A DIRTY LITTER BUG.

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They then use war cannons to destroy the sharknado that forms, they make a few Hamilton references, and Bryan decides to stay behind because not only is he a physics teacher that knew how teach the others about wormholes, but he’s also a history teacher that would rather be a part of history than sit idly by teaching it.

The group then flies their borrowed wagon into the time traveling vortex and ends up in the wild west. There, they meet Billy the Kid, played by that guy that looks like Josh Duhamel but isn’t, Jonathan Bennett, and the sheriff of their small western town, the front-man from Twisted Sister, Dee Snider.

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Because Billy used the distraction the time traveling wagon created to run away from a shootout, the sheriff thinks Fin and Billy are in cahoots. Fin is arrested and placed in a jail cell with none other than Gil.

Because Gil was relying on Billy to get him through to the next sharknado, the plan is soiled and the sheriff thinks the two are working together. Fin, Nova, April, and now Skye, must rescue Gil from the gallows.

Though Fin wants Gil to stick around because he misses him, they are all responsible time travelers and realize that he has to catch that sharknado ride into the future so he can save everyone and maintain the timeline that’s happening in this movie.

See what I freaking mean!? This movie is great with time travel! And it only gets better!

Using laser eyes that April never knew she had, the sharknado is destroyed.

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I just want to mention here that I thought it was really interesting that the mood seems to have shifted from “sharknadoes are one giant tornado that happened to pick up some sharks” to “the sharks are a problem on top of the tornado and need to be defeated individually.”

This is the first movie of the series (that I can recall at least) that actually deals with the epidemic of sharks falling on unsuspecting townspeople. In this movie, all the characters seem to attack the sharks, then the tornado is obliterated.

The next stop the team makes is on a beach in the 1950’s. A hoard of beachgoers are doing “the shark” as the band, Quint plays a song I suppose they wrote for this movie, along with the main theme of the franchise and a new intro song for this movie in particular.

I’m not sure if I mentioned this in previous reviews, but this band is named Quint after one of the main characters from Jaws. Now, there’s another band that’s also named Quint if you go to Google it, so be mindful of that. I’ll be looking more into the enigmatic band for my wrap up episode, but I mention it here because I wanted to make sure I said how cool it was that they not only included the members of the bad, but also had them eaten by sharks, and Anthony Ferrante made a point to shout them out by name to say thanks on screen. He’s smart and knows most people don’t read the credits, especially when there is an incredibly dope animation playing alongside it as well as an equally dope new song.

At the beach, we watch Gil surf into the swelling storm and then see Fin’s parents shooting lasers and stuff into it, so they pretty much have that nailed down before too much destruction occurs. It’s a really odd, short scene that features Tori Spelling and a lot of weird dancing.

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Frustrated with Fin’s fatherly hold on her, Nova gets pissed off and messes with the capacitor which is now a handy dandy hand-held device that allows the group to travel to a particular date in time. Before they know it, the team is in 1997 on the day Nova and her grandfather went fishing. There is an adorable scene with one of the cutest kids I’ve ever seen, and one of the dudes from the Brady Bunch.

As he’s taking off for his trip, Nova, Fin, April, and Skye all join. On the wall, on the lower deck is the pieced-together scraps of paper Fin threw on the street back in Revolutionary War time. Nova’s grandfather tells her it’s an heirloom he’s kept on the boat for good luck and said his granddaughter was named after the woman that signed it. I absolutely loved this detail of the movie. It not only told us that, no matter how hard you try, history is history, but it gave Nova’s grandfather a personality without actually doing the work on screen.

Long story short, it turns out Nova is the reason they crash in the first place because she’s so desperate to save her grandfather. She does, in fact save his life, but only because she jumps into the water to be eaten herself. April also falls into the water along with her robot head. I will forever be eternally grateful that the new writer didn’t pit Nova and April against each other for Fin to save them. Rather, in the last few films, the dynamic of Nova and Fin’s relationship changed from love interests to father/daughter, you know, where it should have been all along. Think of the drama THAT would have caused in the first movie! What a missed opportunity.

Needless to say, Fin is absolutely devastated after the loss of his newly found human wife as well as her robotic decapitated head he was carrying around in a bag because he has trouble letting go.

In the storm that then forms on the water, Skye and Fin can’t see the screen on the capacitor well enough to travel back to 2013 to the first sharknado they dealt with. Instead, the capacitor takes them to 20013, where all the inhabitants of the apocalyptic world we knew at the end of the last movie is a troupe of April robots and of course, robot sharks. It seems like all is lost because we’re suddenly reminded of the rule that you can only travel in one direction once, rather than all over like a madman. So we’re stuck thinking the world is now run by April and her legion of…other Aprils.

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Turns out, because Fin never went down to get her head from the bottom of the ocean, a fisherman brought it to the surface and she basically took over the world from then on and mastered the art of time travel so she can not only do whatever the heck she wants, but control things on Fin’s side to bring him exactly where she wants him so they can be together forever.

This whole scene seems like it escaped from an Austin Powers movie. The human body of April is being kept alive in a glass coffin, there are clones, electric torture, and Skye is even frozen in carbonite. I mean, yeah, that’s really sad because she was awesome, but come ON.

The two April’s, one being the human that served as the genetic bank for the other clones, start to fight, so Fin uses the distraction to swoop back in time with April’s more advanced time machine. He lands right on the boat that we see in the first movie. From then on, scenes are clipped together from the first film and this one, filling in the blanks left by the first movie as to what exactly was going on.

Turns out, this is the boat on which April’s head was fished from the water. As she chills on the boat waiting for her laser eyes to recharge from their wild west adventure, Fin and the captain fight on the deck while the Asian business man attempts to steal his money back.

To prevent her from becoming evil and making robot sharks and clones of herself, he assures her head is safe.

Gil suddenly appears and Fin is so happy to see him, he nearly misses his chance to shoot April’s laser beam eyes into the sharknado and stop it from happening. Gil’s cover is blown when he says “Semper Fidelus” instead of the family’s catchphrase “Semper Peratis.” This was yet another callback to all the movie I absolutely loved. It’s one of the things that made this final film seem complete and wrapped up. It’s then revealed that Gil is actually robot April come to claim her man from the past and make sure the sharknado continues to destroy the world.

The sharknado soon approaches the boat and Fin, April’s head, and robot April are sucked up into it. April’s head knocks the capacitor loose from Fin’s pocket, and a shark eats her…or so we think. As robot April and Fin fight over the capacitor, a rift is torn in the fabric of time and the sharknado is soon filled with figures from history. Everyone from Hitler to Cleopatra floats around the vortex, either being eaten by or fighting off sharks. Again, all hope seems lost when April floats away with the capacitor until we see April’s head in the jaws of a shark appear and blow robot April up in her dumb giant robot shark ship.

The two share a kiss as April’s head explodes and creates the final bomb for the first, yet final sharknado.

The timeline is reset from this point on and we see all of our favorite characters back at the bar, Fin, an April pregnant with Gil, Matt, “Claudia,” Nova, Gemini, April’s parents, Martin, Bryan, and even…George.

That’s right as if this movie didn’t tug at your heartstrings enough because it’s ending, they used footage of the recently deceased John Heard from the first movie and incorporated him right into this alternate timeline where he belongs.

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In the end, Fin gives an inspirational speech and states he and April are going to settle down in Kansas. April’s water then breaks and the family heads to the hospital to bring baby Gil into the world.

Al Roker ends the entire film reporting the lack of bad weather and a sunny, beautiful day.


Year Released/Director: This movie premiered in 2018 and was directed by Anthony C. Ferrante and written, yet again, by Scotty Mullen.

Rating: HELL FUCKING YES This isn’t even a rating I can give a movie, but I needed something higher than a “Not Terrible” to give this one. It’s just so freaking good, dude.

Favorite Death: Man, this is usually a hard one because there are tons of funny deaths to choose from. In this movie, it’s hard to choose because nearly every death is meaningful. I think I’m going to go with Nova. Her character was my favorite throughout the series and for her to sacrifice herself for her grandfather was just, the most badass thing to have done with her future self in mind.

Funniest Part: This part of the series needed to be everything but funny. We got funny out of the way with the fourth movie. This one needed the heartfelt relationships between characters to be the focus, and it truly delivered.

What they did right: Like, literally everything. I just explained to you what all they did right in this review so I won’t repeat myself. One thing I did notice that made me VERY happy was that, although they were not only traveling with people of color in their band, but also women, two marginalized groups history has not been kind to, there were no references to slavery, the women weren’t looked down on for dressing a certain way, and at one point, Nova was even able to use the sexist mentality of the wild west to get Fin out of jail so he could save Gil from being hanged. I also really loved the double entendre of the tagline for the movie “It’s about time.” It’s literally about time, but it’s also about time the series ends.

Thoughts from Interviews:

Now, when I was doing my research for other Sharknado movies, I kept coming across this one, “Bizarre” interview with Tara Reid about the sixth movie. It’s taken all my willpower not to watch it, but the time has finally come.

She was doing an interview for an Australian show when apparently, viewers called her demeanor “bizarre”

Right off the bat, I think I can tell what they mean. It sounds like Tara from the first few interviews where all of her words are slurred. I’m not sure if she has a history with any kind of substance abuse or she just got some lip fillers that made speaking difficult for her.

It’s definitely weird, but what else can you expect when your last 5 years of interviews have been about having a baby inside of a shark that just fell from space?

Next up, we have ET Comic Con again! This is the same show and interviewer I found for the last review where I quoted Fabio a whole bunch. This time, we’ve got Tara, Ian, and Cassie as well as that guy that looks like Josh Duhamel but isn’t, Jonathan Bennett, Anthony Ferrante, and Alaska Thunderfuck.

Possibly the funniest thing I’ve heard in an interview so far is Ian’s slip when he calls Fin “Steve.” I’m not sure if that was a jab at Steve Gutenberg, but the entire cast laughed at this a little too hard so I can only imagine it is.

Tara interrupts a LOT in this interview, to the point where she shuts down the interviewer mid-question. The look on Ian’s face tells me this is something he’s been dealing with a lot lately, so I wonder if something happened to hear hearing. At the same time, it could also be an inflated sense of importance because she had a MUCH bigger role in this movie. I can totally understand that too! The entire series, I’ve been calling her useless, but thanks to Scotty Mullen and his non-stereotypical writing style, her character has formed into something really amazing and I love that! So, it’s possible she’s taking the time to steal the spotlight back from Ian after fading into the background for the last 5 years.

Evidently they were shooting in Romania for most of the movie, so for the scenes where it’s snowing in Revolutionary War times, they were actually freezing cold and shivering.

The next interview I found was also at Comic Con.

The pot that they used to travel from Camelot to the Revolutionary War was a real pot that was sturdy and actually built!

The best part of this interview was when the interviewer here had no idea what Megalodon was and had to awkwardly segway into the next question.

My new favorite thing is interviewers that have never watched the series and are totally lost when the cast mentions things like April’s decapitated head, giving birth inside sharks, and time travel.

In another interview, a reporter asked director Anthony Ferrante why the series had to end. He said “Because we can….if it went on, there could have been the risk that…somebody else is playing Fin or April and then we go ‘hey, we’re ending it, it was a great time, but wait a minute, that person was only in the movie once.” Look, I’ve lived through two final Friday the 13th’s, I know this stuff doesn’t end, but the story…we started five years ago, we finished definitively. Where it goes from there, it’s an open book….for me being involved in all six films…is gratifying.”

In this set of interviews, the reporter also talked to the producer as well and asked about “the musical.” I assumed it was another project they were working on because Sharknado the musical is too good to be true. BUT NO. You better believe I’ll be looking into that for my wrap up episode.

There’s also a documentary about the behind the scenes process of making the sharknado series. I won’t extend this part of my review any further, but I will, for sure, be watching that for my last episode of this series on my podcast.

Trivia:

The super adorable little girl that plays young Nova has the same last name as the actress that plays Nova. Thanks to IMDB I learned that the cutie pie is Cassie’s niece.

Again, most of the trivia here was references to pop culture stuff and mentions of the cameos in the film. Nothing special.

Petunia Watch: Not only is Petunia in the animation that opens the movie, but she’s also hanging out at the bar with the rest of the crew at the end of the film.


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