The Sharknado is back, and this time, it's striking Manhattan!

The Only TV Column That Matters™ has seen the glory of Syfy’s Sharknado 2: The Second One (premiering Wednesday, July 30) in advance and can definitively report that it’s even more ridiculous than 2013’s surprise … hit? … Sharknado.

This time around, the chompy tsunami hits New York City, and it’s up to Ian Ziering and Tara Reid—as well as Kari Wuhrer, Mark McGrath, Vivica A. Fox and a seemingly endless parade of other guest stars who’ve probably since fired their agents—to shut down the SharkDown. It may be cheesier than an overturned truck of Doritos Loaded in a 7-Eleven parking lot, but Sharknado 2 isn’t entirely predictable—let’s pre-test your pre-knowledge of The Second One:

1. Even though he’s famously battled one before, nobody believes Fin Shepard (Ziering) when he initially warns of a Sharknado hitting NYC because:

A. It sounds like a bad Syfy movie.

B. He thinks the best pizza in Noo Yawk is made by Biz Markie.

C. How can you trust the judgment of someone who’d re-marry Tara Reid?

D. You can’t tell New Yorkers anything.

2. The movie’s catchy, Ramones-y theme song (yes, it has a theme song) features the lyrics:

A. “Stay away from Central Park / You’ll get your ass bit by a freakin’ shark.”

B. “So damn much trouble we’re in / So ironic our hero’s name is Fin.”

C. “Teeth are raining from the sky / ’Scuse me while I kiss this guy.”

D. “Go, go, go, go, go, go, go! / We’re all gonna die in a Sharknado!”

3. At the beginning of Sharknado 2, Tara Reid loses:

A. Her ability to create even the most basic facial expressions.

B. Any trace of acting talent she may have, arguably, once possessed.

C. Half of her screen time (and probably salary) to Kari Wuhrer.

D. Her left hand.

4. Of the movie’s many B-celeb cameos, the least convincing are:

A. Robert Hays (Airplane!) as an airline pilot and Judd Hirsch (Taxi) as a cab driver.

B. Billy Ray Cyrus and “Downtown” Julie Brown as a doctor and nurse.

C. Andy Dick as an NYPD cop and pro wrestler Kurt Angle as an NYFD fire chief.

D. The Today Show’s Matt Lauer and Al Roker as newscasters.

5. Co-star Mark McGrath, who gets an inexplicable amount of screen time, used to sing in the band and host the TV show:

A. Smash Mouth and Entertainment Tonight.

B. The Spin Doctors and Access Hollywood.

C. 98 Degrees and To Catch a Predator.

D. Sugar Ray and Extra.

6. The guy who wrote Sharkado and Sharknado 2 is actually named:

A. Cyclone Jones.

B. Lightning Lebowitz.

C. Avalanche Johansson.

D. Thunder Levin.

7. In addition to Sharknado 2, Syfy will also soon roll out the new monster flick:

A. Meta Shark vs. Twitter Critter.

B. DinoWeasel vs. SharkAardvark.

C. Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark.

D. Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda.

8. Beside the whole sharks-sucked-up-into-a tornado thing, the most unbelievable part of The Second One is:

A. Ian Ziering flying through the sky with a chainsaw, hacking up sharks.

B. Tara Reid’s character was scheduled to appear on Live! With Kelly and Michael (who also appear) to promote a book she wrote.

C. Said “book,” titled How to Survive a Sharknado, looks all of 50 pages long.

D. A packed stadium for a Mets game.

Answers: 1: D. 2: D. 3: D. 4: D. 5: D. 6: D. 7: C and D. 8: B, C and D.


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