How to pretend like you actually watched ‘Sharknado 2’

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Michelle Jaworski


Published Jul 31, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 8:46 pm CDT

Did you miss the cinematic event of the summer?

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By no means did anyone think that Sharknado, a hokey TV movie on SyFy starring Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, would be any good. So when millions of people tuned in to snarkily livetweet it last summer, they pretty much got what they expected: bad acting, cheesy CGI, enough shark puns to make more than a few drinking games out of it, and as everyone hoped, a bunch of sharks in a tornado.

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Jumping the shark wasn’t a sign of the end—it was a plot point.

It was so bad it was good—and popular enough to garner a sequel—and a third movie before the second even aired.

Sharknado 2: The Second One had a lot to live up to with its sharks tearing their way through New York, but for whatever reason, you didn’t watch it.

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Did you think you were above a movie about tornadoes full of sharks? Or were you, like yours truly, stuck somewhere that wasn’t in front of a TV during it? And there’s no way you can watch it later on the DVR; it’s just not the same when you’re watching alone and not with all of Twitter. At that point, you’re just watching a terrible movie with all of the fun sucked out.

But, how do you play that off? Sure, you could cop up to it, but the fear of missing out at the water cooler, whether literal or figurative, might be too much for you. And actually watching it is out of the question, whether for pride or lack of time.

Well, you could just read a recap, or you can relive the Twitter experience for yourself, and hopefully you can convince your friends that you actually saw the movie. Here’s our recap, brought to you by Twitter.

Some sharks attacked a plane, sparking a thousand “sharks on a plane” jokes.

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“I am sick of all these MF sharks on this MF Plane!” RT @razzontheradio: Sharknado 2: “there’s a shark on the w i n g of this plane”!!!!

— RadioGeekZack (@ZackMorse) July 31, 2014

Tara Reid’s character wrote a book on how to survive a Sharknado despite not doing that much in the first movie, and even better, you can actually read it.

Yep, the #Sharknado book is real. Also tells how to survive a Boaricane. #Sharknado2TheSecondOne

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 31, 2014

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The sharks attacked the Mets and provided a homerun and enough implausibility to make sports fans raise some eyebrows.

And it’s a homerun! #Sharknado2TheSecondOne #Sharknado2

— Sharknado (@SharknadoSyfy) July 31, 2014

#Sharknado2 Implausibility Power Rankings Update: 1. Only 3 NYC guns 2. Mets win 3. Fin catches chainsaw 4. A Sharknado

— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) July 31, 2014

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A lot of sharks were killed in a variety of creative ways, and it even rained.

Just when I thought Jasmine the stripper in #IndependenceDay was @MsVivicaFox‘s best work! #Sharknado2

— Damian Holbrook (@TVGMDamian) July 31, 2014

#FlamingSharks #Sharknado2TheSecondOne

— Sharknado (@SharknadoSyfy) July 31, 2014

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And my super soaker! And my sword! And my axe! #SHARKNADO2

— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) July 31, 2014

Wil Wheaton (who had a death cameo early in Sharknado 2) called one of the big twists early in the movie.

If Tara Reid doesn’t end this movie with a chainsaw for a hand, I don’t even know why we got out of bed today. #Sharknado2

— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) July 31, 2014

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BREAKING NEWS: Tara Reid has undergone her first successful surgery. #Sharknado2TheSecondOne

— Tim Williams (@realtimwilliams) July 31, 2014

Those sharks finally made the five-day forecast.

BREAKING: #Sharknado has made it to Long Island Sound. Tracking their approach into New England at 11.

— Eric Fisher (@ericfisher) July 31, 2014

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Your favorite morning hosts got in on the blood and rampage—and Matt Lauer stabbing a shark is a thing that actually happened.

The magic of the movies…@MLauer & @AlRoker vs. the shark. #Sharknado2TheSecondOne

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 31, 2014

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There was even some romance.

Sharknado just out-romanced The Notebook. Eat it. #Sharknado2TheSecondOne

— Sam Roberts (@notsam) July 31, 2014

If that wasn’t enough for you, you can always watch the movie. But you better cancel your plans the night that Sharknado 3 makes its way to TV.

Sharknado Twitter is among the best Twitter

— Alex Fitzpatrick (@AlexJamesFitz) July 31, 2014

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*First Published: Jul 31, 2014, 12:00 pm CDT