Even though Franchise Fred always wants to see more sequels indefinitely, I do enjoy a good “final chapter.” Mainly because I’ve learned it’s never the last one anyway. So I don’t believe we’ll never see another Sharknado but director Anthony C. Ferrante does deserve a break after six years in a row, and he and the cast have earned the opportunity to try new things after giving us six movies that never let things like science or physics prevent them from being awesome.
The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time picks up right were Sharknado 5: Global Swarming left off. Fin (Ian Ziering) and April (Tara Reid)’s son Gil remains a central factor, but in unexpected ways. The screener requested no spoilers be exposed, and I don’t want to ruin any sharknado gags for viewers, so I’ll do my best to describe the conclusion vaguely.
Suffice it to say, time travel does present new sharknado set pieces. Each Sharknado has sort of tackled a different subgenre along with the disaster movie, including James Bond (Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No) and superhero (Sharknado: The 4th Awakens). So The Last Sharknado is time travel too.
And I can understand how once you’ve done time travel, it may seem like there’s nowhere else to go with a franchise. There were still places to go after space (also Sharknado 3) but really once you’ve done set pieces throughout history, they may have finally said all they have to say about Sharknado. Each historical era lets them tackle a new genre too.
I’m not sure what would happen if you watched all six Sharknados in a marathon like they do every time a new Marvel movie comes out. I tend to enjoy them as a new treat every year, but there is a continuing story. Aside from sheer exhaustion at the overwhelming set pieces and shark puns, Fin and April and Nova (Cassandra Scerbo) did become endearing characters. They deserve the same kind of sendoff Rocky Balboa, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Jigsaw and Ellen Ripley got!
The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time premieres Sunday, August 19 at 8 p.m. on Syfy.