It will take about a week to find out if SyFy Network's plan worked. For a B-movie, "Sharknado 2" received more promotion than Hollywood gives its sure-fire Oscar candidates. There was a massive Twitter campaign. Previews occupied much of their commercial breaks daily for two weeks. Theaters in major markets offered big-screen showings. Writers discussed the film before it aired. (Guilty). Finally, it aired tonight (July 30, 2014), preceded by "Sharknado", followed by an encore presentation.
The action starts immediately as Fin (Ian Ziering) and April (Tara Reid) are aboard an airplane en route to New York City. The plane is piloted by Robert Hayes ("Airplane 1 & 2"). Kelly Osbourne is a flight attendant. Fin spots a shark on the wing, a shout-out to The Twilight Zone. That shark is sucked into the engine and chaos ensues. April loses a hand while shooting at another shark. It's madness.
Once the plane is landed by Fin, the cameos come with rapid-fire fury. Al Roker, Matt Lauer, Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan, Judd Hirsch, Andy Dick, Billy Ray Cyrus and many more are all integrated into a storyline as ridiculous as has ever been written. In an almost believable sequence of events, Fin, April and their family and friends save the Big Apple from a storm of Biblical proportions.
That does not violate this page's no spoiler rule. There's no way to spoil this film. It will become the standard by which other films are judged (ground zero if you will). If any other film is better than this, so be it. If not, any other movie will get in line behind it and "Sharknado 2" will rise in importance accordingly. There's already a candidate to stand in that line behind this film. One of the sponsors for the broadcast was the upcoming "Let's Be Cops". "Sharknado 1 & 2" are both better than that one and it's not even in theaters yet.