Well, maybe Sharknado couldn’t save the world, but in its fifth installment it’s done something possibly even more remarkable: it saved the Sharknado franchise.

Sharknado 5: Global Swarming pulls the franchise back from the brink and returns it to what it’s supposed to be: fun to watch.

Of course none of this makes any sense, which is why it’s a relief that Sharknado 5: Global Swarming: Sold-Out World Tour makes only the bare minimum effort to hold things together.

The most welcome course correction comes into play because Mullen’s actually paying attention to the continuity of the Sharknado franchise-yes, the continuity of the Sharknado franchise.

For a series that can do cameos and references so badly, the final scene of Sharknado 5: Global Swarming: It’s The End Of The World As We Know It is an absolute triumph of both.

Sharknado 5: Global Swarming is a welcome return to form for the series that defined peak schlock TV cinema nonsense, with bad habits pushed down and even more steps taken back from logic.