Last night, my friends, the Snarkalecs, and I watched the latest SyFy original film, Zodiac: Signs of the Apocalypse! So, was Zodiac as good as Sharknado 2, as underrated as End of the World, as overrated as Invasion Roswell, or as bad as Heebie Jeebies? Or was it just somewhere in between? Let’s find out!
Why Was I Watching It?
Why were we watching it? Because I’m a snarkalec and that’s what we do! We watch original films on SyFy, we tweet along, and we do our best to try to get things to trend. My hope was that Zodiac would eventually become a trending topic on California and end up freaking out a lot of people who would naturally assume that the legendary Zodiac Killer had finally been caught. Unfortunately, last night, we were competing with football and this is America. Nothing beats football.
What Was It About?
Good question. It was a SyFy movie so naturally, the world was on the verge of ending. And somehow, the upcoming apocalypse involved the signs of the zodiac and an ancient stone that was found in a deserted mine. There was a bad business guy named Woodward (Aaron Douglas) or maybe he was a government guy. But, for some reason, he wanted to get the stone so he could do evil things with it. Luckily, there were three scientists (Joel Gretsch, Andrea Brooks, and Emily Holmes) and one scientist’s son (Reilly Dolman) who were attempting to save the world. And Christopher Lloyd was in it, playing yet another scientist who had apparently invented holograms or something like that. There was also a guy named Marty (Ben Cotton) who was a survivalist and lived in a really spacious bunker.
And let’s see, what else happened? Fire rained from the sky. Raging floods soaked the Earth. Woodward flew around in a helicopter. The scientists spent a lot of time driving around in an SUV. A lot of stuff happened. How it was all related was not always easy to follow but, then again, we all know that if you’re tying to make logical sense out of a SyFy film, you’re doing it wrong.
You know what? I always think that when people criticize SyFy films, they’re missing the point. SyFy films are supposed to be silly, the special effects are supposed to be cheap, and the performances are supposed to be melodramatic. Occasionally — like with Sharknado 2 for instance — these elements come together perfectly. And then other times, like with Zodiac, the end results are fun for two hours and quickly forgotten about afterward. Zodiac was no Sharknado 2 but it gave us everything that we typically want from our SyFy films, it was a fun movie to tweet along with, and it gave the viewers a few laughs.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Zodiac was a Canadian film and Canada certainly looked pretty.
What Did Not Work?
For a film that was sold as being about the signs of the apocalypse destroying the world, the greatest sign of all — Scorpio — was sadly underused. I kept expecting a scorpion-shaped cloud to form in the sky but it never happened! Speaking as a Scorpio, I was very let down.
“Oh my God! Just like me!” Moments
My favorite character was Sophie (Andrea Brooks), the kickass scientist who survived being buried alive in a mine, not to mention Aquarius, Capricorn, and Sagittarius! And she did it all while rocking the traditional SyFy scientist outfit of tank top and tight jeans. She also had great hair! If I wasn’t already planning on being the Black Widow, I’d be Sophie for Halloween. She was the best!
Don’t mess with the Zodiac.