Hard to believe, but I've heard that not everyone appreciates the digitally-enhanced, people-munching-zapping-squashing (depending on whether they're monsters, aliens, or natural disaster) Saturday night movies SYFY serves up. Go figure ;-P
Ok, ok, so SYFY's Saturday night creature-feature movies are hokey, the digital effects cheesy, the dialogue unintentionally hilarious on a regular basis. But they're FUN. And if you find Saturday night worthy of more important things, it's more than likely that shortly thereafter, the newest SYFY movie will be on one of the Saturday or Sunday monster/alien/disaster marathons they run every weekend, and you can watch it then. Somehow, in the afternoon, I don't admonish myself with, "I'll never get back that 2 hours I just wasted on "Mega-Piranha!" I should. But I don't. And I'm not suggesting that no one watch them on Saturday night, or SYFY will get no ratings, make no money, and hey, there's only one SYFY Channel. We sci-fi fans need it. And besides, some of their movies are better than others. Or at least have a more appealing plot. Or monster. Or actor. Take "Sabertooth," for example. Yeah, big-ass cat eating whiny, horny younguns up in the mountains. But, you know who one of the actors is? Josh Holloway, from "Lost" -- reason enough for me to have seen that sucker three times. Ok, I watch the scenes he's in, and the rest of the time I'm on my computer. But, still. And then there was "Gargoyles." My Twitter name is GargoylePhan, so I'm assuming you can guess that I liked that one, hokey or not. And I'll be honest -- stick a shark (A mega-shark? Even better!) in a movie, and I'm there.
Then there are the aliens-a-comin' movies, and of course my personal favorite: disaster movies! (And before you get snarky about those ... earthquakes and volcanoes -- kinda sounds more like a news report now, eh?)
The thing about SYFY's Saturday night movies is, you have to stop expecting them to be good. That's just silly. Most of them are bad. Baaaaaad. Laugh-your-ass-off-while-you-watch-them bad. And, yes, that's the FUN part. They're not "B" movies -- they're closer to "D" (or an occasional mind-bogglingly bad "K"). They are the modern-day equivalent of the Japanese science-fiction movies kids went to theaters to see on Saturday afternoons, back in the 1950's & '60s. Ya know ... the ones that always had either Godzilla or John Agar in them. Or a bunch of 27-year-old "teens" who saw a meteor fall from the sky ... which then almost immediately cracked open to reveal a gooey alien monster inside.
So, next Saturday night (or afternoon), gather your family and/or friends who are sci-fi fans around the TV, pop some popcorn -- buttered, with lotsa salt, in sheer rebellion against the Food Police -- (adding some Raisinets, Snowcaps, or Jujubes would be a nice touch) and have an enjoyable 2 hours of sheer silliness that may surprise you with a cool scene or two. Not to mention, an occasional hunky guy or some babes in teeny weeny bikinis.