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YMMV / Tremors

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Entire franchise:

  • Crazy Awesome:
    • The Ass Blasters fly by essentially farting out combustible chemicals, creating an explosion that shoots them into the air, and from there they open their wings and start gliding.
    • Burt Gummer.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Burt Gummer is the number one fan favorite character, and the only one to appear in all six installments (sort of).
    • Then there's the albino Graboid named El Blanco.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Try listening to one of Burt Gummer's rants about the government collecting people's information after hearing about the NSA scandal and the IRS targeting of political opponents, and see if you still find them funny.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Ever wonder what the full name of "Desert Jack" from Tremors 3 was? The titles reveal it's Jack Sawyer.
    • In the first movie, after sending the final Graboid over the cliff, Val yells, "Can you fly?!" Two movies later and...
    • Val makes a remark that everyone knew about the Graboids and simply didn't tell Earl. He was being sarcastic, but then came the fourth movie.
  • I Am Not Shazam: The monsters are called Graboids, not Tremors. Lampshaded in the third movie. The film title refers to the tremors, miniature earthquakes, caused by the monsters tunneling through the ground near the seismic sensors. Blame Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure for people thinking the monsters were called Tremors.
  • It Was His Sled: The eel-like snake things are the graboids' tongues, the actual animal is rather large.
  • Memetic Badass: Burt Gummer. It's even a common joke in that no matter what universe he ends up in or who you put him against, he will win through sheer Crazy Awesome and More Dakka.
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  • The Scrappy: Melvin and Grady, both in and out-of-universe.
  • Sequelitis: Averted, by and large. The sequels were lower-budget and went Direct-to-Video, but still offer the same enjoyable B-movie fun as the original.
  • Special Effects Failure: Happened a lot in the series and the later movies. Primarily the third and fourth, largely due to lower budgets.
    • Averted in the fifth and sixth movie, the CGI is fantastic (if sparse) and it's almost impossible to believe it's from a straight to dvd movie.
  • Squick: At the end of the first film, the last Graboid falls off the cliff and just ruptures upon impact to the rocky ground, gushing out orange blood.

TV Series:

  • Better on DVD: Due to the series being aired Out of Order when it initially came out, many plot point and character introductory episodes don’t come until after they’re well established in the show note  The DVD release keeps its intended episode order making character development and plot points more coherent to understand.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Plenty of the new faces in Perfection like Tyler, Rosalita and W. D. Twitchell are generally liked, with some wishing they show back up in the new movies.
    • Professor Cletus Poffenberger is also loved for his effective Dark and Troubled Past and genuine Tear Jerker moments when his experiment dies. Being played by Christopher Lloyd helps.
    • Many of the shows new monsters such as 4-12, the Giant Shrimp and the Mixmaster plant are often ranked as some of the shows best monsters for their terrifying moments of suspense and rampage through Perfection, in some regards almost taking over the small town.
  • Mis-blamed: The TV series often gets the blame for the cancellation of Farscape, which earned it a great deal of backlash. However, the series was actually picked up two months before the Sci-Fi Channel's decision to cancel Farscape (which at the time had a contractual obligation for a fifth season). In fact, Tremors was originally set to premiere in January 2002 (alongside the final half of Farscape's fourth season), but was delayed to that summer months after Farscape concluded in March due to special effects delays.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Val and Earl! Many felt they should’ve had at least one appearance within the show and explore what they’ve been up to since last they were seen.


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