As a space-opera lampoon, it’s incoherent primarily because it’s never clear what the filmmakers are attempting to spoof.
For all its references to the show’s history, the film never panders. It’s an evolution of the core concept as opposed to a nostalgia-tinged reproduction, and is all the better for it.
The 3D-enhanced death sequences are tailor-made for those who always wanted to take an ax to the MTV Beach House.
Piranha 3D proves a worthy heir to its brazen exploitation-cinema forefathers.