Only now does it occur to me... that SPECIES II is not as bad as its reputation would suggest; it's not even as bad as it should be. Take, for instance, this incredibly heartwarming scene between James Cromwell (L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, THE GREEN MILE, BABE) and Justin Lazard (FRESHMAN DORM).
Also of note: It's directed by Peter Medak (THE CHANGELING, THE RULING CLASS), but you can't really tell. And Michael Madsen makes a surprising return, but doesn't merely 'phone in' his performance...
in fact, he doesn't even mail it in– more accurately, he stuffs it into a bottle and flings it at the ocean in the 'general direction' of SPECIES II. Which is fine, I guess.
On the whole, it's more of the same but with less coherence and no Ben Kingsley: laughable CGI, H.R. Giger-tentacle-skeleton-erotica, and made-for-Skinemax-level sci-fi horror. Hooray!