The big screen adaptation of Baywatch didn’t perform as well as everyone would have liked at the box office. Which is crazy, because it stars Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron – two human charisma machines. Unless Paramount decides to start making sequels to movies that flopped, there’s probably not going to be a franchise. But if there were, we can think of plenty great plot lines for the next Baywatch movie. Or, if Paramount could go back in time, these are better Baywatch movie plots that would bring in audiences like flies to honey.
One of the biggest issues with the new Baywatch movie is that it didn’t lean into being the ridiculous action series about lifeguards that everyone knows it to be. These alternative Baywatch plots don’t have that problem. Not only do they tell a clearly defined story, but they’re perfect in every way. The beauty of Baywatch is it easily fits into any genre - much like how CJ Parker can fit into any style of bathing suit - and these plots to improve Baywatch give every possible audience exactly what they want without losing the appeal of the original Baywatch – lifeguards solving crimes.
A Plot: When a suitcase full of uncut cocaine washes up on the beach, it's up to Mitch and the gang to discover who's tainting their beaches with Columbian nose candy. When they find who's responsible for the drugs it may rip the local government of Emerald Bay apart forever.
B Plot: After a rude comment from the mayor, CJ contemplates how her body image affects her professional life, and whether or not she should go under the knife. In the end, CJ learns to accept herself, and the mayor loses a runoff election to a sex-positive local business owner (cameo by Donna D'Errico) before falling off a pier.
A Plot: When local hotties and hunks start turning up dead on the beach at an alarming rate, Mitch knows that can only mean one thing - Emerald Bay has its own serial killer. Is the killer someone familiar with the beach? Or are they a drifter killer attempting to take as many lives as possible before moving on to a new town? The gang has to find out before anyone else bites the dust.
B Plot: Matt Brody, two time Olympic gold medalist, wakes up one morning after a night of heavy drinking having forgotten how to swim. He does his best to stay out of the water, but his teammates so realize that something is wrong with the group's resident hunk.
A Plot: If there's one thing that Mitch hates, it's illegal offshore gambling. Unfortunately, the illegal offshore casino is out of his jurisdiction - that is, until it floats close enough to Emerald Bay. After getting an invite to the hottest, illegal-est casino on the ocean, the gang decides to close down the shop for good, but not before making a bet that could cost the entire beach.
B Plot: Mitch's brother, Buzzy, arrives unannounced at Emerald Bay and presents Mitch with an "investment opportunity." If that weren't bad enough, Mitch has to rescue his deadbeat brother from the illegal offshore casino when Buzzy gets locked up in the brig for trying to forge chips.
A Plot: When wealthy landowners arrive in Emerald Bay and announce plans to turn the beach into a drone factory unless someone can raise $10 million by midnight, Mitch and the gang have no choice but to throw the best damn beach party the world has ever seen. But of course, there are zany mishaps all along the way.
B Plot: As preparations for the beach party are underway, Stephanie decides that she's going to tell Mitch how she really feels - at midnight on top of Tower 1.