As mentioned in a previous post, I noticed some Biblical references in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. I have developed a keen interest in the references to the Book of Exodus. It starts with the cloned dinosaurs and how they symbolically represent the Israelites. Like the Israelites, the cloned dinosaurs were enslaved. Based on this, mankind in general represent the Pharaoh since they not only enslaved the dinosaurs but continue to find new ways to use and exploit them. Since the day they were born, the dinosaurs were forced to be theme park attractions, living weapons, and other products of science. When Isla Nublar was destroyed by its volcano, the few surviving dinosaurs were to be auctioned off to the black market. Even though they cannot speak, I can imagine the dinosaurs were asking for freedom and deliverance in their heads. Their salvation comes from the most unlikely source imaginable. Maisie Lockwood, the first human clone, symbolically represents Moses. As the dinosaurs were about to die from poisonous gas, Maisie pushed a button that released them into the world. Since she was a clone herself, Maisie had more of a kinship and connection with the dinosaurs than with the rest of humanity. As such, she said, “I had to. They’re alive like me.” This can be interpreted as her way of saying, “Let my people go.” Just as Moses was born an Israelite yet raised as an Egyptian, Maisie was born a clone yet raised as a human. When the basement door of the Lockwood Manor opened so the dinosaurs could escape, this could be seen as a representation of the parting of the Red Sea so the Israelites could reach the promised land. Therefore, like Moses before her, Maisie freed her people to a promised land. Due to its multiple references to the Book of Exodus, I often think of the songs from Prince of Egypt whenever I think of the scenes and characters that are connected to the Exodus references.
Easily one of the greatest examples of God’s wrath are the ten plagues of Egypt from the Book of Exodus. When the Pharaoh angered God by enslaving the Israelites, a series of plagues were unleashed upon Egypt. The plagues consisted of the following:
1.) Turning water to blood
3.) Lice or gnats
4.) Wild animals or flies
5.) Pestilence of livestock
7.) Thunderstorm of hail and fire
9.) Darkness for three days
10.) Death of the firstborn son
As my dinosaur book series, The Kaligen Experiment, progresses, I am planning to include a number of Biblical references to the story. Among those references will be the 10 Plagues of Egypt. These new plagues will not be the same as the ones that struck Egypt nor will they be the result of divine intervention. instead, these new plagues will be similar to the original plagues and have the same impact, but they will be happening on a global scale. The original plagues all but crippled Ancient Egypt as a civilization. Can you imagine how modern civilization who be affected by plagues that are global? These new plagues will be triggered by unpredictable technology that mankind has no idea how to control. Overall, this is going to be apocalyptic in nature.
“God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.”
Dr. Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park
It has come to my attention that Jurassic Park has a number of references to the Bible, which were more prominent in Fallen Kingdom. The Book of Genesis was heavily referenced in Fallen Kingdom to highlight a new beginning where humanity’s attempts to play God result in the rise of life forms that will challenge their role as the dominant species on the planet. These references are often inverted and reversed from the original version. The first Jurassic World referenced the story of Cain and Abel when the Indominus Rex killed its sibling. While Cain and Abel were brothers, the Indominus Rex and its sibling were sisters. In an early draft of Fallen Kingdom, the Indoraptor was supposed to have a Cain and Abel moment when it murders its sibling. In the Bible, the male Adam’s rib bone was removed in order to create the female Eve. In Fallen Kingdom, the rib of the female Indominus Rex was used to create the male Indoraptor. The ship known as the Arcadia was the ship that carried the remaining dinosaurs off Isla Nublar as it was being destroyed by fire and lava. This is an inverted version of Noah’s Ark, which carried all the animals in the world from an apocalyptic flood. Benjamin Lockwood was one of the ones who contributed to the creation of the dinosaurs and was an inherently good man, which could be as a symbolic representation of God. Eli Mills was a greedy and deceitful man driven by his own ambition, which can be seen as a symbolic representation of Lucifer. When Lockwood found out what Mills was doing behind his back, he cast Mills out. However, Mills murdered Lockwood and usurped his symbolic throne, which is a reverse of how God cast Lucifer out. In this case, Lucifer won and claimed God’s throne for himself. While the Book of Genesis is heavily referenced in Fallen Kingdom, there are also aspects of the Book of Exodus as well. Finally, there is Maise Lockwood’s symbolic representation of Moses. As a clone herself, Maise has a connection and kinship with the dinosaurs that normal humans would never understand. When she pushed the button to release the dinosaurs into the world, she said, “I had to. They’re alive like me.” This can be seen as her way of saying, “Let my people go.” When the basement door opened and the dinosaurs ran through the tunnel into a new world, it is similar to how Moses’s followers traversed the parted Red Sea to a promised land. If Jurassic World and Fallen Kingdom were based on Genesis and Exodus, it is possible that Dominion will revolve around the Book of Revelation and portray a dinosaur apocalypse that will end human civilization. I look forward to finding out next year.
“And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.”
In previous posts, I talked about the metaphorical ark that will appear in my dinosaur series. Now, I shall talk about the metaphorical flood. I thought about every natural disaster I could think of such as tsunamis, super storms, earthquakes, and volcanos. What if disasters such as these happened all at once and were triggered by a single event? I am planning to depict such a collection of events in my dinosaur series. It will be like the natural disasters that played a role in the mass extinctions in the past, but far worse. All of this will represent the “flood” in my story. I will be drawing inspiration from disaster films such as Day After Tomorrow and 2012.
“Bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.”
I mentioned Noah’s Ark in a previous post regarding my dinosaur series. I am picturing a location that would act as a safe place for all the reverse engineered animals, including the fictional dinosaur species. Meanwhile, an apocalyptic mass extinction takes place in the outside world. When the dust settles, these manmade life forms will be left to repopulate a sanitized planet. I won’t say if this scenario will succeed or fail, but it will change the world regardless of the outcome. My dinosaur series will depict the chain of events that will lead to this scenario.
The second Horseman to appear in the Bible was War. War is one of the easiest Horsemen to interpret. When I think of someone who embodies War, I am thinking of someone who has complete mastery of every combat style and weapon. In terms of personality, I can imagine this individual being like Kenpachi Zaraki from the anime/manga Bleach, which would be a berserker who is hopelessly addicted to fighting and bloodshed.
In the Bible, the first Horseman to appear is the one of Pestilence. Now, pestilence is usually something relating to either a virus or plague. However, while a biological virus is certainly deadly, I am brainstorming on something that causes more damage and spreads faster than any biological virus. With this in mind, I am considering creating a character who takes advantage of something psychological and spiritual in order to spread chaos. I have a few ideas and each one is more frightening than the last for in my final volume Pestilence will go forth and conquer.
Since my fourth and final volume will depict an apocalyptic battle that will change the fate of the world and will have a number of Biblical references, I am thinking of drawing inspiration from the iconic Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The Horsemen have been referenced in countless different works and consist of Pestilence, Famine, War, and Death. Still, even though they have appeared in multiple works, I often wondered if anyone actually depicted the Horsemen accurately. With this in mind, I am thinking of creating my own interpretation of what defines the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse when the Young Guardians face their final battle.
A great number of stories have their own version about the end of the world. My personal favorite story of the apocalypse is the Book of Revelation, particularly the opening of the seven seals and Megiddo. The opening of the seven seals releases a series of disasters that affect the world (such as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse) while Megiddo is the predicted location where the final battle between good and evil will take place. In my fifth volume, I am planning to make the Young Guardians’ final battle against Vogan to be an apocalyptic event that will ravage the planet. I already have most of the battle planned out and am planning to draw inspiration from the Book of Revelation. Just thinking of the upcoming war gives me a sense of awe due to the epic scale I intend to make it.