Like many writers, I often dream of the possibility of my books one day being adapted into films. Even if it is a remote possibility, I try to keep that dream alive. If that dream ever does come true, I think I have an idea of what the theme song for my dinosaur books would be. I remember the ominous tribal drums from Jumanji, which always sent a shiver down my spine whenever I heard them. I would want that same sense of tropical horror for my dinosaur books if they became a film. Imagine giant dinosaurs moving through the jungle with ominous drums echoing through the darkness.
I have been a fan of Jim Carrey for as long as I could remember. It is extremely difficult to keep a straight face around that man. While he was filming Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events, Jim Carrey did the funniest impersonation of a dinosaur. Instead of making the classic growls and roars, Jim Carrey’s dinosaur impersonation sounded more like a dying chicken than a dinosaur.
After watching the found footage film known as The Dinosaur Project, I have become intrigued by the dinosaur named Crypto. The film revolved around an expedition to discover the existence of prehistoric animals. Among those animals was Crypto and his species. What makes Crypto’s species fascinating is that they are not one of the dinosaurs we are familiar with like Tyrannosaurus Rex or Velociraptor. Instead, he is a new species that survived the dinosaurs’ extinction and spent the next 65 million years continuing to evolve in isolation.
Thanks to unchecked adaptation, Crypto and his kind acquired a number of features you would not find in real life theropod dinosaurs. For example, Crypto possesses a neck frill like the Dilophosaurus in Jurassic Park. However, while the Dilophosaurus used its neck frill as a warning sign to go along with its venomous spit, Crypto’s neck frill was designed to be for display. This would allow Crypto to seem much larger than he really was, which would ward off bigger predators. Like the Dilophosaurus, Crypto was also a spitter. However, instead of venom, Crypto would spit a slimy pheromone that would mimic his scent. He used this to protect his human friend, Luke, from his giant parents. Finally, Crypto was an amphibious animal, able to swim like a dolphin in the Congo’s rivers.
Even though we got to see Crypto’s parents at the end of the film, we did not see any of their capabilities other than the fact they are capable of tearing a grown human apart. They were roughly the size of either a medium-sized or large carnivorous dinosaur. When taking Crypto’s adaptations into account, I have a good idea of what an adult member of Crypto’s species would be like. With the neck frill, an adult specimen would likely use it to attract mates and discourage rivals. With the slimy pheromone, it is likely used to mark territory much like how some animals use scent glands to mark their territory. With the amphibious lifestyle, an adult member of Crypto’s species was likely a fish eater like Baryonyx or Spinosaurus when terrestrial prey was not available.
Overall, Crypto was an interesting dinosaur to watch even though he was a fictional species. He is one example of what is evolutionarily possible if dinosaurs existed in the modern world. If you want to see Crypto and his species in action, I recommend watching The Dinosaur Project, which can be found on Amazon Prime.
“How can it be pregnant? What is this? The Virgin Lizard?”
Mayor Ebert, Godzilla (1998)
After Season 2 of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, we saw some strange behavior with the Tyrannosaurus Rex known as Rexy. After the fall of Jurassic World, Rexy was busy remodeling her old paddock. At first glance, it looked as though she was in the process of building a nest. Under normal circumstances, this would be impossible because Rexy would need a mate in order to reproduce. If she is displaying nesting behavior, it is possible she may be able to reproduce asexually. In the original Jurassic Park film, we learned that the geneticists used frog DNA to fill in the gene sequence gaps. This granted the dinosaurs of Isla Nublar the ability to switch genders from female to male, which thwarted the population control methods imposed by the park workers. However, I wonder if their DNA mutates further as they get older. As the original Tyrannosaurus Rex from the old park, Rexy is the oldest living dinosaur in the world. If this is the case, then this means that Rexy will start laying eggs sometime in the future. She clearly senses the changes her body is undergoing and is practicing nesting behavior in preparation for her brood. Let us not forget that Rexy’s blood was used in a transfusion with Blue the Velociraptor in Fallen Kingdom. If Rexy is in the process of becoming asexual, the possibility exists that she will pass that ability to Blue through the blood transfusion. As far as we know, both Rexy and Blue are the last of their respective species. With this in mind, the ability to reproduce asexually will be their species’ saving grace and will prevent them from becoming extinct all over again. Will the other dinosaurs that escaped into the wilderness gain this ability as they get older or will something else happen? I think we will find out in either Camp Cretaceous or Jurassic World: Dominion. I look forward to seeing if this theory is right or not.
In the film adaptation of Carnosaur, we were introduced to radically insane plan by a mad scientist named Dr. Jane Tiptree. Tiptree somehow extracted prehistoric DNA and used it to create a virus that contaminated chicken eggs. Upon exposure to the virus, human males would become violently sick while human females became living incubators for dinosaur eggs. Tiptree’s endgame was to give the planet back to the dinosaurs by breeding the human race out of existence. After a matter of days, the virus had contaminated an entire town, but was contained by the military before it erupted into a global pandemic. However, I sometimes wonder how the world would have changed if the military failed to contain Tiptree’s virus. Would the human race be able to fend off its own extinction? Would the dinosaurs take over the planet? An intriguing scenario to consider.
In the film Limitless, Bradley Cooper was given a drug that gave him superhuman intelligence. With this intelligence, he was able to perform tremendous mental and social feats. For me, the feat that stood out the most was his ability to write an entire book in a matter of days. The book became a best seller despite being written so fast. If I had the mental capabilities Bradley Cooper displayed as a writer, I could finish writing all of my story ideas in a matter of months. Like Bradley Cooper, the mind-enhancing drug would enable me to multitask with the writing process such as typing, rewriting, brainstorming, and recalling inspiration all at once. That would be a perfect way to spend a pandemic summer vacation. Every story I ever wanted to tell would be ready for publication on the same day! Then I would be spending several hours publishing one book after another, which would attract a lot of attention. I would require witnesses to prove that I was actually capable of doing this level of writing. It may take away the pleasure part of writing because it would be done so quickly, but it would guarantee that every single one of my story ideas would be told before I die. I would definitely want this capability as a writer if I was in Bradley Cooper’s shoes.
I saw the new trailer for Godzilla VS Kong and I have some suspicions regarding Godzilla. It was revealed that Godzilla was going on a violent rampage and eventually battles Kong. However, if you look closely, you can find clues that hint that this is not Godzilla at all but an imposter. I think Godzilla is being framed and set up. Due to this, I think the Godzilla we saw in the trailer was actually Mechagodzilla in disguise. The synopsis for Godzilla VS Kong speaks of a human conspiracy to exterminate the Kaiju. The possibility of Mechagodzilla disguising itself to look like Godzilla is similar to its 1974 debut in Godzilla VS Mechagodzilla. I bet it’s the same concept where Mechagodzilla looks like Godzilla unless you peel off its disguise. Also, I wonder if this new Mechagodzilla is a cyborg like the Kiryu version, which could mean that the new Mechagodzilla’s creators might lose control of it. I also hope that this new Mechagodzilla looks like the version from Ready Player One. Ready Player One takes place in the year 2045 and includes characters from pop culture from the mid-20th century to the mid-21st century. With this in mind, this could be when the Ready Player One Mechagodzilla makes its actual debut in the year 2021. I look forward to finding out if my theories are right.
I watched a film that was based on Michael Crichton’s, Sphere. What I found intriguing about the Sphere was its ability to grant reality warping powers to those who come in contact with it. For most of the movie, the characters managed to manifest their darkest fears and subconscious thoughts. I would love the power to make whatever I imagine real, but I would prefer to be able to manifest my conscious thoughts because I would have more control. If my subconscious thoughts manifested, I would have no control and it would have world-ending consequences.
While listening to the audiobook version of Jurassic Park, I got to experience the original version of Dennis Nedry’s death at the hands of the Dilophosaurus. Turns out that the book version is far more gory and brutal than the film version. While the film version of Dilophosaurus was roughly the same size as a Velociraptor and had a neck frill, the book version was about three times bigger, standing ten feet tall and had no neck frill. When the Dilophosaurus encountered Nedry, it was forty feet away from him and gave a hooting sound similar to an owl. Then it launched its venom at Nedry’s shirt, neck, and finally his eyes. The Dilophosaurus venom was so corrosive that it operated like acid, resulting in Nedry permanently losing his eyesight. Blinded, Nedry could not see the Dilophosaurus coming, but he could hear its footsteps and feel its hot breath near him. He flailed his arms in a futile attempt to ward off the attack he knew was coming. Then he felt a new pain in his belly, causing him to reach down and discover he was holding his own intestines in his hands. After Nedry toppled over, the Dilophosaurus grabbed him by the head with its jaws and lifted him off the ground, breaking his neck. Overall, Nedry’s death in the book was definitely one of the more gruesome ones in the series. If it had been included in the movie, it would have made it R-rated and I would not be able to see it until I was seventeen.
With Christmas around the corner, I would like to talk about some of my childhood favorite Christmas movies, Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost In New York. Obviously the most iconic aspect of these films was how Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern walk through a gauntlet of booby traps as though they were in a Three Stooges episode. In the videos above, some medical experts analyze the injuries they sustained from the booby traps and what would happen to them in real life. I liked how brutally honest and blunt the experts were.