In the latest trailer for the fifth season of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, we got a hint that the Barbasol can that Dennis Nedry used to smuggle embryos out of Jurassic Park has returned. I wonder how this will affect the franchise as a whole. Once Nedry took the embryos out of cryostorage, they only had 36 hours before they were useless to Biosyn. With this in mind, this may be a flashback of someone salvaging the can immediately after the events of Jurassic Park in 1993. Since Mantah Corp are the antagonists of Camp Cretaceous, I wonder if they were the ones who salvaged the can and used the DNA to create some of the dinosaurs on their private island. I hope we get answers when the new season comes out.
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.
I am so glad that we will be seeing other species of raptors in Jurassic World: Dominion, especially the Pyroraptor. The Pyroraptor in Jurassic World looks achingly gorgeous with its feathers. The last time I saw the Pyroraptor was in the documentary series Dinosaur Planet. Apparently, like the Velociraptor, the filmmakers have supersized the Pyroraptor. In real life, Pyroraptor was about the same size as Velociraptor, which was roughly the size of a turkey.
I love the design of the Oviraptor in Jurassic World: Dominion. Like the other feathered dinosaurs seen so far, it is achingly gorgeous to look at like a primeval bird of paradise. I thought the sounds that the Oviraptor made were kind of cute. I remember when I first heard of this animal when I was a kid and now I get to see it on the big screen. What a treat!
On Twitter, one of my readers said this:
“Michael Crichton gave us Jurassic Park. Victor Milan gave us Dinosaur Lords. Grady P. Brown (@guardiansyoung) gives us an entirely new world!”
I was not expecting to be compared to Michael Crichton so this meant a lot.
Bumpy the Ankylosaurus has remained on Isla Nublar at the end of season 3 of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. Due to this, there are four possible fates for her between Camp Cretaceous and Fallen Kingdom. First, she may have been attacked and killed by a carnivore on the island. Second, she may have been among the dinosaurs that died on the island when Mount Sibo erupted. Third, she may be one of the dinosaurs that were auctioned off at the Lockwood Manor. Fourth, she may have been one of the dinosaurs that escaped into the wild on the mainland. I wonder if we will learn of her final fate in either Dominion or future seasons of Camp Cretaceous.
There was a leaked photo of a new dinosaur hybrid that will appear in season 4 of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. This one is visibly different from the Indominus Rex, Scorpius Rex, and Indoraptor. Not only is it far cuter, but it is clearly a herbivore. At first glance, this creature looks like a mix between a Sinoceratops and a Spinosaurus. It is clearly a baby, which implies it could be a companion dinosaur that will replace Bumpy the Ankylosaurus. We have seen what carnivorous hybrids are like. Now, it is time to see a herbivorous hybrid.
I must say that I was thrilled to see Quetzalcoatlus in the prehistoric prologue of Jurassic World: Dominion. I also liked how they were compared to the Pteranodons in terms of size. It was like watching a flock of sparrows flying away from an approaching eagle. Quetzalcoatlus has always been my all-time favorite pterosaur and seeing it on the big screen was such a treat. I often wondered how much more chaotic Jurassic World would have been if Quetzalcoatlus was among the pterosaurs that escaped the aviary. Can you imagine creatures as tall as giraffes with forty foot wingspans and ice pick-like faces rampaging through Jurassic World’s main street?
I must say that I was super excited to see the Giganotosaurus in the prologue for Jurassic World: Dominion. I have been a fan of Giganotosaurus since it was first discovered in the 1990s. Despite being a predator that rivals Tyrannosaurus Rex in terms of size, Giganotosaurus has never appeared in a movie before until now. I like how the Jurassic World: Dominion version of Giganotosaurus resembles the Indominus Rex. The reason for this is because the Indominus Rex has Giganotosaurus DNA in its genetic makeup. Also, this version of Giganotosaurus resembles the Allosaurus in Battle of Big Rock, which makes sense since both dinosaurs are carnosaurs and are related. Overall, I hope we get to see a cloned version of the Giganotosaurus in Jurassic World: Dominion. Since its DNA was used to create the Indominus Rex, it would make sense that they would use it to make a true clone of the animal.
In the prologue of Jurassic World: Dominion, we watched as Rexy is chased by a helicopter before rampaging through a drive-thru movie theater. I noticed something different about Rexy’s behavior in this scene. She was not hunting or fighting or being territorial like she usually is. Instead, Rexy was scared and confused, which is normal when a wild animal ventures into an unfamiliar environment. She was born and raised in the laboratories of Isla Sorna and spent the majority of her life in the jungles of Isla Nublar. When she was released onto the mainland, she was seeing all of this for the first time in her life. She was being exposed to sights, sounds, and smells she never experienced before. It must be beyond overwhelming for her. We have gotten used to seeing Rexy as the powerful and regal Queen of the Dinosaurs, but here she is lost, alone, and trying to figure out her new place in the modern world.