I CAN’T WAIT for the movie to come out on June 12! I’ll be there for the midnight showing either cosplaying as Dr. Sattler or the incomparable Dr. Ian Malcolm or decked out in all my Jurassic Park garb, hyped up on caffeine and excitement. In preparation for this glorious day in the nerd world, I have flipped my nerdy fangirl gears into overdrive and compiled this post. So, here ya go: my take on the rumors and speculation swirling about Jurassic World.
(*All images courtesy of Jurassic World News.)
1. There’s no better way to start this list than with Chris Pratt the Raptor Whisperer. This was alluded to in the first movie when Hammond mentioned that he liked to be present at the birth of every animal on the island because it helped them to trust him. In the novel, Crichton shows how Tim played with a baby raptor, earning a minute of its trust before Grant picked it up, scaring it. After Grant put it down, the little raptor went running back to Tim, whom it had learned wasn’t going to scare it like Grant did, and hissed at Grant. Later in books 1 and 2, Grant and then Malcolm discuss the raptors’ intelligence, especially social intelligence and behavior, which was also mentioned briefly in the first movie and shown in movie 3.
This is called imprinting and it’s something equestrians have been doing for centuries. From birth, we touch, pet, groom, etc. the foal and over time it learns that these strange things that walk on two legs aren’t so strange after all.
I’m willing to bet it’s the same thing with Jurassic World. Pratt’s character Owen serves in the same capacity that Hammond and Wu did by being there when the raptors are born, then taking it a step further by continuing to work with and train them as they grew. While I’m not sure, I’m hoping that the raptor’s role, other than errant dinosaur control, is more than just a cool trained dino act.
Additionally, I’d like to see more development in the raptors’ social structure. They delve into it in great detail throughout book 2, when Richard Levine practically lives in the high hide, and hint at it in the third movie with the appearance of male raptors (the ones with the weird feathers and shit). If you pay attention in movie 3, at the end when the raptors finally catch them and demand the eggs back, there are four males and one female. It’s made clear that the female is in charge, a common occurrence in the wild in both predator and prey animals. This would also explain why, in the trailer, Pratt’s character is seen training and running with only female raptors.
2. SPIELBERG IS BACK. He’s credited as an executive producer, so y'all know there are going to be some EPIC throwbacks and tributes to the original. An example of some we've seen so far:
- John Hammond/Richard Attenborough tribute (see it on the official site here.)
- Monorail going through the park gates as they open
- Slowed-down version of the original score
- Ian Malcolm's book God Creates Dinosaurs
- BD Wong returns as Dr. Wu
3. I need a recap of what’s been going on in the years since JP3 & this one. They’ve been doing really well so far, with the trailers and awesome teaser vids about InGen's parent company, Masrani Global. (Check their website out here.) There have been a lot of advances in technology and discoveries about dinosaurs, building upon what we knew back when Jurassic Park first came out. Now, I want to see them do what science fiction does best: use what we’ve discovered to weave an awesome story.
4. This movie is riding on the hypothetical idea of dinosaurs in a theme park. We saw the catastrophe that occurred in JP1. So many things went wrong, I could write a post on them alone. For me to believe this movie, I’m going to need more to go on than just those neat gyrospheres and a shark hanging from a line above the lagoon. How has their tech improved outside of the labs? Do they still work from a secondary location where they breed and raise the dinosaurs before transporting them to the show island? If so, how has containment and transportation improved? If not, where on the island are they raised? Also, if Indominus rex is able to get out at the main island, how has she not gotten out thus far?
What about weaponry? Not gonna lie, their weapons choices were pretty crappy in the first movie thanks to Hammond and his obsession with keeping his precious dinos safe. Additionally, even though they didn’t delve into it in the movies, I’d love to see an expansion of the ideas presented in the second novel when Malcolm, Eddie, and Thorne go searching for Levine and discover the factory on Isla Sorna and the information about Disease X. It seemed like a relatively easy problem to solve in the novel, but solving it could potentially present several more problems, since the disease acted as a form of population control.
5. What about the other dinosaurs? There’s a lot of emphasis placed on Indominus rex, some emphasis on the raptors, and background mentions of the other species. Personally, I want to know what happened to the Spinosaurus. Why wasn’t Spiney just brought to the park instead of making Indominus? Did it die or something? Seriously, because Spiney isn’t on their official dinosaur page yet, and I’m pissed about that. #TeamSpinosaurus For real, they’ve got Suchomimus and Baryonix, but no Spiney?? Or maybe I just missed that leak on Jurassic World News.
What happened to the pterosaurs after they flew off the island in JP3? I wanna know what happened to them because no way in HELL were they allowed to roam the world, free to explore as they pleased. Those things are violent! While I always assumed that the Marines/Navy shot them out of the sky after the credits, I want to know for sure. Hopefully they’ll explain, or at least hint to it.
Based on the mosquito theory presented in JP1, I’m not sure about the Mosasaur. Mosquitoes aren’t aquatic and Mosasaurs—at least the one featured in the trailers—weren’t the aquatic/terrestrial creatures they are believed to have predated. So, where did they get the DNA?
6. No lie, I’m really skeptical about this whole Indominus rex thing. It’s not entirely unrealistic when you consider that we kind of have an obsession with making new hybrid things. For example: the liger, mule, zorse, beefalo, Labradoodle, and my least favorite, killer bees. Add to that list the many genetically modified foods we consume and the latest line of hybrid vehicles. Granted, the mules, killer bees, foods, and cars were meant to improve our lives, but I can’t justify the rest. Same goes for Indominus.
Genetically modifying the dinosaurs isn’t new. It was explained in the first book at length when Hammond and Wu discussed breeding for version 4.4, thus getting slower, more domesticated and docile dinosaurs, and Wu mentions previous genetic modifications. Then, of course there was the extensive genetic testing done to try to prevent Disease X, which Harding and Malcolm discuss in book 2.
While the intent of the original dinosaurs was to have something as close to the real thing as Hammond could get it, and give spectators a glimpse at what life was like 65+ million years ago, Indominus is a bit of a stretch, even for me. Honestly, it would have made a lot more sense to breed a normal hybrid a la the ones I mentioned above. But, hey, science fiction plus corporate nuts who live completely detached from their company apparently equals a DIY dino. Though, judging by the crowds in the trailer and teaser clips, as well as the capacity count on the Jurassic World website, they're not hurting for customers.
Overall, I’m above and beyond excited for the movie. I’ve had dinosaurs on the brain ever since I first saw Jurassic Park as a kid. (And I’m still not sure paleontology isn’t in my future.) The sketchiness of I-Rex aside, I’ll be seeing y’all at the premiere.
If y'all want to check out the web sites yourselves, here they are:
http://www.jurassicworldmovie.com/ - This links to the web site that details the technical aspects of the movie. The trailer starts playing automatically, too.
http://www.masraniglobal.com/index.html - This links to Masrani Global's hypothetical web site and has some pretty nifty info. It also has a short introductory video that begins playing automatically.
http://www.jurassicworldnews.com/ - This is a fan site dedicated to keeping up-to-date on everything Jurassic World. They are the go-to place for fans, and my source for all the images in this post.
http://www.jurassicworld.com/ - This is the best of 'em. It's the park's hypothetical web site, with neat tidbits like park capacity, wait times for the various attractions, and a park cam that shows clips of various parts of the island. It almost makes me wish the park was real. Almost.
I wrote out a comparatively short review, so if you'd like, check it out.