Jurassic World 3 Is Forgetting About A Major Legacy Character
Jurassic World 3 is bringing back the Spielberg films' legacy heroes but forgot about Tim, who survived Jurassic Park and is also a dinosaur expert.
Tim Murphy (Joseph Mazzello) is a Jurassic Park legacy character but he isn't reported to appear in Jurassic World: Dominion - even though Tim is also a dinosaur expert. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World: Dominion not only ends his dinosaur trilogy but it will also complete the six-film cycle that started with Steven Spielberg's 1993 blockbuster. Jurassic Park's legacy heroes, Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are all part of the returning cast of Jurassic World: Dominion and have major roles but Tim Murphy isn't part of the reunion.
Tim was roughly 10 years old in 1993 when he and his older sister Lex (Ariana Richards) were invited by their grandfather, John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), to join the inspection tour of Jurassic Park. A combination of a hurricane and the sabotage of the park's systems by Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) trapped Tim, Lex, Grant, and Malcolm in the park with the dinosaurs on the loose. Tim heroically survived a T-rex attack, being trapped in a jeep plummeting from a treetop, a Gallimimus stampede, and being shocked by an electric fence. After Dr. Grant led them back to the Visitor's Center, Lex and Tim escaped a Velociraptor attack in the kitchen and a reappearance by the T-rex before they were finally escorted from the island to safety.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom brought the dinosaurs from Isla Nublar to Northern California because the island was destroyed by a volcanic eruption. The cloned prehistoric beasts were then set loose upon the planet and Jurassic World: Dominion will be a global epic about the human race coping with the reality of the dinosaurs proliferating across the globe, as well as other people besides Hammond's company, InGen, gaining the code to create more dinos. Since dinosaurs are now everywhere, Jurassic World's heroes, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) aren't enough; the experts from Jurassic Park who faced and survived them decades ago - Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, and Ian Malcolm - are needed more than ever. But Tim Murphy should also be recruited because he's also extremely knowledgable about dinosaurs, especially the animals his grandfather created.
Tim was a dinosaur fanboy who read all of Alan Grant's books about paleontology and wanted to ask him all about it, to Grant's chagrin. However, the weekend Grant spent guiding Lex and Tim through the Park softened his previous dislike of children. Even though he was very young, Tim's expertise in dinosaurs was impressive. However, Tim and Lex only briefly cameoed at the start of The Lost World: Jurassic Park, which was set 4 years later, and they haven't been canonically mentioned in the franchise since. Trevorrow's Jurassic World films have ignored Hammond's grandchildren thus far.
But by Jurassic World: Dominion's timeframe, Tim would be in his late-30s and it's likely that he's still a dinosaur expert. Unless the trauma of his ordeal in Jurassic Park led Tim to abandon his dinosaur fascination, he can be counted among the few people who have faced the dinosaurs and lived to tell the tale. Fans don't know what became of Tim since 1997 but it's possible he continued studying paleontology or even went to work for InGen. Regardless, Tim should be in Jurassic World: Dominion to lend his expertise on what must be done about the dinosaurs.
It would also be ideal if Joseph Mazzello reprised the role of Tim since he continued his acting career and played Queen's bass guitarist, John Deacon, in Bohemian Rhapsody. An update on the whereabouts of Tim and Lex would be appreciated by longtime Jurassic fans and would help bring the saga full-circle. Unless Mazzello has an uncredited cameo in Jurassic World: Dominion, it would be extremely disappointing if Tim Murphy isn't counted as one of the Jurassic Park legacy characters in the film.