Jurassic World 3 Needs To Save The Dinosaurs (For John Hammond's Legacy)

Monday, January 11, 2021

The upcoming Jurassic World: Dominion needs to save the franchise’s dinosaurs to secure the legacy of original theme park creator John Hammond.

Jurassic World: Dominion needs to save the franchise’s dinosaurs to secure the legacy of original park creator John Hammond. Released in 2015, Jurassic World rebooted the Jurassic Park series in style by introducing a fully functioning dinosaur theme park that soon became as lethally disastrous as the original movie’s unopened test site. The 2018 sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom saw the franchise try to work out how to handle the destroyed park’s surviving dinosaurs, and ended with the surreal sight of them rampaging through the human world.

To wrap up a lot of loose threads from both the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World franchises, the third movie in the series will see returning Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow bring in characters from the original Jurassic Park trilogy such as Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler alongside Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. These returning characters look set to finally finish the story of John Hammond’s ill-fated theme park, but to end things properly, there are a lot of elements Jurassic World: Dominion needs to get right. Namely, it needs to save the dinosaurs to do justice to John Hammond’s legacy.

Where the original Michael Crichton novel of the same name featured an amoral John Hammond who wanted to play God and didn’t care about the consequences, Jaws director Stephen Spielberg opted for a more empathetic approach to the character in his 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park. In the movie’s version of events, Richard Attenborough’s iconic incarnation of Hammond may be a little showy and thoughtless, but he’s an ultimately well-meaning figure. A kindly grandfather, Hammond not only survives Jurassic Park (unlike the original novel), but he learns his lesson by the end of the movie, noting that the dinosaurs should be left to inhabit the islands of the Five Deaths archipelago without further human intervention. It's a lesson that has since been forgotten by the characters of the reboot series, but there's still time for Jurassic World: Dominion to salvage this legacy.

Jurassic World Failed John Hammond's Legacy

The events of Jurassic World make it clear that John Hammond’s legacy is long forgotten. Where the philanthropist accepted by the end of Jurassic Park that a dinosaur theme park is a bad idea and the creatures should be left to their own devices in the wild, by the time Jurassic World rolls around, the theme park operators are attempting to maintain an even bigger dinosaur theme park despite the risk this poses to guests. Not only this, but declining public interest in the spectacle of real-life dinosaurs means that the characters of the Jurassic World trilogy have even dabbled in some genetic experimentation to create the Indominus Rex, a modified predator that is more lethal than any pre-existing dinosaur.

Of course, this hubris comes with a heavy human price as the second act of Jurassic World sees the park descend into bloody chaos. Countless civilians and dinosaurs alike are killed or harmed in a gruesome bloodbath that could have been avoided entirely if the proprietors had heeded the session leaned by John Hammond in the original Jurassic Park. The Jurassic World series continued in this vein with 2018’s Fallen Kingdom, wherein a set of amoral mercenaries and Rafe Spall’s snide, over-ambitious assistant conspire to sell the park’s remaining dinosaurs as bio-weapons to international cabals of shady criminals. Once again, Hammond’s legacy-defining epiphany that the dinosaurs should be left alone and nature should be allowed to take its course was ignored (albeit by much cartoon-ier villains this time around).

Jurassic World Has Setup More Dinosaur-Human Conflict For Dominion

The third film in the franchise, Jurassic World: Dominion, is predicated on a killer hook provided by the ending of Fallen Kingdom. As the movie’s closing moments reveal, dinosaurs have been let loose out in the real world and now plague human cities, no longer confined in their island home. This premise suggests scenes of global conflict between humans and dinosaurs, a level of action never before seen in the series. With both the original Jurassic Park series and the Jurassic World movies set entirely in the Five Deaths archipelago until now (save for one T-Rex’s brief sojourn to the city in The Lost World), this means Jurassic World: Dominion will feature dinosaurs and humans facing off on the biggest scale yet. This idea will only move further away from what Hammond wanted, as his dream of a world where dinosaurs can co-exist with humans by remaining contained in their island home becomes impossible to hold onto now that they’ve escaped. Not only that, with InGen and Biosyn both in play, this situation can only get worse for Hammond’s legacy.

Since the original Jurassic Park, wherein Dennis Nedry set much of the plot in motion by stealing dinosaur DNA for InGen competitors BioSyn, the two companies have never shown any regard for human or dinosaur life. Despite Hammond’s involvement in InGen, Spall’s Fallen Kingdom villain and BD Wong’s amoral Jurassic World character prove that the company doesn’t care about saving dinosaurs or preserving their island home as much as it wants to profit off their existence. Meanwhile their competitors BioSyn have always been willing to use underhanded tricks to get ahead, so looking toward that billion-dollar corporation for moral leadership is another lost cause. With both parties in play by the time Jurassic World: Dominion begins, things aren’t looking good for the dinosaurs or Hammond’s legacy.

How Jurassic World 3 Can Save The Dinosaurs (& Hammond's Legacy)

With BioSyn and InGen both out to profit off dinosaurs and the Jurassic World series thus far doing nothing to protect them, how can the final film in the trilogy, Jurassic World: Dominion, save the noble beasts and secure Hammond’s legacy in the process? It won’t be easy now that dinosaurs are an existential threat to human populations, but by not killing them and instead fulfilling Hammond’s original desire to take them to Site B, and leave them in peace, the series can do justice to the lesson learned by Attenborough’s over-ambitious character way back in the ending of the original film.

Sure, a lot of dinosaurs are likely to die while facing off against the human cast, but by saving the surviving dinosaurs instead of killing them all off, the Jurassic World series can ensure a safe home for the dinosaurs that still exist by allowing them to live in Isla Sorna undisturbed. Since the second film in the series, Isla Sorna has occasionally acted as a safe haven for the dinosaurs, and since viewers already know that some of Jurassic World: Dominion’s scenes are set there, there’s no better way to wrap up both trilogies than by putting the lesson John Hammond learned into effect (even if it is a few decades and avoidable casualties late).

Source: https://screenrant.com/