Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Recaptures The Original Park's Magic
Camp Cretaceous season 2 has all of the dino action Jurassic fans could want but there were also moments that understood the magic of Jurassic Park.
Warning: SPOILERS for Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous season 2.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous season 2, episode 3, "The Watering Hole", recaptured the original magic of Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park. Camp Cretaceous season 2 details how the six teenage Campers fight to survive on Isla Nublar after Jurassic World fell and the dinosaurs overran the island. But among its thrills and scares, Camp Cretaceous also paused to celebrate the wonder of the prehistoric creatures just like Spielberg's beloved blockbuster did.
Jurassic Park was a state-of-the-art techno-thriller when it premiered in 1993 and it endures as a beloved classic film. This is because, at its heart, Spielberg understood the power and majesty dinosaurs hold on the human imagination. Certainly, Jurassic Park had terrifying moments where the human characters were eaten by Isla Nublar's rampaging predators, and moments like the T-Rex attack and the Velociraptors in the kitchen are now indelibly part of pop culture and cinema history. But before the scares began, Spielberg vividly introduced his island of dinosaurs when the human heroes, including Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), feasted their eyes on a living Brachiosaurus for the first time. The scientists - and the audience - were left wide-eyed and speechless, and it was truly an unforgettable "welcome to Jurassic Park". Even after Grant was stranded on the island gone amok with young Lex (Ariana Richards) and Tim (Joseph Mazzello), Spielberg paused the action for a quietly poignant scene where the kids met a Brachiosaurus face-to-face.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous season 2 certainly contains all of the intense dino-action that a Jurassic fan would want. Picking up immediately after the show's heroic Campers were stranded on Isla Nublar at the end of season 1, Camp Cretaceous season 2 jumps right into the chaos as Darius (Paul-Mikel Williams), Brooklynn (Jenna Ortega), Kenji (Ryan Potter), Yasmina (Kausar Mohammad), and Sammy (Raini Rodriguez) traverse the jungle to Main Street hoping for food and rescue. But the T-Rex made a nest in Main Street, which meant that the kids had to go back to the site of Camp Cretaceous' treehouse and create a refuge there. About 22 days later, Darius and Kenji separated from the group and were chased by their old enemy, Toro the Carnotaurus, and the two kids stumbled upon the most magical location in Isla Nublar: the Watering Hole where all of the dinosaurs came to drink.
The Watering Hole is a special place where Jurassic World's dinosaurs all communed; whether they were peaceful herbivores like the Stegosaurus and the Sinoteratops or super predators like the Baryonyx and the Carnotaurus, all of the prehistoric clones inherently understood that the Watering Hole was a common ground where everyone was allowed to drink in peace. And at the Watering Hole, the dinos do drink in herds. Even Kenji became emotional at the sight of the mighty creatures coming together as one, and the sweeping scene - accompanied by John Williams' unforgettable score - evoked the feeling of seeing the dinos for the first time in Jurassic Park. It was pure Spielbergian magic replicated by Netflix's animated series.
Indeed, the Watering Hole ended up being the focal point of Camp Cretaceous season 2: the villainous big-game hunters Mitch (Bradley Whitford) and Tiff (Stephanie Beatriz) wanted to find the lagoon so they could shoot and kill the dinos and turn them into trophies. The six Campers worked together to stop Mitch and Tiff and save the dinosaurs. The island's super predators ultimately decided the evil couple's fate, with the T-Rex taking center stage as the ruler of the island once again, just like in Jurassic Park.
Further, Brooklynn, Kenji, Yasmina, and Ben (Sean Giambrone) discovered a control center in the tunnels beneath the park and they were able to restore power to the island temporarily. This meant that a hologram of the T-Rex activated and the flesh and blood Tyrannosaur came face-to-face with its virtual clone, which became another clever spin by Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous on the memorable way Steven Spielberg chose to end Jurassic Park.