Jurassic World Homages Spielberg's Original Movie Ending
Camp Cretaceous season 3 brings back a classic Jurassic Park location and contains several tributes to key scenes from Steven Spielberg's movie.
Warning: SPOILERS for Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Season 3.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous season 3 calls back to Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park, including an homage to its unforgettable ending of the T-Rex fighting Velociraptors in the visitors' center. Netflix's animated series is set six months after Jurassic World as the six teenage Campers take it upon themselves to escape Isla Nublar but they have to contend with a new hybrid predator, the Scorpios Rex, only there are two of them!
Spielberg's Jurassic Park is one of the most beloved blockbusters of all time and it established the rules and tropes of every Jurassic movie since. In fact, Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World is a soft reboot that recycles many of Spielberg's original plot points and action sequences, and it featured a return to the remains of Jurassic Park's visitors' center. Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous also pays homage to Spielberg, who is one of the show's executive producers, and season 3 showcases the most tributes yet as Darius (Paul-Mikél Williams), Kenji (Ryan Potter), Brookynn (Jenna Ortega), Sammi (Raini Ramirez), Ben (Sean Giambrone), and Yasmina (Kausar Mohammed) also set foot in Jurassic Park's visitors' center, which is now the home of Blue the Velociraptor.
In Camp Cretaceous season 3, episode 8, "Escape from Isla Nublar," the Campers learn that there are two Scorpios Rex and they return to the visitors' center as the hybrid dinosaurs give chase. Camp Cretaceous honors Spielberg's seminal "Raptors in the Kitchen" sequence where Lex (Ariana Richards) and Tim Murphy (Joseph Mazzello) are stalked by Velociraptors by doing their own version as the Scorpios Rex hunts the Campers in the ruins of the same kitchen. Later, the kids are trapped in the main lobby of the visitors' center as both Scorpios Rex try to kill them, but they find an unlikely ally in Blue (whose life Darius had previously saved). The cobalt Velociraptor decides to fight the Scorpios Rex, who also turn on each other, in a brilliant echo of the memorable battle between the T-Rex and the raptors in Jurassic Park.
The Scorpios Rex battle ultimately destroy the visitors' center, which is Camp Cretaceous' final farewell to that all-important location in Spielberg's Jurassic Park. After all, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom established that all of Isla Nublar is eventually destroyed by a volcanic eruption, which means no one can ever return to the site of four of the Jurassic movies and Camp Cretaceous. However, Blue survived the visitors' center's destruction; the Velociraptor had made her home in the ruins of the structure so Blue became displaced and would be loose on the island until Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) returned to rescue her in Fallen Kingdom.
However, Camp Cretaceous season 3's final two episodes had more notables tribute to Jurassic Park, including the return of Dr. Henry Wu (Greg Chun). After mercenaries arrived on Isla Nublar to retrieve the DNA of the Indominus Rex, Kenji, Ben, and Sammy are taken aboard a helicopter, which then crashes thanks to the Pteranodons. The chopper is stuck in a tree and the Campers have to escape before it crashes into the ground just like how Lex and Tim were trapped in a Jeep and were rescued by Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) after the T-Rex attacked them in Jurassic Park.
Finally, the Campers escaped Isla Nublar aboard a boat at the end of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous season 3, and while the final shot is a cliffhanger of a mystery dinosaur locked in the bowels of their vessel, the sense of relief among the Campers echoes the uplifting feeling of how Dr. Grant and the others felt when they flew away from Isla Nublar in at the end of Jurassic Park.