Jurassic World: What Really Makes the Indoraptor the Deadliest Dinosaur

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom introduces the deadliest dinosaur in the franchise, the Indoraptor. But its aggression comes from a missing factor.

When the Indominus Rex burst from its egg before the events of Jurassic World, it was meant to be the deadliest creature that the franchise had ever seen. While true at the time, it became evident by its sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, that it was just the beginning of a larger project to spawn a more dangerous successor, the Indoraptor. But what makes this smaller creature more of a threat than the Indominus Rex has to do with a missing component.

Unlike its predecessor, Dr. Henry Wu manufactured the Indoraptor off of an island in the Lockwood Manor's underground labs. The home was owned by Sir Benjamin Lockwood, an ex-partner of John Hammond's, and equipped with cutting-edge machinery that Dr. Wu utilized in creating the new hybrid. With a piece from the Indominus Rex's skeleton, Wu spliced its DNA with a Velociraptor to create a much smaller version of the I-Rex.

The Indoraptor shares many features to its genetic parent, such as a keen intellect and the ability to traverse on all fours or two legs. But as the first of its kind, Wu stressed that the creature was imperfect. As a prototype, its genome required the Velociraptor Blue and her DNA to give it more empathy and a mother figure to imprint on and learn from.

Without Blue, the Indorpator lacks any ability to care and hardly follows commands. The best it can do is follow visual and audio cues that, when activated, drive the creature into a rage, attacking whatever it believes is the source of a piercing sound. Because it can't differentiate friends from food, it's highly unpredictable. But its inability to take orders from others isn't the only thing that makes the creature the deadliest in the Jurassic Park series.

Like the Indominus Rex and the Velociraptor, the Indoraptor is incredibly intelligent. For example, before its escape in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, a hunter named Ken Wheatley tranquilizes it. Trying to take one of its teeth for his collection, he walks into the cage and begins the extraction. But the Indoraptor was never put under from the darts and, with a smile, toys with Wheatley before waking up and mauling him to death.

In Jurassic World, the Indominus Rex hunts for food. But with each kill the Indoraptor commits, it becomes clear that it's likely killing for fun. Since it's a prototype creature, its lack of empathy due to not having Blue's DNA turns this intelligent animal into something more akin to a serial killer. Coupled with its unpredictability and inability to follow orders, the Indoraptor becomes something far deadlier than what has appeared in Jurassic Park's past.

Source: www.cbr.com/