Star Wars Confirmed To Exist In Jurassic Park's Universe

Monday, October 12, 2020

It's taken five films and a Netflix series but we have confirmation that Star Wars exists in the Jurassic World universe thanks to Camp Cretaceous

We finally have confirmation that Star Wars exists in the Jurassic World universe thanks to Camp Cretaceous. Netflix's PG-rated animated Jurassic World series spin-off of the phenomenally popular Jurassic World films follows the (mis-)fortunes of six mismatched teens as they struggle to survive the events of Colin Trevorrow's 2015 blockbuster Jurassic World. The show's events take place concurrently with those of the film as the kids attempt to cross the island and return to relative safety when the theme turns to chaotic carnage.

Despite some effective and tense set pieces, the show has received a mixed reception due to what some critics called unoriginal character designs and thin plotting. It's not without its flaws but there's no denying that the series captures the tone of the rebooted Jurassic World franchise which, to be fair to Camp Cretaceous's creators, isn't too tightly plotted either (as proven by the crater-sized plotholes left behind by the 2018 installment Fallen Kingdom). One thing that Camp Cretaceous can undeniably boast, though, is a bit of hitherto-unseen franchise crossover.

Thanks to occasionally insufferable self-proclaimed "alpha male" Kenji Kon, fans of the franchise can now say for certain that the Star Wars films do exist in the universe of Jurassic World. When the character grabs a flashlight from the monorail's wall he excitedly imitates a lightsaber (whooshing sounds and everything) as he notes that this's the first piece of working equipment the group has encountered since their arrival. He then promptly drops it which is very in-character, as is Kenji seeing himself as the heroic Jedi in this and every adventure.

Despite a five-film run, this marks the first time that the franchise has references the Star Wars films. It's unusual as the first two films in the original Jurassic Park trilogy, 1993's Jurassic Park and 1997's The Lost World, were directed by Steven Spielberg. Spielberg frequently collaborates with Star Wars creator George Lucas, and the pair share credit for the phenomenally popular Indiana Jones franchise (at least for the parts that aren't copied from James Bond). So it's surprising to see that Spielberg's science-run-amok monster movie series took this long to sneak in an acknowledgment of his colleague's phenomenally popular and influential space opera film saga.

Still, better late than never, and there's no better moment for Kenji to reference the Star Wars films than in this brief bit of comic relief. After all, Lucas' nine-film saga is famous for balancing pathos, action, and laughs, and indeed Kenji's jokes soon prove to be some very necessary relief. The scene immediately before the monorail ride is a nail-biting T-rex chase that the characters barely survive, and the brief bit of camaraderie in the carriage is followed by the devastating, surprisingly bleak ending of Camp Cretaceous.