WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, in theaters June 22.
When the new Jurassic Park trilogy was announced, director Colin Trevorrow indicated it would send the franchise in a new direction. Well, Jurassic World did just that by tearing down the Isla Nublar facility in 2015, letting the dinosaurs room freely once again. J.A. Bayona’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom continues to break even newer ground, now allowing the creatures a bigger space to roam: basically, they’ve been let loose into the world.
But as much as Trevorrow (who co-wrote on this sequel and who will be returning for its follow-up in 2021) and Bayona ventured into previously unexplored territory, the sequel also dives deep into a massive creative reshaping of what we experienced in 1993’s Jurassic Park, the Steven Spielberg film which kicked off this prehistoric ride in modern times.
Here’s a look at some of the oh-so convenient retcons that took place in order to truly allow the franchise to transform into a jurassic era.
The Pop-Up Volcano
In our previous trips to Isla Nublar, there wasn’t ever any talk of a volcano, so where did it suddenly come from? When Spielberg thoroughly explored the park, there was no sign it even existed. Trevorrow and co-writer Derek Connolly threw continuity to the wind and just added it in to advance Fallen Kingdom’s first act, and provide a dramatic, action-filled excuse to put the dinos in danger.
Seriously, are we really to believe scientists intelligent enough to resurrect dinosaurs would build their facility on an island with a dormant volcano? This retcon makes no sense at all, but, hey, at least it delivered a spectacle with our heroes and all the dinos fleeing waves of molten hot lava.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Lockwood
Benjamin (James Cromwell) is introduced here as a wealthy benefactor and former partner of John Hammond, the man who brought InGen and the entire park to life in Spielberg’s movies. However, not once was Lockwood mentioned before, with Hammond always framed as the visionary behind things.
Even when InGen was taken over by the Masrani Corporation in Jurassic World, there wasn’t even the slightest hint Benjamin existed. It’s hard to believe such a key player would be kept in the dark, especially when he just so happened to have another dino-sanctuary in his back pocket. Fallen Kingdom simply retconned him in to facilitate the dark dynasty of the Lockwoods, with a convenient business deal with Hammond gone sour making Benjamin the new boss with a god complex.
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