Ever since the 1993 release of Jurassic Park, archaeology, paleontology, and genetic science have all taken extremely huge leaps forward in knowledge. Which, sadly, has made the original film a little outdated – particularly with how they treated the appearance of the films raptors. Now, 22 years later, Jurassic World is poised to set the scientific community/comic book people of the world off on another round of questions, what with a squad of "trained" raptors at Chris Pratt's command. And just how does the 2015 summer blockbuster-to-be propose to explain this away? With an old friend and colleague of John Hammond himself, Dr. Henry Wu.
Thanks to a particularly sharp Redditor, some knowledge from the original 1990 novel has been brought to light. In particular, there's a sequence in the book in which Dr. Wu and Hammond debate over genetically modifying the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park. Why would they mess even further with the shaky ground they're already on? According to Crichton's original plot, Dr. Wu wants to provide the public with more "domesticated" dinosaurs that aren't as rough or visually shocking. In other words, the novel depicts Dr. Wu's version of Jurassic Park as a petting zoo, while Hammond's vision is something a bit more... adrenaline-friendly.
This theory of Michael Crichton's original source material being drawn upon as inspiration is pretty much pre-validated, as Colin Trevorrow name checked the original book when the announcement was made that B.D. Wong would be returning to the land where not an expense was spared. What's more, there seems to be a further hint that Dr. Wu's new genetic advances were made once John Hammond was out of the picture, which could explain how InGen's new parent company, Masrani Global, would even allow Jurassic World to happen, much less why half of the creatures in its fences even exist.
With those facts and theories in mind, the concept of raptors that can be trained isn't so strange. Nor is the theory that the Indominus Rex has developed a habit of killing for sport, seeing as Jurassic World's grasp on science and ethics are being controlled by a man who felt that dinosaurs should be a little more exciting and interactive for people who decided it was a good idea to take advantage of Coupon Day. Of course, if that explanation doesn't tickle your scientific or logical fancy, you can always subscribe to the more traditional model coined by Dr. Ian Malcolm, "Life, uh... finds a way."
No matter what theory you subscribe to, the science fiction in Jurassic World not only seems to be somewhat grounded in reason and logic of some sort, but it's also a nice tip of the hat to the original Jurassic Park novel that started it all. Jurassic World unleashes Chris Pratt and the Raptor Squad on the very suspecting public on June 12.
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