For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a huge fan of Dinosaurs. I used to go gaga over them at museums, and I watched every Dinosaur documentary I could find. To this day, Walking With Dinosaurs is one of my favorite documentaries. Ironically, I never got into the Jurassic Park franchise until the soft reboot, Jurassic World.
With the third Jurassic World movie coming out in the near future, Universal’s gearing up its viral marketing campaign to get people’s interest. Yesterday, they dropped a new short film bridging the gap between Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and the unnamed sequel. Dubbed “Battle at Big Rock”, it’s trending at #11 on YouTube at the time of this writing. So I’d thought I’d give my personal thoughts on this look at a world where Dinosaurs freely exist on Earth. Or at least the Americas.
Oh, and spoilers for Fallen Kingdom are ahead.
Jurassic World (For Real)
At the end of Fallen Kingdom, all the surviving dinosaurs rescued from Isla Nublar’s destruction were set free on the Continental United States. Needless to say, this has caused a lot of problems for humanity, as even the herbivores are potentially dangerous. The film shows a family camping one night at the Big Rock National Park that gets intruded upon by a family of Triceratops’. They end up drawing an Allosaurus, which then tries to eat the family. Then we get the traditional terrified struggle until one of the kids drives it off with a crossbow.
I Don’t Humanity’s Screwed
So, my thoughts. I think this short seemingly confirms what I already knew: bringing back Dinosaurs into modern world will cause a lot of problems. Humans would have to deal with species of animals that existed millions of years before we did. Dinosaurs would be in a world different from what their genetics know. As this short film show, there would be a lot of confusion and potential death.
Despite Dr. Malcolm’s fears in Jurassic World, though, I can’t feasibly see dinosaurs as the big threat to humanity the franchise makes them out to be. As the girl in the short reminds us, humans have weapons that range from swords and spears to tanks. HISHE even points out this fact in their episode of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
At best, I think Battle at Big Rock demonstrates that Dinosaurs are simply a safety hazard. Unless they multiply exponentially, they won’t be as big a threat as they’re made out to be. I’m more concerned that they could drive many species of animals into extinction by eating all their food. Or that someone gets killed trying to domesticate them.
I have to give the short credit, though, for it does a good job of getting us hyped for Jurassic World. Now I can’t wait to see if Universal does more short films like this!