Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous (Animated Series) runs under the same conflict as it was picturized in the original Jurassic Park film series. On a secluded island, scientists have created a theme park with real dinosaurs. These dinosaurs were re-created under a controlled environment, in a DNA lab to give us a glimpse of historical creatures we have never seen.
In Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous (Animated Series), this artificial dinosaurs park is called Camp Cretaceous. A group of six teenagers gets a chance to visit Camp Cretaceous to experience this man-made wonder engineered by a scientist, Dr. Wu, who works for a company called InGen. When these teenagers visit the camp, an ongoing experiment involving Dinosaur Rex goes out of hand, causing the emergency evacuation of the camp. The kids, however, are estranged on the island while they try to survive in the wild with savage monsters all around them.
Developed by Zack Stentz, the animated series is based on the Jurassic Park novel by Michael Crichton. At the beginning of season 1, the series takes a unique flight as it introduces its protagonist, a teenage dinosaur fanatic, Darius Bowman. Darius always wanted to visit Camp Cretaceous with his late father. After his father’s death, all Darius was left with was a hope to fulfill his father’s unfulfilled desire someday. The medium he finds is to win a Jurassic World surviving video game, which will offer him a ticket to Camp Cretaceous.
Darius wins the game and lands on Camp Cretaceous along with 5 other teenagers who were given the same opportunity but due to different reasons. All these six teenagers have different sets of backstory and their character skin is really interesting. Like there is a girl named Brooklynn, a famous vlogger who is invited to make Camp Cretaceous famous through her blog. She holds a certain pride for that too. But when things go haywire with no phones and signals, all Brooklynn is left with is a bunch of teenagers with whom she has to survive, the old way, without technology. A similar character graph is seen in each of these individuals. However, they are trapped in a repetitive story/plot, which we have already seen. A weak storyline doesn’t provide enough space for a character to flourish due to which their expansion is limited.
In recent times, (mostly due to Netflix, a hoarder of the world’s greatest anime series) some really intriguing anime have come out, which showcase layered stories and characters. Take the example of Bojack Horseman, or Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty. In a time when audiences are engrossed with complex dramas, putting out such a simple tale like Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous without any unique edge to it, is a wastage of resources. I do agree that a simple narrative is not a drawback, but what Speilberg created in the original Jurassic Park films was a narrative filled with emotions and innocence. The threat was new and real, and the animated series fails to touch that standard.
The Season 2 of Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous (Animated Series) was much better than Season 1 because the latter season had something new to offer. Season 1 was just trying to set up the mishap, which we have seen the nth number of times on screen. Season 2 also has a unique sub-plot attached to it where the stranded teenagers not only try to save themselves from the dinosaurs but also save the dinosaurs from the new hunters who have arrived at the camp. Another strong point that Season 2 offers is the threat of an ultimate monster code named E750, which is going to be explored further in Season 3. Hence, the graph of the story is increasing with each ascending season. The only thing we miss now is a better character graph or conflict which would correct the flaw of its dullness.
If you want to run into nostalgia or want to binge something that is easy to grasp without much strain, then Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous is a real good option. If looking for something unique, don’t even try touching it.
Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous (Animated Series) ‘Season 1 & 2’ is streaming on Netflix.
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