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Jurassic Park: Has the Dino-Centric Franchise Ran Its Course?

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Spoiler Warning: Jurassic World: Dominion

Jurassic World: Dominion was responsible for ending the Jurassic Park series and the Jurassic Saga on a potentially thought-provoking note. The predecessor to the film, Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, had set the stage for a story never exploited before in the franchise. The genetically engineered dinosaurs were now amidst us, leading the world into a neo-Jurassic age. The idea that never came to light in previous films would finally be a decisive part of the story. In what was promised to be an epic conclusion to the saga, fans hoped it would cover new themes, extending beyond certain characters and an enclosed reserve of dinosaurs.

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Unfortunately, the film killed that idea and repeated what each film has since the original. And therefore, it’s probably time Universal drops the franchise, which appears to have run its course. Critics tend to support this following the final entry of Jurassic Saga.

Before the release of Jurassic World: Dominion, Universal Pictures released a short teaser on its YouTube channel. The film began with a sequence featuring the dinosaur species wandering in the Jurassic age, sixty-five million years ago, and then cut to T-Rex wreaking havoc on an open theater. The short was a glimpse into what was coming next to the franchise. A story that should have discussed and explored the true impact of dinosaurs living amongst humans. Not in a caged facility, but in the wilderness, looking towards an impending invasion of urban land and the shoreside.

It wasn’t just a short film. The trailers also featured sequences that hinted at the same. Dinosaurs destroy military-grade vehicles, hamper fishing operations, and take over the sky. The trailer featured actors talking about the “mistakes they made” and the “ecological disaster” they caused.

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But, Jurassic World: Dominion discarded this prologue and went directly four years ahead of the predecessor film. The only glimpse of the dinosaur’s escape caused included a series of newsreels that showed how the events from the Fallen Kingdom opened up a black market trade of dinosaur species. No background into it, exploration of the turmoil the past four years have caused, and no discussion of what became of the Lockwood-Hammond legacy.

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