Warning: SPOILERS for Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous season 3.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous season 3 ended with the six teenage Campers finally escaping Isla Nublar but an ominous cliffhanger indicates their problems with dinosaurs are not over. Indeed, even though Darius (Paul-Mikél Williams), Brooklynn (Jenna Ortega), Kenji (Ryan Potter), Yasmina (Kausar Mohammed), Ben (Sean Giambrone), and Sammy (Raini Rodriguez) are sailing away from Jurassic World, they could end up in Isla Sorna instead of Costa Rica.
The Campers survived an attack by the Scorpios Rex after they learned there are two of the original hybrid dinosaur monsters created by Dr. Henry Wu (Greg Chun). With the help of Blue the Velociraptor, who returned the favor of Darius saving her life by fighting the Scorpios Rex, the kids made it out alive as the old Jurassic Park visitors’ center was destroyed, killing both Scorpios Rex. Finally, the Campers made it back to the boat originally owned by the late big game hunters Mitch (Bradley Whitford) and Tiff (Stephanie Beatriz), who menaced Jurassic World’s dinosaurs in Camp Cretaceous season 2. But the teenagers’ attempt to sail away from Isla Nublar was interrupted by the arrival of mercenaries hired by David Mills (Rafe Spall) to extract the DNA of the Indominus Rex from the Mosasaurus’ lagoon.
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Dr. Wu also returned to Jurassic World for the first time since the park fell thanks to the Indominus Rex. Brooklynn, who knew about Wu creating the Scorpios Rex and his work on hybrid dinosaurs, led Darius and Yaz into keeping the geneticist’s research away. Meanwhile, Kenji, Ben, and Sammy, were taken aboard a helicopter by the mercs and survived a Pteranodon attack. The kids finally reunited to upload the files from Wu’s stolen laptop into a flash drive while they planned to rescue Brooklynn, who was abducted by Wu’s thugs. However, Kenji decided to make an exchange of Wu’s laptop for Brooklynn. Thankfully, Ben leading Bumpy and her ankylosaurus pack in a stampede prevented the mercs from doublecrossing Brooklynn and Kenji.
Everyone made their separate escape from Jurassic World, which finally wrapped up the Campers’ ordeal of being stranded on Isla Nublar. However, the kids’ happy ending comes with a cliffhanger that not only sets up what could come next in Camp Cretaceous season 4 but also connects to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Camp Cretaceous’ Ending Caused Jurassic World 2’s Opening Scene
Camp Cretaceous season 3’s final two episodes, “Whatever It Takes” and “Stay On Mission,” take place at the same time as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom‘s opening scene, which is set 6 months after the island was overrun by dinosaurs in Jurassic World. This also clearly established that the Campers have been on Isla Nublar for 6 months, after a large time jump in between Camp Cretaceous seasons 2 and 3 (Kenji grew facial hair and the roots of Brooklynn’s pink dyed hair are now showing). In Fallen Kingdom‘s prologue, the mercenaries sent by David Mills arrived at Jurassic World during a rainstorm and successfully acquired the Indominus Rex’s DNA. But they also encountered the Tyrannosaurus Rex and one of the mercs was eaten by the Mosasaurus, which then escaped her lagoon and made her way into the open sea.
However, Camp Cretaceous revealed that the mercenaries aboard their helicopters stopped the Campers from sailing from Isla Nublar. When they rendezvoused on the dock, they were attacked by the T-Rex. Darius, Brooklynn, and Yasmina fled into the jungle and they ended up leading the T-Rex back to Jurassic World’s main street, which is how the massive apex predator ran into the mercenaries at the lagoon looking for the Indominus Rex’s remains. The Mosasaurus eating the thug hanging from his helicopter’s rope ladder was also seen from the Campers’ point of view. But an interesting note is that Camp Cretaceous doesn’t address how Fallen Kingdom conveniently changed Isla Nublar’s geography, which Jurassic World 2 retconned to allow the Mosasaurus access to the sea when her lagoon is actually landlocked in the middle of the island.
Camp Cretaceous Season 3 Finale Connects To Jurassic Fallen Kingdom’s Prologue
Part of the fun of Camp Cretaceous for fans is that Netflix’s animated series’ events happen concurrently with the Jurassic World movies and show a different perspective. Camp Cretaceous season 3 revealed that while the mercenaries were dealing with the T-Rex and Mosasaurus, Dr. Henry Wu landed on the island via helicopter with his own team of henchmen to retrieve his laptop full of research. Camp Cretaceous also dropped the bombshell that the Scorpios Rex was Dr. Wu’s first attempt at a hybrid dinosaur, predating the Indominus Rex. The young Scorpios Rex even attacked and nearly killed Dr. Wu with her poison quills. Simon Masrani (Ifffan Khan) ordered the hybrid destroyed because she was too dangerous and grotesque to be on display in Jurassic World — but instead, Wu placed the Scorpios Rex in cryo-freeze, intending to use her to perfect a new hybrid. The Scorpios Rex partly inspired the Indoraptor.
While Brooklynn was Dr. Wu’s prisoner, she challenged his rationale behind creating killer hybrid dinosaurs. While the geneticist did stop to consider her logic, he obviously continued his experiments since he went ahead to create the Indoraptor in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Dr. Wu and his goons also apparently told no one that the Camp Cretaceous kids were still trapped on Isla Nublar when they returned to the mainland. Overall, Dr. Wu’s encounter with the Campers occurred during and immediately after his team’s successful acquisition of the Indominus Rex’s DNA.
Camp Cretaceous Season 4 Could Be Set On Isla Sorna
The Campers finally sailing away from Jurassic World seemed to signal that their ordeal (and the series) is over. The kids planned to use a compass they retrieved from Kenji’s father’s penthouse to help them reach Costa Rica. However, there’s actually no guarantee that they’ll make it to their destination. For one thing, Kenji only nominally knows how to pilot a boat and navigate at sea. The boat’s hull is also damaged and the patchwork repair job Darius did may not hold up in the stormy and treacherous waters.
If Camp Cretaceous season 4 happens, it’s easy to guess how the teenagers could get shipwrecked – possibly on Isla Sorna. Site B hasn’t been canonically seen in the franchise since Jurassic Park III, so it’s fertile ground to continue the Campers’ problems, but now they could get stuck on a different island of dinosaurs. The fact that almost 15 years have passed canonically since Jurassic Park III means that InGen and Masrani Global Group could have built new facilities on Isla Sorna and continued using Site B to breed new dinosaurs. This would allow Camp Cretaceous‘s producers to let their imaginations run wild in season 4. Further, there are other islands in the chain Isla Sorna is part of, known as the Five Deaths. The Campers could end up marooned on another island instead of making it to the Costa Rican mainland.
Why Camp Cretaceous Season 3’s Cliffhanger Is Actually Sad
Camp Cretaceous season 3’s ominous final shot is of the locked door to the boat’s galley with the sounds of a dinosaur trapped. At the end of Camp Cretaceous season 2, a pair of Baryonyx followed Tiff to her boat and presumably ate her. Somehow, Tiff must have still locked them below deck. The Campers somehow never noticed the locked door or tried to venture below decks but, suffice to say, they’re certainly not free of dinosaurs on their boat. As for the Campers themselves, they have grown closer after surviving their ordeal, although Camp Cretaceous season 3 ended with a rift between Darius and Kenji that a potential season 4 needs to resolve.
Meanwhile, Ben had to leave his pet ankylosaurus, Bumpy, behind on Jurassic World although he did seriously consider staying on Isla Nublar, where he found himself and gained his beloved dinosaur as his best friend. The tragedy of leaving Bumpy behind, however, is that fans know that in less than two years, Isla Nublar will be destroyed by Mt. Sibo’s volcanic eruption. Although many of the dinosaurs were evacuated in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (and later sold in a dinosaur auction), plenty of dinos perished during Isla Nublar’s destruction. There’s no telling whether Bumpy was evacuated or if the heroic ankylosaurus died on Jurassic World. So while it’s a relief that the Campers have escaped Isla Nublar, there is still a lot of their stories left to tell if Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous returns for season 4.
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