Jurassic World Dominion Ignored The Series’ Best Unused Idea

Jurassic World Dominion had the perfect opportunity to differentiate itself from the Jurassic Park series by finally using a wild plot point that was long abandoned by Universal. The movie brought together the original cast of Jurassic Park, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, and Sam Neil, as well as Jurassic World‘s Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Despite doing well at the box office, the movie was received poorly by critics, but had director Colin Trevorrow used one discarded plot point, it may have performed better.

Original concepts for the canceled Jurassic Park IV showed that Universal was considering human-dinosaur hybrids as a central plot point. The designs show monstrous blends of humans and Triceratops and Velociraptors, among other dinosaurs that Sam Neil’s Alan Grant and Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm would reportedly have had to team up to stop. However, the project was quickly shelved due to conflicts and a lack of interest in a fourth movie, until the series was eventually revived with Jurassic World, followed by Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and 2022’s critically panned finale Jurassic World Dominion.

Jurassic World Dominion was heavily criticized for its lackluster plot, so human-dinosaur hybrids could have provided something far more impactful than a horde of killer locusts. The Jurassic Park series was all about evolution and using science to mess with nature, so the introduction of horrific human-dinosaur hybrids would have made sense from a story point of view. Using this concept in Dominion could have seen the movie stand out from the five films that came before, rather than feeling like a rehashed attempt for nostalgia with the presence of Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, and Ian Malcolm.

Jurassic World Dominion Was The Perfect Opportunity For Human-Dinosaur Hybrids

The cliffhanger ending of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom saw dinosaurs unleashed unto the wider world, a plot point that was largely underdeveloped in Dominion. However, this premise perfectly set up the introduction of human-dinosaur hybrids in the series, as the dinosaurs of Jurassic World were now more available than ever to scientists around the world, not just those who worked under John Hammond, Dr Henry Wu, or Biosyn. Additionally, Fallen Kingdom set up the cloned human Maisie Lockwood. After that movie brought scientifically-altered people to the franchise for the first time, human-dinosaur hybrids appears like a logical next step.

Tonally, the introduction of human-dinosaur hybrids could have made Jurassic World Dominon far scarier, bringing it in line with the more horror-focused original Jurassic Park movie. The artwork showed off monsters that were more horrifying than any of the beloved dinosaurs of the Jurassic World movies. The missed potential of not using this long-forgotten plot point saw Jurassic World Dominion become the lowest-rated entry in the series, with a pitiful score of just 29% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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