Owen's Plans Need To Stop Being So Bad
The human characters of the Jurassic World franchise are often mocked for being pretty stupid. Claire chose to spend the entire first film roaming Isla Nublar in high heels, not even removing them in order to run away from a Tyrannosaurus Rex (the sequel actually lampshaded this). In the first film, the Park owner Simon Masrani chose to go from one bad decision to another. And the prize for "most foolish person in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" almost certainly has to go to Ken Wheatley, the hunter who simply has to take a tooth from the Indoraptor. But even Owen, the franchise's hero, makes blunder after blunder. His plans are absurd, and when they do work, it's more by luck than judgment. He'd have died several times in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom had Blue not come to his rescue.
That needs to change. Owen is probably the most experienced man on the planet when it comes to living with dinosaurs. No doubt he's a controversial figure in the wake of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. After all, he and Claire were part of an illegal expedition to Isla Nublar that set out to specifically ignore the decision of a United States Senate Committee that the dinosaurs should be left on the island. It's also likely he and Claire will take the fall for Maisie's decision to free the dinosaurs. But the fact remains that Owen is the one man with the experience needed to tell humanity how to adapt to living with dinosaurs. He's our most valuable asset.
And that means it's time for Owen to actually show a bit of intelligence. So far, he's been one of the smartest characters in the franchise, but it's more been by the default that the Jurassic World films haven't exactly shown humanity's best and brightest. Let's actually see Owen develop as a character in the threequel, and exercise his brains.
Maisie Lockwood Needs To Lead To Bigger Things
The big twist of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was nothing to do with the dinosaurs. Rather, it was the shocking revelation that Maisie Lockwood was actually a clone of her supposed "mother". In the end, that entire arc largely seemed to be little more than a reason for her to release the dinosaurs rather than allow them to go extinct. But Jurassic World 3 could actually use it effectively.
Now, the idea of human cloning is actually a little off-brand for Jurassic World. This isn't a franchise about the ethics of human cloning, after all; cloning and genetic experiments are really just plot devices, in order to create the dinosaurs and get the story moving. So the ethical implications of this should be pretty much ignored; that's most easily done if Owen and Claire quietly hide the truth from the authorities, so nobody ever knows the Lockwoods perfected human cloning in the first place.
The more significant element here, though, is the sympathy and empathy that Maisie Lockwood has for the dinosaurs. If humanity endeavors to come up with an idea for how to get rid of the dinosaurs, Maisie's sympathy with would lead her to oppose - and potentially sabotage - it. Better yet, she could also exert a subtle influence on Owen and Claire (her adopted parents?), leading them to work against humanity as well.
More Ian Malcolm
The marketing for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom made a big deal of Jeff Goldblum's Ian Malcolm, but in the end he was relegated to a brief cameo that effectively bookended the film. Goldblum has said he's interested in returning for Jurassic World 3, but should that happen the script needs to find a better use for him. As an expert in his field, Malcolm should be one of the most important and influential men in this new so-called "Jurassic World". Given his belief that dinosaurs should have been allowed to go extinct when Isla Nublar erupted, he could even be the man behind attempts to find a way to kill the dinosaurs off again.
That would be a striking twist, potentially placing Ian Malcolm in direct conflict with Jurassic World 3's heroes. It would also subtly transform the Senate Committee hearings in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom; rather than being mere expository cameos, they'd become character moments that laid the foundation for the third film.
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) release date: Jun 22, 2018
- Jurassic World/Jurassic Park 4 (2015) release date: Jun 12, 2015