She's become the dinosaur star of the franchise but what makes Jurassic World's Blue so unique? While 2001's Jurassic Park III was a financial success, it received underwhelming reviews from fans and critics. It was clear the franchise needed a change in direction from the basic concept of a group of characters being stranded on an island with dinosaurs, but producers struggled to think of a fresh pitch.
One famous rejected concept from screenwriter John Sayles (Alligator) involved an ex-military character being hired to train a pack of human/dinosaur hybrids to carry out rescue and assassination missions. This draft was ultimately rejected by producer Steven Spielberg (Jaws) and the sequel was trapped in limbo for over a decade. Eventually, Colin Trevorrow was hired to write and direct 2015's Jurassic World, which took place in a fully functioning dinosaur theme park. A new intelligent hybrid dinosaur breaks loose and creates havoc, forcing the survivors to hunt it down.
Jurassic World received mixed reviews but it would become a huge success, grossing over $1.6 billion worldwide. Chris Pratt (Guardians Of The Galaxy) and Bryce Dallas Howard would reunite for 2018's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which became another smash hit. Another character that returned is Blue, the intelligent female raptor from the previous adventure and the last surviving member of her pack.
Jurassic World inherited some story beats from Sayles' Jurassic Park IV draft, including the idea of a company hiring a rugged, ex-military character to train a pack of dinosaurs to carry out rescue missions. Chris Pratt's Owen Grady is the "alpha" to a pack of velociraptors that includes Blue and her sisters. Blue was the first of her kind created for the new park by InGen and earned her name for the distinctive color pattern of her scales. Even among her sisters, Blue is shown to be keenly intelligent and self-aware. Her animal instincts are intact so she will attack prey, but her relationship with Grady has shown time and again she can think for herself. Grady takes Blue and her pack out to hunt the rogue Indominus Rex, though the part-raptor hybrid is able to convince the park to turn against Owen instead. Despite this, Blue ultimately sides with her alpha again and protects him from the hybrid.
In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom a rescue mission is led by Claire and Owen to take dinosaurs off Isla Nublar before its destroyed by a volcanic eruption. Blue is revealed to be the last living velociraptor and despite three years having passed, she still remembers Owen. It's later revealed Dr. Wu wants to obtain Blue for her DNA, which would allow him to create a more intelligent - and controllable - Indoraptor hybrid. This doesn't work in Wu's favor, since Blue needed a blood transfusion from the T.Rex after she was shot by a mercenary, watering down her DNA.
It's unknown exactly what factors made Blue one of the most intelligent dinosaurs created by InGen, but Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom shows from her early training with Owen she was capable of empathy and problem-solving. She also forged a close bond with her trainer and has feelings of affection towards him, but as shown by the end of Fallen Kingdom when she refuses to be caged again, she wants to be free of captivity.
Blue has also taken on both the Indominus Rex and Indoraptor and survived, making her a formidable fighter. This is why she's becoming one of the most popular characters in the Jurassic World franchise, and as seen in the ending of the second movie when she's seen near a small town, her story isn't over yet.
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