If you told my 9 year old self what shows they’d be watching at 30 and said an animated dinosaur show, that 9 year old would say “sounds about right”. Like the title implies, our young protagonists find themselves in a very different situation than what they’ve grown used to over the past six months. With season 4 finally showing the kids getting off the island (or so we think), there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel for them. An end to all their troubles. But as the saying goes: when one door closes, another one opens.
THIS REVIEW IS SPOILER FREE
Just to do a quick recap of what’s already happened, the short version (or as short as I can possibly make it) goes like this: six teens are invited to dinosaur themed camp called Camp Cretaceous, a camp designed for kids to safely learn about dinosaurs in a fun and educational way…..except the term “safely” is used loosely. When the theme park starts to fail and dinos run amuck, the kids find themselves trapped with no way home and no one to contact to find help. As they search for a means to escape the island, they make some horrific discoveries kept secret by the people creating the prehistoric creatures; including the Indominus Rex, the Indoraptor and the horrifying Scorpius Rex. It’s both a story about survival as well as friendship, trust and teamwork.
That quick recap is just the tip of the iceberg. So much more happened on the show that I can’t possibly even add it in this review. So for that, you’ll have to check out for yourself. But moving right along, season 4 is by far the most engaging season. I’ll admit that I did screen the whole thing in one night. Every episode left me wanting more, and the ending left me with a slack jaw. It was phenomenal and definitely something I didn’t see coming nor crossed my mind to even consider. Storyline wise, even though it’s still a continuation of what’s been happening the last three previous seasons, it still felt fresh and new despite it being six kids trying to escape a dinosaur infested island. The new baddie is infuriating, obnoxious, but has all the qualities of a (good) villain. This new chapter was well thought out with crazy twists and turns, tons of action and plenty of dinosaurs for the dino loving soul.
Without revealing the types of prehistoric death traps you’ll see this season, I will say this. They’re amazing. You get to see new ones that you never expected. Some are adorable (wouldn’t mind having them in plushie form to be honest). Others…..not so much. But in their own right, their design is incredible. Me as a 9 year old would’ve been so giddy to see all of this on my screen. As a big fan of character and creature design, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing these new creatures wrecking havoc every chance they got. But none, and emphasis on NONE will top the Scorpius Rex from season three. That monster was a nightmare in and of itself and by FAR the best and most horrifying hybrid dinosaur. But nonetheless, the more dinos, the merrier. And this season didn’t disappoint.
With a cliffhanger of an ending, Camp Cretaceous shows no signs of going extinct anytime soon. What will the fifth season bring? Anything is possible as the show continuously proves, and one can only hope that things look up for the kids and that they finally find their way home. It’s an exhilarating ride for the whole family.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous season 1-4 are available to stream on Netflix.