Jurassic Park was one of those groundbreaking movies that changed the way we thought about movies. For those of us that were children when it came out, it blew us away and is forever ingrained in our minds. I can still remember being a ten year old pretending to be a raptor running around my front yard (and no, I am not ashamed of that). Then there was the Lost World, not as groundbreaking as Jurassic Park, but a good film none the less. Lastly was Jurassic Park 3, a movie that I admit I never watched, receiving mixed reviews and starting to forge away from a mixture of CGI and animatronics towards a more encompassing embracement of CGI. It’s been 14 years since that last installment, and Amblin Entertainment along with Legendary Pictures decided it was time to pursue another movie for this franchise, and got superstar Chris Pratt to play the lead. Here’s my spoiler filled review of an attempt at rebooting the Jurassic Park universe.
Hello again geeks, it’s been a little while since I wrote a post on a retired TV show, and today’s is near and dear to me. Way back when, my first post ever for the geeks, was for the original BBC series Primeval. I loved that show, and all the amazing dinosaurs and creatures that came with it. I was thrilled to find out that a Canadian network decided to reboot the show, and here is my review for you. Get ready for more dinos and spoilers but less British accents.
There are certain things in life that everyone should know in order to enjoy it to the fullest. Rather than provide you with some philosophical guidelines here that I am sure many could debate I will leave you with some simple truths I have found:
- Barbecue sauce makes anything taste better.
- A well paired glass of wine can enhance every meal.
- If feeling unproductive, this website is the perfect way to keep that going and say “Damn the man” to your boss while enjoying your evil geek fix during work.
- Chocolate can make any bad day seem more tolerable.
5. Dinosaurs can make anything more entertaining.
So this week I want to share with you a more recent retired TV show that with its plethora of dinosaurs is just impossible not to love.
Welcome back! To catch up on the first part of this article, you can check it out here. If you’re ready to move on get ready because we’ve spared no expense.
Meanwhile back at the compound…
We find that Dr. Sadler was smart to abandon the group and has made it safely inside. It has become clear to Hammond, Muldoon and Mr. Arnold that Nedry’s reasons for shutting down the power are super sketch and that he will not be coming back. It’s here that we also learn that the magic word is not “Please”, as my parents had always told me. John Hammond pleads to Muldoon to go back to the now stand-still jeeps and bring his grandchildren back to safety (making no mention of his concerns about the safety of Grant or Malcolm). Muldoon and Sadler go off into the great unknown to bring everyone back. It is here that we are again reintroduced to Dennis Nedry, who has clearly never driven in the rain and unlike John Hammond, did not “spare no expense” on glasses that don’t fog up. He crashes into a post and loses his direction. He drives off a small cliff and becomes stranded. It’s here that we meet my Halloween costume dinosaur, Dilophosaurus. It’s immediately clear that Nedry has no idea what kind of crazy, mystical power this little dino can unleash. After he throws a stick at her and insults her intelligence, Dilophosaurus loses her temper. She flashes her fancy frills and spits her monster-goo at Nedry’s eyes and blinds him. We leave our dear Mr. Nedry as he is slowly and painfully being devoured by this cute little demon-beast.
For those of you that know me, it comes as no surprise to you that I have a tendency to become obsessed with things. My first real obsession came about in 1993. I was 8 years old and that obsession was Jurassic Park. I was already pretty heavily obsessed with dinosaurs at this point, so when I saw the posters and trailers for the movie, I begged my parents to let me see it. It was the first PG-13 movie that I saw in the movie theater (and probably the first PG-13 movie that I had ever seen in general). After leaving the theater, I promptly begged my mother to take me to the local toy store so I could fill my room with Jurassic Park themed goodies. Over the next few months I spent any money that I had on acquiring more JP items. I had bed sheets, the tent, several T-shirts, pajamas (apparently they only made JP pajamas for boys, naturally curious, I questioned my mom as to why there was a hole in the crotch and that was how I learned that boys pee standing up), I even dressed up as a Dilophasaurus for Halloween that year. Then there’s my most prized possession of all of my JP merch, an item which I still own to this very day, The Jurassic Park Compound. This movie is still in my top 5 all time favorite movies. I love everything about it, the fact that the dinosaurs are robots and costumes and not CGI, the musical score (John Williams is a GENIUS), the cast, everything. That’s not to say that this movie isn’t without its faults. I recently decided to watch this movie and jot down my thoughts as I watched. This was supposed to be a short review but it turned into a play by play plot synopsis, with a smattering of my own thoughts mixed in.
For those of you sci-fi/fantasy lovers, there are lots of great TV shows out there, many of which are being reviewed and discussed on this website (Falling Skies, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, etc. etc.). But there is a population of us out there that doesn’t get to watch the shows as they appear on TV, either from lack of cable or in my case from working an insane and inconsistent schedule in the medical field meaning I can’t sit down and watch a show at the same time every week. I guess I could “TiVo” it but alas, not technologically advanced enough nor am I motivated enough. So how do I get my fill of sci-fi and fantasy TV shows? Thank god for the invention of blu-ray and DVD. I wait until a season is out on blu-ray, order it, and then get to watch an episode a night (or more), rapidly engulfing all of the wonders of the season in the course of a week.
But this does leave me a little behind the times on the shows that are currently out there, and leaves me with more time to watch other shows while I wait for the latest season of Falling Skies on blu-ray. And it’s let me look for old TV shows that I used to love on Amazon to rekindle my obsession with them. I am going to report to you about some of those “Oldie but goodies” here on this section of “Tales from the Crypts: An Introduction to the Best Retired TV Shows Out There”. Here I will tell you about TV shows that are no longer airing that I would strongly recommend you go out there and get the series to watch and re-watch.