Episode 1 is a so-so start, introducing an enthusiastic lead character who is destined to see dinosaurs.
This recap of Netflix’s Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous season 1, episode 1 contains significant spoilers.
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Episode 1 starts with an emergency in the camp. One of the rangers is rushing through the forest. He’s trying to get to a helicopter before the dinosaurs catch him. The ranger gets caught and presumably eaten, leaving the person recording the video on their own.
It was a video game — Darius believes it’s a winnable game so he can win a trip to Jurassic World but his brother is concerned that he’s too dedicated to this video game. Episode 1 is a kid’s dream to see dinosaurs. In the middle of the night, Darius beats the game and is invited to “Camp Cretaceous”. And this is where the series really begins.
The episode then flits to Darius getting an introduction to the other campers. There’s a range of activities but Darius is excited to see dinosaurs which are met with raised brows — not sure why this is the case; surely that’s the whole point? In the group is a famous YouTuber called Brooklynn.
A small dinosaur
While getting escorted to the camp in a truck, the camp leaders see a dinosaur and stops the vehicle to approach it. A small dinosaur jumps on to Darius and Roxie catches it. The group then enter Camp Cretaceous.
Taking it in
The group is given a curfew due to safety reasons as they are in a dinosaur-filled jungle. Darius wants to see dinosaurs straight away so the group head to a seated glider bridge to check out different breeds.
In the middle of the night, Kenji catches Darius sneaking out. Kenji shows off, making out like Darius is intimidated by him because he’s rich. Brooklynn takes a photo of them and calls it toxic masculinity. Darius explains that this place is a dream for him and he wants to explore. The other two agree to go with him.
While outside, Kenji loses Brooklynn’s phone down an enclosed area. He jumps down and he offers to take a photo for Brooklynn’s followers. A dinosaur approaches him and he takes a photo of it which makes it angrier. Darius breaks a steam pipe to keep the dinosaur busy but then there’s a group of them.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous season 1, episode 1 is a so-so start, introducing an enthusiastic lead character who is destined to see dinosaurs.
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