It’s merely an extension of a universe we already enjoy, so there’s no harm in that.
This review of Netflix’s Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous season 2 contains NO spoilers. The animated series was released on the streaming service on January 22, 2021.
When I reviewed season 1, one of the stipulations is that I would like to see improvements to the story; the characters felt surface-level. The story was modeled like a theme park — with action scenes involving dinosaurs acting like a mechanical ride rather than a legitimate danger. I have no qualms with Netflix exploring this side of the universe, but I believe that after seeing Season 2, there’s a missed opportunity to juice this story and tease a wider conversation amongst the fans.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous season 2 is a straight continuation; following Darius and his newfound friends, they find themselves stranded on the opposite side of the island having to fend for themselves. It’s a friendly, warm survival story, and without the world-building, there’s less cheese and more embedding of what the story is attempting to achieve. Darius continues to appeal to the fan in all of us, getting ruthlessly excited when he comes across a dinosaur, while the others seem less interested.
Like the previous installment, Season 2 is less about the dinosaurs — they are merely props to the series mainly aimed at children. Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous continues to heighten the value of friendship and the strength of standing in unity. There’s a real warmth amongst banding together, and the voice casting seems to enjoy how their characters interact. I can imagine children watching this and finding real charm and understanding when watching the characters group together and provide heartfelt support — maybe it’s a lesson in an increasingly divisive world.
But there are no real improvements in Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous — Season 2 continues to meander through the environments as the characters navigate new objectives and enjoy escapades. It’s merely an extension of a universe we already enjoy, so there’s no harm in that.