Battle at Big Rock: What does the short film reveal about Jurassic World 3

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom image courtesy Universal Pictures Media kit
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom image courtesy Universal Pictures Media kit /

The Jurassic World short film that was recently released astonished fans but it also revealed some intriguing tidbits about the third installment. Here’s what we learned.

No one ever would’ve guessed that a short film could make fans any more excited about Jurassic World but that’s exactly what just happened. Universal Pictures recently released a short film entitled Battle at Big Rock which plays like a post-credits sequence to the latest movie.

The short takes places following the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and, presumably, sets up the third installment. Colin Trevorrow directed the short so we know this side story takes place in the same universe.

Warning! Spoilers ahead.

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What’s so striking about Battle at Big Rock is that a number of Easter eggs were dropped in an eight-minute video. Some hints were more obvious than others, though a few require knowledge of the previous movies to understand them. These are important because everything shown in the short film will likely factor into the next movie.

In lieu of that factor, we’ve broken down the finer points of Jurassic World: Battle at Big Rock in greater detail. Check them out below.

Life..uhh…finds a way

The end of Fallen Kingdom saw most of the dinosaurs on Isla Sorna die in the volcanic eruption while a select few were shipped off the island. One of the dinosaurs that made it was the Allosaurus. Sadly, it was sold off during the auction held by Mills (Rafe Spall). The Allosaurus was last seen being driven through the desert—presumably to a buyers’ facility—but that doesn’t explain how one could invade this campground in Battle at Big Rock.

What this tells us is more dinosaurs have been genetically manufactured. A glimpse at DNA samples in Fallen Kingdom’s closing scene confirms that the dino-DNA went public. This would explain how another Allosaurus is roaming about. The question is: How many more are unaccounted for?

Dinosaur Invasion is on the way

While the Allosaurus attack could be an isolated incident, perhaps this is a sign that engineers and scientists are flippantly creating more of them. Seeing a wild Allosaurus is the first bit of proof, and that subtle hint of “an attack up North” suggests more dinosaurs are on the loose. They may not have taken over yet but that scenario is inevitable.

Additionally, the young girl played by Melody Hurd says that a dinosaur wandered into the woods near her school at one point. She doesn’t elaborate on the incident but her comment is said in such a nonchalant manner that it’s safe to assume dinosaur sightings are commonplace now. She also points out that the attack up North was by a pack of carnivores.

What her comment implies is that the dinosaurs are reproducing on their own, or someone foolish enough to clone a Carnivore let a whole group escape. Either way, a pack of carnivores will eventually reproduce and that cycle will continue until they outnumber humans.

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Can they reproduce asexually?

Jurassic Park established the precedent for dinosaurs breeding without the necessary means, and as long as that factor remains intact, it’s safe to assume they can reproduce asexually too. There haven’t been any confirmed cases, of course, it’s just a matter of time before they do.

The rules established in this science-fiction universe aren’t clear but having the dinosaurs repopulate themselves would increase the danger level. A few packs escaping are manageable, it’s the idea of them breeding uncontrollably that’s worrisome.

How much time has passed since the dinosaurs were unleashed?

Following the short video, the credits roll and they show a few clips of people running into random dinosaurs. In one of them, a man is driving his car down a highway when a Stegosaurus blocks the road. His dashcam captures the encounter and gives us a date for when the accident happens. The date shown on the dashcam reads March 10, 2019.

Another incident teased in the credits depicts a little girl being chased by a small group of Compsognathus. The scene isn’t out in the open but rather on a farm somewhere. Does this mean average citizens are farming and breeding dinosaurs?

If they are, the backdrop of Jurassic World 3 could be extremely volatile. Ian Malcolm warned everyone in Fallen Kingdom of what would happen, and they’d be smart to listen, but when has anyone ever listened to Malcolm?

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What did you think of the Battle at Big Rock short film? What does it tell you about Jurassic World 3? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Jurassic World 3 is set for a premiere date of June 11, 2021.