Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous – Season 5

L-R: Yaz, Sammy, Darius, Brooklynn, Kenji, and Ben in Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Season 5. Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation.

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous launches its fifth and final season on Netflix with a thrilling conclusion to the Nublar Six’s saga.

The past few years have been both fun and thrilling. For Jurassic Park/World fans such as myself, the animated series has provided a way to hold fans over until Jurassic World Dominion‘s release. While I wasn’t as high on the fourth season as the previous seasons, it’s been one heck of a ride. Even though we know what happens in both Fallen Kingdom and Dominion, there are still stakes at play. Mainly: getting off the island and going home to families. The primary question is just how this happens. That’s the beauty of watching this season and let me tell you, it’s a non-stop thrill ride with twists and turns you never see coming.

Kenji’s father, Daniel Kon, might provide a new hope but he’s a businessman in his own right. Does he have an agenda that will help Camp Fam get home? What does Kenji do? Mantah Corp. has proven to be evil and we’ve already seen how they’ve taken control of dinosaurs and made them fight each other. If there’s anyone in for quite the conflict this season, it’s bound to be Kenji. Camp Fam has been struggling to survive for so long and Kenji finally has his dad back. It’s either his dad or his friends…you just have to tune in and see what happens.

One thing we know coming into the season is that camp staffers Dave (Glen Powell) and Roxie (Jameela Jamil) have not given up on their campers. I mean, these are campers that went face to face with raptors. If anyone can survive the island, they know the kids can. Not without the thrills that come with stress and tension, of course.

There’s a cool tie-in this season with both Jurassic Park and Jurassic World Dominion. We know that Lewis Dodgson has the original Barbasol can in his possession by the time that Dominion takes place. How did he get the can? If you’ve seen the season’s trailer, you know that it makes an appearance this season but that’s all I’m going to say about that. The trailer is more of a teaser if anything because it doesn’t give all that much away.

I didn’t write about season 4 but this is more or less because of timing. What I will say is that I’m not a fan of these controlled dinosaur fights. If dinosaurs are going to fight, let it be natural, not because of drones forcing them to do so. One of the things that’s so upsetting about this season is that they use Mae’s (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) research to control the dinosaurs. This was never what her research was about. It was about communicating with dinosaurs, not control. Thankfully, Camp Fam does everything in their power to stop this awfulness.

There is one thing that I enjoy about this season. I can’t really get into it because of the list of spoilers. What I will say is that this thing in particular was very satisfying on this end. I’m glad the writers took the series in this particular direction. I will expand on this during my interview with Scott Kreamer on Friday. Please get through the season before reading my post-launch interview this weekend.

With the series conclusion, we can probably say for sure that the Jurassic era is now at a conclusion. Could there be more stories? It’s really hard to say. I’d love to follow DeWanda Wise’s Kayla in the time between Fallen Kingdom and Dominion. There’s definitely more stories that can be told but it’s a question of if, not when. I certainly never thought we’d get one season to hold us over between films let alone five seasons. It’s been a joy to watch and I can’t wait to see what the team does next. Thank you to everyone involved with the series for the thrilling ride over the past few years.

Fans are in for quite a thrill ride in the conclusion to Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous.

SHOWRUNNERS/EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Scott Kreamer and Aaron Hammersley
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow, and Frank Marshall
CAST: Paul-Mikel Williams, Jenna Ortega, Ryan Potter, Raini Rodriguez, Sean Giambrone, Kausar Mohammed
GUEST STARS: Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Haley Joel Osment, Glen Powell, and Jameela Jamil

Netflix launches season 3 of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous on July 21, 2022. Grade: 4/5

Please subscribe to Solzy at the Movies on Substack.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.