It’s been over a week since I came back Jurassic World: Cretaceous Campthe fan-favourite Netflix series set in jurassic world Franchise business. The series followed a group of campy teens in a fight for survival on Isla Nublar – a battle that turned out to be emotional, epic and incredibly watchable all the time. One of the most effective characters in bringing Cretaceous camp to life was show maker and executive producer Scott Kramer, who took the idea of the “Nublar Six” journey from home to heart.
in celebration of Cretaceous campIn the final season, ComicBook.com got a chance to chat with Kreamer about all things related to the final episodes. We talked about those surprise returns, that long-awaited romance, that hardcore ending, and so much more!
ComicBook.com: Did you feel any kind of extra pressure, just based on how much fans love the show, to keep landing this final season, and get a chance to tell a full story?
Scott Kramer: Heck yes. And I think almost, even more than that, we felt responsible for the Nublar Six. Although it’s made up of characters, you grow to love these characters, and we really wanted to do it right too. But yeah, you could say we felt more pressure to land the plane.
I have to ask about one of the biggest surprises of the season, Yaz and Sami. I think you guys did a great job putting the two together. I spoke to Raini about this the other day, and she kind of talked about how long this has taken. I was curious, from a creative point of view, about bringing them together and how you felt this was the right time.
It’s interesting – we didn’t start telling that story when we started the show. You could have had an idea of the characters before, when you were developing a show, but that really happens when you get into the script and the panels and everything where you really find out who they are. I’m just starting to make more and more sense for all of us. It’s as if these characters are leading us, they should be together. So we’ve been thinking about the story for a long time. In those first three seasons, there is a lot of time to run for your life, and there is not a lot of time to meditate. There was a time when I also felt, “Man, did we just run out of the runway? Are we not going to be able to tell this story?” And one of our writers, Bethany Armstrong Johnson, just said “No, it makes perfect sense to tell that story, and that’s why.” She and Rick Williams have done a beautiful job in this regard.
The scenario where Yaz kind of realizes how she’s feeling and talks to Ben, we’re working with a really smart consultant from GLAAD. It just made sense in the story and then at any point gives you a chance to tell a story with more inclusiveness, more variety, and put more of that into the world, which made it all the more worthwhile.
On the topic of introspection, I love Kenji’s story this season, and his villainous role that ends up being a lot more than meets the eye. I was curious how to handle that, keeping the Kenji that everyone knows and loves.
Again, that goes back to season one. You start with this kid who is obviously, maybe not as stupid as you think he is from that first episode, and a few little tidbits of an absent father. He is desperate to get his approval or even recognition. I think in season one or season two, when we were looking at an all-encompassing arc, we were always talking about the final season being the battle for Kenji’s soul. To find out, is it your fam camp, or do you finally get a confession, even if in a manipulative way, from his father? So the idea of really testing Kenji, and seeing him evolve from that first episode of the guy in a pink polo shirt with a pop-up collar, seemed like a really compelling story to tell.
You bring back a lot of familiar faces all season long. She brings back the advisors, she brings back Bumpy. It feels like the Avengers Gathering moment for everyone back. What was the decision of who to bring it back in time, and the whole world of the show kind of culminates together?
As far as Bumpy goes, look, we all know what’s going on fallen kingdom. So we had to get Bumpy – we had a lot of different ways in the writer’s room on how we could get her out of the Nublar. So, this was always a given.
For everyone else, I loved the performances of Jamila and Glenn in season one and almost – not almost – hated seeing them go. But it’s a show about kids alone against dinosaurs, and if you throw some important characters in there, you won’t be able to tell that story. Also in the way we approached the end, we didn’t want them to turn up and save the day. Our children have always been ahead. So this was something we wanted to do.
And then, Benji Flores just gave such a beautiful performance in such a short time as Brand. Just the way Darius – it’s a squad piece, but Darius is our leader. So the idea of bringing back this big brother who was looking at his little brother playing video games in the first episode – to see how far he’s come and what he’s capable of. Again, these are the fun stories to tell.
Of course, I have to ask about the ending and about the time jump. How did this ending in particular happen?
To be honest, the last shot of Darius there seeing a dinosaur – when we started developing the show early on was fitting fallen kingdom went out. And maybe before we even started writing other scripts, other than the pilot, I was shot in the head as far as we want to go. But I didn’t know how we were going there, because these films are two to three years apart. So, when we started getting close to it, the idea of a time jump was the only thing that made sense. But you also want to see, as we close this chapter of those six kids who are probably more willing to be around dinosaurs than anyone else in the world, what that looks like.
And I think most importantly — look, we’ve really managed to get these kids to go through it every season and every episode. And I think as a writing crew, we went, “Boy, we gotta give these kids a happy ending.” There were definitely some discussions about not [doing that]But I think we did the right thing and wanted them to at least relax a bit. This is where it ended up.
This season sees a lot of action, between a time jump and a happy ending. What’s the most excited thing to see the reaction to it?
I will be honest. Sami and Yaz from all of that are just… I really love this story. So, that’s part of it, folks. But look, when I saw Barbasol could enter Dominion And he knew it [came back] On the little TV cartoon, that was really cool. So I enjoyed it. Toro’s arc surprise, of all things, across the series. This was surprising. There are a lot of dinosaurs, a lot of heart, and there’s a rematch with Spinosaurus.
And just, seeing how these kids have developed, both together and as individuals. Yes, there are many. I hope people like it. Obviously we don’t just do it for ourselves. So we hope people will enjoy it. There are a lot of smart talents and people who care a lot and work hard on this thing, and you hope people will enjoy it.
All five seasons Jurassic World: Cretaceous Camp They are now streaming exclusively on Netflix.