Unfortunately for Universal Pictures, the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer didn’t leave people very impressed, but there’s one not-so-tiny hero who’s getting her due once more.
The ginormous Tyrannosaurus shows up just over halfway through the trailer, pulverizing a smaller dinosaur who, lips smacking, prepares to gobble Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady up whole. It’s a sweet moment — one that leaves Pratt gobsmacked in the middle of an open field as a volcano erupts around him — and has people crowning the gentle, terrifying dinosaur as the best part of the trailer.
That’s still not saying much. As one Redditor astutely pointed out, “Is that fucking T-Rex the actual protagonist of the whole franchise?” It’s a small moment, one that can be seen in the quick GIF below, but it’s just cool enough to let us remember why we loved the Jurassic Park movies in the first place; well, that and an appearance from the internet’s favorite boy, Jeff Goldblum.
The T. rex is a crucial aspect to the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World franchises. Not only does she represent the culmination of everything science can recreate for those who birthed a new generation of dinosaurs, but she’s also a sign of hope. The T. rex was written by Michael Crichton to signify unpredictability; one of the smartest dinosaurs of this new generation. Having her choose to defend Grady in that scene and kill another dinosaur in the process demonstrates a pretty good understanding of what Crichton wanted to accomplish.
Trying to make heads or tails of what exactly is going to happen in Fallen Kingdom based on what we saw in the trailer is turning out to be more complicated than it should be, but the queen of dinosaurs owning the land she occupies is a good sign. We know that Grady represents a team that wants to protect dinosaurs from extinction and harm, and we also know that this pack of wild dinosaurs are just trying to survive.
There’s a good chance that, along with Grady and his crew running from hungry dinosaurs, we’ll also get to watch dinosaurs work with humans to escape the fiery island.
This is just the first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which means we’ll get a few more looks at what to expect, so don’t let this get you down if you’re not digging what you’re seeing just yet. If we’re being real, Chris Pratt can do no wrong.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will be released on June 22, 2018.