New dino show “Chaos Theory” hits it out of the (Jurassic) Park

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Screenshot of the film with a man and a young girl scared in a car with a dinosaur pushing it's head through the passenger side window
Jurassic Park: Chaos Theory (Images by Netflix)
A group of young adults preparing for a dinosaur confrontation.
Jurassic Park: Chaos Theory (Images by Netflix)

Jurassic World: Chaos Theory is a cross-country road trip coupled with a blood-curdling conspiracy. After one of their friends is reported dead, the surviving five campers from Camp Cretaceous reconnect to find out why they’re being hunted. Two of these survivors, Sammy Gutierez and Yaz Fadoula, became a same-sex romantic couple in the original show, and their relationship is explored further in this fantastic sequel series.  

Newly minted gay icon and Wicked’s future Fiero, Jonathan Bailey, was just announced as the new lead in whatever the Jurassic Park franchise has cooking in the movie space. To all my fellow dinosaur lovers, I’m happy to tell you that there’s even more chaotic prehistoric content (with queer leads) in the form of two shows streaming on Netflix.

The brand new sequel series Jurassic World: Chaos Theory is a direct follow-up to the pulse-pounding 5-season show, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. With callbacks to past characters from the original movies and the Chris Pratt-led trilogy, Chaos Theory builds on the awesome legacy started more than 30 years ago by Steven Spielberg.

Chaos Theory begins years after the crew, dubbed the Nublar Six after surviving the dangerous island following the events of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, reassembles after the supposed death of one of their own. Who’s sending dinosaurs after our gang and will coming back together end up tearing these besties apart? Working through their past and focusing on building a brighter future together has always been at the core of the series and I’m happy to see that expanded upon so expertly in Jurassic Park: Chaos Theory.

A romance that blossoms in the Nublar Six is between Yaz (Kausar Mohammed) and Sammy (Raini Rodriguez). Their story picks up in Chaos Theory, having spent time apart following their return to the mainland. Couples have issues and ‘Yammy’ is not immune to the realities of coping with shared trauma and navigating long-distance love. The two haven’t talked since a light hiccup; Sammy is treating Yaz with kid gloves and Yaz just wants her growth to be seen. It’s a couple of conundrums that exudes realness, two partners who handle their healing differently. Connections are difficult, as the show points out, but that doesn’t make them impossible to rebuild. Yaz and Sammy haven’t been on the same page, or even in the same state, for a hot minute but coming together stronger is something they’re more than used to. 

Fans of thrillers, horror, and suspense will find joyous agony in watching the characters evade non-stop gnashing, gnawing, and frightening carnivores. Even the human villain in this show made me recoil so ferociously I hid my eyes like a damn child. 

Chaos Theory explores the absolute insanity that dinosaurs plus unchecked corporate greed can bring to innocent people. I hope Jonathan Bailey’s new Jurassic story takes adventurous twists like the crew in Chaos Theory. Vans fly off bridges into waters below, only for matters to be made worse when a sinking dinosaur uses its last bit of strength to break the windshield worse! I want to be stressed OUT watching my same-name gay king take on pterodactyls in a fast-moving tram car. Put him in a crate with a sleeping dino that’s about to wake up.

Bring on the sci-fi inclusion of iPad-controlled raptors at the blood-soaked hands of the television show’s badass villains. The last movies were clowned for forcing Bryce Dallas Howard to run from dinosaurs in heels and the action was nowhere near what each episode of this show brings. 

Corporate greed is at the core of the JP, which ironically is also fueling the creation of new movies in its name. I guess movies about capitalism greenlit by dangerously powerful studios are like a snake eating its own tail at this point. That’s why supporting smaller, more niche shows like Chaos Theory or Scavengers Reign helps tell the Wizard of Oz-like algorithm that it’s the people who decide who wears the ruby slippers. Know what I mean? Skip the “top trending” list and try something new to give a more obscure show a chance at getting a second season greenlit. That’s all we can do in a world ruled by streaming.

Catch Jurassic World: Chaos Theory on Netflix.