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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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"Dangerous Games" Part 2
Jurassic Park: Dangerous Games #2 (IDW)
Written by Erik Bear
Story Consultant: Greg Bear
Art by Jorge Jimenez
Cover by Jeff Zornow

Agent Espinoza is rescued by a female dinosaur researcher who has "gone wild" on Isla Nublar. But is she friend or foe?

Read a summary of the issue at the Jurassic Park Legacy website

Read a review of this issue by Patrick Hayes on PopApostle

Didja Notice? 

It seems that Parasaurolophus meat is all the rage on Isla Nublar. On page 3, Dr. White offers Espinoza some roast Parasaurolophus. And in "Dangerous Games" Part 1, Espinoza killed one for food (though he was chased away from it by a carnosaur).

The Dr. Frances White who appears in this mini-series may be inspired by the real world Dr. Francis J. White of the Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon. Both are described as experts in animal behavior and the real Dr. White has done extensive research on bonobos (pygmy chimpanzees), while the Dr. White on page 4 is shown in flashback holding the hand of what appears to be a chimp. There is also similarity between Dr. White and the character of Dr. Belvedere, a female expert in gorilla behavior and communication who first appeared in "The Wild" and was killed in "Trapped".

Dr. White's story of how she was brought into the Jurassic Park project early on by John Hammond suggests that she is the scientist who discovered the parental bonding of newly hatched Velociraptors to the first living creature they see, as exhibited in Jurassic Park (particularly the novel).

The InGen executive called Ludlow that Dr. White mentions in her story is presumably Peter Ludlow, Hammond's nephew, who plays a prominent role in The Lost World and Redemption. The big-game hunter also mentioned here must be Robert Muldoon.

The raptors depicted on page 5 in Dr. White's flashback story appear more like the featherless ones of Jurassic Park rather than the feathered ones seen in the "current day" scenes of this story.

On page 8, Espinoza refers to Isla Nublar as the Land of the Lost! Coolness.

Notice that Tiburon has three scar marks on his right shoulder on page 9 (and later pages). Probably intended to convey a past altercation with a dinosaur on the island.

On page 10, Cazares' hunter, Tiburon, spies Espinoza's track through the jungle and says, "Loteria." This is the name of a Mexican card game similar to the more well-known game Bingo. So, Tiburon is essentially saying, "Bingo," at having found Espinoza's trail.

The carnosaur Dr. White introduces Espinoza to on pages 11-15 is a tyrannosaurid (note the two-clawed forelimbs).

On page 20, one of Cazares' men refers to the raptors as oversized turkeys. This is a callback to the disparaging remark by the young boy at the Montana dig site in Jurassic Park, who referred to Dr. Grant's raptor skeleton as "a six-foot turkey." And, of course, the way the raptors are depicted in this story, with feathers, makes them that much more turkey-like.

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