|Over the years, a few questions have arisen about certain scenes in the Jurassic Park films that seemingly contradict reality or continuity. These are called "flubs," scenes in which something occurs that is without warrant or reason, or is contradictory to common knowledge. A lot of debate exists about certain scenes and exactly how much of a "flub" they are. Because of this debate, JPL has put together a new way of approaching these scenes called "Fact or Flub?"
off, the best way to begin this investigation is to explain exactly how
the boat came to be where it ended up. At Isla Sorna, the male Rex was
captured. Then, using a cargo helicopter, the Rex - while in its cage - was
air-lifted onto the deck of the ship.
helicopters would have transported any of the caged/caught animals to
their respective transport vehicles. The cargo ship then traveled to San
Diego. Around the time the boat reached the American coast, the T-Rex's
heart stopped. The doctors sped up realizing that they couldn't risk the
Rex's life. They gave it a shot to keep it alive which only caused the
Rex to wake up and, as Sarah put it, turned him into a "locomotive."
broke out from its cage and the crew that was on the deck tending to
him, panicked. The tyrannosaur cornered them on the other-side of the dock where
they couldn't get into the ship, eating some of the crew. The captain
came out of the bridge and the Rex saw him at eye level and attacked
him, ripping his body free from his hand which was gripping the wheel.
person who had been mortally wounded managed to open the cargo hold
where some of the crew ran and the Rex followed. The crewman then closed
the hold which the Rex tried to exit from but was unable to. The ship,
captain-less, sailed straight into the dock and stopped once it hit
the marina. The Rex was knocked down, and remained on the ground for
a few minutes. The Rex finally got up, they opened the hold and the
Rex escaped. The problem most people have is with the Rex's ability
to wipe out the entire ship's crew. This is an oversight. The Rex, clearly,
would be unable to get the crew within the ship.
Sarah talks to a man in an InGen uniform. He knew things about the ship
others didn't know and quite possibly was a crewman on the ship overseeing
the Rex. It is never explored or stated if any crew were in the ship
so it is possible that most survived and that only the crew on the deck
were chased or killed. These
crewmen also were too afraid to come up to the deck to check on what
had happened and because the incident had happened only minutes earlier,
they didn't have time to run up to the bridge and stop the ship. The
other problem is the Captain-or at least, the man at the helm-somehow
is eaten from the wrist down with no damage done to the bridge. Pouring
over every angle, it's clear that the bridge has sustained no damage.
seems to be the only problem. The captain was possibly tugged while
putting the ship on full speed, but it would seem that the level for
full speed would break before his wrist did. Also, there appears to
be no damage to the door frame from which the Rex should have been tugging
on him from. Notice the distance between the hand and Ludlow and the
door. There is also no stress to the door, or to the door from the other
There is no stress mark or broken area on the bridge so there appears
to be no place for the Rex to attack the captain. So
as far as flubs go, the Rex couldn't kill everyone on the boat and there
is no proof that it did as there is no mention of who survived. As far
as the Captain's death, it seems iffy as the evidence seems to point
to something unknown going on.
the Steven Spielberg and David Koepp say that there was no other animal
on the boat besides the Rex, this one aspect of the Rex attack will
be marked as Flub-until further evidence comes forward.