Jurassic Park Staff – Did They Deserve It?

Jurassic Park, where wonder and awe quickly turned into death and horror. Girls were clever as man’s hubris led to the destruction of the park, and the death of several members of staff and visitors.

There are plenty of problems with the park; designs flaws, negligence, and oversights show that John Hammond did in fact spare plenty of expense.

When it comes to the visitors/guests, I don’t think any of them deserved what they got. Unless it’s Gennaro, with his stupid “coupon day” ideas.

But what of the staff? Did anyone on Hammond’s payroll deserve to be eaten? Hold onto your butts as we take a look and make some decisions! Maybe I’ve been harsh. Perhaps I’ve been too lenient. Let me know.

John Hammond

John Hammond

“Creation is an act of sheer will”
Just one of several ludicrous statement John trotted out as things fell around him.
John wanted to hear other opinions when he felt they’d match his own. Started looking ahead and trying to figure out the next version while people were dying.
Now, John did come around, and we see in the sequel that he changed his tune.
But “spared no expense” isn’t something you can just roll back from.
This is the fundamental problem with everything. If he hadn’t stinged on Nedry, or put more money into the basic infrastructure, none of it would be a problem. He also can’t read a schematic and is mildly sexist.

Verdict – Lived. I’ve decided to ignore the ‘kindly old man’ act. He should have shared the fate of his book counterpart. The Compys should have got him.

Robert Muldoon

Robert Muldoon

I really like Muldoon (he doesn’t seem like a first name type of guy).
To me he’s the most pragmatic, suggesting the lysine contingency. He quickly moves to the shotguns, and can handle a Jeep under pressure.
He even suggests that the Raptors should all be destroyed, so he gets it.
His ultimate problem is arrogance. He’s made sure Ellie is safe, but he mistakenly thinks he’s got the Raptors sussed.
He’s got enough about to him to admit he was wrong (I sense a lot of admiration in “clever girl”), and does try to bring his shotgun round. Too late sadly.

Could have been interesting to see him return in The Lost World, but Roland was a great character too.

Verdict – Died. I don’t think he deserved it though, as he saved Ian and Ellie.

John Arnold

John Arnold

John is essentially the opposite of Nedry; a responsible guy who takes pride in what he does. Unfortunately it doesn’t do him any good.
His knowledge of the lysine contingency suggests he has a decent understanding of at least the plans in place to control the dinos, even if he’s not as supportive of them as Muldoon.
He’s rightly concerned about shutting down the entire system, and you can sense his frustration throughout.
He’s also right to tell people to hold onto their butts!
The only problem is him not thinking about his own butt. Even Muldoon later points out that strolling down to the shed isn’t simple. So why did he do it alone?

Verdict – Died. You could argue he was silly to go alone, but I don’t think he deserved it.

Dennis Nedry

Dennis Nedry

DEAD AND DESERVED IT.
May have jumped the gun a bit there.
But this prick deserved everything he got.

He had no understanding of what he was working with and worst still, didn’t care.
Did he even think about the effect his sabotage would have on everyone else in the park? Were all the electric fences meant to go down? What about the Raptor fences? He helped create the computer system; how could he not just program just things in his way to shut down?
Getting eaten whilst blinded by a Dilophosaurus is not a nice way to go, but it couldn’t have happened to a nicer chap. Plus his desk was a right state.

Verdict – Died and fully deserved it!

Henry Wu

Henry Wu

You can see the seeds of this dickhead’s actions very early on.
His mocking tone toward Ian Malcolm’s suggestion that life would find a way. And his tone when describing ‘we simply deny them that’. Dude! We’re talking about living creatures! Malcolm’s incredulousness is warranted.
Clearly a very clever chap, but the undercurrent of hubris clearly points to his future actions.
I guess if he hadn’t someone else would. But still, come on Henry.

Verdict – Didn’t die, and probably didn’t deserve to…yet. I feel like him meeting his book death at some point down the line might be OK.

Gerry Harding

Gerry Harding

A sillier one to finish off with.

Gerry’s problem is that he’s a bit of a numpty. He didn’t even know the Trikes pupils were dilated. You’re a fucking Dino vet Gerry!

He made a solid call to use a gas Jeep, leading to him inadvertently saving Ellie from the Rex attack.

Him knowing plants are poisonous but thinking the animals are still fine near them is another example of the general hubris around Jurassic Park.

Verdict – He may not be too hot a vet, but he lived and that’s OK.


What do you think? Did they deserve it?

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