Ever hear of Genetically Modified Organisms? Ever watch the movie GATTACA, or Star Trek Into Darkness, where characters were born of artificial circumstances? 

In the movie Jurassic World, it started with an island of dreams coming true, where you could see dinosaurs far and wide roaming all over the island alive rather than being robotic imitations. Kids and adults alike could learn about the creatures who were taller than modern buildings and who lived millions of years ago. Scientists could use the advanced technology to revive species that were once thought to be extinct and gone forever, to study their behaviour among others of the same kind. 

For the first few minutes, it seemed that the mistakes from Jurasssic Park had stayed in the past. However, after seeing the trailer, it’s easy to say that it’s too good to be true. Owen (aka Star Lord) had just gotten used to training a pack of four raptors when he found out that the scientists had created a hybrid that was bigger than the T-Rex, which was never a good idea. 

From there? Well, watch the movie and make your own analysis. 

After watching the movie, it reminded me of the many movies that stretched the possible results from genetical engineering. Many of the movies showed catastrophic outcomes (Splice, Star Trek Into Darkness), whereas others seem to indicate that such a world would lead to discrimination between those that were naturally born and those that were designed in a lab (GATTACA). 

In Orphan Black, the Leda clones are brought up in different environments while the Castor Clones are brought up together. While both are cared for differently, they were subject to tests by people who they thought to be dear only to find out that they were monitors. 

In Man of Steel, Clark’s home world had advanced technology where every child was genetically engineered for a specific… Career – some would be born for the army, others for the government, and the list goes on. In an old movie called Antz (?), the cartoon movie had a clip where the baby ants would be categorized before they even knew what was going on. 

Here’s the point – the Indominous Rex was a hybrid whose base turned out to be a raptor. In the movie, they implied that raptors are socially dependent, hunting in groups. To be alone and to grow isolated.. Somehow, it feels familiar. While genetically engineering isn’t quite to that extent, anyone who grows up to be different and/or isolated might know the feeling. 

In this world, a lot of things that are found to be different are treated as a threat to the safety of those dear. As a result, when found, it becomes isolated only to be studied extensively. It’s not to say that it’s always the outcome of anything different, but it seems to be common. 

To be different is to be noticed by others. Some are born with it, while some purposely deviate from the norms. Some are noticed, while some are capable of smoothly hiding in plain sight. Some grow to hate the world and some grow to envy the world, to wish to be “normal”. 

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