Raptors have been terrorizing visitors to Jurassic Park ever since the 1993 movie (or even earlier if you read the Michael Crichton book). RAPs are relatively new, but ever since Colony premiered in 2016, they’ve been terrorizing the human race.
With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom right around the corner and Colony airing every Wednesday on USA -- it got us thinking, when it comes right down to it, who is the deadlier threat: Raptors or RAPs?
1. Nature: Raptors
Here’s one area where the raptors have a clear edge. They’re at home in the jungle or forest, so any time a human finds themselves out in the wild, they’re in trouble. See the kids in Jurassic Park and Jurassic World.
The woods are actually one place where humans can effectively hide from RAPs. Their drones can’t quite fly that low, and the people can blend into the trees.
2. Technology: RAPs
Raptors are a primal creature. And they should be, since they existed 65 million years ago! DNA science might bring them back but you can’t rush 65 million years of evolution.
Enter the RAPs: an advanced species that come from an advanced world. We’ve seen how their drones can vaporize resistance fighters and how powerful their gauntlet is. When it comes to toys, we’d rather face the raptors.
3. Training: RAPs
Jurassic World showed us that raptors can be trained. Owen (Chris Pratt) has developed a squad of raptors that he’s trained to obey his commands. Granted, you still wouldn’t want to be in the middle of a raptor gaggle with only Owen’s words telling them not to eat you, but they can be trained to work with humans.
Try training a Rap to listen to a human. Yeah, that’s not gonna happen. Their whole M.O. is to make collaborators follow their orders. And they’ve succeeded for three years!
4. Hands: Tie
The raptors learned how to use their little dino-hands to open doors way back in the original Jurassic Park. RAPs are humanoid bipeds too, so hands don’t seem to be a problem for them. This one’s a tie.
5. Appetite: Raptors
Raptors are always hungry. Even right after a feeding, they’ll entertain a groundskeeper who falls into the cage. Run into a raptor out in the wild, forget it.
Have we ever seen RAPs eat? Would anything on Earth even be appetizing to them? Maybe they’ve evolved to a point where they don’t need food. If it’s a matter of appetite, raptors are definitely more dangerous here.
6. Speed: Tie
Raptors can run as fast as cars, as we’ve seen when people try to outdrive them in a Jurassic Park jeep. Meanwhile, RAPs have conquered space travel, and they have super-fast drones and vehicles on the ground. This one’s a tie too.
Conclusion: It’s a Tie!
Looks like both raptors and RAPs are equally deadly. Fortunately, you don’t have to face either of them. You can just stay home and watch Colony on Wednesday nights and head to the theater on June 22 for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom! It’s great to be alive and Rap/tor-free this summer!