ByBrooke Geller, writer at Creators.co
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You might think you're a clever girl for being the first one to spot the obvious parallels between and , but that probably just means your repertoire of nerd knowledge isn't as impressive as you might think.

The HBO series is actually based off Michael Crichton's original 1973 Westworld film, which Crichton himself later ripped off when he wrote his 1990 Jurassic Park novel. Because apparently his own ideas were so fantastic that he just had to recycle them.

Michael Crichton [Wikimedia Commons]
Michael Crichton [Wikimedia Commons]

The two stories follow a pretty standard formula: A wealthy English guy opens a theme park filled with his own creations thanks to cutting edge science; the park's flawed security system allows those dangerous creations to take over and massacre everyone (critical failure) and a few decades later a newer version of the park reopens, which results in yet another bloodbath (, anyone?).

Jurassic World [Universal Pictures]
Jurassic World [Universal Pictures]

References Galore!

So, just how many Jurassic Park references did they manage to cram into Westworld Season 1? Let's take a look:

6. Familiar Faces

Jurassic Park [Universal Pictures]/Westworld [HBO]
Jurassic Park [Universal Pictures]/Westworld [HBO]

Redditor SourHero came up with this hilarious character comparison showing similarities between many of the two stories' main characters. While some are a little far-fetched (Logan as Ian Malcolm? Really?), there are definitely some undeniable likenesses there.

Robert Ford's resemblance to John Hammond is quite obvious, but did you know that Hammond's bespectacled right hand man in Jurassic Park had the last name of Arnold? Remind you of anyone?

5. Dolores' Speech

Westworld [HBO]
Westworld [HBO]

Just when we thought Dolores was going to face defeat once again at the hands of her old flame William, she switched into Wyatt mode and delivered this chilling message:

"They say that great beasts once roamed this world, as big as mountains. Yet all that's left of them is bone and amber."

In Jurassic Park, the dinosaurs (great beasts) are cloned using blood extracted from mosquitos fossilized in amber. If that's not a direct reference, I'll eat my cowboy hat.

Jurassic Park [Universal Pictures]
Jurassic Park [Universal Pictures]

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4. 'Clever Girl'

Westworld [HBO]
Westworld [HBO]

Stubbs's takedown by the Ghost Nation in Westworld was an exact replica of the decoy tactic used by the velociraptors in Jurassic Park to hunt Robert Muldoon:

Jurassic Park [Universal Pictures]
Jurassic Park [Universal Pictures]

3. Papa Felix

Westworld [HBO]
Westworld [HBO]

When Felix is bringing a host bird to life in Westworld, he utters the following encouraging words:

"That's it! Come on, little one!"

That's a direct quote from an iconic Jurassic Park scene where John Hammond witnesses a baby velociraptor hatching from an egg:

Jurassic Park [Universal Pictures]
Jurassic Park [Universal Pictures]

2. Business Brunch

Westworld [HBO]/Jurassic Park [Universal Pictures]
Westworld [HBO]/Jurassic Park [Universal Pictures]

As Redditor Bhalgoth noticed, the Westworld lunch scene where Ford fills Theresa in on a little of his park's history is very similar to a scene in Jurassic Park, where John Hammond tells Dr. Sattler about his early inspiration for his own park over lunch.

1. Finally, An Ian Malcolm Reference!

Jurassic Park [Universal Pictures]
Jurassic Park [Universal Pictures]

Frequently shirtless mathematician Ian Malcolm predicted the demise of Jurassic Park the moment he stepped foot on the island. While we sadly didn't get a Jeff Goldblum equivalent for Westworld, the show still managed to slip in the following ode to our favorite chaos theorist:

If you like references, check out our compilation of every modern music reference throughout Westworld Season 1:

Did you notice any more Jurassic Park references in Westworld?

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