JJ. Abrams is a genius. I saw all of his films, but I didn’t appreciate until now. His films Super 8, Cloverfield, and 10 Cloverfield Lane have a lot more to them than meets the eye. After watching Dan Trachtenberg’s Reddit AMA Video, I realized how much of the big picture I was missing. Dan Trachtenberg directed 10 Cloverfield Lane, and when I didn’t understand some of the questions and answers I did some digging. I had seen Cloverfield, which took place in 2008, and it didn’t really have an effect on 10 Cloverfield Lane. It turns out that Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane take place in separate timelines, making them part of an anthology series. But the strange thing is that the movies have very similar backstories. Tons of movie “easter eggs” are in movies, and if researched in real life, lead to really interesting backstories. In Cloverfield, the main character is moving to Japan to work for a company called Slusho, a slushie company. The reason why this is special is because Slusho is made from a really rare sea nectar that can only be found in certain parts of the sea. But to make things more interesting, Slusho is owned by a company called Tagruato, a Japanese mining company, with a backstory leading back all the way to 1985, which shows how immense this movie’s history is. Tagruato also has other subsidiaries, such as Yoshida Medical Research which deals with deep sea genetic research, ParafFUN wax distribution, and Bold Futura, a contractor company that deals with advanced technology including space exploration. After the Cloverfield attack on New York, Tagruato was the clean-up crew; maybe they are the good guys or maybe not. An environmental company thinks otherwise. Before the attack on New York, a drilling station owned by Tagruato was destroyed. Oddly, the oil platform was located in a part of the Atlantic with no oil. And even stranger it is where they have their satellite orbiting. Tagruato knew something prior to the attacks on New York. On the separate timeline of 10 Cloverfield Lane one of the main characters, Howard, worked on Satellites… Owned by guess who? Tagruato. Howard found something that put him in a panic, so he made a bunker years before 10 Cloverfield Lane took place. He like Tagruato knew something no one else did, and when doomsday came he was ready. The secrets of Tagruato remain unknown but Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane aren’t JJ.’s only movies where Tagruato has been in the background of monster attacks. Oddly enough, the movie Super 8 shows Slusho ads in a gas station window that appears in 10 Cloverfield Lane. Tagruato presence makes Super 8 the unofficial prequel to the Cloverfield anthology. For those who saw these movies and missed this entire part, don’t feel bad because none of this was in the movie itself. Both movies only focused on the events during the attack. These companies aren’t even mentioned by the characters. This is why I love JJ. Abrams so much, because the movie doesn’t end after the credits.