I’ve been sitting on a Pacific Rim review because I want to organize my thoughts. And if I make it into the Geek & Sundry vlog channel, I want to do a review for that. But the short version is simple.
I. FUCKING. LOVED. EVERY. FUCKING. FRAME.
It’s such a great experience to see a culmination of so many things that I love come together in such a tight package. Guillermo clearly knows his source material. Pacific Rim is a love letter to kaiju and tokusatsu and I’m so happy that the studio just gave him a pile of money and let him run with it.
In this short interview with MTV, Guillermo talks about some of the ideas he has for a sequel. The most compelling to me is a Kaiju/Jaeger hybrid, although really, after a nuclear explosion, I think most of Gypsy’s bits would have been vaporized. But fuck it, we’re talking about a universe with kaiju invaders so I’m totally on board with a hybrid. It actually makes sense to me. The aliens would see Gypsy’s detonation as a declaration of war and would retaliate as quickly and viciously as they could. They’ve already drifted with two human scientists so co-opting jaeger tech into the next round of kaiju makes a lot of sense. Plus, they’ve created a bridge to our world before in the dinosaur era so it probably won’t take too long for them to create another bridge. I just hope the nations of the world realize this and keep the jaeger program up to date.
Goddamn! I’m so excited!!! I hope the sequel gets greenlit soon! I MUST HAVE MORE SWORD!
I expect we’ll be getting more of these featurettes as we get closer to the release of Pacific Rim. In this latest one, we get an insight into how the Jaegers, the giant robots, are piloted. Because they are so large, it takes two people to control a single Jaeger. The pilots connect to the each other and the mech via the “Drift” which allows them to sync to the unit. The pilots mirror the sides of a human brain, left and right. While in the Drift, the pilots thoughts and memories are shared. They are an open book to each other. Piloting a Jaeger requires more than just skill. It requires trust.
It’s a neat concept that I think will be the emotional crux of the film. Can you imagine how fucked it would be if Asuka and Shinju had to Drift together? But I’m not sure I like the two pilot idea. I’m terribly biased by my love of Gundam. In a Gundam, Mobile Suits are always piloted by a single individual. More complex suits are piloted by New Types, evolved humans with expanded mental capabilities. The idea that once we unlock the true potential of our minds, we can do just about anything is one of the basic themes of the Gundam universe that really appeals to me. The New Type phenomenon is a great science fiction high concept that gives the audience hope for our species.
Now, who’s to say that one of these pilots won’t outgrow the Drift and go on to pilot a Jaeger by themselves. I have to admit, that would be really cool to see. And from a story stand point, the Drift also gives us more of a reason to give a shit about our characters. The plot almost writes itself.