History Film / PacificRim

24th Feb '17 7:17:16 PM Zaptech
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* TooDumbToLive:
** [[spoiler:Newton]] announcing to a crowded shelter full of superstitious, frightened people that [[spoiler:the Kaiju is specifically hunting ''him''. Cue everyone backing away from him, making it very clear that they are fully prepared to sacrifice him to it to save their own skins]].
** The "Suits" decide to scrap the Jaeger program in favor of building "Kaiju-proof walls". 5 minutes later, a Kaiju crashes through the wall in less than an hour. The Kaiju is only stopped by, surprise, surprise, a Jaeger. And with that incident, you'd think that the "Suits" would go back to thinking that Jaegers are a better option. '''''NOPE.''''' They say that the walls STILL show promise. Which leads to riots along the areas of the coastal walls.\\\
And when another Kaiju is shown to have a very corrosive acid, and '''WINGS''', it's essentially proven that the walls are not only useless, but also a complete waste of time. Consider how many Jaegers could have been built with the resources and labour taken to wall the entire coastline of the Pacific Ocean. Then consider that even if they couldn't go through it, they could go around, being shown to be entirely capable of moving on land even early on. And the complete lack of any active defences allowed Mutavore to break through in less than two hours, with nary a scratch.
** For some reason, everybody decides that Mako's first Drift with Raleigh should occur in a fully functional and armed Jaeger, despite knowing perfectly well that one's first Drift can be very rough. The result? Mako goes into a delusional state, activates one of Gipsy Danger's plasma cannons, and very nearly vaporizes a chunk of the facility. This one may be explained the same way the failsafes didn't work. One of the control room techs mentions that they don't seem to be working because Mako's connection is too strong. The neural link could've allowed her to bypass whatever safety locks were on Gipsy's weapons.
** Though Raleigh is given a brief overview of how Gipsy Danger was refurbished, it's quite clear no-one told him about [[spoiler:the wrist-mounted swords added to the new version. Its first major fight would have gone a lot faster had Raleigh known about the additional armament, instead of saving it for a dramatic reveal by Mako later on. This is particularly astounding, given that his Drift with Mako should have made him aware of its existence without having to ask.]]
24th Feb '17 7:15:02 PM Zaptech
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** Herc and Chuck Hansen's accents were particularly cringe-worthy for Australian audiences.
** Raleigh's is pretty bad to American ears. He winds up sounding, oddly, Irish at times.
24th Feb '17 7:11:09 PM Zaptech
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** The world council gets more idiots points for ''just'' building a wall. Had they been installed with gigantic Anti-Kaiju weapon emplacements with overlapping crossfire for redundancy, then they could have killed the attacking monsters as they tried busting through. As it stood, political leadership believed the Kaiju would just give up trying to pass through after a few seconds of wall smashing. Of course the [[spoiler:flying and nuke-proof Kaiju makes that all moot]].



** And let's not forget Pentecost's battle plan against Otachi and Leatherback at Hong Kong. When the two Kaijus are first detected on their way to the big city, he has Crimson Typhoon and Cherno Alpha deployed to protect it, along with Striker Eureka as a caution measure just in case things went awry. And then, things DO go awry, Crimson Typhoon is out of the fight, and as Cherno is being overpowered, the Striker Eureka crew wants to go help the Russian Jaeger before it gets destroyed too, however Pentecost insists that Striker Eureka don't engage the Kaijus since [[spoiler:it's the only Jaeger capable of carrying the nuke intended to close the Breach.]] But then again, if that was the case all along, why didn't Pentecost send Gipsy Danger in place of Eureka from the start? We get that at that moment Mako was prevented from teaming up with Raleigh to pilot Gipsy on Pentecost's orders, but in the end he was forced to just send them anyway - his OverprotectiveDad issues costed him two Jaegers and a partially devastated Hong Kong along with Otachi almost succeeding in killing Newt.
24th Feb '17 7:09:03 PM Zaptech
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** The Kaiju all emerge from a known undersea location at predictable intervals, yet the Jaegers are spread all around the world to intercept them at the coast instead of focusing on that one spot. It isn't like it's beyond their mechanical capabilities, we see them fight there later in the movie. For that matter their are no static defenses or obstacles in place there either, not even naval mines; after nuking it failed to close the portal they basically left an automated listening station and otherwise abandoned the idea.
22nd Feb '17 3:50:46 PM Zaptech
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* WritersCannotDoMath: Hermann is built up as this towering mathematical intellect, with a blackboard full of crazy equations and lines like "Politics, poetry, promises -- those are lies! Numbers are as close as we get to the handwriting of God." But in the end, his great insight amounts to "Kaiju attacks are becoming larger and more frequent", which an 8th grader with graph paper plotting time on the X axis and size on the Y axis could have figured out in about 30 seconds.
20th Feb '17 4:03:18 PM BlackSunNocturne
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* RealRobotGenre: For the most part, the Jaeger are Real Robots; but there are some SuperRobotGenre elements.

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* RealRobotGenre: For the most part, the Jaeger are Real Robots; but there are some SuperRobotGenre elements. The Jaegers are Real Robots in that they're explicitly built by a military-industrial complex and time is given to the extreme amount of resources, logistics and support required to drive and maintain them. On the other hand, individual Jaegers are treated like Super Robots, what with their colourful and individual names and designs, being humanity's 'only hope', and fight using common Super Robot tropes like rocket punches, wrestling moves, unique fighting styles between each robot, the 'drift' and [[spoiler:the AbsurdlySharpBlade of Gipsy Danger being its ultimate weapon.]]
6th Feb '17 1:52:34 AM StFan
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* BrokenPedestal: A mutual one between Newt and Herman. According to the supplementary materials, the two got to know one another via long distance correspondence and felt an immense kinship due to their shared interest in the Kaiju threat. After years of exchanging letters, they finally arranged to meet in person and within minutes of meeting face-to-face, gained an almost instantaneous dislike of one another. They both also hate each other's theories. Newt is a experimental researcher while Herman is a theoretical one. [[spoiler:The pedestals are rebuilt when they drift with each other to learn of the Kaiju's plans and when both of their theories are proven correct earning them mutual respect for each other.]]

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* BrokenPedestal: A mutual one between Newt and Herman.Hermann. According to the supplementary materials, the two got to know one another via long distance correspondence and felt an immense kinship due to their shared interest in the Kaiju threat. After years of exchanging letters, they finally arranged to meet in person and within minutes of meeting face-to-face, gained an almost instantaneous dislike of one another. They both also hate each other's theories. Newt is a experimental researcher while Herman Hermann is a theoretical one. [[spoiler:The pedestals are rebuilt when they drift with each other to learn of the Kaiju's plans and when both of their theories are proven correct earning them mutual respect for each other.]]



** '''Partnership''', an elaboration on Unity above: Raleigh and Yancy, Mako and Pentecost, Newt and Herman, Herc and Chuck. Jaegers require 2 pilots drifting together to control. Mako's unpaired shoe that she carries as a child the day Pentecost finds her is returned to symbolize he trusts her to carry out the mission. Conversely, the two characters who don't have any counterpart are Hannibal Chau who gets [[spoiler:swallowed whole]] and the control room guy whose one line of character development is about his dating a married woman i.e. emphasizes his single status.

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** '''Partnership''', an elaboration on Unity above: Raleigh and Yancy, Mako and Pentecost, Newt and Herman, Hermann, Herc and Chuck. Jaegers require 2 pilots drifting together to control. Mako's unpaired shoe that she carries as a child the day Pentecost finds her is returned to symbolize he trusts her to carry out the mission. Conversely, the two characters who don't have any counterpart are Hannibal Chau who gets [[spoiler:swallowed whole]] and the control room guy whose one line of character development is about his dating a married woman i.e. emphasizes his single status.



* RivalScienceTeams: admittedly each 'team' consists of only one man, buy boy do the gimpy British theoretician Herman and the tatted-up, Kaiju-groupie experimentalist Newton have the 'rival' part down

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* RivalScienceTeams: admittedly Admittedly each 'team' "team" consists of only one man, buy but boy do the gimpy British German theoretician Herman Hermann and the tatted-up, Kaiju-groupie experimentalist Newton have the 'rival' "rival" part downdown.



* WritersCannotDoMath: Herman is built up as this towering mathematical intellect, with a blackboard full of crazy equations and lines like "Politics, poetry, promises - those are lies! Numbers are as close as we get to the handwriting of God." But in the end, his great insight amounts to "Kaiju attacks are becoming larger and more frequent", which an 8th grader with graph paper plotting time on the X axis and size on the Y axis could have figured out in about 30 seconds.

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* WritersCannotDoMath: Herman Hermann is built up as this towering mathematical intellect, with a blackboard full of crazy equations and lines like "Politics, poetry, promises - -- those are lies! Numbers are as close as we get to the handwriting of God." But in the end, his great insight amounts to "Kaiju attacks are becoming larger and more frequent", which an 8th grader with graph paper plotting time on the X axis and size on the Y axis could have figured out in about 30 seconds.
6th Feb '17 12:54:17 AM 333kenshin
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* WritersCannotDoMath: Herman is built up as this towering mathematical intellect, with a blackboard full of crazy equations and lines like "Politics, poetry, promises - those are lies! Numbers are as close as we get to the handwriting of God." But in the end, his great insight amounts to "Kaiju attacks are becoming larger and more frequent", which an 8th grader with graph paper plotting time on the X axis and size on the Y axis could have figured out in about 30 seconds.
6th Feb '17 12:31:56 AM 333kenshin
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* RivalScienceTeams: admittedly each 'team' consists of only one man, buy boy do the gimpy British theoretician Herman and the tatted-up, Kaiju-groupie experimentalist Newton have the 'rival' part down
5th Feb '17 11:47:29 PM 333kenshin
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** '''Unity'''. All of the family teams are defeated. The final victory requires everyone to work together; people of different races and nationalities, people who love and hate each other, fighters, scientists, and even criminals have to contribute something to achieve the win. '''Pairing''', to be precise: Raleigh and Yancy, Mako and Pentecost, Newt and Herman, Herc and Chuck. Jaegers require 2 pilots drifting together to control. Mako's unpaired shoe that she carries as a child the day Pentecost finds her is returned to symbolize he trusts her to carry out the mission. Conversely, the two characters who don't have any counterpart: Hannibal Chau gets [[spoiler:swallowed whole]] while the guy in the control room gets exactly one line of character development about the fact that he's dating a married woman i.e. is single.

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** '''Unity'''. All of the family teams are defeated. The final victory requires everyone to work together; people of different races and nationalities, people who love and hate each other, fighters, scientists, and even criminals have to contribute something to achieve the win. '''Pairing''', to be precise: win.
** '''Partnership''', an elaboration on Unity above:
Raleigh and Yancy, Mako and Pentecost, Newt and Herman, Herc and Chuck. Jaegers require 2 pilots drifting together to control. Mako's unpaired shoe that she carries as a child the day Pentecost finds her is returned to symbolize he trusts her to carry out the mission. Conversely, the two characters who don't have any counterpart: counterpart are Hannibal Chau who gets [[spoiler:swallowed whole]] while the guy in and the control room gets exactly guy whose one line of character development is about the fact that he's his dating a married woman i.e. is single.emphasizes his single status.
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