According to the Pacific Rim wiki, the jaeger originally deployed against Knifehead was Romeo Blue, piloted by the Gage twins. Except Knifehead somehow slipped past them (HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN. HOW DOES A THING THE SIZE OF A BUILDING SLIP PAST YOU. DO YOU NOT HAVE RADARS PEOPLE. THE THING IS HUGE. YOU CAN’T MISS THE THING) causing the Beckets to have to drag their asses out of bed at two in the AM and defend the miracle mile.
And then Yancy died from the combined effects of Becket-grade casual insubordination and the Gage twins fucking up.
Thing is, bb Raleigh probably idolized the Gage twins. They were a pretty big deal back in the day and canonically the poster boys of the Jaeger Programme. They were on the cover of Rolling Stone. They put on charming smiles for talk shows and parades. They were like perfect WW2 golden flyboys smiling for the cameras in their dress blues. Shit, they were probably a huge part of the reason Raleigh wanted to join the PPDC.
And then they let a frillion foot tall monster pass them by undetected and the end result was that Yancy died. Yancy died and the golden flyboys lived.
CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT THAT DID TO RALEIGH JESUS CHRIST
also thinking about how the gage bros probably felt horrible and tried to talk to raleigh afterwards because they were genuinely good people and they actually cared about the beckets in a big brother mentor sort of way and raleigh wasn’t angry or ready to throw accusations in their face or anything they were prepared for he was just numb and then he disappeared and the twins carried that guilt with them for whatever was left of their lives
WHICH AS IMPLIED ABOVE
NOT REAL LONG AT ALL
BECAUSE THAT’S ROMEO BLUE YOU SEE WRECKED IN THE SEATTLE FOOTAGE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MOVIE
BECAUSE THOSE ARE THE GAGE TWINS IN THEIR FUCKING PERFECT DRESS BLUES AND REG HAIR CUTS IN THE BEGINNING LOOK AT THAT LITTLE HEAD-ANGLE WHEN TWIN NO. 2 LEANS BACK IN THE CHAIR THEY’RE FUCKING GHOST-DRIFTING ON A LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW AND LOOK AT THEM THOSE SHARP FUCKING UNIFORMS AND NEWSPAPER HEADLINES AND PARADES ON CITY AVENUES WITH TICKER TAPE LET’S JUST READ IT AS THE PARADE BEING FOR THEM BECAUSE FROM MEMORY I THINK THE UNIFORM OF THE DRILL GUARD YOU SEE UP FRONT IN THAT FRAME IS CONSISTENT WITH THE USAF DRILL TEAM AND YOU’LL NEVER CONVINCE ME THAT THE GAGE BOYS HADN’T BEEN USAF, ALL THE PARALLELS THE MEDIA WANTS TO DRAW BETWEEN THEM AND THE HANSENS IN LUCKY SEVEN
YOU KNOW THE GAGES WERE PROBS NOTHING LIKE THE BECKET BOYS, WHO WERE LOCAL BOYS FROM ANCHORAGE WHO MADE IT TO THE END OF PROGRAM AND TURNED OUT TO BE PRETTY FUCKING SOLID, BUT ALL OF THEM HAD THE BOND OF BEING JAEGER PILOTS IN THE PPDC PROGRAM AND THEN THE GOLDEN FLYBOYS FUCKED UP OR MAYBE THEY DIDN’T EVEN FUCK UP BECAUSE BIG AS A JAEGER IS, BIG AS A KAIJU IS, IT’S A BIG FUCKING OCEAN OR MAYBE THEY WERE EVEN CORRECTLY POSITIONED AND IT’S JUST THE KAIJU ARE GETTING FASTER AND SMARTER BUT YOU KNOW THAT AFTER THEY GOT AIRLIFTED BACK TO THE SHATTERDOME IT WAS UNTHINKABLE TO GO TO BED EVEN THOUGH THEY’D BEEN IN OPERATIONS FOR EIGHTEEN HOURS STRAIGHT AT THIS POINT THEY FUCKING SAT IN LOCCENT THE WHOLE FUCKING NIGHT LONG LISTENING TO TECHNICIANS TRY TO PATCH BACK INTO THE GD CONN AND ONLY GETTING SILENCE OR BURSTS OF STATIC OR OCCASIONALLY, LIKE, FOUR TIMES IN THREE HOURS, RALEIGH’S CRYING OUT FOR HIS BROTHER AND EACH TIME TENDO DESPERATELY BEING LIKE RALEIGH, RALEIGH, LISTEN TO ME, WE’RE TRYING TO GET A FIX ON YOU, CAN YOU —
AND RALEIGH JUST SOBBING YANCY
AND THE CONN CUTTING OUT
AND ONE OF THE TWINS LOOKING TO THE OTHER AND JUST THEIR FUCKING HAUNTED EXPRESSIONS
IT FOLLOWS THEM INTO THE DRIFT THE NEXT TIME THEY SUIT UP
IT FOLLOWS THEM INTO THE GRAVE
Between this and Charlie Hunnan’s almost-cast for Christian Grey I think it’s safe to assume Rob’s gonna be Anastasia.
This begs a fic.
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*Puts on Pacific Rim* Maybe this time Chuck Hansen won’t die
Chaleigh: Biker/Doc AU
Raleigh was so glad to hear Chuck moved back from Chicago. They dated back in high school then Chuck left for college when they were 18. They broke up but obviously they still had feelings for each other even after almost a decade. Now Chunk became a cardiology resident at St. Thomas, their hometown hospital. While Raleigh was the leader of a motorcycle gang. How could they overcome the gap and be happy together again? Biker and Doc? Destroyer and Healer?
I just love the idea of Chuck being Raleigh’s
high school sweetheart!