Ok, so like many people I was amused/annoyed that Raleigh will not shut up the entire time he is Drifting with Mako even though they are literally in each other’s heads, because when it’s just the one dude talking the whole time it makes it seem like he’s in charge even though they should be equal co-pilots.
However, like many things in Pacific Rim, if you pay close attention to the visuals, it turns out there’s a whole other story going on. And that story is about how Mako Mori is a stone-cold BAMF.
So, when they first suit up, Raleigh takes the right hemisphere of Gipsy Danger (because his left arm is shot) and Mako takes the left side, his old position*.
Why is this important, you ask?
Left-handed flying punch (source)
Left-handed oil tanker/baseball bat (source)
And, of course
Left-handed sword (source)
(I couldn’t find any gifs, but I’m pretty sure Mako’s the first one to pick up cargo containers to punch Leatherback in the head with, too.)
In fact, by the end of the movie, during the assault on the Breach Gipsy Danger has lost an arm and has one leg severely crippled… on the right side. Leaving Mako with the only fully functional limbs.
So it turns out the reason that Raleigh talks the whole time is because Mako gets to commit THE MOST AWESOME FIGHT MOVES YOU HAVE EVER SEEN and he gets to provide the dramatic narration. Teamwork!
Oh, and did I mention this probably saved the world?
During the fight in Hong Kong, we learn that the kaiju have a hive-mind and that they can pass along information through the Breach. Even when they’re dead! Cherno Alpha, Crimson Typhoon, and Striker Eureka all have long and badass records, and yet they’re taken out relatively quickly… because the kaiju have encountered them so many times before, and have specifically engineered the new monsters with ways to neutralize them (an extra limb against Crimson Typhoon! Acid that eats through Cherno Alpha’s heavy armor! An EMP that fries Striker Eureka’s jet speed and fancy weapons systems!).
Unfortunately for the kaiju, they were not expecting the return of Gipsy Danger. They were not expecting Raleigh Becket, whose chief combat characteristic is unpredictability.
And they definitely were not expecting Mako Mori.
* Unlike human brains, it seems like the right hemisphere actually controls the right side of the jaeger and the left hemisphere the left side, which frankly makes WAY MORE SENSE, GEEZ BRAIN, I STILL HAVE DIFFICULTY TELLING MY RIGHT AND LEFT HANDS APART** WHICH MADE THIS POST PRETTY INTERESTING TO WRITE.
** THE LEFT HAND MAKES AN L YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW GRATEFUL I AM FOR THIS.
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i made eye contact with ramin karimloo and he’s made eye contact with george blagden