I had a conversation with some awesome Pacific Rim cosplayers at Comikaze this past weekend about how I wished that Chuck and Raleigh’s plotline in the movie had been filled by Sasha and Mako instead. Then last night, my subconscious took it the rest of the way and I basically dreamed a Mako-and-Sasha-centric version of Pacific Rim. It makes a lot of sense to me - Sasha being arrogant and proud of Cherno Alpha’s 8 years of successful missions, and scornful of the rookie and the washup. Maybe she’d make a comment about how Mako only became a pilot because of nepotism from Stacker Pentecost, or even say something rude about Raleigh provoking Mako to fight for his honor hahaha. While, of course, Raleigh and Aleksis try to pry their warring partners apart. Even better, the final act could either involve Cherno Alpha delivering the payload, meaning that Stacker would survive, or for maximum angst factor, Aleksis dying in the kaiju battle but Sasha getting out, prompting her to go into widow-rage-mode and team up with Stacker to pilot the Jaeger one last time and get revenge on the kaiju once and for all.
idk if it would make a better movie or not - but I still want to see THAT movie. There’d be way more triplets in it too.