[personal profile] recessional is playing a great game looking for drift-compatible characters: "In a Pacific Rim AU where for various reasons they know the Rift will reopen and they will need jaegers and pilots again and so they start going around actively looking not just for people who are base-level drift compatible but really GOOD . . . who from other fandoms would you suggest?"

I suggested two I really really like, Danny Ocean & Rusty Ryan from Ocean's Eleven (which honestly I think is kind of the Platonic ideal of drift compatibility) and Sherlock & Joan from Elementary (coming to appreciate each other's brains! I think I may have seen this premise in actual written fic but I don't recall any of it sticking); and then three I'm less certain of, Risa & Roy from FMA:B (useless in the rain, and the scene with the targeting); Ariadne, Arthur, and Eames from Inception (because I feel like they would balance each other out well); and John Sheppard & Cam Mitchell from SGA & SG1 (for reasons I have a hard time articulating, because, well, John).

There are a bunch of other great suggestions in comments, go look and, if so moved, add your own suggestions.

And now, back to Con or Bust work.

We had fun, though probably it was not a 75 minute panel. People were very respectful of my grumpiness and we had some good discussion. Things we haven't talked about here before: the number of people with disabilities; shoes as a character / design theme; the hour of cut character development that isn't on the Collector's Edition disc release, damn it; and that Tom Cruise was apparently offered Idris Elba's part (!!!!).

Links I promised at the panel:

Awesome vid:

Level Up (8 words) by starlightandstatic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Pacific Rim (2013)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Raleigh Becket & Mako Mori, Raleigh Becket/Mako Mori
Characters: Mako Mori, Raleigh Becket, Stacker Pentecost
Additional Tags: Fanvids, Embedded Video, Vienna Teng - Freeform
Summary:

A love letter to Pacific Rim, in the form of a fanvid. Mostly about Mako, and also Raleigh and Stacker, and rangers, and JAEGERS. Much like the movie, there is no irony here. Only love.

"if you are afraid, give more / if you are alive, give more now / everybody here has seams and scars / so what? level up"

The song is from Vienna Teng's new album, Aims.

The Visual Intelligence of Pacific Rim

My prior post has a few fic recs. Oh, and because I complained about Tendo Choi being played by a Latino actor in that post, the non-movie stuff establishes that he has Latino ancestry, but since that didn't get into the movie, I wish they'd changed his name to reflect that instead.

I have so, so many pop culture things I want to talk about! Let me try to get at least one off my list quickly. Relatively.

I knew that Pacific Rim would give me giant robots fighting giant monsters in exciting and visually-impressive ways. And it did. But somehow I got the impression that it strongly subverted the lone white male American hero thing. And while it does make some efforts in that direction, I was disappointed by the extent to which it was still about white dudes.

I think I'm getting grumpier about it the more I see people squee over it, actually; the initial reaction gave me expectations that were not fulfilled, and now I want to yell at these darn kids to stop being excited over half a loaf and get off my lawn, already . . .

Anyway. Some non-spoiler things I can say up front:

The American giant robot is named Gipsy Danger. No, really.

There is a guy who handles communication with the giant robots; I never got his name during the movie, but it's Tendo Choi. He is played by a Latino actor, Clifton Collins Jr. (There is also a guy named Hannibal Chau; he is played by a white actor, Ron Perlman, but that character straight-up says he appropriated the name; he is a jerk and I am perfectly happy with him not being played by an actor of Asian ancestry, which is not to say that I excuse the movie for the rest of its casting.)

There is a giant robot team from China and one from Russia. They can't have more than five lines of dialogue between them.

Finally, not that I consider this of the same magnitude, but it is of a type: the Australian team is played by non-Australians.

Yes, the characters played by Idris Elba and Rinko Kikuchi are awesome. But, well:

SPOILERS. )

Anyway. AO3 is down right now, but here are some fic links that I clipped into Evernote:

Three Golden Bulls Worth by miikkaa_xx. Backstory for the Wei Tang triplets. Teen and up, 2988 words, references to suicide. (Note: I am not in a position to judge the research that went into this story.)

those who run with wolves by epistolic. Backstory for the Kaidanovskys. Mature, 4336 words, no content notes. (This one either, for that matter.)

Adrift by newsbypostcard. A Jaeger team of original female characters. Teen and up, 2149 words, graphic depictions of violence, major character death.

What is Built Endures by thrace. Mako character study and backstory; SPOILERS. General audiences, 1338 words, author chose not to use archive warnings.

And one with a spoilery description )

Edit: I forgot to talk about the trailers!

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