He was worried that this guy would threaten the mission that Chuck had worked so hard and come so far on.
Here’s the thing that always got me about Chuck Hansen: that scene where he’s bitching in Pentecost’s office after the failed Gipsy Danger test Drift. See, he doesn’t say anything that isn’t true. He’s a dick about it, but he’s not wrong.
"We can’t afford any mistakes. The kaiju keep evolving. They keep kicking our asses. He’s a has-been; she’s a rookie."
They CAN’T afford any mistakes. They’re down to four jaegers at that point because the kaiju ARE kicking their asses. Raleigh hasn’t been a pilot for 5 years. Mako has never been a pilot.
He’s not lying. He’s not even exaggerating. Yeah, he could’ve been a little more PC about it, but that’s not who he is. Chuck Hansen, at 21 years of age, has lived through fights that had already killed older, more experienced pilots. If he’s learned nothing else, it’s that jaeger pilots don’t have time for PC-stroking. They have to be on the ball, on the spot, and take down the enemy before the enemy takes out the world.
He’s not wrong, and… frankly… I agreed with him the first time I watched the movie. *shrug* I sympathized with Raleigh and wanted Mako to succeed, but, like when the Armadillos sent in their least likely players for that last play in Necessary Roughness, I couldn’t help but wonder in Rob Schneider’s voice, “Hey, maybe this isn’t the best time to make sure everybody’s played. I haven’t played; you don’t see me in there.”
Unfortunately, the PPDC didn’t have a choice, so, while Chuck wasn’t wrong, he probably should have vented and gotten over it instead of picking a fight.
But picking a fight is funner.
I am seriously just collecting everyone’s commentary on Chuck’s character, because this is all extremely important.
But something you said just clicked in my brain and I really realized something. At the age of 21, not only is Chuck a seasoned war veteran, he has the highest kill count of any of the Jaeger teams. He grew up in war, he grew up a soldier. All he knows is how to fight. But not only does he know how to fight, he knows how to do it well. Like, really well. That’s not to say he did it all on his lonesome, his dad has been there as his partner through it all, so it’s certainly not to take away from Herc.
But the asshole-ish character that everyone wants to make out Chuck to be just doesn’t fit, because at this point that jerk character would have thrown in the towel a long time ago. That jerk character probably would’ve have even bothered to enroll in the Jaeger academy, which Chuck was doing at the age of sixteen. What Chuck does is a huge sacrifice. A kid like him could have easily denied his responsibilities and run off to get drunk, get laid, and go party by now. And we know this. We saw it in his uncle, Herc’s brother, Scott. We saw what Chuck could’ve been. But he wasn’t. And that’s what’s so awesome about his character. There were so many opportunities for Chuck to have backed down or bowed out, but he didn’t. Specifically for operation Pitfall, he had no reason to go out there. There were still pilot candidates on site, it wouldn’t have been impossible for him to just back out. But not once does he even consider not climbing into Striker and skipping out on the operation.
What really gets me though is what his character reminds me of. He reminds me of the seasoned war generals in some of your war movies (the first to come to mind is General Morrison from the 2010 A-Team movie, which might be a bad example, but that’s literally the first thing i thought of). He has no filter, knows that a job needs to be done and knows how to do it. He knows what matters and, despite his cold biting exterior, he has a core that lives on strict morals. He’s goal oriented and resents anything that gets between him and achieving that goal, and isn’t afraid to say so. Which is part of his problem, because people don’t see his experience, they see his youth. His lack of age becomes synonymous with his lack of wisdom or skill and he can’t get away for half the things he says because he’s just a kid and he’s speaking out of place.
I got kind of lost and forgot where I was going with this, heh heh. But it just breaks my heart to see Chuck written off, both in the plot line and by the audience, as some shallow, egotistical, self-centered charlatan, because he’s not.
Yes, exactly. I mean, we’re talking about a seasoned vet at 21, here, and he’s got every right to be proud of that. He also has every right to tell Raleigh and Mako where to stick it if he doesn’t think they’re up to scratch, because he has the experience to do so, and they don’t.
Plus, people seem to forget that, about 5 minutes ago, the has-been and the rookie almost blew up half the Shatterdome; and that disaster was prevented by the intervention of a third party (i.e. Tendo finally managing to unplug the damn thing. Not Mako regaining control of herself, or Raleigh managing to get through to her).
Perhaps it’s just me; but after a near-death-experience, and having seen Mako and Raleigh mess up so frakking bad that they almost got them all killed during a dry run (no way that they would have been able to rebuild and train experienced pilots fast enough for Operation Pitfall if that plasma cannon had gone off. Especially considering that they are already no longer being founded by the UN. They really have ONE SHOT at this. If Gipsy had fired, EVERYTHING would likely have been over)…
Well, I might be just the tiniest bit shaken / emotional about it; and feeling quite hostile at the thought of having them watching my back on an actual mission out there.
We also know that Chuck has the rank of Lieutenant. Obviously, if he was with Stacker and Herc in Pentecost’s office, it’s because Stacker wanted and valued his opinion on what happened. He wanted Chuck’s assessment on Raleigh and Mako’s level of readiness for the mission.
He might need to “watch his tone”, and quite frankly I think one of the biggest mistake that Herc made was order Chuck to “stay right there” when it was clear that his son was enraged, and needed to blow off some steam.
But Chuck’s concerns were nevertheless valid. The problem is that they no longer had the luxury of running with ideal or even optimal scenarios; which is something that I’m not sure Chuck seemed to fully be grasping by then.
Okay I wasn’t gonna say anything but now I’m overcome with feelings and I need to at least mention it. I know it isn’t canon but can we just talk about Chuck in that little short pacrim film where del totoro played a kaiju in a suit? That film where Chuck was in charge of training new recruits? Where they were complete fuckups and he stayed with them anyway, and then when they did *anything* remotely good he praised their actions and actively encouraged them to keep going?
Because I feel like we need to talk about that.
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