Sarah/Anthony. Pan, lithro, genderfluid, gets emotional about children's books a lot. Expect space, dinosaurs and the occasional rabbit.
Also I am the wimpiest dork ever so don't be afraid to say hi sometime.
So I’ve been thinking about it and I’ve decided that while it kind of sucks from a production standpoint that Cherno Alpha and Crimson Typhoon got killed off immediately, within the universe it makes perfect sense because Leatherback and Otachi were designed SPECIFICALLY to kill the three remaining Jaegars.
I mean, Otachi’s acid was clearly a counter to Cherno’s seemingly impenetrable armour, and her tail was to take advantage of Crimson’s telescopic conn-pod that restricted peripheral vision. Leatherback is basically Otachi’s support, his EMP blast is designed to disable Striker Eureka in particular because the Kaiju Masters know she’s too strong of a Jaegar to take on with brute force.
Cherno and Crimson didn’t die because the pilots sucked, they were the victims of a meticulously designed strike team. It would have been a really one-sided fight but the Masters didn’t anticipate humanity’s trump card: Gipsy Danger, an analogue Jaegar brought back from the dead.
I mean when you consider that the Kaiju are as intelligently designed in-universe as the Jaegars, a whole bunch of stuff makes a lot more sense: like, why Slattern, Scunner and Raiju are so ‘vanilla’ compared to Leatherback and Otachi. Gipsy’s return was such a surprise that the Kaiju Masters couldn’t anticipate what else humanity have up their sleeve: for all they knew, there could have been half a dozen restored Jaegars just waiting to launch a final assault on the Breach. So when they created the Category 5, they decided to focus on pure strength, speed and size to keep the Kaiju adaptable, instead of wasting time on specific biological weapons that could backfire.
Conversely, it also explains why Jaegar pilots would save their arsenal instead of using all their weapons immediately. Striker’s overuse of its potent chest missiles lead to a direct counter in Leatherback, and notice that Slattern’s first move is to go straight for the chest. Mako knew that if they used Gipsy’s sword too soon, it would give the Kaiju Masters time to analyse and counter it. It’s better to try to take down the Kaiju with what they already know than to play your trump card too early. Pretty cool tbh.
when McGonagall finds out that Ginny is pregnant, and that the Weasley and Potter bloodlines will converge, she marks on her calender the day the child will turn 11 and that is the day she retires