The sky-scraping robots in Pacific Rim – known as Jaegers – operate by a two-pilot system, where both individuals must form a neurological bridge with both the machinery and each other. When we spoke with the blockbuster’s lead actor Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) back at Comic-Con 2012, he revealed that the process requires each pilot to make their consciousness and memories completely accessible to their partner – resulting in what Hunnam described as“a love story without a love story.”
"The pilots wear suits that are neurally linking them," says del Toro. "They have a spinal clamp that links their spines. They have relay gel in their helmets that transmit their impulses to one another. They move in synchronicity. One is handling the neural network of the left side of the Jaeger, and the other is handling the neural network of the right side of the Jaeger. They are connected between them."
This “drift space” concept was present in the original Pacific Rim script draft – that Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans) wrote before del Toro joined the project – and draws from Japanese Humongous Mecha pop culture tropes (in addition to real-life science). From a storytelling perspective, sci-fi elements like this bring a deeper significance and meaningful emotional quality to del Toro’s blockbuster that has long been absent from similar genre fare (a certain Michael Bay franchise, in particular).
這個漂移空間的概念是在原本環太平洋劇本初稿中呈現，在del Toro加入計畫之前由Travis Beacham撰寫，並取材自日本超大型機甲流行文化的比喻，從說故事的角度來看，這樣的科幻元素，帶給del Toro的影片更深層次的意義和有意義的情感,，這是這類風格影片(特別是某些麥克.貝Michael Bay的專利)一直缺乏的價值。