In the final battle of Pacific Rim when Herc Hansen had been injured Marshal Pentecost and Chuck Hansen pilot the Striker Eureka into the ocean.

Chuck had concerns that the pair would not be drift compatible but Pentecost brushed them aside saying "You're your father's son".

How did Pentecost know he and Chuck could drift together?

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It is established right away that drift-compatibility is something that is based on a kind of equality in spirit as it exists between what one could more poetically call "soul mates" (like Raleigh and Mako) or brothers (like the Beckets) or father and son (like the Hansens). So given that Marshal Pentecost and Herc Hansen were once drift-compatible and Herc and his son were drift-compatible it is not a large stretch that there is a high chance for a transitive drift-compatibility between Stacker and Chuck.

There is on the one hand of course a genetic compatibility between Herc and his son, which Marshal Pentecost could have meant with the sentence "You're your father's son". But even more likely he probably meant to say that Chuck is in fact pretty equal to his father in his spirit and mind, or maybe how his father once was in his youth (or when he was riding the Jaegers together with Stacker), or said more colloquially that "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree".

  • "when he was riding the Jaegers together with Stacker" ah, that was the bit I'd missed!
    – Liath
    Jan 6, 2014 at 13:19
  • Very good answer Christain! +1 Jan 6, 2014 at 14:58
  • I didn't realize Pentecost had ever co-piloted with Stacker, I thought they just served alongside each other! This makes sense now. Jan 6, 2014 at 15:18
  • @JohnSmithOptional I admit that I should maybe recheck this part, having now two viewers not remembering it. But I'm pretty sure it's stated explicitly.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Jan 6, 2014 at 15:21
  • @NapoleonWilson But, didn't Pentecost say that on his last ride, he had to pilot his Jaeger alone, and also got irradiated in the process? I always assumed that his co-pilot died on the process (probably because of irradiation, since Kaijus weren't strong enough to beat them).
    – Clockwork
    Aug 25, 2018 at 20:42

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