Pacific Rim 2 Explained: How The Sequel Connects To The First Film

Pacific Rim Uprising has always felt like it would only have the loosest of connections to the first one. Two of the leading cast members wouldn’t be coming back, and with the one that is coming back, it wasn’t always clear just how she would connect to the overall story.

Thanks to a new report from EW, we now have the answers we need. First off, let’s start with Idris Elba’s character Stacker Pentecost, who sacrificed himself at the end of the first film. While he had a definite love for his adopted daughter Mako Mori (played by Rinko Kikuchi, who is returning), there was much less love for his estranged son, Jake, played by John Boyega in Pacific Rim Uprising.

“Jake is the prodigal son. He is a young guy who was on the cusp of greatness in his early days when he was training to be a Jaeger pilot, but he always had a troubled relationship with Stacker. I’m the son he didn’t really talk about in the first film … the product of Stacker’s first love. [Father and son fell out] because of Stacker’s attention and hope and faith in Mako rather than him. [Jake] felt he never lived up to his father’s expectations and so he decided to leave the Jaeger program and start stealing for a living.”

Jake therefore travels inward, away from the coasts, where the wealthy live. Given the attacks from monsters on the coast, only the poor live there now. And Mako? Mako is described as Jake’s protector, though it’s not quite clear what that entails. Based on his illegal dealings, it sounds like she’s pulling some strings to keep him out from behind closed bars.

So there you have it. All the loose pieces from the last film are slowly being swept together in a story that, to me, feels a lot more personal and potentially more interesting than the first one was.

Pacific Rim Uprising hits theaters on March 23, 2018.

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