I was watching the movie and thinking about this part. We’ve speculated about it before, but I think it’s very interesting to consider what goes on between Herc and Chuck in this scene, and what they might have been discussing in the background.
Chuck was told to suit up, but knowing his father was injured, he didn’t even bother. Piloting with someone else was unthinkable.
(It would have been risky to send him off with someone who had never been in a Jaeger before, but Raleigh was doing trials with potential copilots only days earlier, and he and Mako only had one test run - which failed - before they took on Leatherback and Otachi. So the idea of Chuck piloting with one of the “candidates” isn’t totally unreasonable. In fact, they would have had enough time to test for compatibility in the Kwoon immediately following Herc’s injury, but Stacker must have already decided that he was going to pilot Striker with Chuck and so he didn’t make any arrangements for that to happen.)
I kind of love that Stacker makes a joke to break the tension when he comes out in the drive suit with Herc by his side, since he’s hardly the type to make jokes normally, and because the tension is sort of unbreakable. Chuck is just staring at Stacker in alarmed disbelief, but you can see Herc studying Chuck the whole time, gauging his reaction.
When Stacker walks away the opposite is true - Herc is watching Stacker (or avoiding Chuck’s gaze?) and Chuck’s eyes shift over to his father. His frown is almost petulant at first, as if he is being wronged. But then it softens into more of a concerned look (even scared?). It fascinates me because I see Herc and Chuck at the same time as both eager to consult with each other and eager to avoid the awkwardness/pain of the situation, aka continue their policy of not discussing anything.
The focus of the scene follows Mako and Stacker and their conversation, but in the background you can clearly see Herc and Chuck migrate into their own bubble, with both Herc and Tendo withdrawing. (Granted it’s a more important scene for Mako and Stacker, and they are primary characters, but this is an important scene for Chuck and Herc as well and it’s really a shame they’re never at the center, not even for a few nonverbal seconds.) It’s hard to tell exactly what the nature of their conversation is - in my opinion it doesn’t look like an argument, per se, but in the very last gif Chuck does appear to be distressed/displeased.
I’d love to ask Max and Rob what they were actually saying during this part because I feel like in order to act it out well they would have needed to improvise some general dialogue. (Unless they were just talking about lunch.)
There’s really only a couple of things Chuck and Herc could reasonably be discussing here. After Chuck learns such a big piece of information it’s hardly likely they would discuss something unrelated. (Though given them, who knows? I can totally see them having the habit of immediately changing the subject to avoid discussing anything too serious/personal. The proverbial “So how ‘bout them Yankees?”)
Given what they say during their goodbye scene, I think it’s pretty clear that they didn’t broach anything too heavy prior to that.
It’s my headcanon that Herc is reassuring Chuck. I see Chuck as being unsure 1) about Stacker’s competence. (In the novelization he says in a different scene, “Pentecost may be a good man, but he hasn’t seen combat in, what? Ten years, maybe? More?” And given his disdain for Raleigh’s five years of construction work, it seems like he has a low opinion of the ability of long-retired pilots. Though I’m sure that changed a little after Raleigh and Mako’s success against Leatherback and Otachi.)
But more importantly I see Chuck as being insecure 2) about his ability to drift and pilot with anyone other than this father. He talks big with his “my bomb run” and “I’m the only chance we’ve got” (novelization), but I think that’s just posturing and overcompensation for his many insecurities. (And possibly a bit of a savior complex born of his survivor’s guilt.)
Obviously this isn’t a gushy sentimental conversation, but the way Herc was studying Chuck’s reaction made me feel like he came out prepared to buffer/counter Chuck’s response. And I see Chuck as being mostly afraid. (Not afraid to die, exactly, but afraid of dying in a way that is unnecessary or different from what he had imagined - like without his father by his side. And afraid of failing, of course.) So I see Herc as, in the end, mostly giving reassurances and affirmations to him. But, of course, I don’t think Chuck would freely admit that he was afraid to pilot with someone other than his father.
Ugh, I would kill for this to have been an actual scene between them and not just some body language going on in the distance.
“I was in preschool and a girl actually kissed me on the cheek. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what it meant, so I instantly grabbed her face and kissed her on the lips. And, then I got suspended.”
"Dean, what have you done?" - Cas (9x18)
"I have known you from literal molecules. I’ve cupped your battered soul in my palms, and I can sense your genuine as if it were my own, Dean.
And we need to discussion lies of omission, or perhaps just lies in general, because you’re so far from fine right now the word has literally slaked of all meaning.”
No, but what the fuck, Metatron making references to subtext and to the viewer’s interpretations being as valid as the writers and calling Dean Cas’ boytoy and then says, “The problem with having well-drawn characters is that sometimes they surprise you.”
I’m not saying Destiel but fucking DESTIEL
Cas, in the last episode, was giving Dean a cold shoulder, he wasn’t super thrilled to see him, being kicked out of the bunker without explanation. How is he feeling about him right now. [x]
We are not crazy.
Castiel is such a concerned boyfriend (⊙‿⊙✿)
"How are you, Dean?"
this is cas’s face when he hears dean’s voice
let me repeat that
THIS IS CAS’S FACE WHEN HE HEARS DEAN’S VOICE
Can’t you see it? Can’t you read it in their smiles? In every word spoken and even more in those unsaid. Look at their faces. How long has it been since we’ve seen them smile? Really, truly smile? And we know it’s not fake, cause they can’t even see each other, but they’ll smile nonetheless. It’s real and and it’s pure. It’s there in gentle teasing and quiet memories. It’s in a simple question. How are you, Dean? Well, in front of Sam he’ll shake that question easy enough, never was one for chick flick moments you know. But you can see what it means to him, how he’s still surprised that anyone would even care, and how much it means to him that Cas would bother to ask. It’s love. That’s what’s there, and if you can’t see it you must have your eyes closed. Because there’s not one second of this that says otherwise. And when Cas speaks, and there it is again. I miss life on the road, I miss the smell of worn leather and whiskey, I miss you.