Tyyr wrote:I watched the con footage with Guillermo (who is the only reason I'm as stoked about this as I am) and his explanation is that the input from a Jaeger is too much for a single mind and would fry it. So they need two to handle all the input, but as a consequence need two people who are compatible and can mesh to control the Jaeger. That's also why the Chinese use three, they have a set of triplets perfectly set up to mesh so they went with it.
Sounds like a design issue there. I'd expect the first design was a 2-person Jaeger, where one person handles the movement, primary target, etc, and the second handles the sensors, comms, etc. Like modern combat platforms (tanks, planes, etc).
To make the shared memory plot useful, have the critters give off a 'field' that interferes with most of the crews. You have to find the people who can form a link based on a shared memory, as that allows them to still communicate properly. Maybe the field causes their memories to merge, and their brains fry trying to integrate two sets of memories. By having a common memory, they can link using that memory, and the field has much less effect on them.
How does that alien field work? Unfortunately far too well.