I kind of love the K-Science boys, and yet Newt’s lab practices appall me. He is wearing only gloves in the scene where he is dissecting a kaiju organ in the background — no other personal protective gear like a lab coat or apron or face mask. This is very bad lab practice; lab coats aren’t there to signify you are a scientist, they are there to keep icky stuff off your skin and your actual clothes. As is the fact that his gloves appear to be vinyl, not latex or nitrile, which means it’s the least protective of the three options. I’m going to have to fan-wank that as since the Shatterdome was being run as ‘the Resistance’, there was no money for consumables like disposable lab gowns, proper gloves, or biohazard disposal (no red bins in that lab). It’s a miracle that Newt didn’t accidentally poison himself.
Following up on that, I kind of want to write a story with Kaiju!Newt who got that way not because of the Drift with, but because he was a K-Scientist cutting up kaiju parts using terrible safety procedures. Other people would also be affected — coastal dwellers, fishermen, kaiju harvesters, users of Kaiju Remedies and other black market kaiju goods, Jaeger ground crews who had to clean kaiju guts off Jaegers while repairing them — by whatever transformative agent the kaiju masters engineered. Maybe it was some sort of pre-terraforming agent, that they sent out to transform some of the ‘vermin’ into useful drones to have an established workforce beavering away at getting their new digs nice and tidy before they moved in. It would be a slow, progressive disease/transformation and there would different stages depending on your exposure, your age and general health, and your susceptibility; and there would be a lot of way that it could suddenly change from a slow progression to a sudden systems collapse as the agent triggers a non-survivable change — after all, the kaiju masters wouldn’t have cared how many people died, as long as enough were transformed to accomplish their goals, whatever they were.
Maybe a noticeable percentage of kids are being born with things like sensory fronds instead of hair, bioluminscent spots, or other kaiju-ish traits — and adults sometimes get them too, though the adults are more likely to suffer a fatal systemic organ collapse, while kids are surprisingly resilient. There would probably be discrimination against kaijuified people, especially once you got off the Pacific Rim coasts where such traits are fairly common because of all the kaiju contamination — Europe and Africa might actually be closed to kaijuified people because of over-reacting politicians trying to enforce a quarantine even though the disease doesn’t spread through person-to-person contact, but is more of an environmental hazard spread by coming in contact with kaiju-contaminated water and soil (by which you know the entire world is screwed, because the water cycle is all connected.
Basically, I want to fic a body-horror monsterification story, though I have no plot for it. Maybe it can be a side plot to Story A or Story B…