Wonderful! I have such a difficult time accepting their deaths, beautiful fan-generated content is what I thrive on now. Also, I hope they'll be the Coulson of the Pacific Rim fandom, and if there's a sequel, fan outcry will cause them to be written back in as alive because I'm just not having this.
Yes! The worst part is that, in the original version of the script, the Kaidonovskis WERE supposed to survive- by ejecting Cherno's cockpit through the kaiju's FACE at the last moment! It would have been awesome, but they cut it out of the final version to make the scene last longer.
This is the whole and entire reason I ended up going to go see that movie. I was baffled that they were not in more scenes, but it is possible they would simply have overwhelmed everything else. Fully worth it, and thank you.