Tron: Uprising Plot Overview
Disney has launched a new animated cartoon based on the Tron universe called “Tron: Uprising”.
The new series aired on May 18 2012 on the Disney channel as it showed a sneak peek episode, and then moved on to Disney XD to air the rest of the session on June 7. Disney XD is a special channel that is similar to the original Disney channel, but catered more towards a teenage male audience. The show has a cast of celebrities to voice the charater’s, such as: Elijah Woods, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, and Bruce Boxleitner as Tron, just to name a few.
Tron: uprising takes place in Argon city, which is located inside of the Grid. For those of you that don’t know, the Grid is pretty much like the Internet where programs live their lives as if they were human people. Argon city is not the same as Tron: Legacy’s “Tron city”, this city is located in a small corner of the grid where programs are still being suppressed by Clu’s forces. The show starts by introducing us to a new mechanic program named Beck, that decides to rebel against Clu’s army after one of his close friends is Derezzed (AKA killed) by one of Clu’s guards. The show follows Beck’s journey as he finds the original Tron alive and well, and starts his training to become the next Tron to save Argon city from the evil Clu army.
I’m not really a huge Tron fanatic, and there is a lot I don’t know about the Tron universe. So having said that, I must say that Tron: Uprising’s story isn’t bad, but there were a lot of times where I felt like the episode was being rushed along a bit too fast, which made things very confusing for me. It is as if the writers assumed you would go and wiki the show before watching it, but either way it felt like bad story telling to me.There were times where it felt like there was too much going on at one time and like they substituted story quality for more action which made a few of the episodes feel a bit clunky. We would get a little bit of story, then an action scene, some dialogue, and then another action scene, and then even more action scenes to finish the episode off. The first few pilot episodes were the worst for me because I felt like those were the two episodes that needed the most back story in them.
Maybe I just wasn’t paying close enough attention, but I was a bit confused when watching the first episode and understanding the timeline in which this cartoon takes place.
Tron is introduced early on in the first episode of Uprising, and in my opinion that felt like it was also too rushed and way too soon. It would have been nice if that was a mid-season twist in the story line, but I tried to ignore it and continued on watching the show. Another thing that bothered me was Beck’s technology. He would pull a baton out from his back and fly away in a airplane, but the show never took the time to show him build it or find it. He just magically obtained special vehicles. I’m assuming Tron gives them to him?
A lot of Beck’s training was also skipped over and he seems to have learned how to beat Tesler’s elite soldiers with very little combat experience. That alone takes away from the threat of the enemy because if a engineer can fight better than trained military soldiers, something is very wrong with the army.
It would have helped a lot if the show took the time to explain the timeline a bit better before moving on to Beck’s story, even if it was with a simple scene like showing Tron fall into the sea of Simulation again and getting cleansed so that we knew the current story was taking place after that event. And if it was taking place before they should have showed something to explain this. I could go on about the flaws in the story, so let’s move on to the animations.
The animations in Tron: Uprising could be better when it comes to the fight scenes. There are times where they move too fast and you can’t make out their attacks and movements very well, which reminds me a lot of Star wars the Clone wars with their lightsaber battles, which also was a bit too fast paced and clunky looking. Both the story and the animations for Uprising need to slow it down a bit so we can get a clear view of what is going on. If you watch other cartoons and anime like The Legend of Korra or Naruto, you will see what I mean. Both of those shows have beautiful combat scenes and fluent animations.
However, I must say that episodes four and five really picked it up in both the story and animation quality. I was really impressed with the light cycle scenes featured in those episodes, because I was really hoping to get a chase scene like that through the streets of Tron city in the Legacy movie, but it never really happened. The race/escape scene in the tunnels and the chase scene in the city in episode five was very entertaining to watch and very well done. The animations were fluent and the transitions between scenes was beautiful. I hope Uprising gives us more scenes like that in the future.
I also really love how the show looks. I can ignore the long spider legs, that doesn’t bother me. The colors reminds me of the first Tron movie with the grey faces and colored lines that really makes the environment look more like a digital world. Overall the show has a lot of potential to grow. It looks like the first few episodes were a bit rough, but they are working it out as they go along. I could see season two being a very well paced, action packed adventure story that ties in the missing gaps of the movies and video games, and really helps to flush out the Tron universe. I just hope that the creators notice these flaws early on and take heed before producing more episodes.
If you want to see more of Tron, Beck, and the Uprising, tune in to Disney XD on Thurday nights at 8:00 PM. The Uprising series is scheduled to have a total of 18 episodes for the first season, and so far there is no word yet if Tron: Uprising will continue on to have a second season, but I am really hoping that it will to give the show more time to grow.
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