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Sunday, January 6, 2013

An Appreciation of Tron: Uprising

Hey everyone. I wanted to write something about one of my favorite shows on TV at the moment: Tron: Uprising. Uprising is a great show that Disney has completely screwed by changing times and dates and all sorts of other junk. But, before we get to that, we must first talk about the show itself. The show takes place between Tron and Tron: Legacy and is an attempt to fill in some backstory in Legacy. Now, full disclosure, I've never seen either Tron 1 or Legacy, but I have read the plots and gone through the TV Tropes page, which is really in-depth. The show stars Elijah Wood as Beck, a mechanic program who works for Able, played by Reginald VelJohnson from Family Matters. His two best friends are Mara, played by Mandy Moore, and Zed, played by Nate Corddry, Rob's younger brother. Instead of telling you the extremely long backstory, I will sum it up and then embed the first episode that explains this all at the end of the article. Basically, Clu 2, NOT played by Jeff Bridges, takes over Beck's town, Argon. He installs a governor, Tesler, played by Lance Henriksen, who is assisted by Paige, played by Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Pavel, played so very wonderfully by Pee-Wee Herman, I mean Paul Reubens. Watch the episode to see it all, but essentially, Beck's friend is killed and, obviously, Beck's unpleased. So he decides to take on the persona of Tron and destroys the Clu statue that had been installed in Argon. His actions get him noticed by the real Tron, played, as in the films, by Bruce Boxleitner. He decides to take Beck under his wing and train him as his apprentice. 15 episodes have premiered since, and almost all of them have been incredible. The talent they manage to get for the show astounds me. Guest stars have included David Arquette, Donald Faison, John Glover, and Aaron Paul. They even got Olivia Wilde to reprise her role as Quorra from Legacy. There is a lot put into this show and it shows. It looks fantastic. The animation style is very unique and looks great. The music that Joseph Trapanese has done is awesome. As a huge fan of Daft Punk's score for Legacy, the slight changes the Trapanese does are great and add a lot to the story. However, Disney XD has shuffled it around A LOT. It used to be on Fridays at 7 PM Eastern, which, while not a great time like Saturday morning, it's not terrible. Then they moved it. To Sundays. AT MIDNIGHT. Who is going to be up watching at 12 AM, Disney XD? WHO? There's a reason it has low ratings and people are practically begging for it to stay on. Because Disney has screwed the show. I'm also a huge fan of The Legend of Korra and I like how Nick gave the show two seasons before it even aired. With Uprising, I'm worried. There is no guarantee that Disney will bring it back, and, if they do, when they will air it. I think that Disney should show some episodes on Disney Channel and see how they do. If they do well, bring it back. If not, then don't. It's not hard, guys. Good lord this post is long. But it needed to be. There are some diehard Uprising fans, like me, who don't want to see it go. Disney needs to respect what they have and not muck it up. THIS SHOW NEEDS TO CONTINUE. TRON LIVES. END OF LINE.