Five Reasons Why You Should Watch Tron: Uprising

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by Johnamarie Macias (@BlueJaigEyes)

Greetings programs! Developed to bridge the events from the 1982 film Tron and its 2010 sequel Tron: Legacy, Tron: Uprising is one of the few animated treasures that exists on television today. Averaging a score of 8 out of 10 on IMDb and 4.5 out of 5 stars on iTunes, Tron: Uprising definitely has some qualities that make it an outstanding series, even though Disney XD makes it nearly impossible to watch with its shifting schedule. Nevertheless, fans of the show continue to watch and support it, and it is with great hope that the following list of characteristics will convince you to tune in and become another fan of the Grid.

Animation

“Never judge a book by its cover” can easily be applied to a variety of other subjects, and animation style is definitely included. Uprising is an intriguing blend of 2D and CGI animation with an intricate style that adds to the uniqueness of the Tron world. Almost alien-like, the angular and lanky design of the characters is probably one of my favorite things about the series. Each character has a distinct oddity to them that make them all the more captivating. The same can also be said for the technology and landscape of the Grid, where, for example, an island’s unstable code can lead to disintegration and still be visually stunning (see Episode 4: “Isolated”). Lastly, despite living in a computerized and mechanized world, there is still life through the use of vivid and explosive colors (see Episode 14: “Tagged”). If nothing else, the animation and the attention to detail alone are enough to pull you in.

Story

While Tron: Legacy focused on the story of Kevin Flynn’s son, Uprising follows the story of a young program from the Grid, who becomes the leader of a revolution that will influence series events. Fans of literature will recognize certain aspects of the protagonist’s story as steps from the hero’s journey or the monomyth. The main character, Beck, is called to an adventure, where he will receive aid from a respected character in the franchise. Trials and tribulations follow, but the most exciting part of the story is not knowing where the protagonist and his friends will land by the time Tron: Legacy picks up. It is a giant piece of the puzzle that is missing and makes the story more thrilling and suspenseful in the process.

Characters

The diversity of the characters in terms of racial/ethnic/gender representation and personality is another refreshing aspect of the series. One of the main complaints about animated shows from a variety of networks is the lack of racial/ethnic representation. Although Uprising does not offer an overwhelming amount of racial/ethnic diversity, there are a handful of significant characters that fall into that category. The same can also be said for the representation of women. Lastly, the range of personalities and backgrounds add another layer to the story. From the troubled and competent female antagonist to the grandfather-like garage owner with his own history, Uprising has a story and character for everyone.

Music

One of the most memorable things about Tron: Legacy was its score composed by electronic music duo Daft Punk. The soundtrack is so electrifying and eclectic that I still use “Derezzed” as my alarm tone in the mornings (while my call ringtone is the “Imperial March” from Star Wars—my phone is all kinds of nerdy). Although the duo are not directly involved with Uprising, Joseph Trapanese—the man who arranged and orchestrated the Legacy score—composed the soundtrack to the series and incorporated the musical styles of Daft Punk. The music also draws inspiration from Wendy Carlos, who composed the original soundtrack for the 1982 film. Set to be released on January 8, 2013, the 16-track score is not completely devoid of its own taste since it does a wonderful job of capturing the new themes developed for the series.

Voice Actors

The voice cast, simply put, is amazing. The lead roles are pushed forward by Elijah Wood and Tron himself, Bruce Boxleitner. There are also some fan favorites from other films and television series, including Paul Reubens (most notably recognized for his role as Pee-Wee Herman), Tricia Helfer (the lovely Six from Battlestar Galactica), Reginald VelJohnson (beloved TV dad from Family Matters), the talented Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage), singer and actress Mandy Moore, and versatile character actor Lance Henriksen. There are also some exciting moments when guests like Olivia Wilde return to the Grid, bringing the events of Legacy and Uprising closer together.

All in all, Tron: Uprising exceeds expectations, and the series is well executed when it comes to writing and character development. The only problem it has is not having enough viewers. Thus, if you are interested in discovering something new and astonishing, transport yourself over to the Grid, participate during the time of a growing revolution, and spread the word: Tron lives.

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    6 Comments

  1. Suzie Gerstein WolkoffDecember 31st, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I love TRON UPRISING!!!! I agree with all five reasons to watch TRON UPRISING even though I can think of a hundred more reasons to be a TRON FAN!!! Too bad that Disney cannot find the right time and schedule to accommodate the fans….but I have hope that soon, Disney will recognize this Treasure and find the right time and channel for TRON UPRISING, so that FANS and followers everywhere will be happy!!!!
    TRON LIVES!!!!!!

  2. Suzie Gerstein WolkoffDecember 31st, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I love TRON UPRISING!!!! Please keep it on and find a time and Disney channel for it so that all of the TRON FANS and followers will be happy!!!! TRON LIVES!!!!!

  3. mrjroc83January 2nd, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Finally someone writes about TRON: Uprising! I love this animated version of the story and how the world of TRON is portrayed. This article did it all justice!

  4. CluLives82January 2nd, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    This series is gorgeous, and fills the Tron void we all face until Tron 3 is realized.

    It’s a shame it’s nearly impossible for us Canadian fans to find legit ways of viewing it, to show our support for this show and the entire franchise
    .
    Come on PSN, iTunes, get with it!

  5. MatrixJanuary 3rd, 2013 at 6:26 am

    DISNEY – This program, right here, is from Australia. Proof you have a fan base internationally as well as in the US.
    Always catch Uprising, no matter the time slot there.
    (Yes, this generation is sick of the lag between countries. Early 2013 Premiere?! Really? Will rewatch the show when it FINALLY airs on Disney Australia though.)

    You really want to pull the plug on a global I.P?
    Three characters will change your mind. $$$.

    (And if you’re curious how I see a US show here, YouTube episodes may fall, but they’re up long enough to see the episodes. Much like others see MLP. Not a bad thing BTW. I plan to grab the shows AS SOON as they hit DVD/BR!)

  6. TheExileJanuary 6th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Ashame this series was canceled. Its literally the only good show I had to look forward to on Disney XD because all the other shows are crappy. It will soon be gone as there are only two more episodes left to air. That late showtime months ago was a death sentence because for some reason their aren’t as many people watching as Disney wants. Disappointing too because I was looking forward to Paige and Beck’s romance and it looks like they are only giving it one episode to do so.

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