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TRON: Uprising
Media TypeTV series
DirectorCharlie Bean
ProducersEdward Kitsis
Adam Horowitz
StarringElijah Wood
Bruce Boxleitner
Lance Henriksen
Mandy Moore
Emmanuelle Chriqui
Paul Reubens
Nate Corddry
Fred Tatasciore
DistributorsDisney-ABC Domestic Television
Release DateJune 7, 2012
Running Time21 minutes approx.
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TRON: Uprising is an animated science fiction TV series, part of the TRON series which airs on Disney's television channel Disney XD, in the United States. The show premiered on June 7, 2012, and is directed by Charlie Bean, who will also act as executive producer. Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz produced the series which is somewhat based on the TRON: Evolution PSP story.


“Hidden away inside a computer, exists another world. Its creator designed it for games, but it became so much more. He called it The Grid, a digital utopia filled with infinite possibilities. He built a digital copy of himself named Clu, to create the perfect system. And he relied on the hero, Tron, to keep it free for all programs who lived there. But in his thirst for power, Clu betrayed his creator. Tron fought back, but Clu was too powerful and left him for dead. Clu dispatched his armies and seized absolute control. Now, in a far off corner of the Grid, a young program decides Clu must be stopped. His name is Beck. Could he be the next Tron?”

Plot

Beck is a young program who becomes the skillful leader of a revolution inside the computer world of the Grid. His mission is to free his home and friends from the reign of the villainous Clu and his henchman General Tessler. Beck will be trained by Tron, the greatest warrior the Grid has ever known. Tron will not only teach Beck the fighting and light cycle skills he needs to challenge this brutal military occupation, but he will be a guide and mentor to him as he grows beyond his youthful, impulsive nature into a courageous, powerful, strong leader. Destined to become "the next Tron", Beck adopts Tron's persona and becomes the arch enemy of General Tessler and his oppressive forces.

Episodes

Episode
U.S. Air Date
Plot Summary
Episode 1
Beck's Beginning
May 18, 2012 Beck doubts his ability to live up to expectations, and passes on becoming the next Tron.
Episode 2
The Renegade, Part 1
June 7, 2012 As Tron trains Beck, Beck begins to doubt the skills he is learning will be enough to prevail against Clu.
Episode 3
The Renegade, Part 2
June 14, 2012 While Mara works with Zed to get Able's rare light cycle back, Beck must figure out a way to release his friend Cutler from a death sentence.
Episode 4
Blackout
June 21, 2012 Mysterious blackouts begin to plunge Argon City into darkness.
Episode 5
Identity
June 28, 2012 Beck loses his identity disc and must recover it before all that he is is lost forever.
Episode 6
Isolated
July 5, 2012 Beck makes a daring theft and must escape; Paige engages him in an aerial dogfight and the two get stranded on a slowly derezzing island.
Episode 7
Price of Power
July 12, 2012 Beck defies Tron's orders to destroy a secret weapon; the Occupation takes programs captive.
Episode 8
The Reward
October 19, 2012 Beck's night off with his friends is ruined when the Occupation arrests an innocent program falsely accused of being The Renegade. When Zed and Mara are also caught up in the melee, Beck has to make a daring rescue using a new four-seat "light roadster" that was offered as bounty for The Renegade's capture.
Episode 9
Scars, Part 1
October 26, 2012 Beck must confront his mentor and convince Tron to halt his revenge against a program named Dyson, Tron's former friend and ally, who is now his mortal enemy. Tron's history before the occupation will be revealed, and viewers learn exactly what Clu did to injure Tron and force him into hiding.
Episode 10
"Scars, Part 2"
November 2, 2012 Tron continues to get his revenge on Dyson.
Episode 11
Grounded
December 3, 2012 The Renegade is challenged to a showdown by Tesler, but is ordered to stay at the Garage to work
Episode 12
We Both Know How It Ends
December 10, 2012 Mara is in charge of the garage and must prove her leadership skills.
Episode 13
"The Stranger"
December 17, 2012 Beck falls into a trap and learns a secret about his role as Tron's mentee
Episode 14
"Tagged"
December 24, 2012
Episode 15
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Episode 16
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Episode 17
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Episode 18
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Continuity

TRON: Uprising is set after the events of TRON: Evolution, but before TRON: Legacy. For the purpose of story and character development that could branch out but not directly conflict with the events portrayed in the movies, video game, or the graphic novel TRON: Betrayal, the series is set in Argon City, located in a part of the Grid far from Tron City.

In this series' timeline, Clu 2 has already taken over the Grid and is asserting his control over more distant areas, including Argon City. The "ISO Wars" is mentioned as being in the recent past, and Kevin Flynn is said to be in hiding.

Tron's Fate

The series builds up on the background story of Tron, particularly his experiences between Evolution and Legacy. An in-game cinematic in Evolution – which was shown as a flashback in Legacy – shows Tron being overwhelmed by Clu and several Black Guards to give Kevin time to flee. It is implied but never explicitly shown that Tron was subdued and injured, then later reprogrammed to become Rinzler.

The series establishes that Tron was indeed injured in the fight with Clu, but was able to escape relatively intact, although weakened and suffering from grievous wounds. He fled to Argon City, later stumbling upon Beck and thus setting the stage for the show. The series still leaves room for Tron to become Rinzler at a later time, before continuing into the events of Legacy.

While in hiding, Tron reverted to an elaborate white-suit/white-circuit design and color scheme reminiscent of his days in the original Grid. In the series pilot, his look switches between this and the look he adapted in the new Grid: An almost completely black suit with very minimal white circuitry (but without the "T" emblem on his chest seen in Evolution and Legacy). The white suit with white circuitry was bequeathed to Beck when Tron started training him to be "the next Tron". Following this, Tron adapted a black-suit/white-circuitry version of his original suit, and uses this mostly while at rest. During field operations, he uses the black suit with minimal white circuitry (with no "T").

TRON: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski has stated that he has had no input on the series.

Cast

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L-R: Reginald VelJohnson, Nathan Corddry, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Paul Reubens, Elijah Wood, Bruce Boxleitner, Mandy Moore, Tricia Helfer, Lance Henriksen
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Trivia

  • Beck's name was originally Beta, but it was changed to Beck.[citation needed]

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