|This article is written from a|
Real World perspective.
|Price of Power|
|Media Type||Television episode|
|Release Date||July 12, 2012|
Price Of Power is an episode of TRON: Uprising. Beck intercepts a secret weapon that gives any program who wears it increased strength and agility, but also makes the program more aggressive and reckless.
Beck infiltrated the dirigible carrying the scientist Shaw, and successfully stole the power upgrade weapon Shaw had been bringing to Tesler. However, Shaw was derezzed in a crazed attempt to fight back, and Tron, upset that the scientist had not been retrieved too, ordered Beck to destroy the weapon. Beck, however, was ambushed by Tesler's forces, and used the weapon to his life, managing to defeat all of the attacking Black Guards and Paige's Light Copter. However, the weapon changed him; along with providing its promised massive power upgrade, it turned his eyes a sinister red and transformed him into a twisted beast of unimaginable power.
Wearing the weapon, Beck returned to Able's garage, where he shocked Mara by attacking and nearly derezzing Hopper. Instead of destroying the weapon, he eavesdropped on a conversation between Able and Copper, and determined to follow them aboard Tesler's command ship and destroy the giant battle tank they were delivering. However, the resulting battle resulted in injuries to Able, and Beck, bringing him back to the garage unconscious, began to have second thoughts.
He headed back to the hideout, facing Tron's anger at his failure to destroy the weapon. Beck tried to convince Tron that he needed the weapon to succeed as the Renegade, but when Tron attempted to take it from him and he instinctively fought back and nearly injured his mentor, he realized the monster he was turning into and was not justified by the power it granted.
Beck went back to the garage, only to find that Pavel had taken the programs working there hostage. He snuck into the facility to destroy the weapon with the garage's high-powered welder, but Pavel stole the weapon from the welder pad when his back was turned. The resulting battle turned the welder's beam loose, causing a great deal of damage in the garage. Beck used his stealth and willpower to defeat Pavel by dropping on him from above, and then held the disc high in the air, allowing the beam from the energy welder to slice it in half.
Later, Beck and Zed watched Mara patch up her injured arm. Mara wished she could thank "Tron" for saving her from the wreckage of the garage. Beck remarked that it was Zed who had saved her, evading Zed's later questioning as to how he'd known what had happened when he apparently hadn't been there.
Pavel returned to Tesler defeated, but when he returned to his office and reflected on the severed half of the weapon he was shocked and overjoyed to see it repair itself.
- The events of this episode has caused a lot of damage to Beck's reputaiton, as many programs (mainly members of the occupation) have viewed Beck as some kind of monster. Even Tesler has had nightmares about The Renegade.
- Beck appears to have developed a slight temper after this episode.
- Although likely a coincidence, the upgrade disc that serves as the main plot device of this episode shares some very close similarities with the One Ring from the Lord of the RIngs trilogy. Incidentely, Beck's voice actor, Elijah Wood, had a starring role in the movie adaptations of that series, as the hobbit who is entrusted with the Ring but slowly begins to be corrupted by its allure, just like Beck is by the disc.