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TRON: Uprising S01E01 Beck's Beginning

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Beck's Beginning
Media TypeTelevision series
DirectorCharlie Bean
ProducersEdward Kitsis
Adam Horowitz
StarringElijah Wood
Bruce Boxleitner
Lance Henriksen
Release DateMay 18, 2012

Beck's Beginning is the premiere episode of TRON: Uprising.

Plot Synopsis

Beck works at Able’s garage with his friends Bodhi, Zed, and Mara. He enjoys his job, but not as much as the disc games he and his friends would otherwise play.

As the group of friends enjoy some recreational time together in a friendly disc game, a military battalion, led by General Tessler, arrives and takes over their playing field. Tessler then informs the people of Argon City that the city is now under occupation. When a giant statue of Clu is dropped in the center of the game field, Bodhi protests and is derezzed by a guard, much to Beck’s horror. Deciding to fight back against the Occupation, Beck uses his recoder on his disc to modify his light suit to look similar to Tron’s. He then scales the statue, removes its head, and drops a light grenade inside to destroy it.

A guard reports the statue’s destruction to Tessler along with the observation that the culprit looked like Tron. Clu enters and refutes this claim, saying that Tron is dead. Tessler responds by sending his second-in-command, Paige, to find this masked renegade.

Once Beck dispatches two of the Black Guard that pursued him after the statue’s destruction, he is confronted by Paige and they get into a protracted fight. Boarding a light copter, Beck overpowers the pilot, but damages the flight controls in the process. He is then forced to abandon the craft and bails out over the Outlands.

After repairing an abandoned light crawler, Beck heads for home, but finds himself pursued by a masked program. Unable to escape, he is soon overpowered and captured. He then awakens to discover that he is being held captive in a large chamber and that same program approaches to interrogate him. As the stranger proceeds to question him, Beck secretly starts using his recoder to to disable his bindings. Once free of his binds he grabs his disc and lunges at the stranger, who was anticipating this and dodges Beck’s attack. He then knocks Beck’s disc to the ground and continues to fend him off. Their verbal exchange continues throughout the fight, and eventually the stranger simply unmasks himself, saying that Beck was right about one thing. “I’m not dead,” he says as his light suit and disc change to reveal that he is actually Tron.

Tron explains how he was programmed to defend the Grid, and how he was betrayed by Clu. He tries to convince Beck to join him and become the next Tron in a fight against the Occupation, but Beck's self doubt has the young program declining at every turn. Beck then returns to Argon City.

Back the garage Beck learns of a new development on the workshop floor. He heads downstairs to find a small group of guards and Paige are in the garage showing the workers a recording of Beck as Tron, and requesting that this rogue program be handed over. Tron is dubbed the Renegade since the army doesn’t believe him to actually be Tron. Paige then informs them that the games will be coming to Argon and until the imposter is turned in, “volunteers” for the games will be rounded up.

The next day Beck is horrified to see Tessler rounding up programs for the games, including his friends. Beck dons his black Tron guise and pursues the light rail being used to transport his captive friends. He jumps onto the rail and fights a Black Guard. Beck gains the upper hand and appears ready to derez the Guardsman, but instead breaks the connection of the last car, leaving the soldier confused at why he was spared. Beck opens the car only to see that it is empty and activates his light cycle to catch up with the rail. Beck gets ahead of the rail and breaks the light beam causing it to crash, yet leaving the captive programs uninjured. The Guardsman then helps him find and free his friends, but is then derezzed by Tessler for helping the Renegade. Tessler and Beck fight and Beck is able to throw Tessler into a rail light beam sending Tessler off at high speed. An angry Tessler is picked up by Paige in a light copter.

Beck returns to Tron’s hideout in the Outlands and tells him that he is ready to undergo training to become the next Tron. Tron proclaims that he isn’t ready, but he will be. Tron then removes his disc and separates it into two halves, one white and one black, which causes his light suit to change black. He then gives the white half to Beck who gives Tron half of his disc. Beck combines the white half with his black half and puts the disc on, giving him Tron’s light suit. Tron completes the exchange with the words, “Come, we have a lot of work to do, Tron.”

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