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"TRON: Uprising" Beck's Beginning (2012)

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7/10
Author: Fluke_Skywalker from United States
14 February 2017

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Plot; On The Grid, a young Program called Beck rises up to claim the mantle of Tron in an effort to inspire other programs to fight back against the oppressive regime of the powerful Clu.

Taking place in between Tron (1982) and Tron Legacy (2010), Tron: Uprising plays a bit like Batman Beyond, with an injured Tron attempting to mentor a young hotshot to take up his mantle. Like its live action counterparts, it features dazzling visuals that are symbiotic with its electronic score (very much in the vein of Legacy's score by Daft Punk, using many of its cues). The voice acting is solid, featuring Elijah Wood, Lance Henricksen, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Paul Reubens and Tron himself, Bruce Boxleitner. It has all of the baggage you would expect from an opening episode (actually, it's culled together from three mini-episodes), but it sets up its hero's journey against a striking cyberpunk backdrop worthy of the films.

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Stunning visuals

8/10
Author: dgrv75 from France
23 September 2012

If you've seen Tron Legacy, you might have noticed the magnificent designs and visuals. Tron : Uprising uses the same visual codes, but brings it to another level thanks to animation. Lots of crazy designs are used in this episode.

When you add that to an intense storytelling, you get a rhythm that doesn't leave you time to get bored. They managed the story nicely. Voices are good, even thought not perfect (a bit too much sometimes). As per usual, we get a simple story of a single man fighting a just war against an evil empire. But the result seems is not bad.

Tron Uprising is visually stunning, done with skills and with means. It is not a poor child of Tron Legacy. However, the music is less of a success : they use Daft Punk's score on Tron legacy as a basis for basically everything. So even though it may be nice, it shows a lack of inventively.

Despite the defects, this first episode shows great promise.

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