Topic: Movies & TV
TRON and TRON: Legacy are fairly popular movies among geeks. They are also quite visually interesting. But the TRON franchise often leaves us with a lot of questions.
This is especially the case when we consider the show TRON: Uprising in correlation with the movies.
For example, why is Beck not in TRON: Legacy? What happened to him? How did Tron get caught? How did he get healed? Why do we never see Rinzler's face, other than because of the obvious fact that he is not played by Bruce Boxleitner?
I have a theory.
Rinzler is not Tron. In the TV show, which has unfortunately only put forth one season that left some large cliffhangers, Tron's health situation looks pretty hopeless. He is in terrible condition and continues to get worse.
This situation, however, does not prevent him from training Beck. Although we never see much of it in the one short season, he surely must have taught Beck about the users and how to do some cool fighting moves, including his suddenly-signature two disc fighting style.
To my point: Tron succumbs to his wounds and Beck is actually Rinzler.
Now, we do know that Beck and Tron did succeed in starting their rebellion. This is seen in two scenes in TRON: Legacy.
At Kevin's secret residence, when he is talking to Sam about doing nothing, he says, "There's unrest out there. Even revolution." In the scene at The End of Line Club, there are rebels there who are trying to meet Zeus and end up fighting the soldiers who drop in.
But there is no Beck.
Beck could be Rinzler, and he could be going on to continue Tron's legacy in a similar way Aaron Cross continues Jason Bourne's legacy in The Bourne Legacy. Just as there is no Jason, there is no Tron. New guys now carry their banners, hence the use of the word "legacy."
(I know Jason Bourne is coming back now, but that is beside the point.)
Clu's Reasons and Rinzler's Voice:
While Beck and Tron were working (and dying), Clu eventually captured Beck and made him Rinzler. You may then ask why Rinzler has Tron's voice and a covered face. Well, perhaps Clu wants everyone to believe he has control of the original Tron. He did not seem to go to any lengths to hide the Tron symbol on Rinzler's chest.
Very few people know Beck. He does not have the same reputation as Tron. That's why he took Tron's identity in the first place. And Clu wants that reputation to be under his control.
And how hard can it be to change a guy's voice a bit? There are all kinds of crazy voices in the movies.
Additionally, Clu has a reputation of his own to manage. He will not even admit he failed to fully capture or defeat Kevin.
First Clue says he is going to do the same thing to Sam as he did to his Kevin. This sounds threatening, but also ends up being humorously true. Clu loses Sam just as he lost Kevin.
But before the loss, Clu gets the crowd and Sam riled up by bragging through Jarvis. He was the one who has experience defeating users. Except, of course, he has not actually ever defeating one in battle.
Speaking of Rinzler's characteristics, let's get back to that point about fighting styles. Rinzler does not fight in any way we've seen Tron fight before. First of all, the two disc style is something Tron suddenly discovers in the sudden Clu attack (in one of the flashbacks).
Because of this, I'm not really sure how Kevin recognizes Tron when he sees Rinzler capture Cora. Kevin was running away when Tron picked up that extra disc for the first time.
And then, as I said, Tron could easily have taught some tricks to Beck.
But never do we ever see Tron do all those crazy flips and other things that Rinzler does. It is like a completely different style. It might be a style Beck picked up.
Seeing as how important fighting for users is to Tron, he must have also taught Beck about it. What kind of program would he be if he didn't? That is why Rinzler eventually says he "fight[s] for the users."
The biggest flaw in my theory shows up towards the end of TRON: Legacy. As Clu and Rinzler are chasing the heroes through the sky, Rinzler and Kevin catch glimpses of each other. A memory comes back to Rinzler of himself as Tron yelling at Kevin to run from Clu's sudden attack.
How am I supposed to explain that? I don't know. Is it possible Beck also got Tron's old disc and thus obtained his memories? We know how important the discs are because of the episode where Beck loses his. He very nearly completely loses his own identity.
If this is the case, then that also helps explain everything else that I have already argued. Tron did not need to train Beck in everything.
But then, why would Rinzler still fight differently? Maybe the style is not so different as I think. But what other complications arise?
Whatever the case may be, this is still an interesting theory. Tell me what you think.
- James D. McIntosh Jr.
P.S. In TRON, Kevin Flynn has a good friend named Ram who gets killed. In TRON: Legacy, he has a son he calls Sam. Coincidence?
P.P.S. You may know this already, but the shapes of both Pac-Man and Mickey Mouse make special appearances in TRON.
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