TRON LI[v]ES, or: The Grand Unifying Theory of Why Uprising is Better than We Thought (and Everyone is Boned)
Ahh, Tron: Uprising. I’ll be the first to admit, I was snarking about it months before it ever came out, calling it Tron: The Clone Wars and grousing about how its entire premise made NONE OF THE SENSE. My attitude was not helped when the show finally came out and the first several episodes were…let’s call it uneven, at best. Lazy writing, continuity derp, shoddy worldbuilding and problematic character issues…that first half of the season was a mess, and I sat at my computer jadedly muttering to myself about wasted potential.
I wasn’t ready to give up altogether, though, because there WERE good moments, gems in the rough shining through the ballast, and in an effort to make myself feel better about the direction the show seemed to be weaving drunkenly in, I concocted a theory in which I posited the whole plot was a long Xanatos (Gambit? Roulette? Game of Speed Chess?) orchestrated by Clu, and that Tronzler has been compromised all along. How else to explain his utter fail at training Beck and actually organizing an effective Uprising?
Imagine my surprise and utter delight when the second half of the season happened and not only did the show take an enormous quality leap in just about every direction, but every episode my half-baked theory increasingly appeared to be 100% correct.
Don’t believe me? As they say on CSI, let’s follow the evidence.
(RATED S FOR SPOILERS up to and including the most recent episodes below the cut. BE YE WARNED)