Tron: Uprising Terminal Review

Tron: Uprising

Tron Lives? It looks like we may have seen the last of Uprising. Why would Disney pull the plug on it? My educated guess is that the disappointing Thursday night ratings didn’t justify keeping such an expensive show. Voice actors like Elijah Wood, Bruce Boxleitner, and Lance Henriksen don’t come cheap. Those riveting action sequences are not the mark of a second-rate cartoon. Shuffling a show off to Sunday night/Monday morning at midnight equals doom. It’s not realistic to expect a mass of viewers to watch any TV show at such a late time, no matter what producer Edward Kitsis may say. Continue reading “Tron: Uprising Terminal Review”

Tron: Uprising Rendezvous Review

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It’s been a while since I’ve watched an episode of Uprising. The show came back with new episodes last December with me not noticing. Even worse, the show now airs at Midnight Sunday night/Monday morning. How many are firing up their DVRs to watch now? Will Tron: Uprising see a second season???

Anyway, I notice that Uprising has changed. In this episode, Paige is a lady of action whose fatalism is at odds with Beck’s optimism. Paige and Beck have alone time which will send shippers to euphoria. Paige is the most compelling character on Uprising because of her conflicted feelings and her excellent fighting abilities. The best Beck can do is stand as the great hope of the resistance and get obsessed over Paige. Meanwhile, Paul Reubens gets his opportunity to chew the scenery as Pavel, now taking the role of featured antagonist. Continue reading “Tron: Uprising Rendezvous Review”

Tron: Uprising S01E07 Review

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BeckThis episode is where Beck becomes more aggressive and learns “The Price of Power.”

“Price” is where Beck possess a funky looking reddish disc and kicks butt. Tron wants Beck not to let fall in Tessler’s hands. I’m also pleasantly surprised we get a Beck vs. Tessler fight this early (supposedly there are 18 episodes of Uprising). We also get to see how Zed and Mara truly care for each other. Awww. Continue reading “Tron: Uprising S01E07 Review”

Interview: Robert Valley

I had the pleasure of interviewing a very talented artist, Robert Valley. The Canadian artist’s big break was working on Aeon (├ćon) Flux. He did the character designs for Disney’s Tron: Uprising and Motorcity. On Disney XD in the U.S., viewers see the angular fruits of Valley’s labor back-to-back Thursday nights.

Valley made the life story of his friend, Techno Stypes, in Pear Cider and Cigarettes. He’s using Kickstarter for funding. After watching this video, I found brash Techno to be more compelling than Beck and his journey on Uprising.

In this interview, Valley answers questions about his work with Disney, Peter Chung, Jamie Hewlett, and his self-publishing efforts. Continue reading “Interview: Robert Valley”

Tron: Uprising: The Renegade, Part 1 (S01E02) Review

Fighting to Survive!

See also: Our review of “The Renegade, Part 2”

I had some concerns about Tron: Uprising after watching the first episode. The second episode, “The Renegade: Part One,” eased my worries. T:U is now more than whether Beck, the Renegade, will prevail over the oppressors of the Grid. It’s a matter of whether Beck or any of his friends or allies will survive. I care about the protagonist programs’ struggle. Continue reading “Tron: Uprising: The Renegade, Part 1 (S01E02) Review”