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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Tron: Beck's Beginning Tron
"Beck's Beginning"
TV episode of Tron: Uprising
Written by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
Directed by: Charlie Bean
Original air date: May 18, 2012

A young program called Beck rebels against the tyranny of Clu by disguising himself as Tron and committing acts of sabotage against Clu's oppressive forces in Argon City.


Read the episode synopsis at the Tron Wiki


Didja Know?


Tron: Uprising was an animated series that ran on the Disney XD channel in 2012-2013. It takes place between the events of Evolution and Legacy.


Actor Bruce Boxleitner returns to provide the voice of Tron, though Tron is a supporting character throughout the series.


Actor Elijah Wood provides the voice of Beck, Tron's protege in protecting the Grid while Tron recovers from the injuries he suffered in battle with Clu and his followers in Evolution.


The voice of General Tesler is provided by Lance Henriksen, probably best known to genre fans as the android Bishop in the 1986 film Aliens.


The events of Tron: Uprising take place mostly in Argon City rather than Tron City.


Throughout the series, we see programs in armor that has glowing highlights of various colors: white, bright blue, dark blue, green, yellow, and purple. And, of course, red for Clu's personnel.


The closing image at the conclusion of the end credits sequence of each episode is the same Tronified version of the traditional Disney castle logo seen at the beginning of Legacy.


Characters appearing in this episode







Bodhi (derezzed in this episode)



General Tesler






Didja Notice?


At the beginning of the episode, the scenes taking place in the "real world" are shown in standard box-shaped TV screen size. When the story enters the Grid, the picture goes widescreen. 


The shot of Tron at 0:49 in the episode is an homage to the movie poster of the original Tron film from 1982.
Tron Tron movie poster
Tron Tron movie poster


Tron is depicted wearing white armor during the flashback of his battle with Clu instead of the black he wears in the Betrayal and Legacy depictions of the fight.


Notice that Tron's "T" chest symbol is part of the Tron: Uprising logo inside the "O".

Tron: Uprising logo


When the real Tron confronts Beck about his rebellious actions in the Grid and tells him, "You know, you're not Tron," Beck responds, "Never said I was." But he is wearing armor that has Tron's "T" symbol on it!


Beck takes on the alias of Tron thinking that since Tron saved the Grid once before, maybe he can do it again. Is he referring to the events of the film Tron? According to "Betrayal" Part 1, the current system is a new one designed by Flynn, not the same Electronic World seen in that film, and he brought Tron over from there to protect it. Is it common knowledge that Tron comes from an earlier system?


When Paige confronts Beck in the street thinking he's Tron, she says, "So you're Tron? Huh. Thought you'd be taller." This may be a reference by the writers to the 1996 film Escape from L.A., which has the repeated line delivered to the protagonist Snake Plissken, "I thought you'd be taller."


Tron tells Beck that Clu left him with scars that will never heal.

Tron's scars


At 29:04 in the episode, the word "acknowledge" is seen on the transparent wall in the background during the fight between Beck and Tesler.


Memorable Dialog


the next Tron.wav

you're not Tron.wav

you're a long way from home, program.wav

thought you'd be taller.wav

game over.wav

as long as Tron lives.wav

and he's kind of handsome.wav 


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