Tron: Uprising episode 2 review: The Renegade Part 2

Review Cameron K McEwan 23 Jun 2012 - 16:36

Cameron catches up with another visually impressive episode of Disney XD's Tron: Uprising. Read his review, here...

This review contains spoilers.

1.2 The Renegade Part 2

In the last installment, we were royally cliffhanged as our hero Beck was pitted in a fight to the death with his new compadrie, Cutler, in The Games. With mutual derezzing assured, the pair are forced to duel regardless of their friendship.

But even as they batter the bits out of one another, neither can bring themselves to finish the other off - resulting in resident bad guy General Tessler (voiced by Lance Henriksen) deciding to end both their lives. Intervening is Tesler's young field commander Paige, who seems to have a thing for Beck.

Earlier in the series, we saw the two engage in some rather sexually-charged fighting and, clearly, Paige hasn't forgotten this. She seeks to save her punch-buddy and suggests to her boss Tessler that he let Beck free as a goodwill gesture but kill the other. Filled with guilt, Beck returns to his mentor Tron who pep-talks him into breaking out his heroic chum; leading to en exciting, not to mention visually arresting, number of set pieces.

On the other side of Argon City, there's the slightly less interesting sub-plot taking place featuring Beck's garage co-worker, Zed, who has foolishly let a vintage light cycle be stolen by an attractive young program, Perl.

It's interesting to see the underworld of the city and one wonders if this will play a larger part as the series continues (and as mention in in previous reviews, it's very Batman Begins).

During the denouement of both stories, there's a rather neat, almost Seinfeldian, dovetailing of the strands as both plots cross one another.

Visually, it's another corker with delightfully expressionistic scenes in the opening duel between Beck and Cutler, and a eye-catching use of colour and speed. At the other end, the daring rescue ramps up the cinematic dynamism with a top-notch boat race/battle.

The Renegade does go over some ground established in the opening tale, Beck's Beginning - notably Beck's doubts and insecurities about being a saviour. Hopefully, as the series is now engaged properly, his teen angst can take a back seat for a while for the adventures to come.

Read our review of the previous episode, here.

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Am loving this show so far, but 1 problem with the review. Paige did not save Beck because she is getting to like him, since all the times they have previously met (except for once, but that was when he was pretending to be just an engineer) and fought, Beck has been pretending to be Tron. If she knew that the Beck in the ring and the Tron/Renegade blowing up stuff were the same person then she would act accordingly, but she doesn't. I think she let's Beck go because she has a certain sense of honour and wants to keep her boss to his word.

I do agree that their fighting in the pilot was a bit naughty and that he may be able to win her over, they had a whole Batman/Catwoman thing going on (only he is the pursued one) which may develop, but she won't find out who he is until she has some reason not to turn him in.

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