I was checking my blog stats and noticed a recent spike in visits to my post titled “Questions about Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” The blog post is now 2 months old so I wondered why the increased amount of hits all of a sudden? I did my daily perusal of global trending topics on twitter and noticed Tron Legacy trailer. Then it hit me!
In my aforementioned blog post I mentioned that Dan Shor, who played Billy the Kid in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, also played Ram in Tron. Because the trailer of the sequel is currently being played before Alice in Wonderland 3-D, Tron is a popular search topic and so my blog entry must be popping up in various Tron-related search results. Ta-da! Case solved.
In acknowledgment and appreciation of these recent hits to my blog (intentional or not), I thought it would be cool to spout a few thoughts after viewing the Tron Legacy trailer.
First off, I give props to the current title, which is waaaaay better than the original title proposed at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con: “TR2N.” I mean, how the hell do you begin pronouncing that crap? The logo looked a little bit cooler but still… dumb.
Tron Legacy sounds bad ass and it properly represents the sequels story-line. Garrett Hedlund plays Sam Flynn, in his quest to find his father, Kevin Flynn, in the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where the original film took place. Jeff Bridges comes back to play Kevin Flynn, who has been living in that crude digital world for the last 25 years. The fact that Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner reprise their original roles already give the sequel some instant credibility. Having the original cast touch the sequel in some always juices it up a bit. Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes and its immediate sequel, as well as Roy Scheider in Jaws 1 & 2 are excellent examples.
The new film also pays tribute to the ancient arcade video game, which I can also respect. Other elements that I enjoy so far is that the costume hasn’t seemed to change much, along with the appearance of light cycles and the identity disk (yeah, remember the old spelling of disk?). One thing I do miss from the original that is lacking from the sequel trailer is the neon graph paper grid on which the digital world exists. The film comes out in December 2010 so maybe there’s still time to lay it in.
If I could make another suggestion, it would be to give a small role in the film to the “Tron Guy” who was given a Tosh.0 Web Redemption on Comedy Central. Like I said, it wouldn’t have to be a huge role. Maybe he could be the light cycle valet guy at a high class digital bistro where Kevin Flynn catches up with his son… I dunno.
Tron Legacy is indicative of more than just the premise of this sequel. It represents the fact that this film was a father to a wave of digital nerds everywhere and we can finally put down our light sabers and phasers to unite under one ancient digital tent… in 3-D of course.