(This review is labelled as "season" out of hopes that the show will get a second one. PLEASE DISNEY.)
It was decided that Tron should have a midquel. BOY, did it work.
Tron uprising not only serves to fill the gaps, it expands the universe in unique ways, showing tech the franchise hasn't dreamed about (Tesler's arms, upgrade disc, disguise serum), it answers questions people haven't thought of ("What if a program loses his disk?" is the theme of one episode) and explores the less-known parts of The Grid (How common programs go on their lives and what problems they face, such as Clu's dictatorship, crime, The Games). Just for that, it's a great piece of EU.
But that takes a backseat on the story and characters. Beck starts as a fairly bland protagonist, but the show develops his personality and we see him as a interesting brand of "idealistic-not-stupid-determinator.", he is clever
but not a chessmaster, determined but not unstoppable. Well-crafted hero.
Tron himself gets some amazing character development in a single season, more than in both movies combined. Here he is a grim Knight In Sour Armor
who has been broken by what he had to endure, but still has a glimpse of faith. He struggles with the "grim" aspect and the "faith" aspect, which is interesting. A fallen hero fighting against his demons, Beck's opposite.
The villains: Tesler
is tyrant with a flair for sarcasm, he is unstoppable and clever. He gets the least character development (we still don't know why
he's such an asshole: Greed? Arrogance? Loyalty? Freudian Excuse
?), which is one of the few complaints I have. That said, he is a great villain because he's so Badass
and sometimes hilarious
. A worthy foe.
Pavel, whose main attractive is being Butt Monkey Large Ham
mixes Noble Demon
and Well Intentioned Extremist
. The show teases Heel Face Turn
often, but it also leaves her fate ambiguos. I look forward to her ending.
The plot's complex. It treats mature themes (like death, redemption, hope, faith, revenge, uprisings
, racism, dystopias, among others) with more maturity than some live-action series. They explore those themes masterfully with the time at hand.
It's a brillant show that DEFINETELY deserves more viewings. As says the review's title: A masterpiece.