What’s up, dudes? Did you know there are Christmas references in “Tron,” one of the most ‘80s things ever? Funny or Die even did a promo for a faux holiday special! I’ve got Scott Leopold from Holly Jolly X’masu and Robert Nicholas from Behind the Bells to talk about this 1982 cult classic!
Arcade owner and programmer Kevin Flynn is a former employee of the software corporation ENCOM. Flynn has been trying to hack into ENCOM’s mainframe computer to find evidence that ENCOM’s senior executive Ed Dillinger stole five video games he created. Unfortunately, Dillinger’s supercomputer Master Control Program constantly foils Flynn’s efforts and dictates and controls most of the computer systems. One night, Flynn’s former girlfriend Lora Baines and ace computer programmer Alan Bradley help Flynn break into ENCOM to shut down the MCP with Alan’s security program Tron. While at Lora’s ENCOM work station, the MCP uses Lora’s matter transmission laser on Flynn. It digitizes him and transports him into the computer. Flynn finds himself in an electronic world ruled by the MCP and his evil chief henchman Sark. There low-level computer programs are the alter egos of their creators and are forced to compete in gladiatorial games. Flynn, as a User, is capable of fantastic feats within the computer world. With help from Tron, a heroic and fearless security program and his lover, Yori, Flynn sets out destroy the MCP and help Tron liberate the system from the MCP’s control. Destroying the MCP is Flynn’s only way of returning to the real world.
Oh, and let’s not forget Don Deluise, Burt Reynolds, and Santa! Merry Cyber-Christmas, Master Control Program!
Santa Claus reference? Check. Reindeer flotilla? Yep. Santa riding a Recognizer? Definitely! So grab your Identity Disc, hop on a Light Cycle, and ride into this episode!
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Author: Gerry D / Scott Leopold, Robert Nicholas
Title: Tron (w/ Scott and Robert)