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Dear TRON, Happy 25th

Tron

Alright, so I’m a few days late, but it’s the thought that counts, right?

Well, I wasn’t actually going to say anything on the occasion, but now that I’m standing up, and you’re all looking at me (hi honey), I thought I might as well throw in my two cents on the film that is TRON.

Now, TRON was never the most popular kid on the block. Filled to the brim with snazzy effects, some damn nice Syd Mead’ian visual design and genuine glee. You know, that unique naive kind of glee that only comes in small doses, and only when doing science fiction films in the late 60’s, 70’s and early to mid-80’s. Yeah. That kind.

Anyway, while it certainly doesn’t hold up story-wise (or character-wise for that matter), TRON remains enthralling to me. Maybe because it contains a promise, that just beyond our reach; just behind that fluorescent screen of your CRT monitor, there’s a world unlike any you’ve ever seen. And there, amongst electrons drawing lines of light, on the vast slightly too colorful rolling bit-hills at the foot of the uplink tower; there even a poor mistreated game developer like me Flynn can be a hero.

And that is worth believing in!

Go TRON! Yay!

PS: And the poster is mucho mucho awesome as well, so…