Just so you know, I'm not pickin' the film apart. I'm just cooking up hopefully some tidbit to bounce around the conversation court. But, sometimes what one person might think is being critical another person might think is a way to seek a new fresh way to enjoy the film by finding creative ways to fill in the gaps.
As a matter of fact, I just thought of one to solve my own issue.
I just thought of a way it just MIGHT could be done.
What if the MPC COULD access any other computer on a level that not only other computers and their users that are clearly not networked to Encom could be accessed in a way that maybe even Encom developers might not know about... even ways that could access every arcade game too. A radically new and stealthy way, even by today's standards. A way that enabled the MCP to ruthlessly put undeserved programs into games to be killed, not only in it's own hardware, but in arcade games around the nation. The MCP seemed prepared to access other computers in other nations as well... but how? How about this...
What if the MPC secretly found a way to network itself to other computers... through power lines! It learned how to not only use it's own power relays but even in such a sophisticated and atuned way that it could send impulses UP the stream to other unprotected computers across the power grid and, in some fantasticly revolutionary way that human's didn't make or yet know exists, have full access to. Perhaps "the game grid" the MPC refers to IS his secret access to all the arcade games in the world, being prostituted as an arena of excecution for unwanted programs. In effect, the MPC could end up accessing any computer that's simply plugged in to a socket, making them into unwilling yet unknowing extentions of it's own growing power.
And the MCP hasn't divulged this knowledge to a soul in either universe; his trump card that he plans to secretly play at the best opportunity to concur the other half of his sphere of influcence.. the human world. Perhaps the only thing the MPC's holding out for is to learn how to access a last remaining few computers with power supplies that are more stubborn to get through, but is managing to determine how gradually... as the clock slowly counts down to his finest hour.
Also, in the end, that's what the Tron security program ultimately accomplished; it severed it's ability to use it's hardware in such a customized way and when severing it, chopped the MPC down to the mere fraction of it's glorious techno-empire, leaving it too unsophistcated to protect itself from Tron's shutting the rest of him completely down.
THAT'S the kind of ideas I'm fishing for when starting topics like this. In what appears to be applying limits to the film I am in fact paving the way for it to be possible for it to be found MORE limitless.
What do ya'll think? You like?