|KingJ.exe Wrote:In the first film, I never noticed that certain programs didn't have disks. I'm wondering if the "not every program has a disk" thing was a sort of retcon, in that all programs had (or were supposed to have) disks in the first film. It seems to me that it was simply an inherent weakness of the grid. Or, another theory I had, what if no one but the program who owns the disc can catch it when it's in weapon mode, unless it was thrown in weapon mode by someone who stole it? Or maybe Cobalt didn't throw Beck's disk when he used it in battle.|
My theory is that the ENCOM 511 system had a different set of regulations and 'laws of nature' whereas Flynn's server was a bit more, shall I say, independent with some changes. I could surmise that the operating system on Flynn's server is more likely different and advanced from ENCOM's.
Although, as CEO, he would have access to the latest hardware and sneak them off to his private lab for experimental testing because what he had were somewhat 'off the shelves' from ENCOM's R&D department, assembling them into his own system.
ENCOM is still a powerful company with a lot of money flowing in and out, therefore, the corporation could afford technology much more advanced than Flynn's.
Think about it. AFTER he got trapped in 1989, he was no longer in the corporate picture while ENCOM's tech became more advanced wheras Flynn's server stopped 'advancing'. When he disappeared, that was the cut off point there.
Had Flynn not been trapped in the Grid, he would've continued his work in the lab, beefing up the system even more and that probably would've made Clu more powerful, probably along with other programs as well.
So in that sense, the way they wore their disks in T82 were limited in that fashion, but as programs advanced in the newer systems, they had more flexibility. From floppy drives as one time load, unload and RUN/EXECUTE to the current standard of using flash drives to boot up the app in seconds.
Therefore, programs are essentially executing their tasks with their discs in some fashion accordingly to their written function.