|Pilgrim1099 Wrote:That's what the Tron franchise is about. The separation of two worlds that act as parallels. |
If that's what you think TRON is about, no wonder we can't see eye to eye.
There was no "Tron franchise" in 1982, there was a single film and it's theme was wonder and possibility about the new wave of personal computing. The theme was an unlimited future vista we were only beginning to explore. It was a bright, optimistic vision of hope and imagination. That's why the much darker vision of Legacy is such a contrast.
It's hard to imagine you even saw the same movie I did if you think things like "programs are limited to their function". What makes you think that? The programs in TRON were people, they had personalities. Their function was their job. Ram, Crom, Yori, Tron, they all had personalities and emotions and acted like people. There was even a deleted scene where Yori takes Tron back to her apartment, she changes into glowing lingerie and they make love! Hardly a vision of utilitarian programs that only know their function.
You don't want to even acknowledge the possibility of the ending being as I interpret it, but again I am certain that the scene was written to allow the possibility of that interpretation. It was a teaser ending, one designed to make you think and leave the theater wondering about the possibilities.
The entire theme of TRON was wondering about the possibilities of computers and how they would change the world and people's lives.
Let me say that I was there and I did see the ending as a kid. I'm aware of the deleted scene as I HAVE the rare 20th Anniversary TRON DVD with that scene in it, including interviews with Lisberger and crew about the movie and his pre-production ideas about the next Tron film, until Kozinski came into the picture years later.
The way I saw the ending was that, originally, it was like a merger of the human and digital world. Although it was a night clip pulling out to a wide shot that showed lines of traffic and building lights changing and fading out to black toward the credits. It was to imply that there would be a future of Man and Machine interacting in an evolved manner. Ambiguous endings are a classic method to close the story out, if it's done right. Fortunately, TRON ended cleverly.
But, I also know what you meant by the "Kubrickian" style of wonder with an ambiguous ending. Over the years, my interpretation matured and saw the ending for what it was, Flynn in a good mood saying " Hey Programs! " out of jest, knowing Dillinger is history. And he knew of their digital counterparts.
Some people thought that this was Tron and Yori on top of the building (Yes, I've seen comments online inferring that a few years ago) and I disagreed with that notion. That was way too far fetched and problematic.
From the way the programs were, they were programmed to a certain function. Alan wrote TRON as a security program (or system monitor) to watch the MCP. It was all he could do. After all, he could sense Alan 'calling' him and felt the pull to go to the I/O Tower to get his message.
The film gave us two perspectives. The USER perspective from the ENCOM folks and Flynn and the PROGRAM POV (point of view). That's why we're seeing parallels.
As far as the franchise goes, it was a small franchise with a cult following. Remember, there were action figures, toys, and video games based on the film. Even some books. Even a vinyl record telling the story of TRON, almost like an audio version of the film.
Of course Legacy carries the dystopian contrast, but the theme was repeated in the sequel. They told the dystopian tale twice. The first one was the MCP, the second came CLU 2.0, and the third came "who knows what". Dillinger? MCP 2.0 without the "Kool Aid" head?