Thing is, I cant buy the fact that Flynn being the creator of the system and aparently having unlimited power in the grid just sits there while his best friend (Tron) is aparently killed by CLU and then sits around doing nothing again while his OWN SON risks his life to save the last ISO, that made flynn look like a coward.
The only useful things that flynn does in the entire movie are turning the lights off in the end of line Club ,reprograming a system monitor and self destructing with CLU.
He could have used the reprogrammed system monitor to make a distraction for Sam , or seeing how he is able to create new programs he could have created a bodyguard for himself, or better, he could have resurrected Anon from the Evolution game to help them get to the portal.
But he did none of this , he just sat there while Quorra and Sam did the fighting,which doesnt make any sense, seeing how he is aparently the most powerful of the three, even if he cant fight in hand to hand combat.
Not going to argue with you there, but I'm sure I could go off on a tangent about the psychological aspects of that too. But hell, let's just go with what's starting to become a mantra, lol: "I've written about it." (More than once. At least sorta.)
Flynn really becomes a hard guy to like sometimes within this franchise. Especially once you get into T:B
. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I mean, we've got to be able to like the guy at least a little. In T82
, that was possible. Sure he was immature and irresponsible, but he was a likable guy and in the end, he did the right thing. In T:L, not so much-- he just stood in horror while his friend died for him*, he gives up**, he was willing to let his son get stuck in there with him and only takes action when Sam forces his hand. And then he does some big heroic (but possibly unnecessary***) self-sacrifice thing at the end.
*I've questioned before whether he was right to run. If it was true he didn't have many fighting skills, he may just have gotten in Tron's way when Tron was fighting-- which may have been exactly what Tron DIDN'T want-- a distraction from a guy Tron knew wasn't good enough at fighting to defend himself. And, too, Tron was fighting TO make sure Flynn was safe-- if Flynn had disobeyed (as he was, actually, first inclined to do; Tron has to tell him twice, remember), Tron would be fighting for nothing because Flynn would still be there for Clu to pick off. Also, let's face it: if Clu can easily defeat frigging TRON, Flynn would've had no chance had he then gone back and tried to rush Clu, right?
**Again, maybe you can't really blame him. Dude went through a lot of shit. Even if we are ONLY talking about the events of T:L, he just lost his entire life. Witnessed genocide. Discovered he's fallible-- and possibly what his own darker tendencies may be capable of. That might be enough to break someone.
Then if you look at T:B
, it gets worse. Dude's never there for the huge responsibility he took on of running an entire company. He's never there for his pregnant wife, nor, from the look of things, later his wife and kid. He's never there to fix things in the world he created (and is very flip about the problems he does know about). The arcade's barely even mentioned but I'm sure he's never there either. Once his wife dies, he's still never there for Sam, just sticks Jordan's parents with the responsibility instead. The whole thing makes you want to shake the guy and tell him to get a fucking grip.
Between the two sources, Kevin Flynn comes across as a still-irresponsible drama queen who hasn't learned a whole hell of a lot during a thousand cycles of exile.
The only thing I want to know is how he did apparently fight and it only made Clu stronger. We've speculated on that many times here but I'm not sure how close we've gotten to a workable/plausible/believable solution. I think the best we came up with (and I don't even remember whose idea this was) was: "The more he resisted, the more Clu was able to paint him as bad."