TRON: Decoding the Grid


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Greetings, Programs!

KELLER has escaped, but TESLER wants her back.  After all, she destroyed all the work she had done for him when she left.  All of ARGON CITY is on the alert for this defector, so she has to get out of!

Nearly all of this episode takes place on the SILVER STREAK, which is the other name for the ARGON CITY EXPRESS.  The high stakes and fast pace of this episode keeps you on the edge of your seat for the entire twenty-two minutes of some of the best animation you have ever seen on television!  But the real story boils down to the growing friendship between BECK and PAIGE, two PROGRAMS on opposite sides of the OCCUPATION debate who start to see that there is more to the other than politics.

Can an episode of TRON: Uprising be fantastic even without TRON or the TRON SUIT?  We think so.  KERMMIT joins SHAZ and SHUA this week to talk about the sixteenth episode of TRON: Uprising.



Direct download: TRON_14.mp3
Category:TRON: Uprising -- posted at: 5:27pm EDT

Greetings, Programs!

Texting while driving is illegal.  Driving while deciding on your hair color should also be illegal. 
YES!  BIT agrees entirely.

The real danger is the preoccupation of the OCCUPATION with taking total control of all PROGRAMS!  TESLER has another plan to protect his positional power in ARGON CITY and it is turning everything orange.

Will MARA get back to normal?  Will ZED ever grow up?  Will KELLER get away in the end?  Listen in and find out as ARMANDO joins SHUA and SHAZ for a discussion of TRON: Uprising STATE OF MIND.

Direct download: TRON_13.mp3
Category:TRON: Uprising -- posted at: 10:19pm EDT

Greetings, Programs!

And the word is all over ARGON CITY, thanks to the Jovial Tricksters who want to be a part of the big time and take on TESLER and his forces for thrills and to show off their skills.  

BECK wants to recruit the fearless team of three in his stand against the minions of CLU, but when he finds out that one of them is MARA, he gets more than a little concerned.

SHAZ and SHUA are joined this week by RUSS, whose talents and techniques can be seen in an Atari 2600 mod here:

Check out this review of TRON: Uprising “Tagged” as we look deeper into the code of some our favorite characters.  Download.  Listen.  Share.  Spread the word...


Direct download: TRON_12.mp3
Category:TRON: Uprising -- posted at: 1:44am EDT

Greetings, Programs!

The Inquisition continues as both DYSON and the Stranger seek information and an answer to the lingering dilemma of whether PROGRAMS are limited to their programming or if they can surpass their original design.  For us, it becomes a question of free will versus destiny when JOVIAL JAY from Jedi Journals on and Green Justice and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. CASE FILES on RandomChatter and ASTRAICA from #UnitedTronArmy join in the discussion on this episode of TRON: Decoding the Grid.  

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Direct download: TRON_11_.mp3
Category:TRON: Uprising -- posted at: 12:23pm EDT

Greetings, Programs!

The Renegade is relegated to a droll day at work when MARA is put in charge at the garage because ABLE is in the outlands battling GRID BUGS with his buddy TRON.

You knew ABLE could not sit still once he knew for sure that BECK was the Renegade.  He will do his best to protect his workers at the garage, whether they are BECK, ZED, MARA, or LINK. 

In the meantime, MARA gets an opportunity to show her worth when PAVEL comes downtown for some TANK tune-ups. 

HUNTER and JAMIE join SHAZ and SHUA for a look at the TRON: Uprising episode: We Both Know How This Ends.

Direct download: TRON_10.mp3
Category:TRON: Uprising -- posted at: 2:48pm EDT

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The Propaganda Machine is at work, ably twisting the events occurring in ARGON CITY to place blame on the RENEGADE, though the RENEGADE has not derezzed any citizens of ARGON.  Can we say the same about TESLER and his SENTRIES and SOLDIERS?

Wake up, PROGRAMS!  The curfew is all about control, not our safety.  Do not simply accept what TESLER tells you on the big-screen RECOGNIZERS; think for yourselves!

This week, friend and guest Craig and long-time listener Armando join in the discussion of TRON: Uprising GROUNDED.

Direct download: TRON_09.mp3
Category:TRON: Uprising -- posted at: 8:29am EDT

Greetings, Programs!

SHAZ and SHUA welcome former guests Meghan from High Adventure and Spencer the LightSticks maker for a double-strength episode of TRON: Decoding the Grid covering TRON: Uprising “Scars” (Parts 1 & 2).

We discuss animation and voice acting, characters (like Pavel, the greasy-weasel who wants to be a big fish in a little pond or Paige who seems to have daddy issues), and revelations relative to the events that unfold in this memorable arc. 

Direct download: TRON_08.mp3
Category:TRON: Uprising -- posted at: 6:17pm EDT

Greetings, Programs!

What do programs dream during their sleep cycles?  Screen savers, of course! 

This is just a part of what you will learn from Sheldon, SHAZ, and SHUA in this episode of TRON: Decoding the Grid as we tangle with TESLER in this REWARDING episode of TRON: Uprising.  How do you make Programs turn against their neighbors?  Offer them a car, of course! 

SHUA thinks it might be “Let’s Make a Deal” on the GRID.  SHAZ has an unanswered question about an Edgar Allen Poe story.  Sheldon says that Programs see BINARY CODE in front of their eyes instead of the stars most cartoons see.  Listen in and let us know your answers about TRON: Uprising “Reward” (and all the other random things we come up with in our discussions).

Direct download: TRON_7.mp3
Category:TRON: Uprising -- posted at: 5:27pm EDT

Greetings, Programs! 

SHAZ and SHUA invite Kermmit the Frog and the inestimable Steve Glosson from Geek Out Loud! Podcast for a discussion of TRON: Uprising "Price of Power". 

This TRON episode encourages some interesting discussion about many things, even raises the possibility that Mister T may actually refer to TRON. 

OK, well, I made that one up…or did I?

Download, listen in, and find out!

Direct download: TRON6.mp3
Category:TRON: Uprising -- posted at: 6:35pm EDT

Greetings, Programs!


Not a three-hour tour, so to speak, but the results were the same -- the Renegade and Paige have become stranded on an island and have to team-up to get back to Argon City.

In their “isolation”, they have time to consider the hostility between them and the reasons behind it.  We are privileged to discover some tidbits from Paige’s past that show us why she feels a bit “isolated” from just about everyone.  (Who knew she was a musician?  or a Med Program,for that matter?)

What do you think?  Are the ISOs the cause for isolating yourself from your past and the things that make you who you are?

High Adventure lyricist Spencer and trumpeter Meghan the TechnoRetro MOM join SHAZ and SHUA for a WICKED COOL, TOTALLY TUBULAR look at TRON: Uprising “Isolated” on this episode of TRON: Decoding the Grid.

Direct download: TRON_5.mp3
Category:TRON: Uprising -- posted at: 6:38pm EDT

Greetings, Programs! 

This week, we cover TRON: Uprising “Identity”. 

The identity of the Renegade as well as the future of the Uprising is endangered when an enterprising program swipes Beck's disc off his back and sells it in the "bad part of town" in Argon City.  Jovial Jay returns to help SHAZ & SHUA decode this episode of TRON: Uprising!

Direct download: TRDads_TRON_04.mp3
Category:TRON: Uprising -- posted at: 6:29pm EDT

Greetings, Programs!

The Renegade is in a race against time to save programs and friends when TESLER drills too deeply into Argon City’s energy supply.  Pitted against the imminent destruction of the city and shutting down the drill without harming his friend ZED who has entered an underground race in the tunnels of the grid, Beck has to balance stealth, timing, and every ability to meet his most difficult challenge to date.

Craig Batts and Sheldon Norton join the discussion this week as we get to the heart of “Blackout” in this third episode of TRON: Decoding the Grid.

Direct download: TRDads_TRON_03.mp3
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:18pm EDT

Greetings, Programs!

The Renegade is getting some attention by CLU and General TESLER while some of Beck’s friends are involved in another adventure of their own.  Both story lines converge in a striking conclusion with some parallel lessons to be learned.

Join SHAZ and SHUA as they are joined by experienced podcaster Jovial Jay as we cover TRON: Uprising’s first two-part arc on TRON: Decoding the Grid.

Why does ZED look at MARA as more than a friend and how does it affect the friendship that they have?

Is PAIGE overly obsessed with the Renegade?  If so, why? 

Why aren’t General TESLER’s soldiers busy keeping the peace and putting a stop to the criminal element in Argon City if CLU’s purpose is to create the “perfect system”?

These are some important questions, and may (or may not) be answered in this installment of TRON: Decoding the Grid!

Direct download: TRDads_TRON_02.mp3
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:03pm EDT

Greetings, Programs!

Though TRON: Uprising has not been picked up for a second season, we’re still enjoying watching it a second time.  Now that it’s on Netflix, you can catch it, too!

Join SHAZ and SHUA as they are joined by artist Spencer Brinkerhoff III and filmmaker Sheldon Norton for this first episode of TRON: Decoding the Grid and discuss the pilot episode of TRON: Uprising.

CLU has overtaken the Grid in his effort to create the perfect system.  TRON is nowhere to be found.  When GENERAL TESLER comes to Argon City to enforce the will of CLU, an idealistic program stands up to oppression and finds himself an unlikely (and even unwilling) hero. 

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Direct download: TRDads_TRON_01.mp3
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:12pm EDT