In the 2010 movie TRON: Legacy, a brilliant computer programmer named Kevin Flynn mysteriously disappears. Twenty years later, his rebellious and troubled son, Sam, goes to an old video arcade after his father’s former colleague receives a page. This “page to adventure” serves as the beginning of a heroic journey in which Sam enters a digital world known as the Grid. Though Kevin Flynn was largely responsible for the creation of the Grid, Sam soon discovers this world is no longer under his father’s control. Instead the Grid is ruled by Clu, who was compelled by Kevin Flynn to “create the perfect system.” The characters and storyline of this film are analyzed using Jungian, post-Jungian, Campbellian, historical, and mythological perspectives. The presentation proposes TRON: Legacy can be understood as an allegorical journey highlighting the limitations of (self-)knowledge, encounters with(in) oneself, and transformation.
TRON: Legacy will be shown with Dr. Hill presenting the movie’s allegorical journey highlights afterward.
Sean C. Hill, Ph.D., is Vice President of Student Engagement at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois, where he also holds tenured faculty status in psychology. Sean received his Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago in research methodology/human development. His scholarly interests are race, identity, chaos, complexity, and Jungian perspectives. Sean especially enjoys applying these frameworks to popular culture. He has presented at several conferences including the Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures, Winter Chaos Conference, Film and History Conference, DePaul Pop Culture Conference, and Conference of Research in Jung and Analytical Psychology. Sean authored “Toward Conceptualizing Race and Racial Identity Development within an Attractor Landscape” published in SAGE Open in 2017.