"The Next Day"
Found in the Bonus Materials of Tron: Legacy Blu-Ray
disk (US Edition)
The anonymous leader of the Flynn Lives Organization realizes
the time has come to leave the operation.
Watch "The Next Day" at DailyMotion.com and
the "Epilogue" at
"The Next Day" is a short video film found in the bonus material
of the Tron: Legacy Blu-Ray
disk (US Edition).
Ostensibly, the "story" takes place the day after Sam returns to
Reality with Quorra and it fills in some of the holes of
what was occurring in Reality while Flynn was trapped in the
Tron System from 1989-2010. Possibly it is also planting the
seeds of the next sequel film, with references to the Dillinger
What I call the "epilogue" of "The Next Day" is a 40 second clip
included as an easter egg on
the Tron: Legacy Blu-Ray disk
As ZackAttack walks past a pillar at 00:25 in the video,
there is what looks like a magazine advertisement for the
Space Paranoids video game taped onto it. There is also a
Tron arcade game against the wall.
In his final video message, ZackAttack says that he has been
communicating the Flynn Lives message for the past 3 years
(though the text of the newspaper article "Flynn Lives
Hacker Arrested", detailing the arrest of hacker Matthew
Roth, suggests that the organization's presence has been felt
all the way back to the
year of Flynn's disappearance, 1989).
A number of newspaper and magazine headlines show up in
video clips and on ZackAttack's bulletin board. The legible
ones read: "Missing Billionaire Presumed Dead: Investigators
Officially Call Off the Search for Kevin Flynn February 3rd
1991", "Kevin Flynn Presumed Dead", "Following Flynn:
ENCOM's New CEO Has A Tough Road Ahead", "Dillinger Systems
Releases Personal Spreadsheet Maker", "Dillinger Systems on
the Rise", "What's Next for Dillinger Systems?", "Flynn
Lives Hacker Arrested", "ENCOM's Beloved Son Gone Missing",
"Follow the Money: 'Isolated Thinker' Covers All Legal Fees
for Matthew Roth", "Flynn Dead? ENCOM Moving On", "A Decade
Without Flynn", "Flynn Jr. Disrupts ENCOM Event!" (from
the Center City Times), "Alan Bradley Upstaged!",
"Sam Flynn Crashes Stockholder Gala: Hundreds Watch in Shock
as Sam Flynn, Son of...", "Sam Flynn's Leap of Faith",
and "Youth in Revolt!"
The actor portraying Roy Kleinberg is Dan Shor, who played
Ram in Tron. Roy's nickname
is listed as Ram in his interview here, so he is obviously
the writer of the Ram program Flynn met in the original
system. Roy is listed as the Lead Programmer at ENCOM from
In a media interview, Alan Bradley reveals that Flynn took
to calling him Tron, after the security program he wrote,
and the nickname stuck with him for years.
It is left unclear in Legacy and here in this short film,
whether Alan is aware of the existence of the digital world.
In the interview mentioned above, Alan says it is "weird"
that Flynn had taken to calling him by the name of his
security program, Tron. However, this comment may be just a
smokescreen by Alan; it seems more likely that, given the
friendship that seems to have developed between them after
Flynn's return from the system in
Tron, that he did tell Alan about it. Later in the
video, Alan greets ZackAttack by saying, "Greetings, program,"
suggesting he is aware of the digital world; Roy, however,
does not seem to be aware of the digital world because he asks Alan, "Why do you
think Flynn gave you the cool nickname?" (In the
non-canonical Tron 2.0, Alan is definitely aware of the
world of the system.)
In the newspaper article "A Decade Without Flynn"
(presumably written in 1999), seen at
4:56 in the video, the unknown author of the piece
speculates, rather strangely, on what Flynn's fate has been
the past 10 years, hypothesizing he might be "...finishing
up a much deserved break after creating some of the greatest
video games ever made, sipping from a beverage that smells
like tanning lotion. Or he may be under the control of a
foreign government, eating strange cuisines and voluntarily
not showering. Or he might have been trapped inside a
computer by a program of his own creation..." The
content and tone of
the article almost sounds like it could have been
ghost-written by Alan...
The man being interviewed on the street at 5:07 in the video
is wearing a t-shirt with the image of a classic Recognizer
At 8:23 in the video, Alan takes a handful of popcorn out of
Roy's bowl, a callback to the scene in
Tron where Roy asks him if he can have some of his
When Alan tells Roy it's time to shut down Flynn Lives, Roy
asks, "What about the page at the arcade? I'm not giving up
now." It sounds as if Roy has not yet been let in on the
fact that the page Alan received in
Legacy was from Clu, not Flynn.
In November 2010, Marvel released a series of "Tronified"
variant covers for several of its comic book titles. At 9:21
in the video, the Tron variant of Invincible
Iron Man #33 is seen hanging on the wall behind Roy.
As Roy and Alan exit the Flynn Lives bunker, a TV set in the
room turns itself on for some reason! It makes no sense
story-wise, but it does lead the viewer into the live news
coverage of Sam's arrival at ENCOM to address the board for
the first time.
What I call the "epilogue" of "The Next Day" is a 40 second
clip included as an easter egg on the Tron: Legacy Blu-Ray
disk (US Edition). In an IRC (Internet Relay Chat)
conversation (though, for some reason, it is called an ILC
connection here), two individuals exchange a few brief lines
of text. The first speaker is identified only as EDJ_0431,
most likely Edward Dillinger, Jr. The second is MCTRL_751,
which may stand for Master Control. Could this be a new or
reborn Master Control Program? The voice that accompanies
the MCTRL text lines is very similar to that of the MCP from
Tron and also uses the MCP's trademark sign-off,
"End of Line". However, EDJ addresses the speaker as Dad,
suggesting it is Edward Dillinger, Sr.
Flynn took to calling me Tron.wav
the Flynn Lives virus.wav
Flynn lives in all of us.wav
Junior earned his place.wav
me up, Tron.wav
don't underestimate him.wav