It’s no surprise Once Upon a Time is one of my favorite television shows, since it was created by Tron: Legacy writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Each twist and turn kept me coming back for more, and I was a dedicated viewer to the very end.
One day, I plan to rewatch the series and catch all the subtle hints and references I missed the first time around, but there are a few Easter eggs I remember clearly. They are near and dear to my heart because they’re related to the Tron franchise.
Let’s take a look at some of my favorite Tron references.
Tron Lunch Box
“AHH! Henry has a Tron lunchbox! This kid is doing everything right.” That’s what I tweeted when I first saw the episode “The Stranger.”
Regina arrived at the local school and gave Henry his Tron: Legacy inspired lunch box. I still remember the pure joy I felt upon seeing that marvelous Easter egg and the slight sting of jealousy because I wanted a Tron lunch box for myself!
Not only does the episode “Welcome to Storybrooke” have a character named Kurt Flynn, but an ENCOM advertisement briefly showed up on a street bench in front of the Marine Garage. It was promoting a new personal computer with the slogan, “Make 1983 the start of your personal digital revolution.”
In “What Happened to Frederick,” Regina gave Henry a handheld game console. Towards the end of the episode, Emma saw Henry playing with it and mentioned how she used to play with Space Paranoids as a kid all the time. As he played, she also told him to relax and added, “It’s all in the wrist.” Talk about two amazing back-to-back references to Kevin Flynn.
One of the best Tron references popped up unexpectedly in the last season of the series (“Sisterhood”) in the form of Flynn’s Barcade. There was a wall-sized version of a Recognizer in the background and a Tron-tastic moment when Henry flicked a Flynn’s branded arcade coin up into the air. If a real Flynn’s Barcade existed, I can guarantee I would be in there ALL the time.
Were there other Tron references I missed or you considered your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.