I don’t even know where to begin regarding Knight Rider. It was, “A shadowy flight in to the dangerous world of a man who doesn’t exist.” How could a show be so good when the star was a man who couldn’t act? I couldn’t tell you. It must be that the story was just that good. The man was ex-military and ex-police, and the car….well the car may as well have been a superhero all on its own. I would have said that it could have been human, but it was so much more than that, a human couldn’t carry a flame thrower, explosives and smoke screens all at the same time…while driving.
This show left you feeling good, you didn’t turn off the television that night and say, “that was a crappy episode”. You didn’t watch the whole thing and feel worse when it was over than you did when it started. You finished the episode and listened to the narrator say, “Michael Knight, a lone crusader in a dangerous world. The world…of the Knight Rider.” When you heard that you thought to yourself, “That’s great!! He did it again, he caught the bad guy and he got out okay.” You also probably were already wondering what the show would have for you next week.
This was just a terrific show that had everything from science fiction to murder mystery. There was a guy with a false identity and someone else’s face driving a car that shouldn’t be able to exist. So, these two (neither of whom should be around), are travelling the western United States fighting crime and fighting it well. They used the superior technology to their advantage, while at the same time using solid crime solving skills to get the job done.
Wasn’t it great to see the focus of the camera zoom in toward the centre of the dashboard? An up close shot of the turbo boost button had to have gotten you excited every time. You knew what was coming whenever that happened, KITT and Michael were going to jump. They must have used this in nearly every episode of the show, and it brought a smile to my face each and every time.
One of my favourite all time scenes, was in the pilot episode of the series. Michael and KITT were on their way to the airport and the turbo boost got used twice, going over a truck and through a truck. I always wanted a turbo boost for my car when I grew up. Also, I loved it when KARR was on the show, I don’t know why, but I liked it that KITT had an “evil twin.”
Now, I need to get something off my chest. I was very excited when the new Knight Rider series was ready to air. I think I watched the first two episodes, but in my opinion, some things are simply better left alone. If it was good the first time, doesn’t mean it will be good the second, and certainly not the fifth time. That is correct; I said fifth, Knight Rider was made into three movies and two series, counting the most recent flop, since the original series left the air. Yes the original was good, please leave it at that and let the memories that we have of it not end up spoiled.