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TV Review – Knight Rider

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Some friends have asked my opinion, so I’m gonna make this real quick:

The plot tries hard to look original while playing with too many clichés; the car looks cool, but only amounts to flashy product placement considering how many times the camera zeroes in on the Cobra emblem; and each character (save for Bruce Davison — wasted here) looks like a perfect candidate for Stephen J. Cannell should he ever decide to resurrect 21 Jump Street

Just plain awful. 

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Written by taj

February 27, 2008 at 5:42 pm

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  1. Well I guess I’ll post first. I think like i said when we talked that you missed a few things. In the sceen when we first see kit you can see if you look quick 3 other cars in bays. the current line of though on the forums is that the first two are the first KIT and the one from Knight Rider 2000, the third is under a tarp and is thought to be a prototype for the next car.
    I know that the superman image of the car might be a bit much from out conversation but I think they delt with it well. Watch the end again, i can lend you the DVD if you want. They comment that the system has been patched so that KIT can not be hacked. I think that they use this as plot device with the current state of technology. Every day system get hacked and people don’t know it. Just look at Microsoft, they are so bold as to challenge people to hack their systems. They put a server online and said “it can’t be hacked we challenge you to try.” Less the 24 hours later the system was taken down. Tech has it’s flaws.
    Well yes I think they did show the cobra logo to much I think in order to get what they needed in terms of the cars it was a small price to pay knowing what they could have done.

    ambri

    February 28, 2008 at 9:19 am

  2. The inclusion of the old cars in the bay is a great nostalgic piece, but that plus fireworks does not equal good television. What good are the fireworks if the characters aren’t compelling? Would Star Wars really be that enjoyable without Han Solo’s charm?

    It’s great to see Ranger-boy Mike fight and be a hero, but he’s got the emotional range of a popsicle stick.

    Sure the writers tried to be edgy with the FBI agent’s sexuality, and truth be told, she was actually the most interesting character of the group. But she got no screen time! Her basic purpose was to stand around with a furrowed brow, look concerned and say things like “don’t move!” It’s a waste. I want to know things like, what compelled her to live on the beach? Does she go surfing in the morning to keep in shape? To cope in order to escape some past trauma? Questions like these aren’t even raised, let alone explored.

    My problem with the ending is that, while it’s a great visual, it forever sets the car up to be indestructible. There’s no vulnerability. Whenever the car goes out on the road, there’s no contest. Without a contest, there’s no conflict, and with no conflict, there’s no story.

    taj

    February 28, 2008 at 9:55 am

  3. I would argue that thats not true completly. well I think ranger boy could be expanded on an aged a bit. the set up at the end does not say I have no vulnerabilyt. it does show a growth in the car to the next level. If Kit has stayed simply what he was then we would have an outdated worn out car we might as well go back to Knight Rider 2000 when they put KIT into a 67 chevy. Ya lest chase down a high speed modern car with 2 tons of steel. Ya thats good TV hehehe. I think some times we look at things way to deep wanting things to be deep because we want more. But simple can be nice. The story was simple it wasn’t as polished as it could have been. But it does have the potential to be cleaned up and expended if they do bring it back. Who knows were it might go. and as to the advertising we see it in everything we watch it’s just not as in your face as a main character as kit.

    ambri

    February 28, 2008 at 10:02 am


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