Monday, February 18, 2008
I finished watching the new "Knight Rider" this evening all I can say is wow. Did they bring on the cheese factor or what? Granted, the original "Knight Rider" was pretty cheesy, we are talking David Hasselhoff, right? But I'm sorry, I thought this show was bad. Really bad. I did watch the original "Knight Rider" as a kid, but in my defense, I was twelve when it came out. I kind of lumped it into shows like "The Dukes of Hazzard," where there isn't really any acting or plot to speak of, just lots of stunts. And that's kind of where the new "Knight Rider" ends up, only with worse acting. I don't know, am I being too hard on the show? For those who didn't watch it, the basic plot is this: The inventor of the Knight Industries 2000 (the original KITT) has created a new KITT called the Knight Industries 3000. Some bad guys come along and want some "codes," and accidentally kill a man they think is KITT's creator and so run off and try to find his daughter who also has the mysterious codes. KITT (having fled the scene of the original crime) tracks down the daughter and tells her she must find a man named Mike Tracer (who not-so-surprisingly turns out to be the son of Michael Knight) for help. Blah blah blah predictable. Throw in some titillating scenes with a lesbian cop, Michael in bed with two women and lots and lots of Ford ads and you have the idea. I kind of kept hoping for something that would make the show interesting. I hoped the car would be really cool, but basically the most distinguishing feature is that it changes color. Um, hello. Shouldn't it fly or something? Even KITT's voice failed to excite me even though it was voiced by Val Kilmer. It just seemed flat and boring. Again, maybe I'm being to hard on the show. But with shows like BSG that show us that you can take and old formula and re-work it into something special with good writing, direction and acting; and frankly "Knight Rider" has none of these. They even tried to bring in the Hoff to spice things up, but I have to say the father-son reunion just seemed...weird. I guess it's obvious, but this show didn't work for me. At all.