I just finished watching the new Knight Rider movie on NBC. I give this a 10 out of 10!
When I was little, I watched the original Knight Rider with David Hasshelhoff. Talk about a cool show! I loved KITT and really wanted one of my own. I put together a model KITT from scratch and owned a remote-control KITT that drove around and even had a red flashing light in front!
Yes, I was obsessed. 😉
So with that obsession in mind, I wasn’t sure if this would be good. I really hoped it wouldn’t be another one of those silly remakes with no substance (i.e. “Tin Man” on SciFi; “Flash Gordon” on SciFi; even “Bionic Woman” wasn’t so great…) Well, Knight Rider did not disappoint me!
The 2008 KITT is a special edition black Shelby Mustang, and boy is it a sweet ride. (Incidentally, one of my nieces is named after the Shelby Mustang! Her dad is a race car driver and a pilot. Talk about cool!) But back to the movie…
When the opening credits rolled with the familiar “Knight Rider” music that soon morphed into a 2008 modern track, I knew this was going to be a treat. The show paid homage to the original series on numerous occasions (which I won’t mention here so I don’t spoil you!) In fact, the movie was not a silly remake but, rather, a very believable sequel that followed the original series’ plots and characters very closely.
Throughout the two hours, I was treated to exciting views of KITT from all angles and all speeds. I really never got enough of that car! It could change color, had bullet-proof windows, used nanotechnology to fix itself, interacted with satellite technology and more, and still had the voice that talks back with that “unintentional” humor we all know and love.
The plot was really good. It’s basically a murder mystery combined with international espionage and lots of high-tech “wizardry.” The characters were also quite believable and not at all one-dimensional. For example, when the female lead asks Michael why he never called her back after a great summer together, his answer is quite typical of the average male: “I don’t know. Sorry.” Most shows would have the guy fall on his knees with some sob story and beg forgiveness. The Michael in this show acts like a regular human being (even if we don’t always like that!)
The show kept me entertained throughout, and there were several moments when I actually started clapping for the characters. (Of course, I always cheered for KITT.) 😉
I won’t spoil the ending, but there is a scene at the very end that you definitely don’t want to miss. Fans of the old series will be in for quite a cool surprise that will leave you grinning from ear to ear (not to mention another scene a bit before the ending that also includes a fun nod to the old series.)
All in all, Knight Rider was a really fun ride for scifi fans and car fans alike.
Here’s hoping they’ll turn this into a regular series!