Thursday, February 14, 2008

Knight Rider is coming back!

For those who care and are not yet aware of this, Knight Rider is back with a two hours TV movie on NBC this Sunday, February 17. This follows the original TV series that aired from 1982 to 1986, starring David Hasselhoff, as Michael Knight.

It also stars a car, KITT, who is equipped with weapons, is nearly indestructible and which as an advanced AI (Artificial Intelligence) computer capable of controlling the car itself and can hold a conversation, analyze dangerous situation and take decisions on it's own. Other copy-cat shows followed, including one with a motorcycle and another with an helicopter. Viper was probably the more popular and interesting copy and starred a Dodge Viper. I don't remember these shows to have an AI brain vehicle, though.

The original KITT, which stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand, was a black Pontiac Trans Am and had a few improvements over the one available at standard car dealerships. Besides the AI, it has a Turbo Boost, which can make it jump over obstacles, a paint cover as though as a tank's armor, ejectable seats and an attitude. The new KITT, which now stands for Knight Industries Three Thousand is a black Ford Mustang and I'm sure is at least as well equipped as the original one.

I hope this new version will be fun to watch. It can be hard to compete with one's youth memories. Of course, younger viewers who have not seen the original will not be comparing the two versions, but my generation sure will. This can be a good or bad thing, depending on the way they produce this "remake". Actually, it's more a continuation, since the story should follow up on the existing one. Michael Knight is even supposed to show up, with a cameo appearance from David Hasselhoff himself.

The official site has a few clips from the new show, including TV spots, so you can check them out while waiting for the full length feature on Sunday.

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