Quick Synopsis: A flaming pile of KITT.
Long Synopsis: They are after a package, but another group looking for Mike Tracer messes things up. Later, while trying again, a woman from his past takes the package, but he has no memory of her. He starts trying to figure out what happened to him in his past.
Review: Knight Rider the series is actually worse than the two hour movie from last spring, if you can believe it? The opening sequence is one of the worst bits of television I have seen in quite some time. It is so bad that I am having trouble putting it into words. Let’s just say that it makes last season’s Bionic Woman reboot look positively brilliant by comparison.
I had medium hopes for this reboot of the reboot of the series when former Las Vegas showrunner, Gary Scott Thompson, took the helm. That show was always a campy rollicking good time. So, I was hoping that this would be too, but my hopes were quickly dashed. Even before we made it to the opening credits.
There are so many problems, like the new things KITT can do. Man, I thought the Transformer people were working on Fringe. Also, Val Kilmer still doing the voice just doesn’t sound right, the dialogue is terrible, special effects aren’t all that special, and the need to provide eye candy to try and cover up all the previous things mentioned. And, I’m still talking about the show’s opening.
The one thing I will give it is that it sets up a kind of interesting back-story for the lead. A guy trying to find out about a past he can’t remember isn’t all that original, but it can make for interesting storytelling.
Overall, it should be avoided, but you may need to watch for yourself to fully appreciate just how incredibly bad it is. Given the competition, ABC’s Pushing Daisies, CBS’ The New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried comedy block, The CW’s America’s Next Top Model and FOX’s Bones, in the first hour of primetime on Wednesdays, I don’t see Knight Rider lasting long. It may have a decent opening, due to curiosity and no Pushing Daisies yet, but the fall off in ratings between the first half hour and the second half hour is going to be sizeable, not to mention the week to week numbers. But, stranger things have happened.
Knight Rider premieres tomorrow night, Wednesday, September 24th on NBC.