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Knight Rider

Discussion in 'Television & Web Series' started by Kevin, Feb 18, 2008.

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  1. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    So, did anybody else watch the new Knight Rider premiere last night?

    It wasn't awful, wasn't that good either. Reminded me a bit of a made-for-TV Sci-Fi Channel movie.

    - "Blackriver" security agency? A thinly veiled reference to the Blackwater firm doing security work for the US Military in the Middle East. I wonder how their company execs' like being portrayed as a bunch of mercenary killers for hire who want to be able to stage a US coup?

    - If you blinked you missed the name of the Vegas casino that they go to... the Monticeto. That just happens to be the casino from NBC's show about Las Vegas. Makes me wonder if it was just supposed to be subtle advertising, if the shows will be crossing each other at some point, or if the name will be used as the generic casino name to avoid copyright issues (kind of how "Oceanic Airlines" is used as an airline name in movies & TV).

    - They showed the steering wheel from the original KITT. If they really wanted to capture more of the nostalgia fans they should have included a bit more homage.

    - So is the KITT 3000 personality supposed to be an entirely new creation or is it the KITT 2000 reborn?

    - Did they really have to use the same cheesy generic 80's music for the background music? The could've at least used something that sounded like it was a bit more recent?

    - They never, never, never should have given the new KITT two sensors on the hood instead of the original one.

    Ah, I could go on but you get the idea. Yeah, I'll watch it again if it does get made into a series but definitely not as a "Must see!" show.
     
  2. Tim

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    Well, it wasn't too bad I suppose, if you can instantly blank out the bad acting on behalf of the bad guys, the restriction in action for audience (they aimed this one at a younger audience for some reason, considering the main viewership would be the 30 somethings!)

    Production value was pretty low, but I wonder if the writers strike had something to do with bumping this up the filming schedule and not doing it perfectly?
     
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    Good point. The writers strike might be to blame since the only thing that was allowed to be filmed during the strike was pre-written scripts with no rewrites or other tweaks permitted.

    Either that or they dusted off an unused script from the original Knight Rider series and penciled in different character names.
    :eek:
     
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    'Knight Rider' pilot is ratings success

    Tuesday, February 19 2008, 14:41 GMT
    By Ben Rawson-Jones, Cult Editor
    The new two-hour Knight Rider pilot was a ratings success on the NBC network when it screened on Sunday night.

    Sci Fi Wire reports that the attempt to reboot the iconic 1980s show delivered impressive figures in the key demographics range for adults aged 18-49. The pilot, which has yet to be picked up for a full series, was the best rated television movie on NBC in that demographic bracket since March 2005.

    Knight Rider managed to scoop an average of 12.7 million viewers between 9 and 11pm on Sunday. It starred Justin Bruening and featured David Hasselhoff in a cameo appearance. Val Kilmer also supplied the voice for the talking car KITT.
     
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    It wasn't bad nor was it great, but upon entrance of the Hoff and the end when the Mike and Kitt backed out of the cargo plane...it made me reminscent and felt a little bit like the old Knight Rider...BEST PART...it's a sequel, not reimagined so maybe a little bit of the Hoff from time to time

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  6. Kevin

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    If I recall correctly, the producers of the show & NBC have "Knight Rider" rights for sequels but not to the original series. Glen A. Larson, the creator of the Knight Rider universe, retains rights to the original series yet and supposedly is working on a KR movie set in the original time line.

    Because of the rights the new KR will be relying upon continuance more from the Knight Rider 2000 TV movie and the Team Knight Rider series from '97.
     
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    I enjoyed it overall. As someone already stated some of the acting could have been better. I thought it was a nice touch relating the current story to the original. I think Hoff's appearance at the end was just fine. I look forward to a series, if that happens.
     
  8. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    Looks like NBC likes the results of the new series enough to order a full season...
     
  9. astonwest

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    Personally, I've been impressed with the shows thus far. But I'm not sure if that's a matter of the show itself being good, or just being better than most of the felgercarb that's on Wednesday nights.

    :)
     
  10. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    I know exactly what you mean. I have been watching the new Knight Rider record on the DVR but I have not decided yet whether I am watching it because it is good entertainment or because there is nothing better.

    Although I will grudgingly admit... the 'techno' theme song grows on you a bit after watching several episodes. Plus some of the banter between Zoe & Billy is quite entertaining, sometimes even more than the 'main' characters of Mike & Sarah. I also noticed some references lately to some pop culture references like Reservoir Dogs.

    OK, I take it back... I watch it on the DVR because it is entertaining. Very 'campy' entertainment, but still entertaining.
     

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