Knight Rider – Season 1 (2008)
The new Mike Knight and his car, a Mustang with artificial intelligence called KITT, fight crime.
Sound and Vision:
Nothing special to report here. The image and sound quality are decent and what you would expect from a recent tv show. The transfer was done nicely and there really isn’t anything to complain about from the technical department.
– Audio commentary track
– The Icon Reborn
– KITT from 2000 to 3000
– Knight Rider Legacy
The extras are all covering the pilot and after having seen the series they are lacking a bit. Nothing really special and those that do like the series will feel disappointed while those that find the series crap will probably not even bother to check these out. Everybody loses.
As so many classics (both in movies as well as on TV) are getting reboots these days, the cult show Knight Rider also had to undergo this treatment. Rather a continuation than a reboot, we get to see The Hoff give his job to his son who he never cared about and the original Trans Am replaced by a tuned up Mustang. Michael Knight becomes Mike Knight and we get to see the rest of the cast watch him on the big screens in their lab which constantly gets infiltrated or hacked by outside sources with all but good intentions.
The links towards the original series are nice, but badly implemented. FLAG and Knight Industries are present but seem to have little resemblence to what they originally were and the introduction of KARR is just a disgrace to the Knight Rider legacy. Originally KARR was an exact copy of KITT but with an insane AI while now he’s some Cyborg version of the new Mustang. How did this happen? We’ll never know!
The original Knight Rider perfectly fit in the lineup of TV series when it was released in the early 80s and quickly became a cult series. Unfortunately this new version does exactly the same thing but where the car got tuned up, the series got dumbed down. Great for kids who want straight forward stories with little to no substance, but not for the general public who’ve gotten used to reboots of series with more depth than their original counterparts.