Knight Rider: Your Verdict?   


Sooo… did everyone watch the Knight Rider movie/pilot last night? Let me know what you thought by filling out the poll to the right.

I’m right in the middle. I thought the second hour was a huge improvement over the first and the reason, namely the increased presence of Mike, is exactly why I’ll check out the series if NBC decides to go forward with it.

If they do, I hope they’ll seriously consider replacing Val Kilmer as the voice of KITT. I get that he was a last minute replacement and I’m actually willing to overlook how horrendous he was in several of those first scenes between KITT and Sarah for that very reason. I suspect they maybe played a little better originally. Still, I couldn’t help but compare Val to William Daniels and sorry Val, I’ll always love ya, but I just wasn’t all that impressed here.

Nor was I impressed with Deanna Russo’s Sarah. She didn’t have the screen presence to carry so many scenes by herself and that really dragged down the first hour. Combine her with bad guys who were so one-dimensional and you’ve got very little to keep the audience interested. I’ll be curious to see if the ratings reflect that… although, if they were like me, the audience probably stuck around to the end just to see if Hasslehoff would be making an appearance.

Anyway, like I said, as soon as Justin Bruening really joined the action, the movie improved greatly. I had long stopped watching One Life to Live and All My Children when Justin joined the cast so I had no clue whether I’d like him as Michael Knight Traceur and I was a little disappointed that a few other rumored actors didn’t get the role. And, yet, I think the casting director did a great job picking Justin. He did a much better job sharing the screen/interacting with KITT. I’d watch him as the lead character in a TV show.

As for the actual story… well, what story? I mean, could they have come up with a more generic plot or, at the very least, put some effort into writing it? Yikes. There was so little character development that it’s not any wonder I so focused on the bad acting. And, I gotta say, for a movie that was supposed to “WOW!” me, it had a surprising lack of cool stunts. I think back to when they announced they were doing this and it seemed like they promised a lot more than they delivered. The fact that we basically got a two-hour FORD commercial isn’t nearly as annoying as that commercial not being nearly as thrilling as some of their thirty-second spots. I get that this was a TV movie with a TV movie budget but a lot of TV shows these days have better stunts that anything we saw last night. The coolest visual we got was at the very end when KITT backed out a plane rather than the truck of years past. I expected more.

So, overall, I really liked Justin as Mike, the look of the new KITT, and the possibility of more Hasslehoff appearances in the future. I’m open to giving Sarah another chance but I didn’t love her here. In fact, I liked Carrie (Sydney Tamiia Poitier) much more. It was fun seeing Ms. Dent as an FBI agent. I pretty much hated Val Kilmer as KITT and I sincerely hope, if NBC picks this show up, that the writing (and story ideas) get better fast.

8 Responses to “Knight Rider: Your Verdict?”

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    In regards to the story, what little bit there was, I did like that they were making more of a sequel than a remake. But, I would have to agree with you, the execution was really bad and the voice of KITT was terrible. It totally felt like it was slapped together to fill the vacancy of Will Arnett’s departure. The worst part of the voice to me was that it didn’t seem like it was coming from the car, it was very weird. Although, I would probably check out the first couple of episodes, if it gets picked up as a series.

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    Rae says:

    Jason, I liked the sequel part too. I had heard that’s the direction they were going and was happy that they weren’t going to try and replace the Michael Knight and KITT that already existed. I think it’s more interesting to continue the story.

    Yes! Exactly. It sounded like they just dubbed Kilmer’s KITT as a voiceover instead of actually integrating it. It made it very hard to believe it was the car talking. But I do think that was probably because they had to do the subsitution and why the KITT/Sarah scenes didn’t work well. Because it appeared she was reacting to the car but that didn’t match up with the voice we were hearing.

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    Mary says:

    I found the actress Sarah Russo to be horrible – she had two speeds, bland and flirty. I did not like either one. The male actor, Jason, was a little better but it seemed that was keeping in the idea of a dumb hunk as the driver. As to chemistry I could not see anything between these two. The story was ok, but I enjoyed revisiting the whole sixties cheesy thing. I do think they need to ramp up the plots and action if they go to production. And who thinks that Bruce Davison would stick around for a tv show?

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