Knight Rider (S1)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After being betrayed during a botched sting operation, detective Michael Long (Hasselhoff) is given a new face, a new name, a new kick-ass talking Trans-Am and a new gig fighting crime wherever he finds it. Armed with his Knight Industries 2000 ride (K.I.T.T. for short), the newly renamed Michael Knight becomes a one-man/one-car crime busting crew, charming women and trading wisecracks with his car along the way.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If Helen's was "the face that launched a thousand ships", then truly KNIGHT RIDER was the "show that launched a million lunchboxes". Forever etched in eighties' folklore, Michael Knight and his car shot to stardom and became the talk of the town at every water fountain in every school in North America. How could we, as kids, not be impressed? Here we had a tall guy with puffy hair (that was cool back then) and a leather jacket with rolled up sleeves (I think that's still cool now!). That dude rolled around in a black Trans-Am loaded with lights and screens that could dish out oil slicks and smoke screens, jump over cars, crash through walls and drive itself. That car was so awesome it could even talk with Michael and make funny jokes using a prissy accent. If that stuff was an ingredient list in a recipe book, that book would undoubtedly be named "David Hasselhoff presents Great Cheeses of the World".
Unlike the cheese in my pants though, KNIGHT RIDER aged as well as fine Tuscan wine and serves today as a great example of what contemporary TV lacks in order to take it out of the crapper it's been swirling in ever since dramas left the cool highways and moved to boring courtrooms and hospitals. With a perfect blend of action, humor, story and ladies, KNIGHT RIDER made it to the same pantheon as other classics such as The A-Team and MacGyver, other shows that made the eighties the greatest decade of action television ever. KNIGHT RIDER also made David Hasselhoff one of television's most successful stars, propelling him onto the international stage where he would eventually become one of the world's most familiar faces and a major recording star in Europe (many of you may not know this but JoBlo.com's own Indiana Sev is also a huge recording star in Germany). This set gives you a great chance to reacquaint yourself with Michael Knight and his mentor Devon (Mulhare), a loveable, stuck up Brit who always seems to get the worst of Michael's verbal barbs. With twenty-one great episodes including the awesome pilot "Knight of the Phoenix" and as a bonus, the awful 1991 TV Movie KNIGHT RIDER 2000, you'll get a lot of mileage out of this gallon of gas!
You'll find a couple of cute features on this disc, but nothing to really blow anyone away. To begin with, you'll get a Commentary Track on the "Knight of the Phoenix" Episode with David Hasselhoff and writer/creator Glen Larson. I'm one of those who think the world would be a much better place if everyone were a bit more like David Hasselhoff (especially now that he's a hardcore drinker!), so I had a blast listening to his witticisms and nostalgic recollections of everything. It's a decent commentary overall.
There's a few peanut features that follow this, such as Knight Moves (6 mins.) and Knight Sounds (6 mins.). They both sound like late night softcore porn flicks, but in reality they're respectively about the insane driving stunts and the nut-kicking opening theme.
Following these up are Knight Rider: Under the Hood (15 mins.) which reveals a bit more about the beginnings of the show. You'll also get a Photo Gallery and a Blueprints Gallery which shows off some sketches of buildings and vehicles. Dessert consists of the K.I.T.T. Owner's Manual, in which you can click on K.I.T.T.'s dashboard to learn more about what the car can do.
David Hasselhoff, Coolness be thy name! This show was just the epitome of what TV was in the early eighties which was basically just plain old raucous fun! Like a suped up version of the DUKES OF HAZZARD, but without the fat sheriff, KNIGHT RIDER was a crash-filled, crime-busting, metal crunching spree. Still as fun today as it was back then, make sure you get a chance to remember what it was and if you have young kids, make sure you take this opportunity to show them that TV wasn't always as lame as it is today.