I’m back again. As you’ll know from my previous thread, the A-Team movie has got me wondering what it’d be like to see the Trans Am on the big screen with all of the modifications that went into creating KITT. I believe that the tepid response has been down to a sense of fatigue over the “car” issue. Since I’ve suffered those same feelings in the past, I can only blame myself for raising the issue again so soon.
In the interests of fairness, you should know that the Trans Am is what originally prompted this new line of thinking on my part. You’ll be pleased to know that it isn’t however, the reason for creating this thread.
For those of you familiar with British television, you’ll likely know about the shows Life on Mars, and Ashes to Ashes. For those of you who aren’t, they were set in the 1970’s and 1980’s respectively, and were a bit a big hit with audiences for their no-nonsense depictions of the time. Forget the politically correct BS that so many modern shows shove down our throats these days, as these programs embraced the concepts of brutality and sexism that were so prevalent at the time.
Whilst those character traits (the brutality in particular) aren’t necessarily positive, they added to the escapism that’s seldom provided by the reality TV shows and procedural dramas that tend to dominate the TV schedules nowadays.
As a character of his time, Michael Knight had a habit of facing off against some of the worst criminals in the world with nothing but clenched fists and kung fu kicks. As we saw with NBC’s series, Mike Traceur almost always carried a handgun, despite being proficient in hand-to-hand combat. Yet, if he’d gone into situations like David Hasselhoff’s character did, Justin Bruening would likely have been out of a job by the second episode.
Short of borrowing Christian Bale’s high-tech armour, it’s hard to imagine a modern day Michael Knight without a weapon in his hand, and this would, I’m sure lead to a vastly different characterisation to that of the original series. Of course, that might be a good thing. I’m certainly all for a serious movie with dark humour as opposed to the abominations that were Starsky and Hutch and the Dukes of Hazzard, but maybe, just maybe, a film set in the 1980’s could work for the Knight Rider.
Welcome aboard the Knight 2000.
Thank you. What's all this, it looks like Darth Vader's bathroom?