FLAGCEO wrote:I too agree with the comments about KITT being damaged while transforming. Yes the mines were stealth, but just before they entered the road, we saw KITT scan the road and red dots appeared where the mines were supposed to be. So KITT clearly knew where the mines were, and it was KITT that suggested transforming. Okay, so perhaps KITT couldn't predict whether he'd "go flying" while transforming, but it seems logical that KITT is most vulnerable in mid-transformation. So why would KITT suggest transforming while driving over high explosives? because the writers didn't give us enough credit.
I think it was more of a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation. He was sure to hit one of the mines in truck mode and transforming would be risky, but the chance of increasing mobility made it at least worth suggesting. Also, KI3T is probably less likely to flip in Hero mode than in truck mode - low center and all that. KI3T would have flipped one way or another after rolling over a mine, although there may have been less damage had KI3T not been in mid-transformation. I wouldn't be so quick to blame it on the writing; they just put Mike and KI3T in a bad vs. bad decision point is all.
I liked the truck this time around. I never disliked it before but I felt it was better integrated this time because there was a clear reason why truck mode was necessary. I'm perfectly fine with all the transformations as long as they serve a useful and reasonable purpose in the story. I think it did here.
I think the cast is overcrowded as well. It seems to me that Zoe and Alex are kind of part of the same team... like Zoe gets her marching orders from him and they have the same objectives - which don't necessarily coincide with the rest of the team's. It would explain her training and why Billy isn't. I would like to see them get written out by way of discovering what Alex is really up to and then at the same time find out that Zoe is on his side working against them. This arc would end with them being dropped from the team one way or another and then we're left with Charles and Carrie giving the orders with Billy and Sarah for tech support. Carrie would serve as the FBI link and Charles would take Alex's job of observing the missions from start to end.
In reply to krenigma's question, the VFX were very well done. I think they are feeling more organic every week.
I do hope that a few subtle changes to Attack KI3T (particularly the wheel size differential, the neon, and the logos - really, does it make sense for a secret organization to brand its even more secret transformation?) are taken to heart but otherwise I think a great job all around.