My problem with the show isn't that it's not a recreation. I work in comics and legacy characters and next gen stuff happens sometimes, so I know things hafta go with the times and what not.
My problem with the show is that in "keeping with the times" the writing is sophomoric relying entirely on hot cars and hot chicks to draw in the crowds like most of the current shows. Granted, the 80s show wasn't Emmy caliber, but some of the stuff here just bewilders the mind. Like in the 1st ep where KITT says someone is coming fast; instead of acting like a soldier or ranger or whatever the hell his screwed up mind recalls, Mike just STANDS there instead of taking cover or running for KITT even though he knew someone was after the guy he was with. And then KITT just sits there and lets it all go down, screw the "learning computer" stuff. That could have played out very differently in order to create the neccessary conflict and not make the hero look like a total moron. Now maybe he didn't have enough time to do what I said, but then that becomes the fault of the editing department for cutting the scene wrong. And then there's the fact in the first 3 episodes alone you had two of the lead women strip down to almost nothing. Three. In. A. Row.
Next up, the overall look. Attack KITT is nuts enough without having that dumb KR on the bottom. It also could've been handled very differently and more realistically if you wanted to keep up with the times. And the transformations, really, are they neccessary? I feel it cheapens the purpose of having a supercar if it needs to become ANOTHER car in order to do certain tasks, like run across the desert. I was more impressed by a Trans Am going off-road than I ever will be a Ford 4x4. And the driving was also done poorly; green screens instead of filming on the roads. They don't even make the car look like its moving along a road.
And that's just for starters. Maybe some people can be happy that something Knight Rider is back on TV just because it is KR, but I've never been one of those people. I prefer if something is to continue a legacy of an established franchise it does so in a way that either IMPROVES the concept or honors the original. This show really does neither.
Very well said! I agree with you completely!
I prefer if something is to continue a legacy of an established franchise it does so in a way that either IMPROVES the concept or honors the original. This show really does neither
I guess you and I (and a couple others) are supporters of what the show WAS about. The rest are supporters of what he show HAS BECOME. Obviously, "the writing is sophomoric relying entirely on hot cars and hot chicks to draw in the crowds like most of the current shows" as you put works quite well with some people. The opinions are very diverse in this community, meaning that some say they want to trash KR08 and start all over and others want to keep it the way it is. The net result of what would benefit everyone is quite hard to determine and though some of us want a show that either improves the concept or honors TOS we are sadly asked to let go of that request.
The reality is not what people want, it's what they want - the producers, creators, writers, actors and what have you! Remember when they were about to announce the 2-hour-pilot, almost everyone were furious with the car. Now, majority seems to like the little black cockroach with unrealistic computerized wings and aerodynamics, WHY? Because the network forced us to allow the new Mustang, the new producer, the new actors.
Just because people have resentment towards the new show doesn't mean they should stop watching it. It's still a TV show called Knight Rider and all fans CAN relate to that even though it's not the way we want it to be.
One more thing, people say explicitly "haters". A hater is someone that hates Knight Rider for what it was and what it still is! A hater mocks people like us who enjoy talking about Knight Rider. A hater doesn't even watch Knight Rider. NONE of above fits into any active member of this forum because we all watch the very same show and naturally we have different opinions. I want to edit the new Knight Rider, not hate it!
Michael: Kitt what matters to me is who you are not what you look like. Sure we don't have the car so we can't turbo boost so we can't go over 200 miles an hour but it was all icing on the cake anyway