jup wrote:I imagine that being so early in the show, they had a 1.0 dash for the pilot built...and even that was given consideration on a new direction...when the "KNIGHT 2000" words were clearly present over the 1.0 modulator light.
I would agree. I'm making educated guesses here, but I'd say we had the 20-minute presentation footage dashboard which had the "Knight 2000" voice modulator lettering as well as the "Knight Two Thousand" lettering on the steering wheel. I believe all the functioning dashboard shots came from that particular car throughout most of Season 1 (and/or perhaps a mock-up dash), while the main Hero Car had a more refined but incomplete dash which explains all the oddities in my thread here.
jup wrote:As for the stickered dash on the convertable...I'm tempted to say that the time table on creating episodes was very tight and they probably didn't have time to actually build a new dash into the convertable show car by the time that shot was needed. Blame it on lack of time.
Good theory, but I believe I have a better one. According to Knight Rider Legacy
, there were four main cars for the show not counting the stunt cars. These were the main Hero Car, the Super Pursuit Mode Car, the Convertible Mode Car, and the trailer car that was built to transition K.I.T.T.'s T-top going into Convertible Mode, which had no engine so K.I.T.T. always had to be parked when Michael retracted or activated the roof. (There was also the Super Pursuit Mode close-up car with no engine, but it was the same recycled footage used throughout Season 4.)
Anyway, the Convertible Mode trailer car was always parked during the convertible transitions as I said, so therefore there would be no reason to install fully functional electronics in a car that was supposed to barely be used throughout Season 4. To be safe, I would assume the production crew stickered the dashboard just in case it happened to slip into a shot or two, which obviously happened in "Knight Of the Juggernaut." But I believe that's the only time it ever occurred. Every other time you can tell it's the trailer car not only because the roof is retracting, but because a red handle can be seen hanging from the roof (check the scene in "Out Of the Woods" as an example).
Furthermore, I believe the actual functioning Convertible Mode Car also didn't have functioning electronics AND had a Seasons 1-2 dashboard. Since it's one of the few original screen-used vehicles from the original series, I've seen shots of it from the Cars Of the Stars museum with the 2-T.V. dash where in currently resides in England.
jup wrote:My favorite blunder was in Trust Doesn't Rust. It's one of the few shots where we get a hint that the show car had actual working dash lights and could sync the modulator light to the spoken lines. Only thing is...it was KARR speaking with KITT's red flashing light. Indirectly, as the light was shining off the seats in a darkened environment.
I've noticed that, too. I'll put some screen shots up sometime in the near future when I'm not too lazy to make more DVD screen captures.