NBC Blogs on "Knight to King's Pawn"

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The NBC Knight Rider blogs were updated again this week with information about the latest episode "Knight to King's Pawn" where we saw the much talked about rematch of KITT vs KARR.

On the Knight Writer's blog, writer Eric Buchman fills in for the real writers of the episode:

It was written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman. You may also know their work from Friday Night Lights. They're two very busy, ultra-talented guys who somehow found the time to work on both shows at roughly the same time -- which is why I'm filling in for them tonight, as they're off working on yet another project.

Tonight's episode hopefully answered a few questions for you: what Mike had "forgotten" in Iraq and why, what has Torres been secretly up to, and even what happened to one of the trademarks of the original series (FLAG). For those of you who are new to the Knight Rider universe, The Foundation for Law and Government is the organization that operated the original KITT in the 80s series.

On Billy's blog (poor Billy, he's had to deal with the death of two of his colleagues and the retirement of another) he talks about the changes going on at work. Many fans will be happy to hear that they're getting FLAG back together:

A week ago, I worked at a company with hundreds of employees, a massive government contract, and the combined resources of the FBI, CIA, and even NASA at our disposal. Today I work with three other people. That's it. No government contract. No unlimited resources. They say it only takes one man to make a difference... I hope they're right, whoever they are, because that's pretty much what we are now. But you know what? I think we can totally do it.

From Knight Writers

Hope you all enjoyed tonight's episode!

It was written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman. You may also know their work from Friday Night Lights. They're two very busy, ultra-talented guys who somehow found the time to work on both shows at roughly the same time -- which is why I'm filling in for them tonight, as they're off working on yet another project.

Tonight's episode hopefully answered a few questions for you: what Mike had "forgotten" in Iraq and why, what has Torres been secretly up to, and even what happened to one of the trademarks of the original series (FLAG). For those of you who are new to the Knight Rider universe, The Foundation for Law and Government is the organization that operated the original KITT in the 80s series.

Our effects guys worked around the clock these last few months on the showdown between KITT and KARR. I'm writing this right now at 7:30pm on the west coast, and I can't wait to watch it all in high definition when it airs a half hour from now over here. Our effects are done by a company called Master Key Films that formed to do this show. They started as just two people last spring, and they've grown into a small army today. In the video section of this site, you can see highlights of their work from season 1, and you can go to MKVFX.com to see even more.

Just as cool as KARR's visuals, though, is his voice. That's the great Peter Cullen, none other than the original voice for KARR back in 1982, in an episode called "Trust Doesn't Rust."

From Billy's Notes from the Underground:

s has been a week of contradictions. I don't work at the same place, but I do work at the same location. My friend is no longer my co-worker. She is now my boss, but still my friend. I feel like I'm living in a riddle.

Or maybe I'm now living in some kind of alternate universe where yes is no, up is down, and maybe is, well... I guess maybe stays maybe, even in a mirror universe.

I'm sorry if this doesn't make any sense. But I'm still trying to make some sense of it myself. Seven days ago, I had everything taken from me -- my computer, my cell phone, every personal item I kept at work, even my collectible (and very rare) Dr. Who ice cube trays! Seriously, who takes someone else's ice cube trays?!? Of what matter to national security could be my ice cube trays! I was scared to go home, I was so worried about what might be waiting there for me. But today, no one can bother us. We can do what we want. We can help who we want to help.

Or, to put it another way...

A week ago, I worked at a company with hundreds of employees, a massive government contract, and the combined resources of the FBI, CIA, and even NASA at our disposal. Today I work with three other people. That's it. No government contract. No unlimited resources. They say it only takes one man to make a difference... I hope they're right, whoever they are, because that's pretty much what we are now. But you know what? I think we can totally do it.

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