Fifteen years ago, all it took was one man and one car to get the job done. Now, the Foundation for Law and Government has assembled five highly skilled operatives and paired them with most advanced, state-of-the-art vehicles to take on a new breed of outlaw. They are: Team Knight Rider! Written by
Team Knight Rider use five different vehicles for their missions, each with its own computer AI system like the original Knight 2000 vehicle. Unlike KITT, these are specialized units with specific roles in the team. In addition, after the K.R.O. incident, Garland has had each vehicle installed with intentional weaknesses to act as a fail safe in case any of them go rogue. Although armored to protect their occupants, the vehicles do not share the original KITT's nearly indestructible "molecular bondage shell". Bullets can shatter windows or blown open with a small explosive, for example, while body panels can be damaged in collisions and roll-overs. The vehicles deploy their own self-repair system enabling the cars to fix their own minor damage shattered windows and crushed body panels have been shown "fixed" soon after taking damage. More severe impacts however, require body shop maintenance to repair the vehicles. See more »
I know that many expected this to be Knight Rider II, and they were disappointed. It is difficult to consider that a sequel would be so successful 15 years after the original [we've seen next-year sequels fail miserably before].... I give the TKR team (cast & crew) kudos for such a valiant effort. For those that wanted an "episode-one" match-up to the original KR series ... it's really unfair to expect a series to fully develop in one season "to expectations." I think that happened here.
What makes TKR succeed in my mind consists of a few things cute (though corny-at-times) dialogue, complex interpersonal relationships, and the "personalities" of the vehicles. Too bad, on the last point, that the series was killed after the first season; I would have liked to see where things would have gone with the personalities of the five vehicles....
The show, which does at times seem like a fan-show (written by fans and not by/via/supported-by the real writers themselves), does play with the idea of different personalities ... what KITT "could have been" [ballsy Beast, sweet-n-sexy Domino, prim-and-proper Kat, eclectic Plato and by-the-book/snobby Dante]. Not knocking-on Glen Larson's idea for the original KITT, but sometimes, variation can be ... "fun!" You have to admit, the voices were beautifully cast and the "character" matches to the vehicles' drivers was ... classic [especially Jenny/Domino, Duke/Beast and, of course, Trek/Plato].
Sorry, but ... I think we lost-out in a large way when TKR was axed.
Nia, Tom, Andrea, Linda, Kerrigan, Jon, Christine, Brixton, Duane, Kathy, Nick: TKR fans wish you the best of future success in your careers!
~ Domino Rose
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