KNIGHT RIDER WAS RIDICULOUS……BUT I LOVED IT!
In the 80s, the TV show Knight Rider was the ultimate action-packed adventure series for a kid like me. David Hasselhoff, who played the lead character, Michael Knight, drove around in a talking car named KITT, fighting crime and saving the day. But let’s be honest, looking back on it now, Knight Rider was pretty ridiculous.
Don’t Hassle The Hoff!
First of all, KITT was supposed to be the most advanced car in the world, but it looked like a black Pontiac Trans Am with some cheap modifications. And what’s with the red light on the front? Was KITT trying to be a superhero?
And let’s not forget that KITT could talk. Not only that, but it had a personality and a sense of humor. If I were Michael Knight, I would have been pretty annoyed with KITT’s constant jokes and sarcastic comments. And what kind of car needs to be programmed with a sense of humor anyway?
Speaking of programming, KITT was supposed to have all sorts of high-tech gadgets and weapons, but it seemed like the writers were making things up as they went along. One episode, KITT would have a laser beam that could cut through steel, and the next, it would have a grappling hook that could grab onto anything. It’s a wonder KITT didn’t have a built-in cappuccino machine.
But perhaps the most ridiculous thing about Knight Rider was the premise itself. Michael Knight was a former cop who had been shot and left for dead. But instead of going through therapy and working on his emotional recovery, he was given a new face, a new identity, and a talking car. Sure, that’s a completely reasonable response to a traumatic experience.
Despite all of its flaws, Knight Rider remains a beloved classic. It’s one of those shows that’s so bad it’s good. And let’s face it, who wouldn’t want a talking car with a sense of humor? KITT may have been ridiculous, but he was also pretty cool. ~ Parker