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Into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist...
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About the Show
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Character
KITT.
The 80’s was a great time for TV, especially for the rise of action shows. The A-Team, Magum P.I., Airwolf, MacGyer, the list goes on. But when it comes to naming my favourite show of the decade, the answer is always the same…

KNIGHT RIDER! A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist… Sorry, got distracted by the intro again. Knight Rider is one of the earliest shows I remember really liking, and it still remains one of my favourites over 20 years on. Let’s explore the world… of the Knight Rider!
Quote The show is known mainly for two things – having a really cool car named KITT (more about him later, I promise!) and having David Hasselhoff playing the role of Michael Knight. This was his first major TV role, although you can’t really tell when watching.

There are many 80’s shows as I’ve already mentioned, so with it there is many 80's action stars. You need someone who can hold their own and Michael Knight fits that bill. Michael Knight, or Michael Long as he was known back then, started as a cop. When an undercover case goes horribly wrong, he is rescued by a billionaire and given plastic surgery. With it, comes a new identity, a new life, a new purpose – to fight criminals who operate above the law.

He has excellent fighting skills, being able to get himself out of sticky situations if a peaceful solution is not an option. He also has great detective skills, known for his hunches and “unique” style of logic at times (according to KITT anyways), who will stop at nothing to bring criminals to justice. He cares for his friends at the foundation and those who he helps during his assignments.

Many people who grew up watching Knight Rider will remember David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight. Tall, dashing and has those trademark sunglasses. But each of you will also remember the moment that they imagine being 10 year old (or actually being 10 years old) thinking how KITT is the coolest car ever, and they aren’t wrong!

KITT, which stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand, is the supercar that Michael Knight drives. The Ford Gran Torino in Starsky & Hutch looked great and the Ferrari 308GTS Magnum, P.I. was fast. But calling the 1982 Pontiac Trans Am a car is a little bit of an understatement. KITT is much more than just a car. He is the most fastest and advanced car ever built.

The car can go speeds over 200mph. 0-60mph takes about 2 seconds, and he has a pursuit function which increases handling and speed for high-speed pursuits. In real world terms that Bugatti Veyron territory, which is one of the quickest production cars on the planet. No car can catch KITT! He is very nimble, agile, being able to give chase and keep up with any car that dares to try and get away.

The reason for this, apart from his speed and agility, is what KITT is made from. Instead of boring materials like Steel, Aluminium or Carbon Fibre, KITT is made from the Molecular bonded Shell. This alloy is virtually indestructible, which also means KITT is bullet proof! It’s not just cars that KITT has gone up against, every type of vehicle you can think of has tried and failed to bring down KITT. Attack Helicopters, tanks, trucks, diggers, you name it!
[Knight Rider]Look at the incredible dash! Doesn't that look so cool?
That’s not all! KITT has a personality, and can talk! He becomes more than a car. He becomes... human. KITT can also drive great distances by himself without driver input (take that Google!). Yes, he read that right. KITT is programmed never to take a human life, so your always assured that KITT is in full control when he is driving.

KITT also has a broad range of gadgets which are used on their missions, which some are used more than others. The most used feature is the Turbo Boost, which allows KITT to leap into the air and over obstacles. Ski mode is used regularly as well, which allows him to travel on two wheels. He also has a micro-jam, to short circuit electric devices, oil slick, an ejector seat and loads more. KITT can use any of his gadgets at will, or by Michael. KITT is a unique concept and without a shadow of doubt is an incredible car.

Michael and KITT’s relationship is one of the strongest parts of the show. Michael has a really good friend in KITT and a big help to him when fighting crime. Hundreds of criminals have fallen thanks to the combined efforts of Michael and KITT. They are one of the best TV duos, with great storylines, dialogue and most importantly – teamwork.

Michael and KITT make a great team, but they can’t do everything, sometimes they need help. That is where FLAG comes in. FLAG, the foundation for law and government, was founded by the late Wilton Knight. On his deathbed talking to Michael, he believes that one man can make a difference. That is main principle on what FLAG is – along with being involved with charity.

The organisation is led by Devon Miles, a great friend of Wilton. Devon oversees the entire organisation, and is the one responsible for giving Michael his assignments. An elderly English gentlemen, he is more for playing by the rule book than Michael, which leads them to clash a little at first, but over time they come extremely close friends.

Bonnie is another of the FLAG's semi team. She is mainly KITT's mechanic, keeping his systems in tip-top shape and adding new functions when needed. Bonnie also provides new equipment for Michael from to time. April was also KITT’s mechanic for the year when Bonnie when to University. RC3 joined FLAG after helping Bonnie repair KITT after a mission went south.

It’s a great family that supports Michael and KITT, and especially great to see the way how KITT interacts with these characters. It’s pretty unique, and one of the many reasons why Knight Rider works and how it’s slightly different to other 80’s shows.


Closing Thoughts
Classic Classic
I remember watching this series before anything else, that's how much it's been part of my life. It's a show that the whole family can enjoy. Children, Adults, Parents, Grandparents, the list goes on. It's just good honest entertainment, which never gets bogged down by complicated plots or hard to follow scenes. It's fun, simple as that.

My One Big Highlight
SpidermanOne of the most well known things about the show is the incredible opening sequence. Filmed in the deserts of America, it was a unique and breathtaking introduction at the time, and 30 years on, it still remains one of the most iconic introductions ever created. The same can be said for it's brilliant theme, which is still as ironic!
Elephant In the Room
elephantWith any TV show, there are some terrific episodes, and some average at best. The majority of Seasons 1-3 are excellent. I love this show, but even I have to admit that season 4 (especially towards the end) quality did drop off compared to the other seasons. It still managed to have some great episodes, just not classic ones.