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Knight Rider To Ride Again

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the how-much-can-you-be-disappointed-lets-find-out dept.

Television 243

Penguinsh*t writes "Though the movie version of Knight Rider has remained 'up on chocks' for the better part of the last decade, Knight Rider, the TV show is revving into high gear. 'The premise of the show will essentially remain the same as the original, which centered on a mulleted man righting wrongs with the help of a particularly chatty and souped-up automobile. No word yet on who will play the hero this time around, but the Peacock is looking for some new blood.' Besides which, 'the Hoff' is busy."

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NBC in trouble (5, Insightful)

r6_jason (893331) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791785)

I wondered how much trouble NBC was in, and now we know, this will be a really short lived remake I think.

Re:NBC in trouble (2, Insightful)

edwardpickman (965122) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792039)

At least they stopped circling the drain and went right for the sewer. No worries the other networks aren't far behind so they'll have lots of company soon enough. We've got all reality channels how soon till we have an all remake channel?

Sing it, bitch! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20792179)

Dub-du-du-duuuuh,
dub-du-du-duuuuh,
dub-du-du-du-du-duuuuuuuuuuuuh!

Re:Sing it, bitch! (1)

JackieBrown (987087) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792811)

Its been done before

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102227/ [imdb.com]

Re:NBC in trouble (1)

h3llfish (663057) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792201)

Who modded this guy up? Why? It's a pretty senseless prediction. You're going to say that the show won't succeed before it has even been cast? Based on what information do you make that prediction?

Bionic Woman was a big hit for NBC... so how can anyone say that this new show won't be just as big? And don't get me started on Battlestar Galactica...

Being a re-hash of an 80's show does not mean that the new show will suck.

Re:NBC in trouble (1)

Kierthos (225954) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792297)

Okay, look at it... the remake of Battlestar Gallactica has been good. Solid rating, decent storyline. Okay, the writers love "All Along the Watchtower", but hey...

Before BSG (again, the remake) came out, name another remake of an old series where the remake was worth a damn? And no, Star Trek: The Next Generation doesn't count. That wasn't a remake. (Okay, they did rehash some original series episodes....) And speaking of the original series... I remember watching reruns of it as a kid. I thought it was awesome. Then, years after my childhood years, TNG came out. I thought it was awesome. But when I went back to watch some old original series episodes, man... they sucked. And yeah, part of it is that I got older and more discriminating in my tastes, and that even the crappy special effects in season 1 of TNG beat the best special effects in the original series.

Honestly, though... look at Knight Rider without the lens of childhood awe. The show was not that good. It wasn't bad, by any means, but it wasn't good. What's next? A remake of "Barney Miller"? "Hill Street Blues"?

And what was "Bionic Woman" up against in that time slot anyway?

TNG was a totally different show (1)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792503)

than the original star trek. I'm no trekkie geek (in fact, I don't remember watching more than an episode or 2 of any other spin-offs since then) but as far writing and the stories, narrative, etcetera - I felt that the original star trek and TNG feel completely different and share perhaps only the same type of set and universe. That's about it. TNG was vastly superior IMO. The original star trek always struck me as a bad James Bond series set in the future.

I don't like remakes often, it indicates a lack of creativity, but then I liked the new 3:10 to Yuma (original from the 50s). Mostly remakes suck (House of Wax, most other horror movies - ugh). I think the cause is that the original is looked at with Rose colored glasses when in reality the story concept was purely a product of the times and ages badly. For example, the same way people conceptualized the future 50-60 years back was taken seriously back then but is just a bad joke to us today.

'The Hoff is busy.' (1)

Tehrasha (624164) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791795)

s/busy/old/g

Re:'The Hoff is busy.' (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20791885)

I would LOVE to torture to death every single person who thinks they are clever by using a regexp replace in an internet post.

KUDOS ON THE GLOBAL FLAG! Seriously, you are a virgin.

Re:'The Hoff is busy.' (3, Funny)

OverflowingBitBucket (464177) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791949)

I would LOVE to torture to death every single person who thinks they are clever by using a regexp replace in an internet post.

s/you/just bitter/g

Re:'The Hoff is busy.' (1)

erebus24 (632942) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792579)

s/busy/old and drunk/g

Not totally surprised (4, Interesting)

seebs (15766) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791801)

I was once told that the original show was popular enough that they wouldn't have cancelled it, except they simply couldn't buy enough trans ams for all the stunts.

Re:Not totally surprised (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792435)

Huh? How expensive can model train kits and matchbox cars be?

Hmmm (1)

Scoldog (875927) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791803)

Wonder what beloved 80's TV show the movie/TV industry will rape next.

Sorry if I sound bitter, I just saw the trailer for the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie.

Re:Hmmm (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791817)

Wonder what beloved 80's TV show the movie/TV industry will rape next.

Hell, it came out raped :-)

My bet is that they'll bring back Linda Carter as Wonder Women, wearing the same suit with Depenz underneath. (Or was that 70's?)
     

Re:Hmmm (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791827)

...or McGuyver making nuclear weapons out of a cane, dentures, Bengay, and hearing aides.

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20792275)

...not that there's anything WRONG with that.

Re:Hmmm (2, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792449)

McGuyver cannot fly. Don't forget, what good ol' McG did is exactly what the terrorists do today. Take household stuff and make big kabooms with it.

Not a chance that someone like that would be a hero. Besides, the days of the hero being smart are over. The 90s already paved the way, with Home Improvement and first and foremost Married with Children, the hero of today is the idiot. If there may be a geek and brainy guy, he must be the comic relief akin to Steve "Did I do that?" Urkel.

Re:Hmmm (1)

twoshortplanks (124523) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792463)

What about CSI and Numb3rs?

Re:Hmmm (3, Insightful)

nebaz (453974) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791997)

Have you watched it lately? I loved Knight Rider as a kid, but I watched an episode the other day where Kitt singlehandedly stopped a coup d'etat in a Central American country. Beloved it should not be.

Re:Hmmm (4, Funny)

rde (17364) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792073)

Wonder what beloved 80's TV show the movie/TV industry will rape next.
Actually, they should just go the whole hog and combine two or three series into one new programme.
Personally I'd like to see the KITTs of Hazzard, or the Six Million Dollar ALF.

Above all, though, I'd like to see the A-Team take on the lizards from V. The only problem with that, though, is BA would never make it up to the mothership without being drugged, and the A-Team's complete inability to hit anything at all means that we'd all be lizard food within a matter of weeks.

Re:Hmmm (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792139)

Actually, they should just go the whole hog and combine two or three series into one new programme.
I was a bit old for them, but I used to constantly tease my brother about watching blueknightstreethawkthunderwolfteam. Then he'd cry, and I'd get a slap.

IIRC at least three of them were more or less the same, except the super vehicle was a bike/car/helicopter.

Re:Hmmm (1)

TheLink (130905) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792753)

Heh, how about voltron, thundercats, g-force, etc.

Bunch of good guys (the team make up is usually quite similar too ) Fight, lose... Use the "super weapon"... Win. :)

Re:Hmmm (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20792961)

Wonder what beloved 80's TV show the movie/TV industry will rape next.

Married... With Grandchildren.

Errr . . . (1)

zoomshorts (137587) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791811)

WHO cares? It was a cheesy show, with a ham for a lead actor. This is not news,
it is predictable. Yawn.

Re:Errr . . . (2, Insightful)

rucs_hack (784150) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791935)

Watched the A team recently, C.H.I.P.S. Dukes of Hazzard? They were all cheesy! No-one ever died, except on the cop shows, and any woman who the male lead fell in love with.

They were also, for the most part, great fun, and high quality entertainment as a result. This point seems to have escaped you.

Who's brilliant idea was this? (1)

BulletMagnet (600525) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791833)

I certainly hope this show bombs like no show has bombed before....Not sure what Zucker was thinking here, but I'm quite sure that Brandon Tartikoff must be rolling over in his grave....

hmmm (1)

User 956 (568564) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791837)

No word yet on who will play the hero this time around, but the Peacock is looking for some new blood.

Why do I have a gut feeling that this movie will star Ben Stiller with an afro wig, and will be directed by Uwe Boll?

Re:hmmm (3, Informative)

User 956 (568564) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791845)

i just realized this is a show, not a movie. Go ahead and unleash the hounds (with bees in their mouths, and when they bark, they shoot bees at you). Also, I've been drinking.

Re:hmmm (1)

Viraptor (898832) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792545)

It doesn't matter who will be the new driver. I want to know who will be the new Bonnie. And will they give her the nice oldschool look :)

Who cares about the Hoff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20791839)

...will they cast the Pontiac Trans-Am again, or will it be something new? Fans want to know!

KR2000 (1)

gd2shoe (747932) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791853)

It'll be something new. I vaguely remember Knight Rider 2000. Kit wound up in something red.

Unless, of course, they pretend that Kit is being built for the first time. It will be something new in that case too.

Re:Who cares about the Hoff (4, Funny)

JackMeyhoff (1070484) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791937)

This is the knew Knight Rider vehicle... http://www.myersmotors.com/ [myersmotors.com]

You fucking child (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20791865)

NBC Entertainment chief Ben Silverman's idea to revisit the indestructible supercar series was, per the trade, inspired in part by the recent success of Transformers, which may also influence the revived franchise in terms of introducing potentially "evil" cars to do battle against K.I.T.T. complete with cool special effects rather than the camp of its David Hasselhoff-powered '80s forebear.

How old is this guy? Eight? "Potentially 'evil' cars do battle against K.I.T.T."? With "cool special effects"? And you couldn't think of it before seeing Transformers THE MOVIE?

At least before I thought TV executives were chuckling while pumping their repetitive, cliched horseshit to the unwashed masses. Now I know the execs are retarded, too.

Re:You fucking child (2, Insightful)

megaditto (982598) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792049)

All cars are evil. KITT itself was not evil, but its windshield wipers were.

Re:You fucking child (1)

Tastecicles (1153671) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792085)

no they weren't. It was the duck in the trunk.

Re:You fucking child (1)

Wordplay (54438) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792129)

"Hey, baby! You got some duck in that trunk!"

ihnjh,ijls "assquack"

Re:You fucking child (1)

fadilnet (1124231) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792237)

I thought KARR was the evil car.

Re:You fucking child (1)

Tastecicles (1153671) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792583)

He was - controlled by an evil duck.

ref: Eddie Izzard's rant on the "Tyranny of Ducks"

Ergo:

"Michael, I really don't think you should go in there."
"Oh, don't worry, KITT, it's me! I got thirty five minutes to save the day and then we got the rest of the season for me to look cool at your expense!"

"QUACK!" "What was that, KITT? KITT??" "VROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!" "YEURGH!" SPLAT!

*Technical difficulties, please stand by.*

Cartoon Springboard (1)

pipingguy (566974) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791871)

Dave did such a great job in the SpongeBob movie that they called him back. Eventually.

Re:Cartoon Springboard (1)

JackieBrown (987087) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792831)

And in Dodgeball

So what about the car? (1)

Icegryphon (715550) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791875)

Without GM making a trans-am/firebird what will the Knight Industries Two Thousand (KITT) be? Going to have to go with a 4th gen model like the cheesy TV show they had a few years ago and different vehicles?

Re:So what about the car? (1)

p0tat03 (985078) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791903)

Knowing network TV, they'll go in two directions:

- If a car company will step and pay MANY millions for a sponsorship deal, they can make KITT *anything*. I will weep the day KITT becomes a Nissan 350Z or something equally stupid.
- If no car companies step up, no doubt they will go after something like a Ferrari or Lambo, to cash in on the bling-laden hip hop culture thems darned rappin' kids are into these days.

I wish I were kidding, but it's entirely plausible...

Re:So what about the car? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20791945)

The should make it a Tesla Roadster.

Re:So what about the car? (1)

Voltageaav (798022) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791957)

Ack, didn't realise I waasn't logged in, but yeah, the Tesla Roadster rocks. I just wish I could afford one...

Re:So what about the car? (4, Informative)

deniable (76198) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792135)

They won't use anything Italian due to cost. They'll use something cheap and common enough to replace / repair every time they break one. I could see them use a Lada or Hyundai.

Or they could try to do it all with CGI on a TV budget. Won't that look cool.

Re:So what about the car? (1)

hachiman (68983) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792379)

Face it, if they did chose something like a Nissan 350Z, they would at least have a car that could live up to the stunts. The Trans Am was woefully bad at going round corners (like most cars made for the US market) and only really became an icon thanks to Knight Rider. I agree though that a talking car is a bit passe now. Hell, my GPS talks to me!

Yes, we are all tired of channels re-hashing old "classics" (and I use the term with all the power of inverted commas), but we _keep_ watching them and paying good money to see them at the cinema. When people actually vote with their feet and refrain from going to see them, then maybe, just maybe, someone will have an original idea and manage to get it onto the screens. Heroes is a good example, as is 24. 24 is getting old now though, which is a shame as the first couple of series were quite good.

Re:So what about the car? (1)

neildiamond (610251) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792741)

I was thinking about this recently and it is a tough one. I assume a US carmaker would jump on this, though I'd rather see KITT 2.0 as an Audi since the convertible Jag is too pricey (unless you buy used, since they fall apart fast). So what that leave us with today? Mustangs? (God please no!) The new Dodge Charger? (Ick) And Ick goes for just about anything GM these days, though I do kind of like the look of the Solstice (though it is only a two seater and I don't think that would work for plot reasons). Someone mentioned that the talking robo car was cool in the 80's and that wouldn't work with today's politics and fears (though I thought the Superman movie suffered from that big time). I think the bigger issue is that today's cars are just mostly... 4X4 automatic transmission super minivans. Super shield or not, I can't picture little KITT going head to head in the desert against Lincoln Navigators, let alone an H2 or something. So does KITT then have to be an SUV too? Maybe a Ford Fusion! That would kick so much ass!

Re:So what about the car? (1)

phalse phace (454635) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791967)

They'll probably do something cheesey and make K.I.T.T. into some futuristic car like they did in Knight Rider 2000 [tripod.com] .

Re:So what about the car? (1)

Icegryphon (715550) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792265)

your link-fu is weak, but yeah, its a 4th gen firebird with an ugly front end/body kit.

Is still wait... (3, Funny)

tmk (712144) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791905)

...for Baywatch: the Movie. It will be the first movie shot entirely in slow motion.

Re:Is still wait... (4, Insightful)

Jonboy X (319895) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792053)

Please, cite your Futurama quote [imdb.com] s...

Re:Is still wait... (2, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792455)

It would be the first movie for ages where people don't care if the sound is in THX or not existing at all. I mean, who watched Baywatch for the dialogs? The same people that read Playboy for the articles?

Re:Is still wait... (0)

garcia (6573) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792633)

It would be the first movie for ages where people don't care if the sound is in THX or not existing at all. I mean, who watched Baywatch for the dialogs? The same people that read Playboy for the articles?

Have you watched any reruns from shows like Knight Rider, A-Team, etc? If you had (I have Knight Rider season 1 on DVD for nostalgia purposes) you would have realized that none of them had good dialog. In fact, it was almost painful to watch when compared to today's near movie-like TV show episodes (CSI for example).

The best parts of the Knight Rider season 1 DVD set? The fully expandable Michael Knight insert with Hasselhoff sporting a HUGE clump of chest hair poking out from his unbuttoned t-shirt, the pilot episode where you can see someone's gloved hand slide down from the steering wheel and back behind the driver side seat before Hasselhoff hops in the front, and of course who could forget Bonnie Barstow and April Curtis -- 80s yummies!)

The A-Team reruns I have seen lately are fucking absolutely horrendous. It reminds me of a live action cartoon with ridiculously bad acting and car chases where the "bad guys' cars" inevitably end up on their roofs and the A-Team build a ridiculous battering ram out of a bulldozer and duct tape. It was like MacGuyver meets WWF.

To think that when I was a kid my father and I loved to watch these shows together. Looking back on it now, I now understand why Baywatch's Titty Patrol was so popular... Hasselhoff spoke even less!

Re:Is still wait... (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792919)

Playboy has a plastic fetish. Plenty of people read it for the articles.

Re:Is still wait... (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792939)

...for Baywatch: the Movie. It will be the first movie shot entirely in slow motion.
I thought that was the Fountain. Oh, no, wait, it only felt like it was in slow motion.

The urge to make a cheeseburger joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20791923)

very strong. must resist.

Car (2, Interesting)

SniperClops (776236) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791961)

What car will they be using as KITT?

Re:Car (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20792025)

What car will they be using as KITT?

Toyota Prius, it's also being renamed to 'Eco Rider'. It'll be like Knight Rider, but more environmentally conscious. The car will also be blatantly homosexual, saying things like: 'Ooooh, I hope he planted a tree to offset those carbon emmissions!' when one of the bad guys appears in a big truck or tank.

To appeal to minorities, 'The Hoff' will be replaced by an Asian lesbian, wearing a Burka, in a wheelchair. Don't worry though, the wheelchair will be capable of speeds of up to 50mph, has scythes in the wheels and machine guns in the arm rests.

Re:Car (1)

mh1997 (1065630) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792531)

What car will they be using as KITT?
A show as cool as night rider deserves an equally cool car...1985 Yugo. NBC has financial problems and at $3990 and $99 per month it was all they could afford.

Oh joy (1)

dbIII (701233) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791965)

"My Mother the Car" Version 3.

Better (-1, Redundant)

polyex (736819) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791993)

The new Knight rider actor better have a German name.

Re:Better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20792523)

.. to match your sense of humor?

Stop with the remakes (3, Informative)

phalse phace (454635) | more than 7 years ago | (#20791999)

Hollywood. Please stop with the remakes. Let's see something original.

How many remakes have they done over the past ten years or so?

Charlie's Angels
Transformers
Bionic Woman
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Bewitched
Starsky & Hutch
Lost in Space
The Dukes of Hazzard
Fat Albert
Miami Vice.....

the list goes on and on.

Can't wait for the Thundercats and Get Smart movies.

*rollseyes*

Re:Stop with the remakes (0, Offtopic)

unapersson (38207) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792191)

The only Alvin and the Chipmunks remake I'd want to see one where the Chipmunks get rabies. Other than that, they should be tracking down and destroying all existing copies not making new ones.

Re:Stop with the remakes (2, Informative)

TrekkieGod (627867) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792375)

Can't wait for the Thundercats and Get Smart movies.

Don't know if they're making a Thundercats movie, but you haven't seen the Get Smart trailer [apple.com] ?

It's in post-production (1)

jdickey (1035778) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792377)

Get Smart [imdb.com] . If it were any smarter, they wouldn't make it at all. Don Adams must be rolling in his grave so fast that he couldn't answer his shoe phone. (When is someone going to make a cell phone in a shoe, for the yuppie fan-with-everything?)

Not "remakes": "revisionings" (2, Funny)

Dystopian Rebel (714995) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792667)

I hear that there's a growing consensus that the only remaining 1970s television show that the public is begging to see remade is "Good Times", so a darker revisioning of the old 1990s show "Friends" is in production.

In the revisioning, "Phoebe" has been renamed "Geraldine" and is a serial killer who is hired by the Pentagon to do performance evaluations. "Joey" has been renamed "Angelo" and is in contact with a seductive alien who is trying to decide whether New York is a strange experiment and will destroy it if her suspicion is correct.

"Rachel" is a Corporate Downsizing Consultant addicted to pain meds, "Monica" is a man with 6 months to live, "Chandler" is a Jack Russell terrier with only three legs, and Ross voted Republican in the last election.

In this revisioning, none of the characters are friends.

If they are going to do remakes... (1)

transporter_ii (986545) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792785)

Trying to capture the 2000s youth market with a staple of 70s
television.

Why can't they bring back or remake good shows like B.J. And the
bear ?

Now, there's a concept I can't get enough of; a man and his
monkey.

Re:Stop with the remakes (1)

Enrique1218 (603187) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792911)

You didn't see the Get Smart trailers. Steven Carell

Re:Stop with the remakes (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792967)

Reality is dangerously complete:

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117966320.html?categoryid=13&cs=1 [variety.com]

(There's also a spoof: http://www.brutesquad.com/Movies/Thundercats/index_noframe.htm [brutesquad.com] )

Also:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0425061/ [imdb.com]

Or were you being even more ironic than I thought?

Is the car made out of cheese this time? (1)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792055)

Might as well be if you take a look at the typical dialogue from the original knight rider.
 

Not sure about this (1)

skinfitz (564041) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792071)

I loved the show years ago, but these days people are used to their cars talking to them, so the novelty is kind of eroded. With good stories it could work, but I hope they don't rely on effects to drive interest.

Re:Not sure about this (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792155)

With good stories it could work
Chuckle.

but I hope they don't rely on effects to drive interest.
ROFLMAO!!!!

Team Knight Rider (2, Informative)

deniable (76198) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792147)

I thought they already had a remake. I guess they just needed to rehash this one more time. Oh well, let's hope it's not another Flash Gordon.

Re:Team Knight Rider (1)

fadilnet (1124231) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792565)

You're right. Flash Gordon sucks massively. It does not even have the mojo of the comics. + there are no ships. What's with the portal? @ least, we've Heroes to sustain our sci-fi hunger.

Did you notice how the new season of Eureka just got better? It's all about continuity now.
I'm for British series. They seem to be funnier, and stress on the storyline continuity and character development.
E.g Torchwood, DrWho, SaraJane Smith Adventures, Robin Hood.

*crossing fingers and hoping that Knight Rider will not be bad*

Tired, oh so tired.. (4, Funny)

BlahSnarto (45250) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792171)

Anyone else tired of these retreads?

What they really need to make is NIGHT BOAT (2, Funny)

arse maker (1058608) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792193)

"Ah, every week there is a canal" "Theres no need to yell Michael, im all around you"

We're too cynical and messed up for KITT (5, Insightful)

Fantastic Lad (198284) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792199)

We've grown some as a species in the last couple of decades.

I don't think robo-cars are really all that interesting now. With stuff like Battlestar Galactica, and Heroes and Dr. Who on the air, and with the whole Star Trek franchise come and gone since Knight Rider, people have a somewhat higher expectation of quality from their sci-fi adventure. Knight Rider is a relic from the hair spray decade, when culture rarely elevated above space invaders and bimbos. I mean, we were listening to "Thriller" and "Devo". --Which yes, I realize aren't much more advanced than the latest. . , what the heck are kids listening to now? But still. There was a highly plasticized happy-happy fakeness to everything. A bullet-proof talking car which could jump over trucks? That could work in such an environment. But now? No chance.

I'm not claiming that people today are any smarter than they were in the 80's. --We've got legions of cynical, drooling game-box junkies who are plenty dull, but that kind of stupid is incompatible with the stupid of the 80's. Our culture is too firmly tuned to violence to give a hoot about such a childish formula as a talking car. --Remember, fun in the 80's involved little multi-coloured cube puzzles and video games where you shot alien space ships, jumped over barrels and ate dots. Today we gun down simulated fellow humans for fun and pretend it hasn't changed us. We've become a race of fat, dull-witted warriors who barely blink when civilians are murdered by our troops. Our reaction to the present events going on in the world would have been very, very different in the 80's.


-FL

Re:We're too cynical and messed up for KITT (4, Insightful)

pimpimpim (811140) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792249)

Wow, but errr, knight rider was a show for kids mainly, no wonder it seems dull to you 20 years later, with also you about 20 years older.

Other remake idea from me, free of charge for anyone to use: blue thunder! But that one was actually about a guy who was disobedient to his boss, not the kind of story that is popular in this patriotic day and age. So was the A-team BTW, didn't they quit the army? Maybe the 80s did have a good thing to it, it just got obfuscated by the giant haircuts.

Re:We're too cynical and messed up for KITT (5, Funny)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792591)

So was the A-team BTW, didn't they quit the army?

Quit the army? They were sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. Then they promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground.

I'm also told that for quite some time, still wanted by the government, they survived as soldiers of fortune. And that if you had a problem, if no-one else could help, and if you could find them, maybe you could have hired the A-Team.

Re:We're too cynical and messed up for KITT (1)

h4rm0ny (722443) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792885)


There's truth to what you say, but the oppression was still there. Do you remember the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon? Do you remember the Eric character (Cavalier)? He was deliberately done the way he was to reinforce the message that those who go their own way suffer and are better off following their leaders. There's an interview with one of the creators here [povonline.com] where he talks about how he was forced to put this message in. If you don't want to read the whole article (though it's funny), just search for the phrase "parents groups".

There was a lot of colour and bright, blocky shapes in the eighties, but there was a large dose of "morality" and triumphalism mixed into a lot of it.

Re:We're too cynical and messed up for KITT (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20792281)

There was a highly plasticized happy-happy fakeness to everything. A bullet-proof talking car which could jump over trucks? That could work in such an environment. But now? No chance.

That's my gut reaction as well, but on the other hand, Superman, Spiderman etc did well, and they are subject to the same problem.

it all depends on the writing (1)

Scudsucker (17617) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792319)

you see it all the time in comic books - a good writer can make a very interesting story arc with a mundane character, whereas a hack can write a fantastically horrible story on a character with a lot of depth and backstory.

Re:We're too cynical and messed up for KITT (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792553)

I don't think robo-cars are really all that interesting now. With stuff like Battlestar Galactica, and Heroes and Dr. Who on the air, and with the whole Star Trek franchise come and gone since Knight Rider, people have a somewhat higher expectation of quality from their sci-fi adventure.
Well, 3 of 4 shows you mentioned are essentially remakes that have been updated for modern sensibilities. Don't you think the Knight Rider could also be a remade and updated in a similar fashion?

Re:We're too cynical and messed up for KITT (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792573)

Remember, fun in the 80's involved... video games where you shot alien space ships, jumped over barrels and ate dots.
Hey now, those are still fun today.

Re:We're too cynical and messed up for KITT (5, Insightful)

flyingsquid (813711) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792853)

Today we gun down simulated fellow humans for fun and pretend it hasn't changed us.

I doubt it really has. We've always been violent monkeys, interested in violent entertainment. Before CounterStrike and Halo 3, kids pretended their sticks were guns or swords. Adults blasted the shit out of some deer, watched the hockey game, or watched Hamlet. Even by modern movie standards, Shakespeare closes the curtain on a decent pile of corpses. And hell, there was a time when public executions used to be a spectator sport, and let's not forget that before the movie "Gladiator", there were the real gladiatorial games, where people watched real human beings kill each other. And because they couldn't rent "Predator" on DVD, the Vikings sat around, got pissed on mead, and listened to "Beowulf". "Whoa, totally awesome! Grendel like ripped fifty guys to shreds, but then Beowulf comes in and like rips his whole freakin' arm off, and there's blood everywhere!"

As for nobody caring about the death of civilians in Iraq, go back to World War II, when strategic bombing campaigns deliberately started firestorms in Dresden and Tokyo, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians. I could be wrong, but I don't think there was a massive public outcry over it. It was war, and they were on the other side, so who gave a shit? I think we've come a long way, that people even stop to think about the Iraqi dead and what we've done to their country, not that it's much consolation for the Iraqis.

The Hoff is Busy... (5, Funny)

stretch0611 (603238) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792213)

He is busy. I saw him do some his best work ever. It was a recent project produced and directed by his daughter. He was *playing* the role of a drunk...

Re:The Hoff is Busy... (4, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792461)

And boy, did he show those bastards that said he ain't a good actor who couldn't be credible!

w007 w007 w007 (1)

fadilnet (1124231) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792229)

I'm excited. This is so cool. I was a huge fan of KITT back in the ole' days. I wonder how the writers are going to explain the tech behind KITT. Maybe they'll go for nano tech. and talk about AI

I hope that they get the technobabbling right

NBC already has some good shows - the best IMHO, is Heroes. However, Knight Rider is not like Heroes and it's really scifi (without space and aliens), kinda like a down to Earth scifi

Maybe, the ole' show should be left alone. Let the new car be derived from KITT. Let's say that the military develops its own version of KITT. It would be nice to have an episode with the real KITT and Michael Knight starring.

BTW, don't you think the Spider is better suited for KITT, rather than the pontiac?

The General Lee could kick Kitt's ass (5, Funny)

dgun (1056422) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792401)

A picture for your lolz. [imageshack.us]

Hey, maybe they can have a reality show to see who gets the part of Knight Rider?

*crosses finger*

"'the Hoff' is busy." (0, Redundant)

nighty5 (615965) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792403)

eating cheese burgers and drinking copious amounts of piss....

Real question on every Slashdottters mind... (4, Funny)

CFBMoo1 (157453) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792433)

What OS will KITT run?

Windows

KITT: Micheal look out! The bad guys have guns! I'm opening the door for you to get in and be safe.
(C)ancel or (A)llow?

MAC OS

iKITT: Micheal look out! The bad guys have guns! I'm opening the door for you to get in and be safe.
*iKITT shuts down because Micheal fixed iKITT to go with a different cell phone provider.*

LINUX /dev/KITT: I'm sorry Micheal, I just don't think you realize the power of EMACS no matter how much you tell me VI is better. I think you'll have to deal with the bad guys on your own.
*Drives off in a huff*

Talking cars not so hot anymore (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20792619)

Now that we've got GPS and cars talk to you, KITT isn't that special. That said, there is a special relationship between Americans and their cars with the car as the symbol of freedom and masculinity that people subconsciously respond to. But I honestly don't think it could do like Dr. Who, which had a 26-year history with the British public and a much more rabid fanbase.

Battlestar Galactica...OK, maybe.

I've An Idea For The Show... (2, Funny)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792683)

... Rather than making the car intelligent through electronic & computer wizardry, they should instead make the new car "alive" as though it's posessed by a benevolent demon.

And because of global warming, they should consider using a small economical car rather than a great big racy gas-guzzler - say something like a Volkswagen Beetle.

And because the VW Beetle isn't known for its speed, they should paint it white and put a big racing stripe down the whole length of the car and a number, say a "53", to make it look like it's just been in a race!

And then... oh wait.

Change of Profession? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20792855)

Last I heard, Knight Rider had set up his own media empire.

Airwolf! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20792867)

Impossible supersonic helicopters for the win! http://youtube.com/watch?v=u902HyNQTD4 [youtube.com]

Back to your Legos, kids.... (1)

BarnabyWilde (948425) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792899)

...nothing to see here.

Last I Heard... (1)

Bones3D_mac (324952) | more than 7 years ago | (#20792957)

... KITT was still in rehab following a bad acid trip.
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