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The new version of Knight Rider premieres tonight on NBC. Is it any good? I've seen the first hour, and I'm spilling on what's hot and what's not. (Spoiler alert: There's far more of the latter.)
Plus, get your chance to Save It or Sink It for yourself...
What's Good: Much as William Daniels' work as the voice of the original KITT imbued the show with a lot of its humor and verve, Val Kilmer does a lot with a little. As done by Val, the measured tones of this machine don't have an excess of personality, but they do convey the (artificial) intelligence that's meant to be the motor of the show. Also, the chemistry between Mike Traceur (Justin Breuning) and Sarah Graiman (Deanne Russo) is nicely done.
What's Not So Good: This Knight Rider is allegedly updated, but despite the fancy-pants look and some name-dropping meant to simulate modernity, the pacing, technology, storylines and style of the show are right out of Scarecrow and Mrs. King, or you know, the original Knight Rider. It's marginally faster-paced, but not by much. It's all just kind of...silly. Perhaps it would be foolish to take a Knight Rider remake too seriously, but I'm not sure the creators themselves believe in (or care about) the story they're telling.
Furthermore (Don't Get Me Started):
Bottom Line: Veronica Mars (just for example) has more badass in her little finger than all of Knight Industries has in a former Green Beret, an airplane hanger, several supercomputers and a shiny Ford Mustang.
After you catch the first hour (tonight on NBC or now on Hulu or NBC.com), share with the rest of the class: What did you think? Vote in the poll and post in the comments on whether KITT should be saved or sent to the junkyard in the sky.