Submitted by Jocelyn Rish on April 12, 2012 - 8:08am
In talking about television on Thursdays, I originally planned to talk about current shows I’m watching. Since I watch a lot (too much!) of TV, I figured I’d be able to handle most letters. Wrong! There’s a Q on the horizon for Thursday. So I decided to open it up to all shows I have previously watched. Which means that since today is K, I get to talk about my most favoritest show from childhood – Knight Rider!!!
Just watch the intro for the show to experience the awesomeness:
That theme song still gets my blood pumping. And on random days, from out of nowhere, the voiceover will pop into my head, and even after all these years, I can still quote it.
Almost thirty years after the show aired, we finally have talking cars. They’re even pretty smart, since mine knows how to get places, which is better than I can do given my terrible sense of direction. But while mine can get pretty uppity when I make a wrong turn (seriously, she says ‘recalculating’ in the most frustrated, condescending voice), she will never match the magnificent snarkiness of KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand).
I loved KITT. I wanted KITT. Almost as much as I loved and wanted David Hasselhoff. Although that was before puberty set in, so it was a (mostly) innocent love. I even had a Knight Rider sleeping bag, while all my friends had Strawberry Shortcake and Smurfs and teased me for having a boy’s sleeping bag. I didn’t care, and I even still have that sleeping bag stuffed in a closet somewhere.
I’ll admit it’s been a long time since I’ve seen an episode. I did watch that gawdawful remake they did a few years ago. One episode was more than enough, but I forced myself to keep watching out of loyalty to KITT. I was so relieved when they finally canceled that travesty, so I didn’t have to be the one to let down KITT. But now I’m a little worried about rewatching the originals because I bet there’s no way it lives up to my glorified childhood memories, and it will be cheesy and disappointing. I’d rather remember Michael Knight in all his handsome, young loner glory, championing the cause of the innocents with an occasional turbo boost from his best friend KITT.
Did you watch the original Knight Rider? How about the remake? How Kissable is Freya with her letter K?
I’m a writer and filmmaker exploring the magic of stories. I’ve always loved to read and watch television and movies, and now I'm creating my own stories via YA novels, short stories, screenplays, and even short films. I’m also an animal lover with a menagerie of pets; and, yes, I’m one of those people who puts party hats on their dogs and makes them “cakes” for their birthdays.