History Series / KnightRider

14th Nov '16 3:30:39 PM Morgenthaler
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* WeaponizedCar: The old KITT had lasers and occasionally other systems that he tended to use for defense or minor attacks on key points. The new KITT, to emphasize just how more BadAss he is, is armed with a laser, rocket launchers and [[MoreDakka three]] [[GatlingGood miniguns]], [[PlotInducedStupidity which typically aren't used when they would actually be useful]].

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* WeaponizedCar: The old KITT had lasers and occasionally other systems that he tended to use for defense or minor attacks on key points. The new KITT, to emphasize just how more BadAss badass he is, is armed with a laser, rocket launchers and [[MoreDakka three]] [[GatlingGood miniguns]], [[PlotInducedStupidity which typically aren't used when they would actually be useful]].
30th Oct '16 8:34:10 PM JamesAustin
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* MoralityChip: KITT's ObstructiveCodeOfConduct is the preservation of human life, a leading factor of his friendly personality. KARR lacks this: his compulsion is instead self-preservation - ultimately, at the expense of everything and everyone else. [[FridgeLogic One has to wonder why]], if you're designing a car to act as protector to a guy whose intended duty is the protection of those who can't help themselves... why would you make its primary directive '''self'''-preservation?
** To be fair, Wilton Knight's panicking and immediately deactivating KARR after he [[spoiler:ran over traffic cones representing children during a test]] couldn't have helped KARR's attitude...

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* MoralityChip: KITT's ObstructiveCodeOfConduct is the preservation of human life, a leading factor of his friendly personality. KARR lacks this: his compulsion is instead self-preservation '''self'''-preservation - ultimately, at the expense of everything and everyone else. [[FridgeLogic One has to wonder why]], if you're designing a car to act as protector to a guy whose intended duty is the protection of those who can't help themselves... why would you make its primary directive '''self'''-preservation?
** To be fair, Wilton Knight's panicking and immediately deactivating KARR after he [[spoiler:ran over traffic cones representing children during a test]] couldn't have helped KARR's attitude...



* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: NotQuiteDead, KARR returns, despite having been blown to pieces.
** Actually, he returns after plunging off a cliff into the ocean. He's recovered by a couple that find him under the sand on a beach. He was blown up at the end of ''KITT vs KARR'' and is never seen again.

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* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: NotQuiteDead, At the end of "Trust Doesn't Rust," KARR returns, despite having been blown to pieces.
** Actually, he returns
explodes after plunging off a cliff into the ocean. He's In "KITT vs. KARR," KARR reappers after being recovered by a couple that find him under the sand on a beach. He was blown up at the end of ''KITT vs KARR'' and is never seen again.beach not worse a scratch, despite, again, having been clearly shown to be ''blown to pieces'' in "Trust Doesn't Rust."
23rd Oct '16 6:01:54 AM Creatura
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***Thus, it could be said that Goliath is more of an evil twin/counterpart to the Rook, the FLAG semi.
9th Oct '16 6:37:27 PM themisterfree
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The show has been revived several times:
* 1991 with the TV movie ''Knightrider 2000'', which was mostly the same concept but KITT was transferred into a Pontiac Banshee concept car. Despite high ratings it never materialized into a series, probably because the TV movie was set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture and a series based on that would have been too expensive.
* 1994 reimagined it as ''Knight Rider 2010'', which was ill received and a radically different premise with a heavy ''MadMax'' theme.
* 1997 had a new television show ''Series/TeamKnightRider''. Lasted a season and had a small fleet of intelligent cars.
* Around November/December 2015, a series of teaser trailers emerged for a new project called ''Knight Rider Heroes'', starring Hasselhoff and Anthony Marcus


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The show has been revived (or attempted to be) several times:
* 1991 with the TV movie ''Knightrider ''Knight Rider 2000'', which was mostly the same concept but had KITT was transferred into a Pontiac Banshee concept car. Despite high ratings it never materialized into a series, probably because the TV movie was set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture and a series based on that would have been too expensive.
* 1994 reimagined it as ''Knight Rider 2010'', which was ill received and received, mainly due to a radically different premise with a heavy ''MadMax'' theme.
theme, and pretty much being InNameOnly.
* 1997 had a new television show full-fledged series, ''Series/TeamKnightRider''. Lasted a season as a part of the ''Creator/ActionPack'' and had a small fleet of intelligent cars.
* Around November/December 2015, a series of teaser trailers emerged for a new project called ''Knight Rider Heroes'', starring Hasselhoff and Anthony Marcus

Marcus.




** It should be noted that in the Knight Rider 2000 TV movie, after having been shut down and then brought back online years later only to discover that his "body" had been disassembled, KITT was much more snarky and, on several occasions, downright rude. Understandable, really...

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** It should be noted that in the Knight ''Knight Rider 2000 2000'' TV movie, after having been shut down and then brought back online years later only to discover that his "body" had been disassembled, KITT was much more snarky and, on several occasions, downright rude. Understandable, really...



* EverybodyOwnsAFord: Pontiacs, in the original series; very definitely Fords in the new series.
** The PilotMovie is practically a commercial for Ford's new Mustang, and in fact had several tie-in ads during the premiere.

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* EverybodyOwnsAFord: Pontiacs, in the original series; very definitely Fords in the new series.
** The PilotMovie is practically a commercial for Ford's new Mustang, and in fact had several tie-in ads during the premiere.
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* {{Fanservice}}: ''Extremely'' prevalent in the 2008 show. Every episode before the retool includes a gratuitous breast shot.
** Not that Deanna Russo (Sarah Graiman) in a bikini or her underwear is a ''bad'' thing, mind you.
** The original series had shown it very, very sparingly, mostly in beach scenes. Two major examples, however, were ''Knight of the Chameleon'', which had gratuitous shots of Arabian-styled belly dancers, and ''Many Happy Returns'', when Michael (on his birthday) was sought by the GirlOfTheWeek in a two-piece swimsuit.

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* {{Fanservice}}: ''Extremely'' prevalent in the 2008 show. Every episode before the retool includes a gratuitous breast shot.
** Not that Deanna Russo (Sarah Graiman) in a bikini or her underwear is a ''bad'' thing, mind you.
** The original series had shown it very,
Very, very sparingly, mostly in beach scenes. Two major examples, however, were ''Knight of the Chameleon'', which had gratuitous shots of Arabian-styled belly dancers, and ''Many Happy Returns'', when Michael (on his birthday) was sought by the GirlOfTheWeek in a two-piece swimsuit.



** KITT in KR 08 is actually more easily damaged then the original, but employs a fast acting, [[HealingFactor regenerating]] nano-skin shell that makes it about as tough as the original.



** In one of the final episodes of the original season, Michael, [=RC3=] and KITT have to unseat a military government (which took office in a military coup) in a Central American country, which is threatened by a volcano. Devon informs them, "[[Series/MissionImpossible As someone once said, if you or one of your people will be caught or captured, the Foundation will disavow any knowledge of your activities]]." How appropriate.
** One episode of the new series took place in UsefulNotes/LasVegas. As Mike is pulling in, a girl yells "I'm staying at the Montecito!" This is the setting of sister NBC series ''Series/LasVegas'' (both shows were produced by Gary Scott Thompson). Given that ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' also spent a lot of time there, [[IntercontinuityCrossover this arguably places all three series in the same universe]]. Michael is seen at the Montecito in the pilot episode trying to gather some quick cash.
** In the 2008 series, the HalloweenEpisode had Billy dressed as "[[Series/{{Torchwood}} Captain Jack Harkness]], the [[Series/DoctorWho time-traveling]] bisexual".

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** In one of the final episodes of the original season, episodes, Michael, [=RC3=] and KITT have to unseat a military government (which took office in a military coup) in a Central American country, which is threatened by a volcano. Devon informs them, "[[Series/MissionImpossible As someone once said, if you or one of your people will be caught or captured, the Foundation will disavow any knowledge of your activities]]." How appropriate.
** One episode of the new series took place in UsefulNotes/LasVegas. As Mike is pulling in, a girl yells "I'm staying at the Montecito!" This is the setting of sister NBC series ''Series/LasVegas'' (both shows were produced by Gary Scott Thompson). Given that ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' also spent a lot of time there, [[IntercontinuityCrossover this arguably places all three series in the same universe]]. Michael is seen at the Montecito in the pilot episode trying to gather some quick cash.
** In the 2008 series, the HalloweenEpisode had Billy dressed as "[[Series/{{Torchwood}} Captain Jack Harkness]], the [[Series/DoctorWho time-traveling]] bisexual".
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* EverybodyOwnsAFord: Very definitely Fords. The PilotMovie was practically a commercial for Ford's new Mustang, and in fact had several tie-in ads during the premiere.
* {{Fanservice}}: ''Extremely'' prevalent. Every episode before the retool included a gratuitous breast shot. Not that Deanna Russo (Sarah Graiman) in a bikini or her underwear is a ''bad'' thing, mind you.


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* MadeOfIndestructium: KITT here is actually more easily damaged then the original, but employs a "fast acting, [[HealingFactor regenerating]] nano-skin shell" that makes it about as tough as the original.


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* SharedUniverse: One episode took place in UsefulNotes/LasVegas. As Mike is pulling in, a girl yells "I'm staying at the Montecito!" This is the setting of sister NBC series ''Series/LasVegas'' (both shows were produced by Gary Scott Thompson). Given that ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' also spent a lot of time there, [[IntercontinuityCrossover this arguably places all three series in the same universe]]. Michael is seen at the Montecito in the pilot episode trying to gather some quick cash.
* ShoutOut: The HalloweenEpisode had Billy dressed as "[[Series/{{Torchwood}} Captain Jack Harkness]], the [[Series/DoctorWho time-traveling]] bisexual".
16th Sep '16 3:22:47 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: Done humoressly in "The Scent of Roses" by KITT using the song 'As Time Goes By'.

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* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: Done humoressly humorously in "The Scent of Roses" by KITT using the song 'As "As Time Goes By'.By."
16th Sep '16 3:21:12 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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--> '''Michael''': Well me to but I don't make a religion out of it!

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--> '''Michael''': Well me to too but I don't make a religion out of it!
30th Aug '16 4:33:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* EvilSoundsDeep: KARR, thanks to Creator/PeterCullen, a master of this trope. Also when PaulFrees did the voice of KARR.

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* EvilSoundsDeep: KARR, thanks to Creator/PeterCullen, a master of this trope. Also when PaulFrees Creator/PaulFrees did the voice of KARR.
9th Jun '16 9:01:35 AM tropower
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* SameContentDifferentRating: For some unknown reason, El Rey's airing of the show has been given a TV-14 rating despite other networks presenting it as "TV-PG", even though there's hardly (if ever) anything graphic in the show.[[note]]And this was when some primetime shows were starting to push the envelope.[[/note]]Yes, there are some deaths (including one in the very first episode), but overall, there really isn't anything that would deserve a TV-14 rating.[[note]]Which could be in line with how El Rey [[PanderingToTheBase is trying to present itself]].[[/note]]
30th May '16 3:33:50 PM tropower
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* CallBack: KITT's electronic "eye" is one to the Cylons' "eyes" from [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 Battlestar Galactica]], another Glen A. Larson series.
28th Apr '16 12:21:04 PM Subzero288
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* MagicPlasticSurgery: Happens in the very first episode. Averted in [=KR08=] - the FBI merely fakes Michael Traceur's death, after which he takes on the name Michael Knight.

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* MagicPlasticSurgery: Happens in the very first episode. Averted in [=KR08=] - the FBI merely fakes Michael Traceur's Long's death, after which he takes on the name Michael Knight.
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