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Knight Rider A Knight In Shining Armor review

The TV series launch of Knight Rider, A Knight In Shining Armor 1×01 plays out like the retarded stepchild of a Star Trek The Next Generation episode and a 24 series episode with the cheap look and bad acting we’ve come to loathe from NBC’s attempt at remaking the Bionic Woman. The first half of A Knight In Shining Armor is particularly unbearable as the Knight Industries version of the CTU staff yell at Michael, while KITT annoyingly repeats every instruction to him creating a demented greek chorus in the background while Michael stumbles around in what almost feels like a parody of 24. Pile on a Star Trek The Next Generation episode’s worth of technobabble and you get a first half so bad that the second half almost seems watchable by comparison.

It’s not that hard to nail down where A Knight In Shining Armor goes wrong. The original Knight Rider kept it simple, the new Knight Rider complicates everything while adding very little. A Knight In Shining Armor actually is light on script and story and so fills out the time with the antics of the Knight Industries gang, the mildly involving mystery of Michael’s past and special effects and a soap opera angle.

Despite a decent cast, A Knight In Shining Armor is filled with bad acting because few of the actors have anything to do or even characters to play. Indeed the Knight Industries’ two younger tech people sound like they stepped out of an episode of Power Rangers and with another Hispanic agent as a government heavy filling in for Miguel Ferrer, you can all but close your eyes and see the whole ridiculous reboot setup for Bionic Woman complete with a large unwieldy and unnecessary supporting cast.

NBC’s new Knight Rider suffers from the same basic problems as NBC’s Bionic Woman, an inability to sell viewers on the premise or the story. A large supporting cast and all the special effects really can’t cover up the fact that neither reboot sold the story of a woman with superpowers who works for the government or a guy who fights crime with a talking car. And the odd thing is they are very simple premises, but each time NBC’s reboot efforts layer them with bad soap opera plots and buries them in a useless supporting cast, because it doesn’t believe in the simplicity of the premise and so can’t deliver on the action and adventure, turning out turgid episodes for series no one wants to watch.

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