Worried about NBC's new Knight Rider series to the point where you expect to be saying "Holy KITT" during the first episode for reasons other than excitement? Then you may want to stop reading right now, unless you think that the one thing that would make the new show watchable would be the portrayal of KITT as a child going from middle school to college. I only wish that I was joking.Talking to Newsarama, showrunner Gary Scott Thompson explained that the way that he views the now-transforming, superfast know-it-all car is like your average teenager. Well, almost:
It's not so much a teenager as that he's actually learning. It's a developmental process through the course of the first season. The idea is as if a child would go from say sixth grade all the way through college. So it's the idea of training him and making him or having him learn.
Not that KITT is the only one dealing with a learning curve with the show. Thompson himself had to go through his own version of Knight Rider:
We went back to the original series to look at what made that work. We went through the pilot and then we didn't want to disappoint some of the fans of the two-hour so we have four characters coming from that. So we made sure that those four characters clicked into what the new mythology was for the series. Again, it's 25 years later so we have to update the car, update the people, and be in touch with the times.
If this means that the new show isn't going to make all the same mistakes as February's TV movie, then that can only be a good thing. Of course, it doesn't mean that they won't be making all new mistakes... like making your car into the latest version of Mr. Spock/Data/Emotionless Wry Humor Character Learning About Humanity. Knight Rider premieres September 24th. KITT's New Model - Team Knight Rider Talks Series Changes [Newsarama]