The Knight Rider

As a kid, I grew up being hooked in front of the boob-tube. Really, I was also a self-confessed couch potato,  juggling my time playing robbers and thieves with my neighboorhood friends. I was fond of animated series at that time. To name a few, there was GI Joe, The Transformers, Superfriends, Looney Tunes, Thundercats, Visionaries, MASK, the popular Asian Anime Voltes V, and a host of other animated series that mostly feature a “good versus evil” type of plot.

I also become a loyal fan of other TV series that portray that superhero (if not, that certain COOLNESS factor that leaves you into awe at the end of every episode) like Mcgyver, The A-Team, Twilight Zone, Blue Thunder, Air Wolf and the likes. But one program that exudes that certain shade of coolness coupled with mystery, suspense and hard action is a program titled “Knight Rider” starring David Hasselhoff teaming up with a talking Pontiac Trans Am named K.I.T.T. (Knight Industries 2000).

As Michael Knight portrayed some kind of a knight saving lives and fought crimes riding on his steed of a black, sleek-looking sports sedan with artificial intelligence. Selected by a dying billionaire, Wilton Knight. He helped saved the life of this once young undercover cop who had been shot in the face. And after plastic surgery, officer Michael Long had a new lease in life, a new identity (Michael Knight), and a new mission to pursue. He now works for the Foundation for Law and Government with the job of rooting out evil that is above the law, with only his trusty car.

 The last was rather a bitter-sweet ending for the many years of friendship between man and machine. Michael was recalled from retirement because crime has become rampant in Seattle. The current system of freezing convicts was not working. KITT had been dismantled and the parts sold. Devon had managed to recover all but one chip which had been implanted in the head of a female cop whose brain was destroyed by a bullet. KITT was installed in a box and used in Michael’s ’57 classic Chevy. He and the cop, who has a chip on her shoulder as well as in her head, are teamed. Meanwhile, the foundation is preparing the new car, named K.I.F.T. (Knight Industries Four Thousand.)

 What made the show an instant hit in 1982 was the selling point in the car. The sleek, black Trans Am could cruise up to 300 mph, leap through 50 ft. through the air, and attacks with loads of gizmos and armaments like flamethowers, smoke bombs, and infrared sensing devices. The catch here is that it had a mind of its own, it could talk and it can have a personality of its own. It may peevish, somewhat haughty and witty at times. Bust most of all, it is but most loyal to Michael that it could be summoned whenever he is in trouble.

 Watching each episode would make you notice that predominance of the black color. It may connote a deep sense of mystery, or the unkown facets of the night that would leave viewers curious of what would happen next. From Michael’s black leather jacket to KITT’s black paint finish. Black here dispels an image of evil or being the bad guy, so to speak. It speaks of the bond between the two entities that are committed to watching each other’s asses whatever may happen. And true to their committment, they had developed this transcending friendship that goes beyond the borders of human entity. Such is a universal value very fit to preaching the youth.

Oh, by the way. I’ll be leaving it up to you guys on the images of KITT to the vast resources of the Internet. I don’t know, but a gold mine here is when a google and got a snapshot of David in a skimpy black trunks. So, girls and in-betweens, there’s no saying that black here means friendship. It’s for your eyes to feast on. So, indulge.

David H in sexy black trunks


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