That was brilliant as comics, fair as TV show, and unforgettable as sci-fi. Actually, the idea of six million dollars' car with a free-spirit adventurous man is quite catchy and original, especially when they made it smartly on a background of the old west, and the unique relationship between the rider and his partner, which happens to be here his flying horse yet of the 20th century's science as well as fiction.
A lot of previous reviews refer to how that was amazing as a childhood's memory, with a sense of disparagement also which describes this series always by traits like "cheesy". Well, guys, I think the right word is "cheery", because that was one piece of good entertainment where a lot of the adolescence's dreams came true: a friendship between a young man and a super machine, my computer and my car and my only buddy in one heroic form, a special foundation for low's enforcement, you can drive as crazy and jump by your car in the sky (still a thing which takes my breath away in every time) for the sake of justice and general welfare. WAW! Put to that a nice brawny chic lead, some slight comedy, and you'll have the (Knight Rider) as one of the top outings at the dream world which could capture your imagination, yearning for heroism, and too many of your childish wishes successfully.
So when some of the old audience are talking about loving this as one of the childhood's memories, then it's just a sincere gesture not for their naivety once, or how that was dazzling but artless, NO it's their infancy inside which admits the real attachment to the creative fancy of that lovely show. And by the way, I think the main music theme summarized all of that wonderfully: the electronic future, the simple adventure, and with its finale you would grasp the childish sense of the whole thing clearly.
Yes, on the other hand, the grown-up in every one of us will intervene in, to be the annoying but equitable mind's voice: the acting was perhaps the lowest element. True that (William Daniels) delivered a beloved vocal performance as the very sophisticated sidekick, but (David Hasselhoff) was just the handsome guy who was trying to be as attractive as the car! He got real spooky whenever he was angry to an extent made The Hulk look pretty calm! But despite everything, (Hasselhoff) could give the role its suitable image and spirit.
(Edward Mulhare) as (Devon) was something that I didn't get accustomed to, simply because he had a face with a little bit evil features. And for the female part, (Patricia McPherson) was the wise girl, with the scientific clever brain, who personified on TV the new image of the working intelligent American girl at the time, who wasn't anybody's doll. Though the show provided many many brainless girls, who were hired just to look good, all chosen as (Farrah Fawcett)'s look-alikes, or at least as ones who got something of her, yet scarcely with an acting talent!
Sometimes the scripts weren't that fine, or to be specific not as ambitious as the personality of K.I.T.T itself, with some exaggerated moments which gave the fans of the show, as a high sci-fi, a hard time. For instance, how K.I.T.T can assay the gunpowder in someone's gun without even touch it?!, and how it can see (Michael) wherever he was, and not by the hand watch?!.. etc. And I didn't like the forced laughable scene in every single episode's end, I know that it was one of the old innocent customs, but at times it was unbearable.
Not to mention the MTV very obvious effect, when you suddenly find yourself listening to the most stylish pop songs, while watching short video clips during some episodes, along with the fashionable outfits of (Michael) which were too colorful and too merry, yet you may consider it cool if you're a fan of the 1980s, just like me.
Despite its own weak points, it was a winning formula for a pastime show that has now even more appeal, because after 20 years, we're living the black, repulsive, and the bitter era of: dull supernatural, talking ghosts, bloodsuckers, disgusting forensic medicine, hideous reality TV, and (The Shield)! In one word, if the TV used to bring the refined, polished, and dreamy from the late 1970s to the start of the 1990s, I think it achieved the satiation completely to turn away from that to its absolute opposites: the ugly, shocking, and realistic.. as horrible as it could be. Therefore, hankering after all the classics of the 1980s, from the great (Magnum P.I.) to the plain (Knight Rider), is ordinary desire to watch something well-made, nostalgic for its genuine fans, and a real merciful rescuer from our days of American idols & autopsied corpses!