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Published:February 19th, 2008 11:14 EST
NBC Reboots and Restarts the Engines of the Knight Rider

NBC Reboots and Restarts the Engines of the Knight Rider

By Garrett Godwin

Twenty Five years ago, it took one special man and one special vehicle to make a difference in the world.  Now, NBC has updated and upgraded the story of a lone crusader and his talking car in a dangerous world of criminals above the law with Knight Rider. Charles Graiman (Bruce Davidson) was the man responsible for the creation of the Knight Industries Two Thousand (KITT) on behalf for the Foundation of Law & Government (FLAG).  Now, he has created the Knight Industries Three Thousand (KITT), but finds himself a target against bad guys that wants his research involving a project called Promethus.  If the wrong people get their hands on it, wars will be started and innocent people can die.  But when Charles goes missing, KITT (voiced by Val Kilmer) revs up and on request from the creator, sets out to find his Stanford-bound daughter Sarah (Leanna Russo) and her childhood friend/former flame, Mike Tracer (Justin Bruening).  Together with a FBI agent (Sydney Tamiia Poitier), the trio set out to rescue Sarah's father, and tried to keep both project Promethus and KITT from falling into the hands of their enemies.

David Hasselhoff, the original Knight Rider, makes a cameo in the film, as we discover the connection between Michael Knight and Mike Tracer, as one generation is being passed down to the next.  The new KITT is a 2008 Ford Mustang GT500KR that can morph, have access to both the Internet and the government, has a 550-horsepower solar hybrid engine, and several other abilities.

There is more action in this new Knight Rider, as well as budding romantic tension between Mike and Sarah due to their back-story, similar to Michael Knight and Bonnie Barstow in the original. It is also a road film, as the ex-couple learn to reconnect while learning to get along with their new friend, KITT, who adds comic relief as the straight car. 

The protagonist, Mike Tracer, is an ex-Army Ranger who becomes disillusioned and cynical.  He is tired of fighting because due his belief there aren't things worth fighting for anymore.  However, at the end, this reluctant soldier/hero finally realizes that one man can make a difference.

The movie aired as a two-hour backdoor pilot.  If ratings are good, then the legacy of Knight Rider continues once again as a new series.

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"One man can make a difference"
                                               -Wilton Knight