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And so, we arrive at the post-reboot Knight Rider era, also known as garbage time, wherein the leftover players run out the clock to cancellation. Tonight's episode, written and directed by showrunner Gary Scott Thompson, the architect of this disaster, is called "Exit Light, Enter Knight." Metallica's lawyers are on line two, Gary.

The synopsis, via KR Online:

BAIT AND SWITCH--Mike jumps into the thick of a bank heist and tries to stop it, but instead becomes one of the robbers' hostages. Oddly, the robbers do not seem interested in the bank's money. Apparently, they have a specific plan that includes the safe deposit boxes and the husband of one of their hostages. Unable to communicate with KITT and his team, Mike tries to enlist the help of the other hostages to stop the robbers from escaping. Unfortunately, one of the so-called hostages is one of the robbers, which makes Mike's job even more difficult.

The drama. I can barely contain myself.

Knight Rider Liveblog
Season 1, Episode 13
"Exit Light, Enter Knight"
January 28, 2009
8:00 PM Eastern

Chick Gray's Anatomy music. Mike snoring. Like most of the television audience. KITT drives. Billy and Zoe snoring too. This sucks a lot so far.

8:02: Mike needs coffee. I need tequila or something. Fleet of evil Fords arrives. Gunmen shooting. A BMW dies. KITT calls the cops. Wants S.W.A.T. Mike trying to save a kid in an Edge. Concern at the Fortress of Suck. Kid saved. Mom in danger. Five-O arrives. In Fords, natch. Mike tells PD he's DEA. PD is very giving, offers M16 in trunk.

8:07: Lousy recreation of the finale of Heat continues. Rent-a-cops buy farm. Mike storms bank. Tackles a gunner. But one's behind him. Gunner: "Move another inch, and I'll blow your head off." A second ago, these guys were shooting at anything that moved. Mike is their prisoner. Well, I know how that feels....

Theme Music

Gunmen threatening people. Shoot ceiling. Yelling. People cry. They must feel bad for NBC. KITT playing ambulance, bringing injured officer to hospital. Billy and the saved little girl, Maddie, have a conversation. Now Sarah has a conversation with Maddie. Now they want the kid to keep KITT a secret. She's like 5. The whole kindergarten's gonna know tomorrow.

8:14: Hospital parking lot is KITT's personal Formula D event. Drops off kid and cop. I suppose the hospital staff's gonna keep quiet about the driverless car, too. Arguments on whether to involve police to save Mike. KITT recommends Zoe seek therapy.

8:15: Hostage with cell phone. Dead in 3...2...1. Oh, Mike takes the phone. Texts the FoS with the skinny on the gunmen. Now they execute a hostage to show they mean business. Well, duh. Zoe: "They shot him in cold blood." Well, what'd you expect?

8:18: S.W.A.T. arrives. Unfortunately, Robert Urich is no longer with us. Now we learn the shot hostage is alive. KITT provides cover for SWAT. No one is intrigued by the driverless, bulletproof car. Mike breaks the no-talking rule and takes a rifle butt to the noggin.


8:24: We're back. Evil black-ops bank robber drags Mike into the vault where the safety deposit boxes are. Wants to beat info out of Mike. More "plot development" as Billy and KITT devise a plan to save the day. Bank robber ninja "has plans for" Mike. Now we're having the helpless hostages put money in bags for the bad guys. Is this a metaphor for the stimulus bill the House passed earlier tonight? Close up of bomb. 3..2...1...


8:32: KITT clones SWAT leader's voice. Billy watches tape of the attack so that he can have a eureka moment later in the show. Mike drills into safe deposit box, which conveniently holds what looks like a .357. Into the waistband it goes.

8:34: Billy and Zoe deconstruct the robbers' assault tactics. KITT realizes he's not texting with Mike. Now there's confusion. KITT traces it back to Gary Scott Thompson's initial keystrokes as he penned this turkey of a script. Robbers make demands. Jet. Runway. Etc. Threats to kill hostages follow.

8:37: Now the kid Maddie's mom is some sort of key to solving this. KITT calls Maddie, who is not in any way traumatized by her morning. "Hi KITT!" Bank: Mike on the offensive. He wins. Gun in the face of the bad guy but... female hostage is with the bad guys. She pulls a submachine gun out of a safety deposit box. And now we see that one of the gunmen is actually a real hostage. If this is supposed to be the new, improved Knight Rider, NBC fails. Again.


8:45: 15 minutes to go. Many Econolines arrive. In the vault, a hostage gets dropped. Robber Leader shoots the hostage with the codes in the leg. His girlfriend with the MAC-10 needs to die horribly. They put Mike and other hostages in the bad guy costumes so that SWAT kills them. Multiple Dark Knight callouts occur in the comments. Maddie's dad apparently works for the power company. They want him to kill the power grid so Hans Gruber can get the bearer bonds out of the Nakatomi Building. Oh sorry, wrong plotline...

8:49: In the FoS, a collective Eureka Moment. Snipers greenlit to ice Mike in disguise. KITT: "Sarah, we have a problem." Well, from where I sit, February becomes more enjoyable if Mike takes a bullet here...


8:52: Whose brand is more damaged -- NBC or Chrysler? Discuss. KITT orders SWAT to stand down. Everyone obeys the talking car. Los Angeles now has no power. Commence looting. Bad guys escape via some tunnel, which is conveniently lit up -- even though the city has no power. Mike follows. Bank goes boom.

8:54: Everyone is heading for the sewer, a fitting metaphor for the show in general. Mike knocks out a bad guy. KITT drives fast. Mike catches up to the baddies, who have electric motorcycles waiting. Mike takes out a pair of the robbers, gives chase. Everyone is complying with Obama's new California emissions requirements.

8:58: This chase is never-ending. Baddies emerge, get in a Crown Vic. KITT arrives. Crash. Fighting. Lead baddie down. Mike goes after the bitch girlfriend. Now she gets all sultry. She attacks. Falls down a hill. Sadly, she lives. Big reunion at the end. What crap.

Next Week: Tiki Barber guest stars. Seriously.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, I'll say I enjoyed this episode the best so far - and as many have said, very much like the original series. Hopefully this continues because I wouldn't mind seeing more.

      I do admit though the Tiki Barber guest-shot may not bode well. Could turn into a later-version A-Team where every other week was a special guest star trying to keep things interesting...

      That being said:

      Alex, I also enjoy your liveblog. My wife and I read your blog in the commercial breaks. Please continue doing it so I can avoid watching commercials. :) And you have my envy of your "nice gig".
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why didn't KITT just talk over their communications?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I tend to agree the show has improved now that the terrorist of the week thing is over. Tonights episode sure reminded me of the Hoff days. One episode does not make a show so lets see next week.

      I can't belive it is true that they have renewed this, I can hope, so of kind of.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Regarding nobody questioning the bullet-proof, driverless super-car: well, how many questioned it 20 years ago?
      • 6 Years Ago
      She was a ho-stage not a histage or even herstage.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My parents left it up on the TV. I immediately changed the channel so I wouldn't give it any more ratings.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sorry Alex. I liked this episode. Very much like the original show and the one man can make a difference theme. I hope it continues. If they can continue to improve the show where else can we tune in to see a nice car and have good looking women to boot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As usual, I watched it on Hulu a day late. It wasn't that bad. Err, at least not the worst episode. The ending was short and cut off, and it was still full of the usual crap. Gotta love the "I'm undercover", "Ok, here's an m16" part. Some police....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Get a life, Alex!
      If you don't like the show then stop watching it.

      No one cares about you blog!
      Especially NBC -- they just renewed Knight Rider for a second season!


      There may be just a small # of fans of the new show -- but we are loyal.
      The show gets awesome ratings among the tech savvy. Its the #5 most watched on NBC.com and #8 on DVR playbacks for Nielsens (a Top 10 show).


      So give it a rest, Alex. Only a complete loser would watch something they don't like for an entire season.

        • 6 Years Ago

        Thanks (and thanks to the other people who actually read and enjoy the liveblog).

        Frankly, Joel McHale has the best job ever. That's a talented and hilarious guy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I get paid to watch TV. That is what's known as "a nice gig." Also, there is a substantial audience for the liveblog, so it's going to keep right on rolling.

        I'll believe that renewal story when i see a major outlet carry it. That link doesn't cite anything, and there's nothing posted anywhere else.

        As long as this show is on, I'll blog it and call it out for the crap that it is. If the blog hurts your feelings, don't read it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Next time I see a cop I'm going to tell them I'm DEA without showing ID so I get to use their M16.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Of course the provided vans are more Fords...
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you hate the show so much... why do you still bother watching and writing this blog entry? I'm just saying... the show is good for entertainment; sure, it isn't realistic, but what primetime dramas are nowadays?
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