This week it’s Matt Pyken contributing to NBC’s Official Knight Writers Blog, and he talks about his episode Knight And The City… an episode that was created in the spirit of The Original Series.
“As a group — the writers, the studio, the network — all agreed that the original KR formula – one man and one car taking on a bad guy, saving a pretty girl, and making things right was a pretty sweet template for a series,” Pyken writes. “When the ‘re-boot’ was contemplated, I immediately decided, with deliberate intent, to tell small stories. By small I mean that Mike and K.I.T.T. don’t need to save the world every week. By small I mean the stories don’t always have to come to the SSC through some quasi-governmental source. By small I mean we see some kick-ass action, unravel a mystery, have a few laughs along the way, and by the end of the episode Mike and K.I.T.T. make a couple of lives a little better, and straighten out their own karma a little in the process.”
But it wasn’t all plain sailing. Pyken’s episode was met with a lot of internal resistance, “but to GST’s credit, it made it to air as the penultimate episode of Season 1.”
Pyken is pleased with the finished result. “If there is a second season,” he says, “these are the kinds of stories I’d like to tell.”