Knight Rider has been on the air for two months now, and the reviews of the first few episodes are starting to appear in the genre magazines. The latest issues of two of the UK’s finest sci-fi mags feature the show in their TV sections:
SFX rounds up the first four shows, which average between 2 and 3 stars out of 5. They note that “it’s incredible how many opportunities the characters find to lose their clothes” but, “once your brain accepts the 1980s Saturday afternoon vibe, it’s enjoyable in a goofy way.” A Hard Day’s Knight scores the highest with reviewer Dave Bradley, who concludes that “hints at a story arc about gaps in Michael’s memory from his time in Beirut may possibly lead somewhere interesting, but Knight Rider mainly feels like pure ‘guilty pleasure’ television, the sci-fi equivalent of Baywatch.”
The bi-monthly DeathRay features two pieces on the show: an article about the background of the series in their US TV round-up and a less-than-positive review. They state that “It’s a kid’s show re-created by middle-aged geeks, and their biggest mistake is to do it ‘adult’ without making it grown up. The result suits no-one, like later Airwolf.” It’s not all doom-and-gloom though; reviewer Guy Haley adds: “The chatty car’s still the star, and the new K.I.T.T. is realised with escapist glee, with Val Kilmer appropriately deadpan as its voice. Such is the strength of Knight Rider‘s core ideas that if NBC can sort out the juvenile mess round it, and make it just for the kids, it could still be a ratings hit.”
Neither magazine has any confirmation of a UK broadcast date. Be sure to check them out!