1 9 9 7 – 1 9 9 8 (USA)
22 x 60 minute episodes
This updated version of the popular 1980s series Knight Rider worked on the premise that more is better. As the voice-over announcer intoned at the beginning of each episode: “Ten years ago all it took was one man and one car. Now, the Foundation for Law and Government (FLAG) has assembled five highly skilled operatives and paired them with the most advanced state-of-the-art vehicles to take on a new breed of outlaw. They are Team Knight Rider.”
Leader of the team was Kyle Stewart (Brixton Karnes), a former CIA spy who drove Dante (DNT-1), a modified Ford Expedition SUV with all its window glass (except the windshield) blacked out.
The other members of the team were Erica West (Kathy Trageser), a con woman who tooled around in Kat (KAT-1), a special motorcycle with a sidecar; Trek (Nick Wechsler), a teenage electronics genius who drove Plato (PLATO-1), another customised motorcycle; onetime cop and ex-boxer Duke DePalma (Duane Davis), handling Beast (BST-1), a black Ford F150 ATV equipped with winches, cranes, and a laser cannon; and martial arts master Jenny Andrews (Christine Steel), who drove Domino (DMO-1), a red Ford Mustang convertible with white racing stripes.
Jenny – who had been adopted – initially joined FLAG because she was searching for information about her real father, Michael Long – the cop who had been physically reconstructed as Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff), the original Knight Rider.
Their travelling maintenance facility and headquarters was a large transport plane that hovered or landed in open spaces, and into which they drove their vehicles.
All of the vehicles were equipped with intelligent, highly competitive talking AI computers with attitudes, as was the case with the original Knight Rider Pontiac Trans-Am.
Missions undertaken by the team included rescuing a Marine officer who had been kidnapped by terrorists, recovering a stolen top-secret experimental helicopter from an FBI turncoat, and several confrontations with the diabolical wheelchair-bound genius Mobius (David McCallum).
Team Knight Rider received occasional help from a mysterious figure they referred to as ‘Shadow’ (Steve Forrest).
The show was not renewed for a second season so viewers were left with several unresolved plotlines.
Kevin ‘Trek’ Sanders