Knight Rider

Season 3 Episode 6

K.I.T.T. vs. K.A.R.R.

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 04, 1984 on NBC
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Episode Summary

A young couple stumble onto KITT's prototype, KARR, and unwittingly re-activate him. KARR is soon spreading his web of fear once again, using his manipulative ways to convince the young man who reactivated him to help him eliminate KITT and Michael.

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  • KARR returns for another showdown with KITT Round 2

    Just when you thought KARR was done, much to our surprise and by Michael's priceless expression when he sees him in the episode for the first time KARR is back. KARR manipulates a young man into helping him even going so far as threatening the man's girlfriend. Bonnie redsigns the laser from the first episode to stop KARR but when KARR steals the laser and puts it on himself Michael and KITT have to battle KARR with the deadly laser. After freeing KARR's forced helper and girlfriend we have a "final" showdown that may top the battle from the first epidode.

    Who knows what would happen next as KARR's computer was still activated at the end of the episode?moreless
  • KITTs prototype, the Knight Automated Roving Robot (KARR)has returned from the grave ready, willing and able to use anything and anyone at its disposal to eliminate Michael and KITT for good.moreless

    "Trust Doesn't Rust" might have been where we first met KARR, but the writers really got it right this time around. KARR is leaner, meaner and so much more cruel in this installment.

    Whereas Peter Cullen's portrayal of the Knight Automated Roving Robot (KARR) painted a portrait of a well-intentioned machination gone awry at the hands of the unenlightened. Paul Frees' growl and the more comtemporary production of this third season episode really presents KARR as KITT's alter-ego; with KARR being equally as evil as KITT is good.

    Jeffrey Osterhage performs credibly as the young, down-on-his-luck John Stanton; although frankly he looks nearly at home behind the wheel of KARR as Michael does behind the wheel of KITT-and just as old, as does Ed Crick who exists as a double-edged sword for the young John, as his charisma could herd John toward evil or good-the former with KARR lurking about.

    The episode is very well paced and doesn't look bad 20-something years later. It also fullfills the curiosity one must have about KITT falling into the wrong hands and having his powers misused. If nothing else the repeated appearence of KARR should've been a recurring foil for Michael and KITT. It might've even gotten the show more mileage.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Mandy gets to KARR at the pier, a cameraman is reflected by the car.

    • When John asks KARR to play music, KARR plays a tape of a cover version of The Pointer Sisters' "Jump (For My Love)," a song that was released in 1984, even though he'd been 'destroyed' in 1982.

    • With his return, KARR curiously has a number of minor changes from his first appearance, including:
      The scanner at the front is now yellow/green (instead of red)
      His scanner now makes a sound identical to KITT's (instead of the deep 'drone' noise of the original)
      His license plate now reads 'KARR' (instead of the original 'KNIGHT')
      The sound of his engine now more resembles KITT's (all-be-it with some additional effects), instead of the fierce "roaring" engine sound previously.
      The casing around his voice modulator is slightly different

    • Though KARR was never to return, the episode ended with a shot of KARR's still blinking CPU, a implication that a rebuild was a possibility.

  • QUOTES (7)

  • NOTES (2)

    • The German episode title is "Der schwarze Teufel taucht wieder auf", meaning "The Black Devil Returns". The French episode title is "Le Retour de K.A.R.R.", meaning "K.A.R.R. Returns".

    • Music: The Pointer Sisters' "Jump (For My Love)"; Laura Branigan's "Self Control"; Bananarama's "Cruel Summer". All are cover versions.