Knight Rider

Season 1 Episode 8

No Big Thing

2
Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 12, 1982 on NBC
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Passing through the remote town of Lyndhurst Flats, Devon is caught in a local traffic ticket scam, but when he confronts the officers on their misdeeds, he lands in jail. His witnessing the murder of a fellow prisoner then puts his own life in danger.

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  • Devon is arrested on a trumped up traffic charge. But when he is the only witness to the murder of the prisoner he was on his way to see, he is thrown in jail as the corrupt lawmen try to keep him quiet. A good story marred by being too dragged out...moreless

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    I really want to like 'No Big Thing'. On the whole, it is a decent first season episode with a good plot. Unfortunately, it is extremely dragged out in places, which knocks its overall rating down a bit.



    Things start off very promisingly, with Devon being arrested on a trumped up traffic charge by two corrupt lawmen looking to make a little extra money. But after this, the pace of the story grinds almost to a halt. We get several long montages of K.I.T.T. driving; Ordinarily, such montages are enjoyable, but when you're waiting for the plot to pick up, they become very annoying – particularly two so close together.



    Michael and K.I.T.T. even stop off for fuel, where K.I.T.T. puts an end to the garage owner trying to sabotage him to create some repairs. Many 'Knight Rider' episodes have amusing scenes with such guest characters, and usually they are a lot of fun, but again, here when we are waiting for the plot to speed up and to see what has happened to Devon, it really gets in the way, and is nothing but annoying padding.



    And this awkward pace for the story continues for about 15-20 minutes. Michael meets Carol (Mary-Margaret Humes, who incidentally auditioned for the role of Bonnie), ex-wife of the man who Devon witnesses being murdered, but they just seem to drive and wander around a lot, aimlessly talking about all the bad that is happening in the town.



    Finally things pick up a little, when K.I.T.T. is on collision course with the giant rig that has been instructed to stop them. But here's a real curiosity – K.I.T.T. tells Michael to hit the brakes, then to put him into reverse. Moments later, K.I.T.T. asks why they're in reverse and didn't jump over the rig. ...What?! I could only fathom that this was two alternative takes of the scene spliced together, but it did stick out as being extremely odd.



    Anyway, finally the story picks up again, with Devon, in the county jail, and roped into a jailbreak. This is a lot more fun than much of the story, but I can't help but wish that more time had been given over to Devon's time at the jail and this escape plan, which seems very rushed, yet so much before it is dragged out.



    So you get the general idea... Devon escapes with two other criminals (who abruptly disappear, again more time could have been dedicated to this), Michael, K.I.T.T. and Carol rescue him just in time, things are put right for the end of the episode.



    ...I've mentioned many of the awkward things about this episode, but don't totally get the wrong idea – the episode does have its moments. It's a decent plot (I've always liked episodes of such TV shows revolving around corrupt jails, and jailbreaks), and it's nice to see our first of just a few episodes based around Devon; it's just such a shame that, particularly in the first half, the pacing is so off.



    Based on the strong merits that it does have, I've given 'No Big Thing' a fair 8.5 out of 10, a very decent score. But it could so easily have reached a 9 or 9.5 if it had been paced better, and not so darned dragged out and aimless in places.moreless
Logan Ramsey

Logan Ramsey

Judge Roland S. Paxton

Guest Star

Jim Haynie

Jim Haynie

Frank Reston

Guest Star

Grainger Hines

Grainger Hines

Saunders

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (12)

    • In the final scene, with Michael and Devon driving along in KITT, shots of Devon show there to be traffic behind them on the road; yet on shots of Michael, the road behind them is clear.

    • When the truck is racing towards KITT, there is a very strange effect shot: we see KITT's regular "Security Alert" display bar, but it is shown to be on one of KITT's monitors, when in fact it should be right next to the monitor on the dash.

    • In the opening of the show, when we first see Michael and KITT, there is a shot of KITT's dashboard showing he has about half a tank of gas, and the gauge appears to be on the right side of the dash. A few moments later KITT tells Michael they will need to make a pit stop. It cuts to a shot of the gauge, which now appears to be on the left side near the drivers side door, and it shows it is almost empty.

    • When the truck is trying to run Michael and KITT off the road, KITT suggests Michael slam on the brakes and put the car in reverse, which be does. It cuts to a exterior shot of KITT backing up, and he then asks "Why reverse?"

    • After trying and failing to damage KITT's tires with the ice pick, the old mechanic drops it under the front driver's-side tire. When Michael and KITT drive off however, the tool is nowhere to be seen.

    • When KITT needs refueling, both the old mechanic and Michael go to KITT's rear to find his fueling pipe, however in many shots in this and other episodes, KITT can clearly been seen to have a fuel refill cover on the driver's side near the back wheel, not at the very back.

    • When the police car lands on top of the yellow prison car during the chase sequence, the prison car can be seen to have been reinforced with large supports on the inside, presumably so the cabin wouldn't collapse when hit.

    • When Devon is escaping from prison, he jumps a truck over a fence. From the side angle view they show, not only is it obviously not Edward Mulhare driving the truck, but the stunt driver's silver crash helmet is plainly visible.

    • During the climactic chase scene, a police car shifts from having a plain white door, to having a police shield painted on, and back to being plain white again.

    • We learn that KITT is capable of synthesizing any combustible liquid for use as fuel.

    • The license plate to Devon's orange-red Mercedes is 288-BAG.

    • When KITT was reversing away from the truck, all shots of both Michael in KITT and the truck driver showed large green trees along the road. However in shots of the exterior of KITT or truck driver's eye views of the road, there were no trees, only brown grass and a few bushes.

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  • NOTES (4)

    • Mary-Margaret Humes, who plays Carol Reston in this episode, was cast here after being on the shortlist for the role of Bonnie.

    • The German episode title is "Ein Richter spielt sein Spiel", meaning "A Judge Plays His Game". The French episode title is "Témoin gênant", meaning "Embarrassing Witness". The Czech episode title is "Nic velkého", meaning "Nothing Big".

    • This is the first of Grainger Hines' two, unrelated appearances on Knight Rider. He can also be seen in season four's "Knight Racer."

    • Music: Cover version of Juice Newton's "Love's Been a Little Bit Hard on Me"; Willie Nelson's "Always on My Mind"; Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

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