I thought this episode was definitely heading in the right direction of "One Man can make a difference". The plot got a bit more interesting near the end, especially with the discovery of why it seemed that there was something fishy going on with all the troubles the bar was having.
I for one was a true fan of the original show...I was a 6th Grader when the Hoff made his mark in the original series....and I never missed one episode. I noticed early on that there were way too many characters early on. A little side-note here...I remember for the first episode when the character of Carrie Rivai is going to work in the morning, saying goodbye to her lesbian one-night stand...please, somebody, tell me how that was pertinent to any part of the plot line. Did I have to know that she was a lesbian? I am not being a bigot, but please, to the writers: What the hell did Poitier's character being gay have anything to do with this show??? That right there told me that this series was going to struggle a bit if there was a need to reveal that some secondary character is gay That point had NOTHING to do with the show's premise. Some of the writers ought to buy the DVDs of the original series, and try to learn something of writing a story that has a point, that flows well, and that resolves itself in a credible manner. Unfortunately, in the era of techno-whiz-bang special effects, and a generation of viewers who are used to movies like Transformers, it's the special effects guys that seem to be taking on the burden of making this show succeed. Don't get me wrong, I like Turbo-Boost as much as the next fan....but the Turbo-Boost stunts of the original series actually seemed a lot more realistic and exciting than the interesting, albeit unrealistic sideways turbo-flip.
I wonder if this show will succeed, but because the focus has not been on writing a good show until later in the season, the demise of this new Knight Rider might go along the lines of "A day late, and a dollar short". If NBC is gracious enough to grant this one a renewal, then maybe it can succeed in a second season and beyond.