Knight Rider

Season 1 Episode 12

Knight To King's Pawn

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 21, 2009 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Sarah, devastated by her father's death, decides that she needs to get away, only to be followed by a concerned Mike. While they are gone, the NSA shuts down the program and has KITT's main chip pulled to place into KARR. When Mike and Sarah return, they, with the help of Zoe and Billy, are determined to find & fix KITT and put an end KARR.moreless

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  • This was an interesting story line, but it could have been so much more...

    Well, I have a couple of issues with this episode. Really, they packed way too much into one episode. This could easily have been a two-part episode, and if they had done that they could have taken much more advantage of the story possibilities.

    First issue, if KARR is a military vehicle, why does he become a Mustang? It would have made much, much more sense for KARR to have a more rugged, military look when he was in "car" mode.

    Second, we know that KITT didn't have any protection, as his regeneration systems were down, along with his weapons, etc., etc. So, why was it so easy for him to smash through KARR without getting destroyed?

    Third issue, at the end, when KITT's systems are back online, there's just a blue glow, and PRESTO, KITT is in perfect condition again. The quality of this special effect is pathetic. Compared to the detail that they give whenever KITT goes into attack mode, or any of his other tranformations, this change looked like a B-movie special effect.

    Finally, and I think that this is really the biggest issue of all and is possibly the source of most of the other issues, there was just too much story to tell in a single episode. The episode ended up feeling incredibly rushed, especially toward the end. They could have easily spun the rescue of KITT out a little bit more, and ended with KARR chasing KITT, KITT not fully functional, and Michael facing the decision about what to do. In part two, they could have opened with Michael choosing to face KARR, had a confrontation in which KITT is almost destroyed but he and Michael manage to escape, get KITT fixed up, though probably not to 100%, only to have KARR track them down and have a final show down. Then, at the end they could have had a little bit better staged version of the final scene from this episode. All in all, it would have made for a much better telling of the story. The conflict between KITT and KARR would have been much more credible.moreless
  • Reboot failure

    Oh where to begin. This is supposed to be one of the new rebooted episodes, and already I see this series going down the drain fast. So we begin with KITT getting deactivated, and seconds before deactivation, he dumps all his programming files onto the internet. Ok, so, anyone who has access to the internet can download Dr. Grainman’s hard-earned effort with a single click. Bright idea. Next we see the SSC come back to life through hacking and regeneration...which is the only believable part in this episode. Then Mike goes and saves KITT and, despite missing an important programming packet, is still able to function. HOW?? Then we see KARR come to life. Finally, a good villain that is capable of destruction. But then he gets destroyed in a matter of minutes... Can someone explain to me how KARR died so instantaneously?? Isn’t he supposed to be the ultimate bad guy, and he dies in a couple of minutes? This reminds of the Transformers movie where Megatron is killed by a kid. So unrealistic. And if they actually kept KARR alive, this series would’ve had some surprising plots. I guess they are destined to ruin this series after its reboot.moreless
  • What where they thinking!!!

    I don't mind this show and I'm glad to see that there attempting to go back to its original roots.

    But what the go with this episode, I'm sure they could have come up with a better story line to kill off the FBI link!! I mean I'm glad they did it!

    I'm a fan of transformers but mixing it in together with Knight Rider, was not my cup of tea. They need to leave the transformer story line way out of the picture. Take it back to the days of Driver and his car saving the world from the bad, without of the OTT tricks.

    I still like the show overall, just not a fan of this episode.moreless
  • Worst episode so far

    what the hell? the episode starts ok, the recreation and the "rescue" of KITT is funny and then....

    at the end when KITT confronts KARR you think a "to be continued" is only seconds away... BUT NO! KITT destroys KARR in seconds and that´s it!

    Hello writers! Were you all drunk?

    you are telling us since the beginning that KARR is the ultimate weapon, the ultimate bad guy, the ultimate whatever, and then a almost non-functional KITT wins in seconds? Are you kidding me?

    And besides that there is no logic in that what soever - didn´t you think one second about the audience?

    We were waiting for the KITT - KARR showdown since we know he exist!

    We expected a massive confrontation! A 2-parter with a almost destroyed KITT at the end of part one (even better - as cliffhanger at the end of season 1).

    I even hoped that KARR is so powerful that they had to bring back THE HOFF and his old KITT to help facing KARR. Imagine how much fun it could have been.

    This could have been the best episode ever! but you blew it! you damm blew it!

    And the worst part: KARR exploded. So you even blew the "possible comeback". Remember the old Knight Rider? KARR destroyed but the scanner still working? Way better!!!

    I know you writers had to end the "old style" because of the network and the ratings... but you did it soooo bad its a slap in the face of every real fan.

    I loved Knight Rider. But i think this episode killed it. For that - i hate you.

    BTW: The CGI at the end.... terrible.moreless
  • glad to see brought up to standers of old series

    last few epsodies have really been good glad to see they brought this great series up to date with old series glad to see gone way of old series FLAG and one man and his car making a differnce, the movie was good then series went bit funny wasnt like i remeber the meaning of knight rider being when was kids am 38 so o grew up with knight rider loved it was best series in 80s on tv watch every programme and every movie glad to see they changed it and gone back to the old series meaning what the programme stood for and hope there will be a olot of series as this is getting better and hop gets better and bettermoreless
Peter Cullen

Peter Cullen

Voice of KARR

Guest Star

Richard Burgi

Richard Burgi

Jack Hurst

Guest Star

James Ferris

James Ferris

Guy in Hawaii

Guest Star

Smith Cho

Smith Cho

Zoe Chae

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Goof: The exhaust ports that provide KITT's turbo thrust are not engaged when KITT turbo boosts through KARR.

    • Goof: When agent Torres is placed inside KARR, a spiked implant stabs him in the center of his chest through his shirt. When Mike approaches Torres after KARR's destruction, there is no hole in Torres' shirt and no chest wound.

    • Goof: When agent Torres orders KARR to stand down, it states that it only takes orders from Dr. Graiman. Since KARR was reactivated using KITT's processor and data files, it would have already known that Dr. Graiman was dead.

    • Goof:In this episode, it is revealed that KITT was built to create a more compliant personality to eventually modify KARR's personality. However, in "Knight of the Living Dead", it is explained that KITT's personality is part of his neural net and cannot be downloaded or removed.

    • KARR requires a direct human interface to function properly and complete its missions.

      KITT does not require such an interface and can function without human assistance.

    • Goof: Billy refers to KARR as Knight Automated Roving Robot but in the episode, "Knight of the Living Dead", KITT referred to KARR as the Knight Auto-Cybernetic Roving Robotic-Exoskeleton.

    • At the time of the original airing, the website that KITT uploaded himself to redirected you to the homepage.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Graiman: You can now be the Knight Industries that Wilton Knight always envisioned. You can reinstitute FLAG, the Foundation for Law and Government. Completely autonomous. No more hidden agendas. No more interference. Just what you think is right. You can make a difference. But you must decide.
      Sarah: So, what do you say?
      Billy: Are you kidding? Of course.
      Zoe: You know it.
      Michael: One question. Do I get to keep the car?
      KITT: Sarah. Your father is my father. I will do anything to help honor his memory.

    • KARR: We must stop them.
      Alex Torres: KARR, stop!
      KARR: KITT must be stopped.
      Alex Torres: No. KITT is no longer important. You have everything you need. Let him go.
      KARR: My analysis indicates that KITT is a potential threat. I will not allow for the possibility of being shut down again.
      Alex Torres: I'm giving you a direct order. Stand down.
      KARR: I take orders from my creator, Dr. Charles Graiman.
      Alex Torres: Graiman is dead. I'm next in command. You take orders from me.
      (KARR grabs Torres)
      Alex Torres: KARR!
      (KARR places Torres inside the cockpit)
      KARR: Now, we are one. And I give the orders.

    • KARR: I must merge with you, Michael Knight. KITT must die! Then you and I will become one! It is our destiny!

  • NOTES (7)


    • Peter Cullen, who voiced Optimus Prime in The Transformers movie, as well as Optimus Prime and several other Transformers in the original series, voices KARR, who can transform from a car into a giant robot with numerous guns and missiles.