Another remake of a Glen A. Larson show. Does it rock the cosmos like Battlestar Galactica?

Title: A Knight in Shining Armor

Cast and Crew

Writers: Gary Scott Thompson

Justin Bruening as Mike Traceur
Deanna Russo as Sarah Graiman
Paul Campbell as Billy Morgan
Yancey Arias as Alex Torres
Smith Cho as Zoe Chae
Bruce Davison as Charles Graiman
Sydney Tamiia Poitier as Carrie Ruvai

Synopsis

A woman from Mike’s past-who he has no memory of—hijacks “The Package”, a taut man whose DNA holds a valuable cipher.

There’s not much more than that. Most of the screen time was eaten up by a protracted action sequence that did little more than provide the leads with a chance to get out of their clothes.

High Points

  • “We should make a baby.”
    “Really?!”
    “No.”
  • “You’re screwing with me again, aren’t you?”
  • Tranformation and inside-the-engine effects.
  • Well, that’s one way to get a DNA sample.

Low Points

  • Running lights? Really?
  • What’s the “KR” stand for under KITT? “Knight Rider” is the show’s title, but it doesn’t appear in the show itself. It’s like stamping “Star Trek” onto the side of the Enterprise.
  • Mustang-to-Attack Mode=Awesome. Mustang-to-F-150=Ford Commercial.
  • The fire sequence went on way too long and the effect started looking campy after awhile.

The Scores

Originality: 2 out of 6. It’s a remake and the plot had a lot of that been-there-done-that feel.

Effects: 4/6. See High and Low points. Decent money and time was spent on the effects, including the very cool touch screen interface in KITT and their base (the KITT Cave?).

Story: 2/6. If you look closely, you’ll find it. It’s the segments wedged in between awkward dialogue about Michael’s spotty memory and the action scenes.

Acting: 3/6. The support crew is funny and entertaining. Davison has his moments. The leads, along with the FBI agents are wooden at best. And at some point, her dad is going to disown Sydney Tamiia Poitier if she doesn’t take it up a notch. Bruening has that underwear model turned actor feel about him. Checking him in IMDB shows mostly soap opera credits. That explains much.

Production: 4/6. The cave (or whatever they’re calling it) is very cool.

Emotional response: 2/6. Just could not get excited about it. I let my five-year-old watch it and he was entertained by the car…and not much else. Frankly, me too.

Overall: 2/6. A sloppy start, particularly if you haven’t seen the miniseries (like myself). If what was aired this Summer was supposed to be a pilot, then they should have rerun it last night and then gotten into new episodes. I don’t really forsee this show lasting for any appreciable length of time, but who knows.

“A Knight in Shining Armor” receives nineteen out of forty-two.