Knight Rider
Knight Rider 2008

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For The Love Of Mike

Outside a classroom, Sarah Graiman takes a cell phone call. It's Val Kilmer, and he's wondering if she can hook him up with a new acting coach, because his current one coached him to do a note-perfect imitation of Data from Star Trek: TNG for this role, and he's kind of not feeli-- oh, sorry. It's actually KITT, who's been trying to reach her for several hours. Sarah's like, "And?" "I know your father; he has sent me to find you, as it is probable men who wish you harm are following you as we speak." Sarah doesn't buy it, saying her father would have given the caller a code word. "He did. The code word is 'knight.'" Sarah looks worried. KITT asks where she is; she's just gone into the library, so KITT tells her to keep going, and to watch for anyone trying to enter the library without proper ID. "Good idea," she says. "Yes, I know," KITT says. Oh, KITT. Moments later, Smoke passes through the library doors, and Sarah rats him out to the staff, then demands to know who KITT is and how he knows all this. KITT tells her to go to the front entrance, but the cell signal gets garbled, so Sarah hangs up.

Over at Frat Pad, Mike is preparing to bolt in what looks like a souped-up soapbox-derby car. Spindly is not a big fan of that idea, and neither are the "investors," who are totally staring in through the garage-door windows menacingly. It's unclear whether Mike is planning to just run over them or what, but he runs into the garage door instead, so whatever the plan is, it's foiled. The investors barge in through a side door and glare at Mike and Spindly. Mike's "Need a lift?" is a feeble line, but Bruening almost sells it.

Sarah sprints out of the library, making a beeline for a campus policeman -- who is actually Pointedly Evil. KITT's warnings to this effect, and suggested subterfuge, go for naught as Smoke comes up behind her and shows his gun. Pointedly Evil smarms that she's clever, just like her father. "How do you know my father?" The camera goes all tilty again as Pointedly Evil evils, "Because I watched him die." You know, I already nicknamed the guy "Pointedly Evil"; it's a good bet that I get it already. Why not just cast a guy with a mustache so that he can literally twirl it? Sarah gives him a look that's half "eep" and half "girl, please" as we head into the first commercial.

After the break, Pointedly Evil breaks it down: she helps him crack the hard-drive codes, and he'll let her live. Sarah, God bless her, rolls her eyes. Pointedly Evil jams a gun with a silencer on it into her ribs and adds, "Refuse, and I'll reunite you with your father directly." Okay, bad guys of television and film, listen up: if a given hostage is the only means you have of attaining your goal, and if she knows that, threatening to kill her is dumb, and this is a perfect illustration. Only Sarah or her father can code-break for you, which she must know, and you've just told her that her father's already dead, so now she also knows that if you kill her, you're fucked. There are things you can leverage against her here -- safety of loved ones, low pain threshold -- but if she knows she's no good to you dead, why would you threaten her with...death, which is the only outcome you can't afford? Sarah grits that she'll never help him; maybe she's calling his bluff, but more likely, she spots KITT approaching, as indeed he is. KITT IDs her as Sarah Graiman, screeches to a stop, and pops the passenger door when the baddies scatter: "Sarah. Get in." She dives into the empty car and KITT takes off with much screeching of tires; during his evasive maneuvers, we see that he has the same airplane-style steering wheel as his predecessor. Smoke shoots at KITT a bunch of times, but of course the bullets do nothing, so Pointedly Evil calls him off and radios the others that Sarah's headed their way -- "in the car from last night."

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Knight Rider
Knight Rider 2008

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For The Love Of Mike

Outside a classroom, Sarah Graiman takes a cell phone call. It's Val Kilmer, and he's wondering if she can hook him up with a new acting coach, because his current one coached him to do a note-perfect imitation of Data from Star Trek: TNG for this role, and he's kind of not feeli-- oh, sorry. It's actually KITT, who's been trying to reach her for several hours. Sarah's like, "And?" "I know your father; he has sent me to find you, as it is probable men who wish you harm are following you as we speak." Sarah doesn't buy it, saying her father would have given the caller a code word. "He did. The code word is 'knight.'" Sarah looks worried. KITT asks where she is; she's just gone into the library, so KITT tells her to keep going, and to watch for anyone trying to enter the library without proper ID. "Good idea," she says. "Yes, I know," KITT says. Oh, KITT. Moments later, Smoke passes through the library doors, and Sarah rats him out to the staff, then demands to know who KITT is and how he knows all this. KITT tells her to go to the front entrance, but the cell signal gets garbled, so Sarah hangs up.

Over at Frat Pad, Mike is preparing to bolt in what looks like a souped-up soapbox-derby car. Spindly is not a big fan of that idea, and neither are the "investors," who are totally staring in through the garage-door windows menacingly. It's unclear whether Mike is planning to just run over them or what, but he runs into the garage door instead, so whatever the plan is, it's foiled. The investors barge in through a side door and glare at Mike and Spindly. Mike's "Need a lift?" is a feeble line, but Bruening almost sells it.

Sarah sprints out of the library, making a beeline for a campus policeman -- who is actually Pointedly Evil. KITT's warnings to this effect, and suggested subterfuge, go for naught as Smoke comes up behind her and shows his gun. Pointedly Evil smarms that she's clever, just like her father. "How do you know my father?" The camera goes all tilty again as Pointedly Evil evils, "Because I watched him die." You know, I already nicknamed the guy "Pointedly Evil"; it's a good bet that I get it already. Why not just cast a guy with a mustache so that he can literally twirl it? Sarah gives him a look that's half "eep" and half "girl, please" as we head into the first commercial.

After the break, Pointedly Evil breaks it down: she helps him crack the hard-drive codes, and he'll let her live. Sarah, God bless her, rolls her eyes. Pointedly Evil jams a gun with a silencer on it into her ribs and adds, "Refuse, and I'll reunite you with your father directly." Okay, bad guys of television and film, listen up: if a given hostage is the only means you have of attaining your goal, and if she knows that, threatening to kill her is dumb, and this is a perfect illustration. Only Sarah or her father can code-break for you, which she must know, and you've just told her that her father's already dead, so now she also knows that if you kill her, you're fucked. There are things you can leverage against her here -- safety of loved ones, low pain threshold -- but if she knows she's no good to you dead, why would you threaten her with...death, which is the only outcome you can't afford? Sarah grits that she'll never help him; maybe she's calling his bluff, but more likely, she spots KITT approaching, as indeed he is. KITT IDs her as Sarah Graiman, screeches to a stop, and pops the passenger door when the baddies scatter: "Sarah. Get in." She dives into the empty car and KITT takes off with much screeching of tires; during his evasive maneuvers, we see that he has the same airplane-style steering wheel as his predecessor. Smoke shoots at KITT a bunch of times, but of course the bullets do nothing, so Pointedly Evil calls him off and radios the others that Sarah's headed their way -- "in the car from last night."

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