A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Michael and KITT work for a shadowy organization dedicated to fighting bad guys, and though the lines between good and evil are clearly drawn, the missions are vague. It's not always clear why Michael needs to retrieve some data file or obtain some briefcase -- but when the thuggish bad guys appear, brandishing heavy weapons, needles full of nasty-looking drugs, or just a bad attitude, it couldn't be more clear that these are villains who need to be "taken out." What's much less clear is what doing that will achieve, or how it will make the world a better place.
Violence & Scariness
Lots and lots of car chases, usually at high speed and sometimes weaving through traffic. Other action includes shootouts, fistfights, martial arts combat, and other battles, though there's little blood or gore and few injuries (in some cases, the lack of blood is quite unrealistic, given the type of injuries that are incurred). Many of the villains are clichÃ©d thugs who are happy to menace and intimidate others using weapons and the threat of violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Michael is an incorrigible womanizer and is frequently shown flirting with women (and sometimes more). In some scenes he wakes up in bed with one or more women, and several characters discuss his bedroom habits. Other characters are also shown in bed, implying sexual behavior that includes one-night stands. Women are often shown in slinky attire, as well as sometimes changing clothes or in their underwear, and the men ogle them -- though there's no nudity. Some characters flirt shamelessly (often using very suggestive innuendo) and discuss pornography.
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Some use of words like "damn" and "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Though KITT can transform itself into many types of vehicles, its preferred form is a Ford Mustang GT500KR. Just to make sure nobody misses this, the logo is emblazoned on the headrests and is highly visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking at parties and talk of drinking. Characters occasionally wake up amid the detritus of a party, including many empty beer bottles.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this retread of the well-known '80s series is too racy for this generation of kids -- and too poorly made to please old-school fans. In addition to very frequent car chases, there's plenty of other action featuring fists, guns, and other weapons. Plus, hero Michael Traceur is a lot more promiscuous than David Hasselhoff's Michael Knight was in the '80s, sometimes ending up in bed with one or more women. For no apparent reason, women also often appear in slinky outfits and sometimes in their underwear, and there's a fair bit of sexual innuendo, some heavily charged flirting, occasional drinking, and one very, very obvious product placement (hint: it's the car).
Is It Any Good?
Sure, it's cool, but almost a decade into the 21st century -- when everyone has a cell phone, GPS systems provide directions, and people can use the Internet to find out almost anything about anyone -- a talking car just doesn't seem that special anymore. So when Traceur heads off on his generic missions (download files from a foreign embassy's computers, retrieve some "package," etc.), KITT doesn't always seem to give him much of an edge over the bad guys. While the transforming vehicle effect is pretty neat, even that comes straight out of Transformers, where it was done much better. And the spy sequences all come from the same playbook as Mission: Impossible.
And, unfortunately, there's not much else to the series besides the cool car (which is obviously and repeatedly identified as a Ford Mustang GT500KR) and the careworn formula of a mysterious loner tapped by some shadowy agency to take on dangerous tasks of urgent importance with the help of some really nifty gadgets. The original show was fun but seems dated today, while this new version is flat and uninspired. Traceur's tasks seem bolted onto the script to provide some transition between the action scenes -- car chases, martial arts fights, and shootouts -- and what passes as a romantic subplot between incorrigible womanizer Traceur and colleague/former girlfriend Sarah Graiman (Deanna Russo), who often appears in her underwear for no obvious reason and whose scientist father, Charles Graiman (Bruce Davison), developed both KITTs. While the original series drove off into the sunset as a hit, this one doesn't even get out of the garage.
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