An embittered former F.L.A.G. technician who was responsible for much of K.I.T.T.'s technology reprograms the vehicle to enact revenge on the Foundation. It's first mission -- to kill Michael Knight.
Marco Berio: .............. Harvey Jason
Bronwyn Appleby: .......... Andrea Howard
Crossing Guard: ........... Anne Ramsey
Gordon: ................... Andy Epper
Farrell: .................. Tony Epper
Of all the episodes in which K.I.T.T. turns bad (CHARIOT OF GOLD, SOUL SURVIVOR), here he is at his nastiest, demonstrated by the loss of William Daniels' voice and actual physical attempts on Michael's life. And the use of the word "Ain't."
This is the first episode to feature RC3's dirt bike; he got it for free, and Devon jokes that he "was robbed." Bonnie calls it a "pile of junk." The episode also sets up the running gag that no matter how much effort RC puts into repairing it, someone or something will always make it fall apart...
Devon makes a reference to the days during World War II when he used to ride a motorcycle. RC3 can't believe it, but Devon told a similar story in the episode SPEED DEMONS.
Bonnie states at the episode's conclusion that she and Dr. Albert are working on safeguards to prevent K.I.T.T.'s systems from ever being tampered with again.
Writer Simon Rose was a Writer-Producer on rival series The Dukes of Hazzard. Unlike many other writers from that series, Rose's Knight Rider script was produced; fellow Dukes writer Bruce Howard told author David Hofstede: "I tried to get on Knight Rider, but they gave me a hard time. I said, 'But I wrote for a car before!'" (The Unofficial Dukes of Hazzard Companion, Renaissance Books).
SCRIPT TO SCREEN:
The script likens K.I.T.T.'s descent into evil to the movie The Exorcist. K.I.T.T.'s evil voice is described as "modified... a malevolent tone with an Exorcist hiss."
The script describes a short scene in which K.I.T.T. crashes through a bus bench while trying to kill Michael. The sequence is changed significantly in the episode -- in the draft dated 10/31/85, K.I.T.T. chases Michael down and brings a loading dock crashing down on top of him. In the episode he slams into a hot dog stand with Michael pinned to his hood.
Marco makes an interesting comment about K.I.T.T.: "It is a tool... It belongs to whoever controls it, and for whatever we choose to use it." Many of the series' writers seemed to forget that the family of Knight Rider characters think of K.I.T.T. as a he. At various intervals in this script, Bonnie and others also refer to K.I.T.T. as an "it." All these references were changed in filming, as with other scripts before and after.
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