Knight Rider “Knight of the Phoenix” (part 4 of 4)

Post-race, Knight meets with Tanya and Wilson, implying that he’s willing to sell KITT. How could a gang of industrial spies resist? Well, they can’t, so they arrange to meet Knight later at the same bar where Maggie used to work.

After dropping Maggie and Buddy off at their place, Knight finds another phone booth to ring up Devon again. This time, he leaves the driver side door open, and guess who happens by? It’s comic relief time again! The guys just leave their car on the street, hop into KITT, and commit Grand Theft Auto. Knight drops the phone and rushes out, but to no avail. They get away.

The Comic Relief dudes go out on a bit of a rampage, weaving in and out of traffic, doing donuts in intersections, and generally drawing all kinds of attention to themselves. KITT takes over, rendering the Comic Relief dudes helpless passengers. KITT outdoes the Comic Relief dudes in terms of illegal, reckless driving, jumping over a group of cars blocking the road, going over 100 MPH on city streets, and doing his own donuts in an intersection. During the donuts, black Comic Relief dude’s stunt double is clearly driving the car, even though KITT is supposed to be doing that. If you want to really nitpick, the steering wheel in the car is a real steering wheel, instead of the yoke KITT usually sports.

Ultimately, KITT pulls up to a parked cop car, opens his totally bitchin’ T-top roof, and uses the ejector seats to sproing the Comic Relief dudes onto the hood of the cop car. Complete with a cheesy slide-whistle sound effect.

Knight Rider "Knight of the Phoenix" (part 4 of 4)

Pretty neat setup, since the seats don’t actually come out, just the occupants. How does that work, exactly? The Comic Relief dudes crash through the window of the cop car, but somehow that doesn’t actually come through to the inside of the car. The cops just look at each other with a “whaa?” look on their faces.

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Mark M. Meysenburg

Mark teaches at Doane College, a liberal arts college in Crete, Nebraska. Most of his teaching involves computer science, but Mark also occasionally teaches mathematics and the history of science; he has also been known to offer three week courses on the worst movies ever made. Mark's bad movie obsession was kindled in the early 1980s by the Medved brothers, then fanned to full flame by late-night showings of Plan 9 from Outer Space. Who could have predicted the long term effects of satin-pajama-clad, mincing alien menace? Mark's other interests include homebrew beer and wine, and practicing and teaching martial arts.

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