Knight Rider

Friday 29th January 8.00pm

The reinvented action series continues. This week, the team races to halt the spread of a deadly computer virus. When KITT becomes infected, the SSC faces an uncertain future.

KITT and Mike prepare to intercept a truck on the motorway. Mike asks Billy what is in the vehicle. “All I know is we’re supposed to stop the bad guys,” he responds. Suddenly, a motorcycle gang speeds alongside the truck and climbs on board. Mike pulls in front of the vehicle, causing one of the gang to drop a vial. A pulsating metallic virus begins engulfing anything electronic. Most of the gang are killed instantly when their hi-tech body armour is affected by the strange virus. The truck is forced to an abrupt halt, and Mike sees one of the gunmen escape on a Harley.

Mike and KITT race back to the SSC. A furious Torres insists that KITT’s EMP was set too high, killing the bikers. However, Graiman confronts Torres about the incident. “I don’t like you blaming KITT – this is the Arrow virus,” he says. Graiman goes on to explain that the Arrow virus is a nanovirus that attacks technology in the same way an organic virus attacks humans. If the Harley is a carrier, it could destroy everything in a 500-mile radius – and if the virus uploads itself to the phone lines, it could result in a global disaster.

Mike finds Sarah, who has already worked out that the Arrow virus killed the men. They calculate the Harley’s escape route and decide it will eventually stop for gas. Mike and KITT set off to find the biker and track him down to a gas station, where the virus begins to mutate. “Drop your shields,” Graiman warns from the SSC. KITT then locates the Harley, but in order to take out the power lines he is forced to withdraw his shields and risk infection. “We have it contained,” says a relieved Billy.

Back at the SSC, Sarah and Graiman discuss the virus, which they know was sold to the Defense Department five years ago by Graiman’s former assistant and Sarah’s ex-boyfriend, Ryan Arrow. The pair track Ryan down to a bar and request his expertise. “You owe me a dance,” he tells Sarah, reminding her that they were supposed to go dancing the night she broke up with him. Sarah asks Ryan to help them contain the virus, but he tells her that it is out of his hands – the military altered his invention and he has no idea how to stop it.

Ryan takes Graiman, Sarah and Mike to his compound in the woods. He continues to insist that he has no idea how to halt the spread of the virus.

However, back at the SSC, Rivai discovers that Ryan is still on the payroll of the Defense Department. Mike asks KITT to pull up the blueprints of Ryan’s house and notices a hidden lead-lined room. He confronts the scientist and tells Sarah not to trust him. “If he sold out then why is he still on the DD payroll?” he shouts. Ryan takes the team to his underground lab. He admits he discovered the Defense Department was transporting the virus and stole it back.

Unable to reach Mike and Sarah in the underground lab, Torres and Rivai order KITT to take out the compound and allow the virus to burn itself out. However, KITT has become infected with the Arrow virus and fails to check if the house is empty! Mike overhears KITT arming his missiles and orders him to abort, but to no avail. Mike, Graiman and Sarah manage to escape, but Ryan insists on going back for the virus and is killed in the blast.

On the way back to the SSC, KITT tells Mike his scans are clean and he does not know what malfunctioned. “What part of ‘abort, abort’ do you not understand?” Mike snaps back. When they reach the base, the virus jumps from KITT into a wall vent. Graiman decides to decommission KITT until they know what is wrong. But when Torres picks up the phone to call Washington, the virus jumps out of the receiver. The team is forced to initiate full quarantine – can they stop the virus and save KITT?

Friday 22nd January 8.00pm

The reinvented action series continues. This week, the team races to halt the spread of a deadly computer virus. When KITT becomes infected, the SSC faces an uncertain future.

KITT and Mike prepare to intercept a truck on the motorway. Mike asks Billy what is in the vehicle. “All I know is we’re supposed to stop the bad guys,” he responds. Suddenly, a motorcycle gang speeds alongside the truck and climbs on board. Mike pulls in front of the vehicle, causing one of the gang to drop a vial. A pulsating metallic virus begins engulfing anything electronic. Most of the gang are killed instantly when their hi-tech body armour is affected by the strange virus. The truck is forced to an abrupt halt, and Mike sees one of the gunmen escape in a Harley.

Mike and KITT race back to the SSC. A furious Torres insists that KITT’s EMP was set too high, killing the bikers. However, Graiman confronts Torres about the incident. “I don’t like you blaming KITT – this is the Arrow virus,” he says. Graiman goes on to explain that the Arrow virus is a nanovirus that attacks technology in the same way an organic virus attacks humans. If the Harley is a carrier, it could destroy everything in a 500-mile radius – and if the virus uploads itself to the phone lines, it could result in a global disaster.

Mike finds Sarah, who has already worked out that the Arrow virus killed the men. They calculate the Harley’s escape route and decide it will eventually stop for gas. Mike and KITT set off to find the biker and track him down to a gas station, where the virus begins to mutate. “Drop your shields,” Graiman warns from the SSC. KITT then locates the Harley, but in order to take out the power lines he is forced to withdraw his shields and risk infection. “We have contained,” says a relieved Billy.

Back at the SSC, Sarah and Graiman discuss the virus, which they know was sold to the Defense Department five years ago by Graiman’s former assistant and Sarah’s ex-boyfriend, Ryan Arrow. The pair track Ryan down to a bar and request his expertise. “You owe me a dance,” he tells Sarah, reminding her that they were supposed to go dancing the night she broke up with him. Sarah asks Ryan to help them contain the virus, but he tells her that it is out of his hands – the military altered his invention and he has no idea how to stop it.

Ryan takes Graiman, Sarah and Mike to his compound in the woods. He continues to insist that he has no idea how to halt the spread of the virus.

However, back at the SSC, Rivai discovers that Ryan is still on the payroll of the Defense Department. Mike asks KITT to pull up the blueprints of Ryan’s house and notices a hidden lead-lined room. He confronts the scientist and tells Sarah not to trust him. “If he sold out then why is he still on the DD payroll?” he shouts. Ryan takes the team to his underground lab. He admits he discovered the Defense Department was transporting the virus and stole it back.

Unable to reach Mike and Sarah in the underground lab, Torres and Rivai order KITT to take out the compound and allow the virus to burn itself out. However, KITT has become infected with the Arrow virus and fails to check if the house is empty! Mike overhears KITT arming his missiles and orders him to abort, but to no avail. Mike, Graiman and Sarah manage to escape, but Ryan insists on going back for the virus and is killed in the blast.

On the way back to the SSC, KITT tells Mike his scans are clean and he does not know what malfunctioned. “What part of ‘abort, abort’ do you not understand?” Mike snaps back. When they reach the base, the virus jumps from KITT into a wall vent. Graiman decides to decommission KITT until they know what is wrong. But when Torres picks up the phone to call Washington, the virus jumps out of the receiver. The team is forced to initiate full quarantine – can they stop the virus and save KITT?

Friday 15th January 8.00pm

The reinvented action series continues its run. This week, Mike goes undercover in a Las Vegas casino to prevent a major heist. Elsewhere, sparks fly when Charles’s old flame Tess Landafly visits the SSC to undertake an eco-audit.

KITT and Mike stake out a parking lot and apprehend a man who has stolen a hard drive containing sensitive information from an FBI office. Rivai brings the man in for questioning and leans on him for more information. “There are antiterrorism files on this hard drive,” she shouts. “Have you ever heard of the Patriot Act?” The man shows her a distinctive zodiac ring and claims he is ‘Virgo’, part of a gang targeting casinos. He agrees to give the team information about a forthcoming heist in return for immunity.

Rivai learns that none of the zodiac gang have ever seen each other, and decides to send Mike undercover as Virgo. She gives him the zodiac ring and sends him to the Corsica casino in Las Vegas to meet the gang leader, Capricorn. To Mike’s irritation, she decides to send Billy along as backup. “Dude, I will not disappoint you,” the lovable geek promises. “How do you plan on finding the zodiac gang?” KITT asks. “I imagine they’ll find me,” Mike replies.

Upon arrival at the casino, KITT warns Mike he is being followed. He ducks into a bathroom and wrestles his pursuer to the ground – only to discover it is none other than gang leader Capricorn. The sleazy criminal takes Mike to his warehouse lair to meet the rest of the zodiac team – pickpocket Scorpio, weapons expert Gemini, technology buff Leo and beautiful ‘distraction’ Aquarius. The crew toasts to the future.

Mike discovers that Capricorn is Steven Cordova, security chief at the Corsica. He has been using his position to launder money, but the casino is due to be sold and his job is under threat. He is therefore planning a huge final job. Mike faces a sticky moment when Cordova realises the fingerprints from his champagne glass do not match his ID – but with some technological trickery from KITT, he manages to pull up a fake ID to explain the discrepancy. “That’s good. That’s very good,” Cordova says.

The gang relaxes by the pool before Cordova explains their next target – the Corsica casino itself. A rich Chinese industrialist is scheduled to visit the Corsica. By law, the casino cage must hold enough cash to cover his bets – $31 million. Leo will disable communication, Gemini will hold off the guards, Scorpio will steal a special magnetic key with Aquarius’s help and Mike will cut the power, use the key to enter the cage and take off with the money. The crew is shocked to learn that the heist is planned for that afternoon.

Mike learns that there is a ‘win this car’ competition with a sight line to the cage, and smuggles KITT into the casino disguised as a Ford Flex. KITT keeps the cameras running in order to get video evidence of the zodiac gang. The heist works according to plan, but when Mike returns to the warehouse, he is shocked to discover his cover is blown. “The real Virgo was never that good,” Cordova sneers. Can KITT save Mike’s skin?

Elsewhere, Charles’s former lover, Pentagon representative Tess Landafly, visits the SSC to report on their green credentials. Later she asks Charles about KITT’s propulsion system and suggests that if he gives her the information she may file a more favourable report. “Things don’t look good for you here – the SSC is in major carbon deficit,” she warns. Can Charles trust his old flame?

Premiere: Tuesday 12 May at 8pm – SCI FI channel
Episode 2: Tuesday 19 May at 8pm – SCI FI channel

Remember K.I.T.T.? – a.k.a. the Knight Industries Three Thousand, and simply the coolest crime-fighting car ever created? Well, it’s back in this high-octane, zappy sequel to the iconic ‘80s original. And, OK, this time things are a little different. It might not have The Hoff at the wheel (although he does make a cameo in the pilot episode) and it’s a 2008 Ford Shelby Mustang rather than a TransAm Pontiac, but now K.I.T.T.’s an even bigger beast in the fight against crime – and it’s got a new ‘voice’: superstar VAL KILMER!  What’s more, it’s undergone a complete revamp from its predecessor. This K.I.T.T.’s certainly got ‘eat my dirt’ written all over it in very big letters. Equipped with Artificial Intelligence, K.I.T.T. is now capable of hacking into almost any security system and has the weapons capability of a jet fighter. It can also morph into the shape of other vehicles and uses sophisticated holographic imagery to elude all manner of villains.

So, sorry, Hoff: this one’ll leave you standing in the gutter! And along with all that state-of-the-art weaponry and that extra need for speed, it’s also got that other essential ingredient: sexual tension. Because behind the wheel is sexy young lead character Mike Traceur (JUSTIN BRUENING – ALL MY CHILDREN). Distracting Mike from all that crime-fighting is Sarah Graiman (DEANNA RUSSO -THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS), the gorgeous daughter of K.I.T.T.’s creator Charles Graiman (who’s played by sci-fi stalwart BRUCE DAVISON – X-MEN). And the source of all that sexual tension? Well, let’s just say that Mike and Sarah have a ‘history’…

KNIGHT RIDER also stars SYDNEY TAMIIA POITIER (daughter of Hollywood legend Sidney andstar of VERONICA MARS) as FBI agent Carrie Rivai, YANCEY ARIAS (KINGPIN) as FBI Agent Alex Torres, and PAUL CAMPBELL (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) and SMITH CHO (FIRED UP!) as Billy Morgan and Zoe Chae, the techie support crew. Based on characters originally created by GLEN LARSON, the 17-episode KNIGHT RIDER comes from NBC Universal Television Distribution. The executive producers include DOUG LIMAN (director of THE BOURNE IDENTITY and the Brangelina vehicle MR AND MRS SMITH), GARY SCOTT THOMPSON (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS) and DAVID BARTIS (HEIST, THE O.C.).

The series kicks off with a feature-length pilot episode (May 12), in which both K.I.T.T. and ex-soldier Mike Traceur are reborn for a new generation as they join forces to fight crime – stand by for that VERY SPECIAL mystery guest-star. In the second episode, ‘A Knight in Shining Armour’ (May 19), Mike comes face-to-face with both his past and an enigma called ‘The Package’ – a man with specially encoded and very valuable DNA. In ‘Journey to the End of the Knight’ (May 26), Mike goes undercover as a street racer to take down a gang that’s smuggling illegal weapons.

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