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Monday, 18 February 2008

Knight Rider

Knight Rider was a pop culture phenomenon in the early eighties. Can Glen A. Larson reboot his original series in the way Ronald D. Moore rebooted Battlestar Galactica for a new generation?

Nick Smith, our US-based stellar scribe, takes new KITT for a drive.

Guest post by Nick Smith

I was looking forward to seeing the revamp of Knight Rider on NBC last night. I love driving my Ford Mustang, so I was quite happy with the make and model being used for the Knight Industries Three Thousand car (“KITT”). I was even willing to give Val Kilmer a go as the voice of KITT, and I thought a cameo by David Hasselhoff (from the original series) would be fun. The director had worked on Rome and Deadwood – he had to be a smart cookie.

I must confess, the hairs on the back of my neck prickled when the old Knight Rider theme began to play. But it was replaced within seconds by generic rock and from then on, the TV movie resembled a 2-hour car commercial: lots of shots of the tires, the windshield, the grille etc. No amount of fast cutting allowed for the fact that the director Steve Shill had forgotten to make the car chases exciting.

Worse, the storyline was dull, formulaic American TV stuff; the leads were bland, with no interesting lines to test their acting chops; and the dialogue was often drowned out by the rock music.

It’s a shame that executive producer Glen A. Larson couldn’t have taken a cue from a revamp of another of his shows, Battlestar Galactica, and added some more engaging, believable characters. The new Knight Rider was so vacuous that I didn’t stick around long enough for the Hasselhoff cameo, and Steve Shill should stay away from car porn in future...

Nick Smith is a filmmaker, writer and actor. He has written screenplays (The Terror Game, Cold Soldiers); dramas and documentaries for the BBC, Sky and all other major UK networks. He wrote a year's full content for "The Property Channel" on cable and contributed to "The Medical Channel" on satellite.

Other work includes novels (the bestselling Milk Treading, The Kitty Killer Cult and Undead on Arrival), stage plays (Crime School, Foodfellas), comedy sketches, articles (The Scotsman, Charleston Magazine), radio plays and comic books. He founded and ran a production company and The Film School Scotland before moving to Charleston, South Carolina where he’s currently directing feature film and teaching writing, acting and filmmaking.

Friday, 15 February 2008

That "flat" feeling

Last Friday I collected, following a 6 month wait, my new Ford C-MAX Titanium Sports! The delay was well worth it! Ford of Europe had ceased C-MAX production, midyear, to introduce a redesigned/re-engineered model boasting Ford of Europe's lauded "Kinetic design" philosophy coupled with subsidiary Volvo's world-renowned safety features! The build quality and road handling are exceptional! And, with a 2.0 engine, the C-MAX is no slouch!

Fast forward one week. This morning a sheered bolt punctured the front passenger-side tyre as I drove behind Lloyds TSB Bank! Nursed the car to the dealership only to discover that they couldn't replace the tyre (due to contractual reasons)!

I was referred to a well-known tyre specialist and, because the car is so new (requiring a specialist sports tyre), they didn't have a replacement in stock! Hopefully a new tyre will be delivered on Monday by the tyre company's mobile unit...

Friday, 13 May 2005

Friday The 13th

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

The Xbox 360 enclosure has been pasted together from Xeroxed copies of Jonathan Ive's iPod and Power Mac G5 R&D sketches at Cupertino. To paraphrase Francis Ford Coppola - "Always steal from the best". Regarding the new Xbox 'ice grille' livery, Mr Ive may wish to consult with Intellectual Property lawyers! The snap on lifestyle fascia is intended to integrate into the living room coupled to always connected broadband (euphamism for cash register). To my shame this machine is terribly tempting, but PS3 is coming.

SUBWAY® opens in Exeter today. Wave bye to the nearby McDonalds Drive-Thru.

Google is considering integration between Blogger and Gmail. I await this development with bated breath!

Tuesday, 26 April 2005


Today SCEE announced that 01.09.05 is when PSP officially arrives! Mirroring the US pack-in, the initial offering will be the ubiquitous Value Pack priced at £179 (€249). Spider-Man 2 UMD is a bonus for early adopters. Better start scraping some pennies together.

60 Minutes special 'Star Wars' Goes To Hell was compelling viewing. Scenes of Anakin vs Obi-Wan were amongst the highlights along with a look at Lucasfilm's new offices. Francis Ford Coppola cropped up, not that he's in demand these days! George Lucas has become a billionaire based on a relatively small creative catalogue and has to be admired for his business acumen. He confirmed that there will be two Star Wars television series. The animated Clone Wars is be retooled (in 3D) for 30 minute episodes and a live-action show set between Episode's III and IV. Looks like Kenner's internal promo videos were indeed portentous. Should keep Hasbro busy.

Thursday, 19 August 2004

Thunderbirds are go!

Visited our local Ford stockist. The gleaming showroom cars were all but obscured by Thunderbirds The Movie promotional litter. The new Focus 2 isn't released until 2005. So, I've ordered a Ford Fusion 2 UAV (Urban Activity Vehicle) to replace my current Focus Zetec.

This stylish UAV excudes urban chic and will sport magnum grey livery! It's so The OC, and I can't wait to collect it in November.

Friday, 11 June 2004


UEFA Euro 2004 starts this weekend and the only point of interest (for me) is how subservient the football is to the product endorsements! From Sony PlayStation to Big Mac the ads are the game!

My Ford Focus (Zetec model) is due for renewal later in the year. I'm currently mulling over what to get next? Do I change to Audi, VW or stay with Ford? Ford cars now have an impressive build quality and the company invests heavily in R&D. The Ford Fusion+ has captured my imagination, and the Apple PowerBook featured in the brochure too! Incidentally, my Mum's health needs are such that she will now require transportation in an MPV. The new Mercedes-Benz Viano scores highly on the list of possibilities.

Fine-tuned the blog!