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February 18, 2008

Review: Knight Rider

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Knight Rider 2008

In the US: Sunday 17th February, 9/8c, NBC
In the UK: Not yet acquired

The road of TV show revivals is littered with failures. The Invaders crashed and burned; Mission: Impossible found it impossible to get the ratings; Captain Scarlet wasn't indestructible after all.

They're tricky things to pull off for one thing. How do you create a new show that embodies the spirit of the original, without being so utterly derivative that there's nothing new or interesting yet without changing so much of the show's concept that it p*sses off all the fans of the original?

If you want proof of the problem, look at Knight Rider. Numerous people have tried to remake it, even though it only lasted four seasons in the first place. There was Knight Rider 2000 (okay), Knight Rider 2010 (abysmal, despite Hudson Leick being in it), and Team Knight Rider (sub-abysmal). David Hasselhoff has been trying to get a movie made of it. And now we have a back-door pilot for a new series called simply Knight Rider.

So what ingredients do we have this time from the original? Cheesiness? Check. A talking smart-arse indestructible black car? Check. A pretty ex-soap opera actor with minimal talent pretending to be an ex special forces soldier? Check. 

And what's new? A Ford Mustang, Transformers, Val Kilmer, Baywatch tributes, lesbians, and a budget. Oh yes, and a Ford Mustang. Did I mention there's a Ford Mustang? Apparently, there's a Ford Mustang.

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February 16, 2008

Review: Primeval 2x6

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Episode 6 of season two of Primeval

Remember Crimson Tide? No, probably not.

It was this submarine movie starring Gene Hackman. Thing was, they had Quentin Tarantino as script advisor.

You'd have never known for most of us. It chugged along like a regular movie. Then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, there's this bizarre scene where they all discuss which version of the Silver Surfer was their favourite. Stood out like a bodybuilder at a vegetarians convention.

I mention this purely because tonight, I seemed to wander into a completely different show from the Primeval I've been watching for the last few weeks. No surprise there though: it was written by Paul Cornell.

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February 16, 2008

Third-episode verdict: Eli Stone

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The Carusometer for Eli StoneA Carusometer rating of 3

Time for final arguments on Eli Stone, Jonny Lee Miller's US entry into religion and Ally McBeal territory. 

Who knew, following its first decidedly agnostic first episode, that it was possible for the show to be any less committed to the concept of God giving a lawyer divine inspiration and guidance? Because it's backed away even further.

Yes, Eli Stone does have an odd knack of hallucinating the right names and visions to be able to win the case for the little guy at the last minute. But, for the most part, His guidance seems to be less incontrovertible than it was in the first episode. 

Eli's fiancée has also become less of an evil Blonde Bitch (there's a job description for that) and is becoming more supportive, etc. Nothing is absolute it seems.

Rather than sticking to its guns, then, Eli Stone has simply become the officially sanctioned show of quirkiness. It's about lawyers who see things and do nice things. That's it really.

Okay, slightly unfair. There is the growing realisation on Eli's part that his Dad maybe not have been a complete arse after all, given that he had the same brain aneuryism that Eli has. Yes, Eli's turning into his Dad, which is something many a male fears as he simultaneously realises his Dad wasn't all bad after all and there was method to his madness. That's moderately interesting.

There's also a perky new incompetent, do-gooder newbie lawyer. And we don't have to put up with the dodgy medicine of the first episode.

But it's all infinitely forgettable really. Good for anyone who likes Jonny Lee Miller and a bit of unchallenging dramedy. Missable for everyone else.

 

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