This past week I have been able to sit down and watch DVD’s and I found self watching the box set of the old an American TV show from the 1980’s Knight Rider created by Glen A. Larson and starting David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare and Patricia McPherson.
When I saw first time around it was just a show with a talking car, but now if you discount all the dated special effects and just see the story telling, it still hold up.
So I can’t help draw parallel with another american show I know about, this ones a radio show from the 1950’s The Six Shooter created and written by Frank and starting the Hollywood legend James Stewart, Parley Baer and Virginia Gregg.
They both begin with a small monologs
‘Knight Rider, a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist. Michael Knight, a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law.’
‘The man in the saddle is angular and long-legged. His skin is sun-dyed brown. The gun in his holster is gray steel and rainbow mother-of-pearl, its handle unmarked. People call them both “the Six Shooter”.
Which set both men apart from the world they live enter into, they each are true lone wanderers with only their horse and car for company.
They many have ‘back-up’ or side-kick for an episode or two and even sometimes there maybe have shared laugh at the end of the adventure.
But the next episode always sees our heroes out on the road again alone.
And in the case of James Stewart’s Britt Ponset drifting though the final days of the old the american west, on his horse Scar, and Michael Knight may have his talking car KITT but just Mr Ponset he to is drifting around on the interstate.
Both shows range from straight up action though to whimsical comedy, there are few melancholy touches along the way,
In Knight Rider it comes in the season four story ‘The Scent of Roses’ were Michael tires to stop and have normal life once again, in Mr Ponset case the same thing happens but only in the very last episode ‘Myra Barker’
As the six shooter is radio James Stewart serves as narrator and whispers though some of the more tense aspects of the storylines,
The same job done of TV by some of the music and the questioning voice of KITT adding the tension as well as explanation.
There may be some 40 years between The Six Shooter and Knight Rider but they both share a common idea a good story is a good story weather it be a man in high-tec car or a simple man on horse back.
All 39 episodes of “The Six Shooter” can be found at archive.org for free.
As for all 90 episodes of Knight Rider you could buy them on DVD, streaming service or maybe find the on youtube for free.