Striking Blue Thunder – Episode 8: Payload

The Plot:

APEX is assigned to protect a shuttle mission which develops a vaccine that could end the possibility of biological warfare. Continue reading

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Riding the Airwolf – Season 3, Episode 21 – Tracks

The Basic Plot:

The Airwolf teams finds danger awaiting on a mountain while taking part in an annual climb. Continue reading

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Striking Blue Thunder – Episode 6: Skydiver

The Plot:

APEX must protect the president of a Latin American country from a counter-revolutionary group bent on assassination. Continue reading

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Riding the Airwolf – Season 1, Episode 6: Echos of the Past

The Basic Plot:

Stringfellow Hawke must decide if he wants to give up Airwolf when his brother is rescued.  It becomes complicated when he learns that Dominic and Archangel died during the rescue. Continue reading

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The Longest Lie

It’s the one that says that Hollywood only cares about getting  money.

It’s the one where all you need to do is show success at a high enough level for Hollywood and its associated industries to “follow your example.”

It’s the one that perpetuates the lie that Hollywood is a meritocracy; Hollywood will recognize your achievements if you demonstrate that you can make large amounts of money for them. Continue reading

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Movies That Hate You (Special): Star Trek – Into Darkness

The Lazarus Story:

The crew of the Enterprise must stop a conspiracy before it escalates into all-out war with Klingon Empire.

[Advance Warning:  This is a long one.] Continue reading

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Chasing Knight Rider – Season 1, Episode 20: Nobody Does it Better

Quick Hitch:

FLAG’s investigation into a corporate espionage is complicated when a private investigator attempts to find proof of an affair by an employee of the company. Continue reading

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Chasing Knight Rider – Season 1, Episode 14: Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death

Quick Hitch:

Michael Knight must investigate an alternative fuel race which has been the target of accidents and criminal activities, including murder. Continue reading

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Chasing Knight Rider – Season 1, Episode 15: The Topaz Connection

Quick Hitch:

Michael investigates the murder of media mogul who is found dead with one of his models.  What he finds is something much bigger, and the only clue he has is the word Topaz. Continue reading

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Chasing Knight Rider: The Preamble

While Battlestar Galactica was one of the series that Larson was known for in the late 1970s, it would be the 1980s where Larson’s stock was at his highest.  As it is, he was commissioned to put pen to paper and release two more science fiction/fantasy shows for NBC:  Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and Knight Rider.

The Story of Knight Rider:

Police Officer Michael Long was hot on the trail of Industrial Spies when he gets shot in the line of duty and is left for dead.  He would be rescued by Wilton Knight, a wealthy philanthropist who rebuilds him and his car.  Rechristened as Michael Knight, he would use this newfound lease on life to fight crime and criminals in ways that he was unable to before he was killed.

The Crew:

First, there’s Michael Knight.  Believe it or not, his story isn’t unlike most Action Superheroes.  Most of them are riffs off of the Jesus Christ (Near)Death and Rebirth story.  As it is, however, unlike similar origins in The Six Million Dollar Man, Michael receives no superpowers himself.  Instead, he gets a super-powered car.

That car is known as the Knight Industries Two Thousand.  This car was Pontiac’s Trans-Am advertisement that ran for 4 years and many more in syndication.

Heading the team is Devon Miles.  A prim-and-proper British gentleman, he prefers the finer things in life.  Because of this, he and Michael clash over methodology, style of dress, and even the food that they eat – because Michael prefers 20th Century American fast food, and Devon does not.

Rounding out this team is Bonnie Barstowe.  She is KITT’s primary technician and one of the scientists for the Knight Foundation.  In stereotypical Action Show fashion, Bonnie’s “Intelligence is Only Matched by Her Beauty.”  In reality, Bonnie’s character is supposed to be the sex symbol of the show.  She does, however, do some rather amazing things when you think about them – even if she only gets them as lines for the show, most of the time.

Since this is an Action Show of the 1980s, expect the usual sexism and racial issues that plagued the genre during the time period.  However, given how Larson and company handled such issues in Battlestar Galactica, I would expect them to be not as bad, nor not as blatant as some of the other showrunners at the time.

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