Every once and a while we stumble upon little gems in our lives that bring us sincere happiness to the nth degree. My recent moment of joy came via our friend Greg from Wasabi Anime who stumbled across a copy of Knight Rider‘s pilot episode of DVD. As WasabiGirl and I watched it last night, the more I realized that the series concept had been taken and completely reworked into another modern day classic: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Here’s my proof (warning: a decent working knowledge of both series is needed to truly understand this!)
Michael Knight & Buffy Summers: Both are (in their respective times in society) considered sex symbols. Both characters are “loners” that prefer to work on their own. Both have a blatant disregard for authority. Both tend to wear clothes that are too tight for them.
Devon Miles & Rupert Giles: Both are the “fatherly” and “sage-like” figure to each series’s main character. Both dress very stiff on a regular basis. Both have British accents. Both have last names that rhyme!
K.I.T.T. (the car) & “Slayer Ability”: Both Michael and Buffy are thrust into a position of power against their will… Michael’s in the form of K.I.T.T. and Buffy’s in her Slayer Abilities. These work to carry the shows’ themes. Knight Rider: “ONE man can make a difference…” & Buffy: “Once a generations A (aka ONE) slayer is born…” There is only ONE K.I.T.T. and only ONE Slayer. (Exception noted later.)
K.I.T.T. (the personality) & Xander Harris: Both serve as close friends to the main characters. Both serve as comic relief through sarcasm. Both serve to save the main character’s ass throughout the series.
Bonnie Barstow & Willow Rosenberg: Both are generally too sexy for their own good. Both girls are uber-genius level and solve all the technical problems on the show (Bonne fixes K.I.T.T. and Willow is the computer geek.)
Nipples: Both series feature at least one shot of a woman’s nipples pushing through a tight shirt in almost every episode. Watch reruns and you’ll see what I mean.
K.A.R.R./Garth Knight & Faith: Loner? There can be only one? Not in TV Land boys and girls. Both “forces of good” suddenly had evil opposites with the same abilities! Since Michael’s “powers” being embodied in an separate entity, K.I.T.T., the first half of the “evil version” came in the manifestation of K.A.R.R. (Knight’s Automated Roving Robot.) K.A.R.R. was the prototype to K.I.T.T. and came back to try and destroy them. Garth Knight was the evil Michael Knight sporting facial hair (a la Star Trek’s “Mirror Universe”) and escaped a prison in Africa(?) to try and kill Michael. Buffy’s powers are a part of her, so her evil double was one person: Faith… the “other” slayer who was evil.
I’m sure further research would dig up even more mirror elements… once the “Knight Rider Box Set” comes out, I’ll let you all know 🙂
(both have very cheesy smiles!)