In the first season Knight Rider episode "Trust Doesn't Rust," the morally-challenged K.A.R.R. is discovered in storage and re-activated by a pair of crooks, who then utilize the "evil" Trans Am for a crime spree. Knight Rider's hero, the jocular Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff) outwits K.A.R.R. in a game of chicken, and sends the evil twin plunging down off a cliff into the ocean (apparently re-using stock footage from The Car ).
Round two commences when pair of beach combers, John (Jeffrey Osterhage) and Mandy (Jennifer Holmes), discover that K.A.R.R. is perfectly operational, only buried in the sand. They use their truck to excavate the car, and soon K.A.R.R. is attempting to enlist John in all manners of criminal activity. He damages the pace-maker of John's employer so John can take ownership of his company. And then K.A.R.R. uses his programming to steal money from a new-fangled ATM machine.
Miraculously, K.I.T.T. himself is completely unscathed after a mid-air, turbo-boosted, head-on collision, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense. K.A.R.R. just sort of explodes into debris, but you'd think both cars would suffer equal damage.
"K.I.T.T. vs. K.A.R.R." motors along at about seventy-five miles an hour, juiced by an unfettered delight in its own silliness. The writing isn't exactly bad so much as droll, or cheeky. It looks like everyone, especially David Hasselhoff, is having fun, and the dialogue is filled with zingers. "I'll bet George Lucas drives one of these things," says John, getting behind K.A.R.R.'s steering wheel.
Tales of Michael and K.I.T.T. putting away small-time crooks just didn't appeal to me. But whenever those evil twins -- and Michael also had an evil twin, named Garth, if I recall -- rolled out, I was hooked.
As William Jeanes wrote in The Saturday Evening Post last year: "Cars are like clothing. Life would go on without them, but it wouldn’t be the same. To someone like me, who has always believed that anything worth doing is worth doing to excess, it seems only right that we live in a nation with more cars than drivers. A preponderance of Americans agrees with me, which is why we as a country have carried on a 125-year love affair with the automobile."