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Gear up for the unbelievable adventure as Knight Rider: The Complete Third Season arrives on DVD for the first time. Join mysterious lone crusader Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff) and his tricked-out sidekick K.I.T.T., as they rev into action in all 21 adrenaline-pumping Third Season episodes. From high-tech street racers to K.I.T.T.'s evil twin, K.A.R.R., there's no one these two won't battle in order to bring justice to the treacherous streets. Including an exciting bonus preview episode from Knight Rider: The Complete Fourth Season, it's pedal-to-the-metal thrills for fans everywhere!
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This was also the season when KITT gets a major upgrade and a major facelift with a new dashboard with more souped up new features that KITT didn't have in the first 2 seasons, including a lit up accelerator and features on the car that lit up more.
The Third Season is also the Season is also when Bonnie Barstow(Patricia McPherson) comes back to the show as KITT's technician giving KITT a serious upgrade from the first 2 seasons, but they should've used the proper introduction to the "Knight Of The Drones" episode like they used on NBC, since "Knight Of The Drones" was the last episode where KITT had his old dashboard before Bonnie gave KITT his new upgraded dashboard after KITT gets blown up from a hasty accident that nearly destroyed KITT in the process, but I personally like the 3rd Season of KNIGHT RIDER the best out of it's whole 4-year run on NBC.
This 1984-1985 Season is also the season when KITT's evil prototype KARR returns with a vengence in the "KITT vs. KARR" episode, except KARR is even more upgraded than he was in the "Trust Doesn't Rust" episode.
In addition to the K.I.T.T. Vs. K.A.R.R. episode, I also noticed that they used the older Trans Ams with KITT's old dashboard to play KARR, since KARR never got a new dashboard, unlike KITT.
Therefore, KARR wasn't as upgraded as KITT was in the KITT vs. KARR episode and had less features than KITT did, since KITT didn't have as many features in the first 2 seasons as he did in the 3rd Season.
Therefore, in a way it was almost as if it was KITT with the new dashboard vs. KITT with the old dashboard, since they were showing KARR just like KITT was in the 2nd Season.
This is also the season when the reclusive Michael(David Hasselhoff) and KITT battle cattle rustlers using monster trucks to help them do their dirty work, which made it a lot like a KITT vs. Big Foot episode, which was quite intriguing, since I always wondered to myself when I was little how it would be like if Knight Rider went up against the famous BIG FOOT monster truck.
Unfortunately, this 1984-85 Season wasn't as strong as the first 2 seasons were especially since this show was obviously no longer in its honeymoon phase anymore since KNIGHT RIDER was starting to get overshadowed by the premiere of the short-lived STREET HAWK since it started giving viewers too much of the same thing every week back in the Winter of '85 since STREET HAWK & AIRWOLF were quite similar to KNIGHT RIDER which resulted in this show getting a slight decline in ratings in this season, especially since STREET HAWK had stole KITT's thunder along with the fact that Street Hawk & its rider(Jesse Mach)had stole "The Man, The Machine" motto away from Michael Knight & KITT when STREET HAWK made its debut on Friday January 4, 1985 since ABC had STREET HAWK on every Friday night, CBS had AIRWOLF every Saturday night, and NBC had KNIGHT RIDER every Sunday night which started getting viewers too much competition & redundancy every week since they were all too closely related to each other, especially since all 3 Universal TV shows premiered too soon after one another too since KNIGHT RIDER made its debut on NBC in the Fall of 1982, AIRWOLF had made its debut in the Winter of 1984, and STREET HAWK made its debut on ABC in the Winter of 1985, despite the fact that the creation and premiere of both STREET HAWK and AIRWOLF were inspired by the creation and premiere of KNIGHT RIDER since KITT was the first phenomenal futuristic autmobile in television history at the time.
Therefore, without KNIGHT RIDER, there wouldn't have been any AIRWOLF or STREET HAWK.
Unfortunately, STREET HAWK nearly killed this show & stole a lot of KNIGHT RIDERs viewers away basically beating KNIGHT RIDER to a pulp since STREET HAWK was more high-tech & more advanced with more upgraded features that outclassed the Knight 2000 big time K.O.ing KNIGHT RIDER in the ratings especially with STREET HAWKs hyperthrust speed feature that KITT didn't even have, despite the fact that KNIGHT RIDER lasted a lot longer than STREET HAWK did & even longer than AIRWOLF did, especially since STREET HAWK didn't even last a year despite the fact that STREET HAWK also ended up leading to the cancellation of KNIGHT RIDER & AIRWOLF in the Summer of 1986 after STREET HAWK led to its own cancellation in the Spring of 1985 since STREET HAWK didn't get the ratings ABC wanted.
Fortunately, KNIGHT RIDER stayed on the air and started another season in the Fall of 1985 while STREET HAWK was already long gone and axed, which made me glad since I always preferred KNIGHT RIDER to STREET HAWK anyways and I personally was never as fond of STREET HAWK in the first place either.
Therefore, I was so happy when STREET HAWK was given the boot after only being on ABC for 3 1/2 months before it was cancelled permanently in June of 1985.
In other words, STREET HAWK was a short-lived TV show that didn't even last, unlike KNIGHT RIDER and AIRWOLF, due to poor ratings, but the ratings on rival shows AIRWOLF & KNIGHT RIDER were still going strong.
It was also interesting seeing guest stars like
*Jared Martin in the "Knight Of The Drones" episode during his co-starring days on DALLAS
*Alan Feinstein in the "Knights Of The Fast Lane" episode before his co-starring days on GENERAL HOSPITAL & SANTA BARBARA
*Jeff Osterhage in the "KITT Vs. KARR" episode before his co-starring days as Detective Sgt. Vic Daniels on the short-lived police drama THE NEW DRAGNET
*Barbara Stock in the "Knight Of The Drones" episode before her co-starring days on DALLAS and SPENCER FOR HIRE
*Jason Bateman during his co-starring days on IT'S YOUR MOVE and after his co-starring days as Derrick Taylor on SILVER SPOONS and before his co-starring days as David Hogan on THE HOGAN FAMILY
*Kimberly Foster in the "Knight Of The Chameleon" episode during her co-starring days on DALLAS
*James Luisi in the "Custom Made Killer" episode after his co-starring days as Becker's disgruntled superior officer(Lt. Chapman) on the ROCKFORD FILES & during his co-starring days on the soap operas DAYS OF OUR LIVES & ANOTHER WORLD
*Bernard White in the "Buy Out" episode before his co-starring days as Sgt. Carl Molina on the short-lived police drama THE NEW DRAGNET
*Richard Herd in the "Knight Strike" episode after his co-starring days as Hooker's hard-nosed superior officer(Capt. Dennis Sheridan) on the police drama TJ HOOKER
*David Hedison in the "Knight In Retreat" episode after his co-starring days on VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA
I also liked the way Universal has provided a brief summary along with their original air-dates too.
For instance, the original air-date to each of these 1984-1985 Season episodes was
9/30/84-KNIGHT OF THE DRONES
10/14/84-KNIGHTS OF THE FAST LANE
11/4/84-KITT VS. KARR
11/11/84-THE ROTTEN APPLES
11/18/84-KNIGHT IN DISGRACE
12/2/84-DEAD OF KNIGHT
12/30/84-KNIGHT OF THE CHAMELEON
1/6/85-CUSTOM MADE KILLER
1/13/85-KNIGHT BY A NOSE
2/3/85-JUNK YARD DOG
3/10/85-THE 19TH HOLE
3/17/85-KNIGHT & KNERD
3/29/85-KNIGHT IN RETREAT
This 1984-85 Season also takes me all the way back to memory lane when I used to watch KNIGHT RIDER every Sunday night on NBC when it was part of NBC's Sunday night line-up, which started with SILVER SPOONS at 7PM, PUNKY BREWSTER at 7:30 PM, and then topped off with KNIGHT RIDER at 8PM, which was of course before NBC had briefly moved KNIGHT RIDER back to Fridays in the Spring of 1985, then NBC changed their minds and decided to movie it back to Sundays in mid April of 1985, but was later moved back to Fridays permanently in the Summer of 1985 just before KNIGHT RIDER kicked off it's 4th Season.
Something else I noticed on this KNIGHT RIDER-SEASON 3 DVD was Cozi-TV, USA, WGN, and the Sci-Fi Channel had deleted too many scenes in the episodes "Knight Of The Drones", "Knight Of The Chameleon", "Junk Yard Dog", "Knight & Knerd", "Ice Bandits", etc., in order to allot more time for added commercials in between each episode, but it was so nice being able to see each and every episode complete and uncut like they were shown originally on their original air-dates on NBC before they were even converted into reruns on cable TV and in syndication.
This season also takes me all the way back to memory lane when NBC's motto was "NBC: Let's All Be There", since that was NBC's slogan from June of 1984 thru August of 1986. So way to go Universal. Hooray!
By the way, Shout will be releasing the short-lived STREET HAWK with Rex Smith(Jesse Mach)out on DVD on Tuesday July 13th, 2010 for all you high-tech classic TV show fans out there.
most of my favourite episodes are in this season,
Sadly this is the most lamest transfer on to DVD #I have ever seen.
I can accept that they had to replace 2 prince songs because of music rights.
However what I can't except is the clumsy mess up with sound effects.
Only 2 episodes in the entire set are as they should be.
Kitt's engine sound is missing in places buttons sounds are also missing now and then.
The really bad episode in this set is Knight of the chameleon it sounds a chase scene near the beginning sounds totally rubbish. No engine sound no tyre sound.
For an official universal release this is really pathetic.
I hope season 4 isn't messed up like this.
A company like universal should not be making these mistakes in products.
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