All that build up for an episode about KARR, and that’s it? In last night’s episode of Knight Rider, a dangerous robot went on the rampage, and all we get is a turbo-boosted kill shot from KITT, and KARR is no more? Sheesh. Now I almost wish I could just forget the whole KARR plot— kinda like Michael Knight did.
Early in the episode, the late Dr. Graiman tells Knight, via hologram, that he was actually KARR’s first driver. As we know, KARR started programming himself and became a killing machine, forcing the government to scrap the program and build KITT. To prevent Knight from spilling the beans, they wiped Knight’s memory. Induced amnesia is a classic of Sci Fi—and of soap operas, and who knows what all— but can it actually be done?
Tom McCarthy’s novel Remainder has been out in paperback for just over a year now, but it’s one of those books that lodges in your brain permanently after you read it.
Perhaps that’s appropriate. It is, after all, about a man who suffers a traumatic brain injury after being hit on the head by something “from the sky.” He then sets about spending his personal injury settlement on an escalating series of elaborate recreations of very specific memories.
Here at SciNoFi, we’re going to argue that it’s a book about neuroscience. After all, it’s brain chemistry, as opposed to conscious thought, that shapes our memories and compels us to return again and again to the activities that provide pleasure.
Or you can just enjoy it as the trippiest beach read of your summer. Either way, it’s well worth your $15 and your time.