2. Back in 1999, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Owen Wilson and the guy who created Community all made a TV show together called Heat Vision and Jack. It’s pretty much what you’d expect from that group: amazing.
4. Heat Vision and Jack was the brain-child of Dan Harmon — the man behind Community — and Rob Schrab. Ben Stiller directed the pilot episode, which was the only one ever produced.
The A.V. Club called the show a “parody of Knight Rider-type ’80s action shows.”
5. Jack Black starred as Jack Austin, a former astronaut who draws super-intelligence from the sun.
Jack explains in the pilot episode that on his last mission in space he ventured too close to the sun. Because the “human mind is not unlike cookie dough,” his brain expanded and increased his cognitive capacity. “Now I’m up to three times smarter than the smartest man in the world,” he explains.
6. NASA consequently sent Ron Silver — played by Ron Silver — after Jack.
In the show, Ron Silver is a former astronaut but “also a gifted actor, and a cold-blooded killer.”
7. “Heat Vision” was a motorcycle with “the mind of Jack’s unemployed roommate,” Doug. Owen Wilson provided the motorcycle’s voice.
Doug “merged” with the motorcycle when he was hit by an experimental NASA ray intended for Jack.
8. The entire show is now online. Here’s Part 1:
9. And Part 2:
10. Unfortunately, the audio from Part 3 has been removed from YouTube due to copyright violations. However, the entire show is still available elsewhere:
11. Fox ultimately passed on the show, for some unknown reason. However, Harmon said earlier this year on Reddit that there may be a Heat Vision and Jack cartoon in the works.
Unfortunately, Harmon apparently isn’t involved in the cartoon version. He also said he believes a reboot ought to be a live action series because “that’s the way to do it without wasting the idea on something that may as well be anything else.”
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