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.
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.
Jack Black starred as Jack Austin, a former astronaut who draws super-intelligence from the sun.
NASA consequently sent Ron Silver — played by Ron Silver — after Jack.
"Heat Vision" was a motorcycle with "the mind of Jack's unemployed roommate," Doug. Owen Wilson provided the motorcycle's voice.
The entire show is now online. Here's Part 1:
And Part 2:
Unfortunately, the audio from Part 3 has been removed from YouTube due to copyright violations. However, the entire show is still available elsewhere:
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."
Jim Dalrymple is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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