Tuesday, June 27, 2006


Heat Vision and Jack

Have I mentioned lately how much I love the internet? Just a few years ago, I had to go to considerable effort to get a video tape of Heat Vision and Jack, an unaired pilot directed by Ben Stiller, written by Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab. Jack Black is "Jack," an astronaut who, after an accidental exposure of solar radiation in orbit, is superintelligent, but ony during daylight hours. Owen Wilson is the voice of his buddy Doug, who after being hit by a raygun is absorbed into a motorcycle, and is thereafter known as "Heat Vision." The incomparable Vincent Schiavelli (Buckaroo Banzai's John O'Connor) is a guy possessed by an alien. Stiller's wife Christine Taylor is a sherriff. Oh, and Ron Silver is "Ron Silver."

It's a terrific bit of sublime nonsense, and there's a special circle of hell for the Fox execs who passed on picking up the series, chosing instead to air "Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire Midget" or whatever. And now, thanks to YouTube, the world can see for themselves what might have been.

Chris, you rock!
Aw, shucks...
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