Heat Vision and Jack: Networks Are Missing Out On This

Hey there all! I’m writing this post to let you in on a little entertaining nugget for your brains. Ok, that last sentence was mostly influenced by Jack Black in his commentary for Tenacious D in: the Pick of Destiny. But this entry is not about that awesome of a movie. No, today my blog will shed some light to a television pilot that was pitched in 1999, but never made it onto the network scene.

While online the other day, my buddy bo0m showed me a website that he had stumbled upon. It was a sight that was explaining a tv pilot that was pitched back in 1999 and ultimately did not end up becoming a tv series. Now some people would just look at a failed pilot and say “Well…who really cares? If it was so bad, it deserved not to become a television series.” This might be true for some pilots, but this is not the case for this pilot in particular.

This television show idea was pitched by the one and only Ben Stiller. The name of the show…was Heat Wave and Jack. The idea for this show was either extremely poor or awesomely genius. An astronaut, Jack Austin, flew too close to the sun, his brain expanded—”like cookie dough”—and he became three times smarter than the smartest man on earth, though only when the sun is up. “Heat Vision” is his motorcycle, sidekick, and unemployed best friend, formerly known as Doug. Heat Vision was transformed from human to motorcycle by character actor Ron Silver. Not a character named “Ron Silver,” but the actor who is purported by the credits to be playing himself. Silver is a “former astronaut,” NASA operative, and “gifted actor” trying to find Jack and so NASA can extract his brain and study it.

Ok, now that you have the basics of the story down, I’m moving on to the all-star cast Stiller had gotten to play his characters. Jack Austin is played by none other than the infamous Jack Black, and his motorcycle sidekick is voiced by Siller clique member, Owen Wilson. I’d have to say, I’ve watched the pilot and found it to be awesomely bad. And by that statement I mean it was freaking awesome. Hell, I’d watch it if it were a television show on the air now.

The links to more information and the pilot can be found here:

Information and Video: Tubewad – Heat Vision and Jack: A Lesson in Absurd Brilliance

Video Only – Heat Vision and Jack (Youtube)

Enjoy bloggers!! Prudz~

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~ by prudz on April 12, 2007.

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