Heat Vision and Jack

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Show: Heat Vision and Jack

Where You Can Stream It: YouTube

The Pitch: Jack Austin (Jack Black) was a NASA astronaut who flew too close to the sun. Exposure to solar energy gave him super-intelligence – but only when the sun is out. Heat Vision (the voice of Owen Wilson) is Jack’s motorcycle, imbued with the voice and personality of Jack’s former roommate, Doug. Together they roam the country solving crimes, all while being hunted down by NASA employee and occasional actor Ron Silver, playing a fictionalized version of himself.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: I’ve been meaning to watch this for years, but quarantine finally gave me the time to check it out. One of the great cult discoveries of the internet age, Heat Vision and Jack never aired on television but became a hit in comedy circles after the pilot made its way online. Fox ordered the pilot in 1999, but made the boneheaded mistake of not picking it up to series. That’s normally the end of the line for a show…but this one had such a talented group of people involved, and such a ridiculous premise, that it seemed destined for cult status from the start. Read More »