Heat Vision and Jack
Last week, over beers with colleagues, I was introduced to a friend of a co-worker who took particular pride in his ability to not only be the first person to know something — particularly in the realm of pop web culture — but to be able to know of pretty much everything of significance happening online. To truly have the pulse on the web, on what people are saying and forwarding. Sometimes I feel like I’m one of these people too, but then I encounter a web info junkie generalist like Warren (or any number of talented bloggers) and am truly humbled by the surfing prowess, Google-fu and appetite for distraction that these curious mavens possess.
So, anyway, said discussion led to Heat Vision and Jack, a “failed” Fox sitcom pilot that, even though it was now already more than six years later, I had never heard of. And by all accounts I should have! It’s a hilarious Ben Stiller directed show starring Jack Black as a former NASA astronaut who came too close to the sun on one of his missions and returned with the uncanny ability to know everything (during daylight hours only of course). Jack’s medical secret keeps him on the run from his evil employers (led by ruthless government assasin Ron Silver, as himself). Fortunately, he has the help of a talking motorcycle called Heat Vision (voiced by Owen Wilson). The pilot was never aired on television, but has been screened at several film festivals and is a cult hit online.