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Heat Vision and Jack (1999)

As the result of a NASA miscalculation, Astronaut Jack Austin flies too close to the sun, the rays expanding his mind and making him the smartest man on the planet. Now he and his talking ... See full summary »

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As the result of a NASA miscalculation, Astronaut Jack Austin flies too close to the sun, the rays expanding his mind and making him the smartest man on the planet. Now he and his talking motorcycle Heat Vision (which contains the mind of his former roommate) are on the run from NASA and their assassin, actor Ron Silver who want to take his brain. They travel from place to place solving paranormal mysteries with the help of Jack's newfound ability to become a super genius when his brain absorbs sunlight. Written by Captain_Freed

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Ron Silver almost turned the project down because he was busy with Veronica's Closet (1997). But he liked the script so much he made time in his schedule. See more »

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Pool Player #1: Hey, that guy disintegrated Jasmine!
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Features Doctor Who (1963) See more »

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It's funny, and it's very Harmon
8 June 2014 | by (Lincolnshire, UK) – See all my reviews

Having fallen in love with 'Community' to a depth that happens with few shows, movies, or even people, I watched 'Heat Vision and Jack' for the Dan Harmon connection. Written by Harmon and frequent collaborator Rob Schrab, it's a parody of '70s and '80s action shows of the man-and-his- vehicle kind (like 'Knight Rider', that sort of thing), and it struck me as something that Abed would either love or make himself.

Jack Black is an astronaut who travels too close to the sun during a mission and returns to Earth a solar-powered genius who fights crime with Heat Vision, a motorbike containing the soul of his slacker roommate (Owen Wilson). As Heat Vision and Jack travel from one place to the next they're tracked by Ron Silver, actor and cold-blooded killer. If that doesn't sell you on the show then you were born at the wrong time.

It's pretty spot on as spoof premises go, and the show (a pilot that never went to series) is similarly on target in terms of dialogue and performance. (I could live without the Ben Stiller introduction, though. It's unnecessary and not very funny.) It's funny stuff, the highlight being the opening credits, with the bike cheesily turning to the camera as his credit appears! Brilliant.

Like 'Police Squad', however, my sense is that the series lasted about as long as it needed to, as the joke is pretty much done with by the time the end credits roll.


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