Heat Vision and Jack

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Heat Vision and Jack
Created by
Written by
  • Rob Schrab
  • Dan Harmon
Directed byBen Stiller
Voices ofOwen Wilson
Opening theme"Situation"
by Tom Jones
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
  • Ben Stiller
  • Robert Greenblatt
  • David Janollari
ProducerSteve Beers
CinematographyClyde Smith
EditorSteve Welch
Running time30 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseJanuary 10, 1999 (1999-01-10)

Heat Vision and Jack is a 1999 American comedy science fiction television pilot created and written by Rob Schrab and Dan Harmon, directed by Ben Stiller, and starring Jack Black, Owen Wilson, and Ron Silver. The pilot was originally ordered by Fox, which ultimately did not order it to series. While the show was not picked up, the pilot became a cult classic and gained an online following.


The pilot opens with Ben Stiller talking about the cancelled Ben Stiller Show, the Emmy Award he won for the show, and sarcastically criticizing George Lucas for having not won an Emmy. After a short sting, Heat Vision then opens with a title sequence explaining how Jack gained his new powers, and how Heat Vision came into existence.

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Jack Black as Jack Austin, a former astronaut. He was exposed to inappropriate levels of solar energy, giving him superintelligence. He appears to lose this intelligence at night, requiring only Earth-normal levels of daylight to reactivate it. His catchphrases are "I know EVERYTHING!" and "Knowledge is power... for real."
  • Owen Wilson as Heat Vision, a talking motorcycle. He was created when Jack's unemployed roommate Doug was shot by an experimental ray gun, causing him to merge with his motorcycle. He is capable of speech and can fight by ramming into opponents. He is unable to use doorknobs and is unable to right himself if pushed over.
  • Ron Silver as himself, the main villain. He works for NASA, and will stop at nothing to capture or kill Jack Austin, but he also dabbles in acting, perhaps as a diversion, perhaps as a cover. He appears to be invulnerable, shrugging off the threat of being shot and later displaying great annoyance but no injury or pain when he is actually shot.



Heat Vision was featured as a part of the mockumentary Tropic Thunder: Rain of Madness, only stating that the character of "Jeff Portnoy" played the role of Jack Austin.

In a March 27, 2007 interview, Rob Schrab stated that a script for the Heat Vision and Jack feature film was in the works.[1]


  1. ^ Kiel Phegley (March 27, 2007). "Schrab saves scud". wizarduniverse. Archived from the original on 2007-11-04. Retrieved 2008-01-12.
    WIZARD:And the "Heat Vision and Jack" screenplay is waiting for approval, or where is that?
    SCHRAB: Yeah, we're still in the first draft stage. It's like right now everyone is onboard, and Jack wants to do it, and [Ben] Stiller has his own personal project, but he's saying he loves it and he wants to do it. I just have to get the right script and make sure that everyone who wants to be involved with it has the time to do it because Jack's doing a movie like every other month, and he has a kid now.

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