Heat Vision and Jack: What Could Have Been

I was rather amused by all the misreporting about the results of NASA’s Twin Study this week. Some of the press reports made it sound like Scott Kelly had returned from a year in space as some sort of genetic mutation. Or something.

It made me think of this TV pilot from 1999 directed by Ben Stiller and starring Jack Black and Owen Wilson. It’s sort of a mashup of Knight Rider, The Fugitive, the Six Million Dollar Man and the Fantastic Four (minus 3). The late Ron Silver’s role in it is absurd in the best way.

I’m not entirely sure, but I think some of the gas station/diner exterior scenes were filmed at a standing set just outside of Mojave.

Not sure it would have made a very good series, but it would have been interesting to have seen them try. Oh, for what might have been.

Watch and enjoy!

  • delphinus100

    Don’t superheroes start this way…?

  • ajp

    Awesome

  • Brian Beaumont

    Well, that kinda made my day! Thx Doug!

  • Kirk

    @14:48 — $0.249/gal for gas!

  • publiusr

    Newtypes do

    Give the Kelly twins a Gundam