Last night I finally managed to catch up with the legendary pilot “Heat Vision and Jack”.

Created in 1999, the pilot was directed by Ben Stiller and starred Jack Black and the voice of Owen Wilson. Jack is an astronaut on the run from Nasa, aided by his only friend Heat Vision, a talking motorcycle with the mind of his dead stoner room-mate.

Oh, and Jack is super-intelligent. But only when the sun is up.

Pure bloody genius – but it does require you to have some knowledge of and a slight affection for the tropes of late 70s/early 80s US Action/Adventure TV shows.

If you’ve watched Knight Rider you’ll be fine.

If you like “Heat Vision and Jack” you may also be interested in “Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace” – a similar setup, also raiding the half-remembered shows of our childhood.

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