Lt. Hobbes volunteers to test the army's newest tool, a virtual reality training machine code named "Harsh Realm." Once attached to the machine, Hobbes discovers that the VR world is controlled by the renegade soldier Omar Santiago. While Hobbes body remains in a coma, his mind lives on in the VR world, where he must join forces with an underground force in their attempt to overthrow Santiago. Written by
Scott Bairstow didn't even read for the lead role of Hobbes. Chris Carter was already familiar with his work, having used the actor on the 'Miracle Man' episode on the first season of "The X-Files". See more »
In the title sequence, Hobbes's military ID card lists his rank and military pay grade as "LT/03". Hobbes is Army, and that rank/pay grade is consistent for the Navy. See more »
I was trying to decide what it was about this show that seemed so familiar to me. Then it struck me...this is simply a high-tech version of the old TV show, "Time Tunnel".
This show just doesn't hold together for me. For one thing, it is just too self-conscious, in spite of using the same old clichés from "The X Files". (Hey, instead of having a mysterious Cigarette Man, why don't we have a mysterious dark lady? You know, they can't figure out whose side she is actually on....)
Lt. Hobbes is selected to participate in the war simulation because he is supposedly such a great soldier, but he acts like a civilian dweeb when given the opportunity. His character is one of the huge flaws in this series.
On the other hand, some of the FX are pretty cool. They just don't compensate for the poor writing and lousy characters.
I rented the entire series on DVD, but I could only watch the pilot and the first two episodes. It was clearly going nowhere.
If you want to watch a show that is far superior in every respect, go rent Josh Whedon's "Firefly".
** out of *****
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