Harsh Realm (1999–2000)

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Lt. Hobbes is sent into a VR wargame simulation where he is to terminate a renegade General who has taken control of the program.


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Series cast summary:
 Lt. Thomas Hobbes (9 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Mike Pinnochio (9 episodes, 1999-2000)
 General Omar Santiago (9 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Florence (7 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Waters (5 episodes, 1999-2000)
Vinnie ...
 Dexter the Dog (5 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Sophie Green (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Inga Fossa (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
Cameron K. Smith ...
 Republican Guard Soldier (3 episodes, 1999)
 Sergeant Escalante (2 episodes, 2000)
 Captain Wolfe (2 episodes, 2000)
Michael David Simms ...
 Lt. Colonel Gilovich (2 episodes, 1999)
Steve Makaj ...
 Tracker #1 / ... (2 episodes, 2000)


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 Mike Konczewski

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Release Date:

8 October 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Harsh Realm - le royaume  »

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Did You Know?


James D. Hudnall and Andrew Paquette, the creators of the original "Harsh Realm" comic-book sued Chris Carter and the Fox Network for credit (they got no credit on the show) and won. Many wrongly speculated that this widely-publicized lawsuit brought about the series' sudden cancellation. It was actually a struggle between Carter and Fox that got the series cancelled. 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 »


Mike Pinnochio: Are you kidding me? This is Harsh Realm. Kindness is when your buddy robs you and shoots you and DOESN'T rape your woman.
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits for "Reunion", Steve Makaj is credited as "Dr. Goines" (instead of Serge Houde) as well as "Tracker #1". See more »


Featured in The X-Files: Sein und Zeit (2000) See more »

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A big disappointment from Chris Carter.
13 September 2004 | by (Raleigh, NC, USA) – See all my reviews

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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