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Harsh Realm 

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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Chris Carter
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Scott Bairstow ...  Lt. Thomas Hobbes 9 episodes, 1999-2000
D.B. Sweeney ...  Mike Pinnochio 9 episodes, 1999-2000
Terry O'Quinn ...  General Omar Santiago 9 episodes, 1999-2000
Cameron K. Smith Cameron K. Smith ...  Republican Guard Soldier 9 episodes, 1999-2000
Rachel Hayward ...  Florence 7 episodes, 1999-2000
Max Martini ...  Waters 5 episodes, 1999-2000
Vinnie Vinnie ...  Dexter the Dog 5 episodes, 1999-2000
Samantha Mathis ...  Sophie Green 4 episodes, 1999-2000
Sarah-Jane Redmond ...  Inga Fossa 4 episodes, 1999-2000
Raymond Cruz ...  Sergeant Escalante 2 episodes, 2000
Brad Greenquist ...  Captain Wolfe 2 episodes, 2000
Michael David Simms Michael David Simms ...  Lt. Colonel Gilovich 2 episodes, 1999
Steve Makaj ...  Tracker #1 / ... 2 episodes, 2000
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Lt. Hobbes, a young idealistic Marine who's about to get married, is sent on a top secret mission into "Harsh Realm", a virtual reality world created by the military to run war game scenarios that's identical to his own, to assassinate the renegade soldier Omar Santiago, who has taken control over the game from within and created his own military dictatorship there. In the game, Hobbes meets people like Mike Pinocchio, a tough cynical rogue soldier previously sent on the same mission, Mike's no-nonsense mute female comrade, as well as virtual simulations of the people from the real world including the one based on his real life fiancee. However, he also learns that he is actually trapped in the game along with numerous other soldiers previously sent to kill Santiago. Meanwhile, Hobbes real life fiancee investigates his disappearance with the help of a mysterious female ally with an agenda of her own. Written by Mike Konczewski

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Despite its plot similarities, "Harsh Realm" was created and shot prior to the release of "The Matrix" (1999). It was aired, however, about three months after the release of the movie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lt. Mel Waters: Can you remind me what we're doing here?
Lt. Thomas Hobbes: Peacekeeping.
Lt. Mel Waters: We're doing a helluva job.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits for "Three Percenters", Alan C. Peterson is listed both third and fifth among the guest stars. See more »

Connections

References The Matrix (1999) See more »

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This ain't no "Lonesome Dove" for Bairstow!!
8 October 1999 | by Vice-5See all my reviews

Virtual reality, a video game in which everything and everyone seems real. The bullets, fire, even people you'd know might turn up in it and try to shut you down. That's the problem Lt. Tom Hobbes (Scott Bairstow, "Wild America", "Lonesome Dove: the Outlaw Years") has to put up with in Chris Carter's new FOX show "Harsh Realm", about a soldier whose forced to play in a dangerous VR game that acquires the title of the show!



Before watching this show, I never really was a fan of Chris Carter's shows or of Scott Bairstow. I don't like "The X-files" that much, and I thought Bairstow played weak roles prior to joining the ansemble cast of "Harsh Realm". This is a really cool show, with cool graphics, great performances (especially of Bairstow's, who really shines in this) and a nicely-woven plot. This is a great way to spend Friday nights, proving that virtual reality doesn't bite!!


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Release Date:

8 October 1999 (USA) See more »

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Harsh Realm - le royaume See more »

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(9 episodes)

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Dolby

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1.33 : 1
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