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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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Series cast summary:
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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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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In the final Ep., the date of the 'incident' is October 13. Consequently, Ten Thirteen is the name of the production company that produced "Harsh Realm". See more »

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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 »

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Mike Pinnochio: Whatever you're looking for here, somebody has already eaten it, banged it or burned it.
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In the opening credits for "Three Percenters", Alan C. Peterson is listed both third and fifth among the guest stars. See more »

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Followed by Harsh Realm: Pilot (1999) See more »

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A big disappointment from Chris Carter.
13 September 2004 | by innocuousSee 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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