Lt. Hobbes is sent by the military into their virtual reality world of "Harsh Realm" to assassinate rogue-soldier-turned-game's-dictator Omar Santiago, but Hobbes' rogue predecessor, Mike Pinocchio, ...
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
In the original 6-issue "Harsh Realm" comic-book created by James D. Hudnall and Andrew Paquette, set in the future, a detective named Dexter Green was hired by a family to find their missing son, who disappeared into a "pocket universe" (created by scientists for travel purposes), this one being a fantasy world with wizards, warriors and dragons (much like "Lord of the Rings" or "Dungeons & Dragons"). The Fox TV series completely does away with the "fantasy" aspect and uses a setting similar to The Matrix (1999) (which was a huge phenomenon at the time). 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 vaguely remember this show when it was on television. I think I may have only seen the Pilot episode and then it got pulled soon thereafter. But when I saw copies on DVD at the library I had to get it and watch the rest of the episodes.
The show is about Lt. Hobbs (Scott Bairstow) who X-Files fans may remember from "Miracle Man" in season 1. He has entered into a war game virtual reality where he can not escape until he finds and kills the infamous Santagio who is played by one of my favorite actors Terry O'Quinn. The most likable character in my opinion is Hobbs' sidekick Mike Pinnochio played by D.B. Sweeney. Pinnochio represented me as a viewer in trying to talk some sense into Hobbs and let him know just how annoying he can be but then also turning around and admitting that he is right when he is right.
Many stand alone episodes are very intriguing such as "Kein Ausgang" where Hobbs and Pinnochio get stuck in a battle reenactment from World War II that repeats over and over again. Another great stand alone episode is seen in the final episode "Camera Obscura" about two feuding families in a post nuclear holocaust New York setting.
Many of the supporting actors are easily recognized from the X-Files and Millennium. All in all I loved this show and wish they would have been allowed to run the show for at least a 24 episode season so they could make a conclusion to the Santiago mythology arc that had been setup.
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