Harsh Realm (1999–2000)
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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, warns Hobbes that the game is a trap.


Daniel Sackheim


Chris Carter (created by), Chris Carter


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Bairstow ... Lt. Thomas Hobbes
D.B. Sweeney ... Mike Pinnochio
Terry O'Quinn ... General Omar Santiago
Samantha Mathis ... Sophie Green
Rachel Hayward ... Florence
Sarah-Jane Redmond ... Inga Fossa
Max Martini ... Waters (as Maximilian Martini)
Michael David Simms Michael David Simms ... Lt. Colonel Gilovich
Mark Houghton ... 3rd Officer
Ron Selmour ... Bartender (as Ronald Selmour)
Kurt Max Runte ... Unit Commander Forsch
Sylvesta Stuart ... Sergeant Peter McGonagle
Russell Porter ... Republican Guard Soldier
D. Neil Mark ... Sentry
José Vargas ... Latino Man (as Jose Vargas)


Lt. Hobbes, a young idealistic Marine who's about to get married, is sent on a top secret mission to "Harsh Realm", a virtual reality world identical to his own created by the military to run war game scenarios, 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 cynical, hardboiled, rogue soldier, and his mute female comrade as well as the virtual simulation of his own real life fiancee, and quickly learns that almost everything the military had told him was a lie. Meanwhile, Hobbes real life fiancee investigates his disappearance. Written by Mike Konczewski

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Release Date:

8 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby (presented in Dolby Surround)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The word "a-hole" is uttered by Pinocchio in the pilot episode, the first time this word was used on network television. See more »


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fastest cancellation I know of.
24 October 2003 | by henry-tindallSee all my reviews

I was dismayed and confused by the fact that Fox canceled the series after the 3rd (yes, THIRD) episode.... But, I've told my wife several times that the only show I ever liked that ran more than three seasons was X-files. Unbelievable that people will watch an "Animal Psychic" and keep her on the air for two years (and still counting), but a great show like Harsh Realm dies such a premature death. Even the repeats on FX were in a dead time slot, and the so-called "Series finale" didn't wrap up anything... It just ended. It was pretty obvious to me that Fox pulled the plug VERY rapidly on this show. I'm also surprised that no other network picked it up and continued it...

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