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 final shot of a room filled with dreaming game-players actually only used 12 people. The rest were filled in with CGI. See more »


Featured in Inside 'Harsh Realm' (2004) See more »


Electric Head, Pt. 2 (The Ecstasy)
Written by Rob Zombie
Performed by White Zombie
[song heard in the bar in the game]
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Hard to watch and should NOT be watched.
31 March 2005 | by guido_thepimp-1See all my reviews

Simply, Harsh Realm is overall a thoughtless show with a potentially good premise. But, it fails harshly in writing because of clichés and weak characters. The reasoning behind the main character is flawed which made m lose interest immediately.

Sorry, there are many more traps which Harsh Realm has seemingly stuck its head into that I could go on, and I should go on, but it is so bad I have no energy to even waste my time trying to communicate the details of finger painting with feces.

Trust your instinct and never watch or mention this film because it does not deserve any recognition.

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