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Scott Bairstow stars as U.S. Army Lieutenant Tom Hobbes, a decorated hero who risked his life rescuing a buddy, Major Mel Waters (Max Martini), during a peacekeeping mission in the former Yugoslavia. Set to return to civilian life and marry his fiancée, Sophie (Samantha Mathis), Hobbes is summoned by a mysterious superior (Lance Henriksen) and asked to test-run Harsh Realm, a virtual reality war game devised by the Pentagon. Once he begins, however, Hobbes is mentally imprisoned in the dangerous game (his body, along with those of hundreds of other "volunteers," is cared for in a secret military hospital), where he is identified by other, desperate captives as the savior they've been awaiting. D.B. Sweeney is very good as another soldier, Mike Pinocchio, whose sense of mission is re-awakened by Hobbes and who becomes a partner in an endless effort to defeat a madman named Santiago (Terry O'Quinn), who rules Harsh Realm from within. As with The X-Files, the nine episodes in this boxed set are each very striking on their own terms, with post-apocalyptic sets, constant surprises, and that special Chris Carter touch (fans of his Millennium will like Harsh Realm, too) that makes every story look and feel like a collision of a nightmare and a crisis of faith. --Tom Keogh
I watched this show when it first came out on Fox, and then the "unaired" episodes on FX.
This makes him a much more interesting character than Hobbes, and it is a shame we didn't get the chance to see his character develop.
Chris Carter's Harsh Realm only lasted three episodes on television but the potential was there for much more.
To be honest the pilot was rather weak, but I have seen that before.
It never got a chance to mature, but even in the 9 shows that were made it improved so much. Read more
While the show was really just starting to ramp up into its mythology, you'll be left disappointed that this was another show quickly killed by FOX. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Debbie Benoit
For those not familiar with Harsh Realm it was a short lived TV show on the Fox network produced and written by the same people who brought the show The X-Files to television. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Cyril J. Martinez
Received promptly in perfect condition.
The TV series was really fun and I wish it wouldn't have ended. Read more
This was one of the best TV shows ever, I remember seeing the few they had on TV. I just wish they could have had a better ending but given what they had to work with I can... Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by Glowplug
Unlike many here, I'm reviewing the product, a three-disc DVD box set, that I actually purchased and watched. Read morePublished on February 5, 2010 by Travis W. Mckee
Average to below average TV fair. Granted I've only gone through Disc 1, but as much as he probably wants to be, Chris Carter doesn't have the ingenuity (he had to rip off the... Read morePublished on December 21, 2009 by JC
After seeing the most recent X-Files movie, I heard an audience member mention that one character, Inga Fossa, had the same name in the TV show Harsh Realm. Read morePublished on August 3, 2008 by The Matrix Fan
There's just no excuse for this show being canceled. It was a brilliant concept that had limitless possibilities for several seasons worth of interesting story lines. Read morePublished on May 5, 2008 by Griffen