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Harsh Realm : The Ultimate Mind Game - The Complete Series (Three-Disc Collector's Edition)
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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
- All nine episodes, including six that never aired on TV
- Commentary by Chris Carter and director Dan Sackheim on the pilot
- Inside the Harsh Realm: making-of featurette
- Creating the logo and title sequence
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Critically drubbed and abandoned by its audience within the first week of its premiere, "Harsh Realm" was a rare failure for Carter as it was cancelled after only airing three episodes. Carter and Fox also faced legal action when James D. Hudnall and Andrew Paquette the creators of the comic book series "Harsh Realm" sued Fox and won recognition that their work was the basis for Carter's series. While the basic premise and title were similar enough to suggest that Carter had been influenced by the comic book series, "Harsh Realm" the TV series departed radically from the initial premise of Hudnall and Paquette's creation.Read more ›
I think Harsh Realm had another thing going against it: it was the replacement of Chris Carter's second series Millennium, which had started to develop a loyal fan base. Millennium was and still is a remarkable show, and I believe a lot of the fans, including myself, expected an equally remarkable show as a successor. So, at the beginning, Harsh Realm had big shoes to fill.
The series pilot was not the best of Chris Carter's work (except for the final scene of the episode, when the viewer realizes how widespread the problem is), though the story had only just started. The two subsequent episodes continued to reveal the plot that was introduced in the pilot. Only after the third episode "Inga Fossa" is there enough told to proceed to the first stand-alone episode. Unfortunately, until the FX cable network debuted these episodes a year later did anyone get the chance to see the remaining 6 episodes of the series.
I have seen some of the remaining six episodes that aired later on FX.Read more ›
The show premiered against the baseball playoffs in the dire Friday nights at nine time slot. The head of Fox TV at the time was really cancel happy as other people have noted, but I get the impression from talking to people behind the scenes that Carter and Fox were having run ins unrelated to our lawsuit.
Anyway, the show deviates from the comic in that the comic is set in the future and deals with pocket universes, not virtual reality. But the basic storyline is the same. Instead of a mad general hunted by a soldier, ala Apocalypse Now, my story dealt with a detective hired to find a missing teenager who went into a world designed to work like a medieval fantasy world. The teenager, it turns out, went native and became mad with power and was creating havoc in that world.
Anyway, we got the credits we wanted in our settlement. I don't hold any grudges and the show is halfway decent. It would have been a lot more interesting if they stuck to the comic, though.
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I so hate this was cancelled so quickly. It was a very cool show that wasn't given a chance.Published 6 months ago by Travis Michael Tharp
Gamers will appreciate this Network TV program.
A month before leaving the Army, Lieutenant Tom Hobbes roused from bed in the middle of the night and taken to a secret... Read 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 on December 25, 2013 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 on October 28, 2013 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
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