Harsh Realm


Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 10/8/99
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  • Episode Description
  • After seeing the horrors of war in Sarajevo, Lt. Thomas F. Hobbes is ready to settle down with his fiancĂ©, Sophie. However the military has on last assignment for him, to test out Harsh Realm, a virtual reality created by the military for combat training. However once inside Harsh Realm, Hobbes soon finds himself fighting for his life, struggling to understand what is real and what is not. He forms an alliance with another soldier, Mike Pinocchio, who is uninterested in helping this new recruit. But a mysterious woman named Florence believes that Hobbes is to be Harsh Realm's savior and will deliver the virtual characters from the oppressive reins of Omar Santiago, the military dictator who rules over Harsh Realm. Hobbes realises that the only way to escape Harsh Realm is to beat the highest scoring player, Santiago, who is unwilling to give up his kingdom. Hobbes's mission now is to escape Harsh Realm by any means necessary, and to return home to his fiancĂ©.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Terry O'Quinn

    General Omar Santiago

  • Max Martini

    Mel Waters

  • Scott Bairstow

    Lt. Thomas F. Hobbes

  • D.B. Sweeney

    Michael Pinocchio

  • Chris Carter

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • The ultimate mind game begins.

    By farscapefanuk, Apr 30, 2007

  • Enter Harsh Realm

    By SleepTight, Aug 10, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (8)

    • Music: * Prodigy - "Climbatize" (tune used three times in the episode: during the attack on the barrack, during the attack on the harbour and during the hotel escape) * White Zombie "Electric Head Part 2" (in the bar) * Organik - "Piece of Meat"

    • Hobbes' dog, Dexter, is named after the protagonist from the Harsh Realm comic book series upon which the show is loosely based.

    • The name of D.B. Sweeney's character, Michael Pinocchio, is a reference to a childhood friend of Chris Carter. Carter and Pinocchio used to play baseball together.

    • The name of the character Tom Hobbes is a reference to the 17th century philosopher by the name of Thomas Hobbes.

    • The scene were the character of Lance Henriksen explains to Hobbes his mission (ie to kill Santiago), is a reference to Apocalyps Now. In this 1979 classic Capt. Benjamin L. Willard gets his mission to take out Col. Walter E. Kurtz in pretty much the same manner (ie while the officers are eating).

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    Trivia (3)

    • "Harsh Realm" was loosely based on a comic book by James D. Hudnall and Andrew Paquette under the same title. When the creators noticed the credits read "Created by Chris Carter", they sued Fox to get properly credited. http://www.agentassociation.com/frontdoor/news_detail.cfm?id=18

    • In this episode Hobbes carries a Heckler & Koch P7 pistol. Later in the series the gun was changed to the SIG Sauer P226 pistol and finally onto the Walther P99 which was used till the end of the season.

    • Inga Fossa is Latin for "in the trench."

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