On October 8, 1999, the television series Harsh Realm debuted on the Fox Network. Loosely based on the Harris Comics series by writer James D. Hudnall and artist Andrew Paquette, the show centered around Lt. Tom Hobbes, who undertakes a mission into the military training simulation known as Harsh Realm to despose of “General” Omar Santiago, who has begun taking over the virtual world and plans to eliminate the real one. The cast included Scott Bairstow, D.B. Sweeney, Rachel Hayward, and Terry O’Quinn.
Chris Carter, who made a name for himself as the creator of both The X-Files and Millenimum television series, developed the short-lived show (it was canceled after only three episodes aired) and was successfully sued by Hudnell and Paquette who were not properly credited in its creation. In the end, Carter may have found the show’s title prophetic since it derives from faux grunge speak slang term for ‘bummer.’
(Image: promotional photo for Harsh Realm, Fox Network)