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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 9, 1999
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  • Summary: An action series from Chris Carter ("X-Files") about a soldier fighting for his life inside a virtual reality war game.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jun 9, 2015
    One of the season's most promising new series.
  2. Newark Star-Ledger
    Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Jun 10, 2015
    What's there is fascinating. More than perhaps anyone writing for TV, Carter understands the tactical value of withholding information; he gives us just enough to pique our interest and then pulls back, promising to deliver more when the time is right. The first installment of Harsh Realm promises plenty. [8 Oct 1999, p.71]
  3. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jun 9, 2015
    Tonight's premiere looks a little bleak and proceeds a little predictably but this may well be due to the amount of exposition necessary to establish the world Carter and company will be exploring. [8 Oct 1999, p.144]
  4. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Jun 9, 2015
    With time and understanding, maybe his Realm will prove a solid successor to "The X-Files," his earlier hit, but that's assuming that more than Carter's cultish core fans stick around long enough to make sense of this elaborate war game inside a super-secret government virtual-reality setup called Harsh Realm. [8 Oct 1999, p.55]
  5. Reviewed by: Ron Wertheimer
    Jun 9, 2015
    Chris Carter wants to hijack your brain. Again. And after shuddering through tonight's premiere of Harsh Realm on Fox, you may be ready to surrender.
  6. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jun 9, 2015
    It's an intriguing but emotionally sterile show, with flashy effects and flimsy characters.
  7. Reviewed by: Michele Greppi
    Jun 9, 2015
    An off-putting exercise in mayhem that might get by on its computer-generated looks as a TV movie. But as a series, it defies us to understand anything about it, much less care about it or anyone in it who moves on less than four legs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 7, 2014
    Since Harsh Realm only filmed nine episodes, it is hard to give the show a high score. After all, the main plot of the show seems verySince Harsh Realm only filmed nine episodes, it is hard to give the show a high score. After all, the main plot of the show seems very underdeveloped, as the makers were cut off without warning. However, I would argue that a version of this show that felt complete would rival the X-Files for being the greatest thing Chris Carter. Strangely enough, I think that almost makes the show worse, as it is had so much potential, that its incomplete state can be hard to watch if you think about it too much (which then ruins the philosophical points of the show). Still, it is worth watching as a science fiction thriller that should have been a classic. Expand

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