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Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles (1999– )

TV Series  |  PG  |  Sci-Fi, Animation, Action
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The missions of a Mobile Infantry squad as they participate in a war of survival against a ferocious alien insectoid invader.

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Series cast summary:
 Maj. Zander Barcalow (14 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Cpl. Richard 'Doc' LeCroix (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Robert Higgins / ... (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Rino Romano ...
 Johnnie Rico / ... (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Dizzy Flores / ... (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Cpl. Jeff Gossard / ... (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jamie Hanes ...
 Lt. Jean Razak (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Carl Jenkins / ... (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Sgt. Francis Brutto (11 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Lt. Carmen Ibanez (9 episodes, 1999-2000)
Thomas Wagner ...
 Commander Marlow (6 episodes, 1999-2000)


In this adaption of Robert Heinlein's novel, we follow the adventures of a squad of troops as they fight in a war of survival against merciless alien invaders. Facing constant danger, they are the ones who have to do the thankless task of facing the enemy head on, and for the sake of humanity, they must prevail. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Rated PG for sci-fi action violence | See all certifications »




Release Date:

30 August 1999 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Rino Romano said that when recording the voice-over session of Carmen kissing Rico on the final episode of the Tesca campaign, Susan Blu was the one that gave a kiss instead of Tish Hicks. See more »


In "Funeral for a Friend" after Higgins and Redwing get captured, and remaining roughnecks start to make plans. Higgins and Redwing are standing with the group. See more »


[the Roughnecks start to head back to the retrieval ship after saving Rico]
Lt. Jean Razak: Private, you disobeyed a direct order and almost got yourself killed! That is not acceptable in my squad, do you get me?
Pvt. Johnny Rico: Sir, I get you, sir.
Lt. Jean Razak: [whispers softly referring to Rico attempting to kill a Tanker bug to save Jenkins, Flores, Higgins, and Razak] Pretty gutsy, son.
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Very good, but unfinished.
30 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This animated series was better than the movie (though I love the movie too), but was unfinished. There were only 37 episodes (though you can see several that never aired on the "Trackers DVD). The problem is that the series ended before the Roughnecks saved earth and kill the Queen. THat being said there were many more positives. First, the animation was top quality (though I would have gone for traditional cartoon over computers). Secondly the character development was fantastic. Thirdly, the "serial" nature of the episodes were reminiscent of some of the old 40's serials. The story starts out on Pluto were the Roughnecks are sent to save miners from the Arachnids. After Pluto is saved, the Roughnecks go to Hydora a waterworld (and probably the best campaign) to find the transport bug which had escaped Pluto. From there they go to Tophet, were we meet the "Skinnies," a race of aliens who are controlled by the Bugs. After liberating the Skinnies, the Roughnecks move onto Tesca, a jungle campaign where the Roughnecks must battle spiders and prejudice. From Tesca, the Roughnecks are marooned on an asteroid infested with "Firefrys" and a living asteroid. From here they attack the Bugs on their home world of Klandathu were they discover the bug queen. The Bug Queen escapes and heads to earth where the series culminates with the "Homefront Campaign."

Good Luck Apes!

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