Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles (1999– )

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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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 Maj. Zander Barcalow (14 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Cpl. Richard 'Doc' LeCroix (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Robert Higgins / ... (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Commander Marlow (6 episodes, 1999-2000)
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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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This series gave Dizzy Flores an actual name. In the novel, Flores was a male, and a very minor character. He was referred to as "Dizzy" several times during his one scene, and it is unclear as to whether that was his name or a nickname. In the 1997 Starship Troopers movie, he was turned into a female love interest, though it is still never clearly stated as to whether or not "Dizzy" is her legal name. On the Roughnecks series, one of the writers just decided to give Isabel as the legal first name, hence "Isabel 'Dizzy' Flores." See more »

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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 »

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Sgt. Charlie Zim: [notices that Rico is not confident enough to be the leading lieutenant for the Roughnecks] Permission to speak, sir.
Pvt. Johnny Rico: For crying out loud, speak all you want! Take charge! I'm begging you!
Sgt. Charlie Zim: Not what I want, not what I came here for. You need to know some hard facts. First of all, you were assigned to me during basic training as per requested by your high school teacher, Jean Razak. Second of all, you were assigned to Jean Razak's unit, the Roughnecks as per requested made by your drill instructor...
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Better than the movie, not as good as the book

I first read the book STARSHIP TROOPERS when I was ten years old (now some 25+ years ago) and I have always loved that book. So much of modern SF has come from that novel, like the movie ALIENS, and novels such as ARMOR and THE FOREVER WAR. STARSHIP TROOPERS is more than just a great story, it's actually about the US island hopping campaign in the Pacific during WW2 (Heinlein was a Naval Academy graduate who served in troopships moving soldiers and Marines into battle), and it speaks eloquently about a society and its military, their roles and what is right and wrong with them. It also addresses such things as force structure, officer training, and the "tooth to tail" ratio. This book is even on the USMC reading list for NCOs, as much of the book deals with the interactions within a small, platoon-sized unit. Realizing this, it gives a different perspective on ROUGHNECKS than it does for someone who has never read the book and maybe only seen the movie. ROUGHNECKS does attempt to keep faith with the book, especially with the addition of the Skinnies, even in portraying them as they are in the book--allies, then enemies, then allies again. It also blends in the movie characters, like Zander Barcalow, with new characters like Brutto and Doc. It even leaves Dizzy as a girl (in the book, Dizzy is a guy, and he dies in the first chapter). Also, there is an attempt to add in what made the book so special to begin with--the battle armor. I saw about a dozen episodes in whole or in part, mostly on the local channel that showed it. I can only hope that SCI-FI channel will reshow them, or maybe another cable network, like TNN, could pick it up. New episodes would also be good. One person said that there was more character development in ROUGHNECKS than in five seasons of VOYAGER. That's true, especially as all the characters in ROUGHNECKS were allowed to evolve, whereas on VOYAGER only Seven or the Doctor were really allowed to expand and grow. And for all those out there who have never read the book, or any of Heinlein's work, I would highly recommend it. You'll gain a new insight into this show, the movie, and maybe even more.


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