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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.
Roughnecks omits most of the stylings of the movie in favor of bringing elements from the novel "Starship Troopers" and creative savvy from the producers and directors that make the show. This is all computer generated animation for television at its finest, watchers will be treated to the continuing ventures of Johnny Rico and the Roughnecks as they travel to strange and dangerous worlds in their quest to rid the galaxy of the Alien Insects that wish to conquer them. Be prepared for exotic and very realistic looking characters, locations, vehicles and enemies. This is the future of animation so don't miss it.
For a "kids" show, this is one of the better shows on TV. There is more
plot and characterization in one season of "Roughnecks" than in five
years of "Voyager." The computer animation is excellent (for it's
time), but it is not a crutch or the star of the show. Rather, the CGI
is just a well-used tool that is used to create an excellent show.
I think this show, as a whole, is much better than the movie in many ways. It has action without being too violent, and drama without being too frightening for kids.
Even though the show is targeted at kids (older kids), there is plenty for adult sci-fi fans to enjoy: good stories, long story arcs, morals, consequences, and characters that are more real than 75% of the "real" shows on TV. The animators give the characters life and the voice actors give them souls.
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!
I found the roughneck series 100% better than both movies and the book.
All six of the dvds are worth purchasing. The stories are very good and
the animation excellent. I continue to watch them to this day. There
was a little goof up in the continuity when they company had to
outsource the production. However, it does nothing to detract from the
stories. The only one I did not like was trackers. And the DVD's left
out 3 very major episodes. There are episode guides that will fill in
the missing pieces. All in all the cgi animation series is excellent
Oh, I remember this show so fondly. I came across it in the summer of
1999. It was before The Sci-Fi Channel was sold to Paramount
Entertainment and got ruined. From 7AM to 9AM five days a week in the
summers. Like many small budget, yet effective, channels it was a BKN
(Big Kids Network) outlet. They played a lot of mid-level budget
cartoons those days in the morning. Mummies Alive, Extreme Ghostbusters
I remember so fondly waking up in the morning and lounging in bed watching Roughnecks. Oh, man I miss my youth. It's right up there with the one summer Sci-Fi played nothing but Anime when I was sick for two months and did nothing but watch it and sleep.
Despite negative reviews, I actually loved the film "STARSHIP TROOPERS." It
ran on a feasable and likable theme, and had a good "feel" to it, even if it
was a little campy. Why the critics seem to hate it is beyond
But to get on with this review, I didn't expect much from "ROUGHNECKS," The Starship Troopers Television series, but in the morning before going to work I managed to catch an episode. I was impressed at first by the visual computer effects. The movements of the CGI characters are very lifelike and believable. But what really had me tuning in from then on were the great storylines. They are deep and intelligent; I have no idea why this show is marketed to children. As an adult, this is one of the few "cartoons" I can still sit through, probably because this show isn't exactly written for younger audiences. From the few episodes I've seen, I can already tell that "ROUGHNECKS" is a completely valid series, and not just because it is entertaining. It refrences many classic moral themes that pertain to the horrors of war, and also references many historical points in military history (most noticeably the Roughnecks' Home Ship, the VALLEY FORGE).
My only complaint is that the three main characters should
closer resemble their real-life counterparts. Call me shallow for wanting to see the familiar faces of Hollywood celebrities, but I can't think of "Johnny Rico," "Dizzy Flores," or "Carl Jenkins" without seeing the faces of Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer and Neil Patrick Harris in my mind (though to be honest, the CGI character of "Diz" actually does resemble Dina Meyer).
All in all, a great show that is very worthy of all praise it receives. Don't miss "Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles." You won't be sorry.
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I cannot help awarding this TV series a low 3 out of 10 rating, because
it is specifically about everything that is *not* interesting about
Heinlein's Starship Troopers concept. It is purely about action. There
is virtually no characterization, and certainly nothing at all about
the most interesting thing: the kind of society the story takes place
in. The whole world-building dimension is completely and mercilessly
cut away, perhaps to make this a kids' story. Heinlein's original novel
was juvenile fiction, but it didn't talk down to its readers. It
contained all sorts of hardboiled social commentary and philosophy,
which today is apparently considered dangerous, or at least
uncommercial. The producers of this series have certainly succeeded in
utterly sanitizing this concept. Into complete meaninglessness.
But the animation sure is pretty. What a shame to have wasted it on such insubstantial material.
As the CGI Model Supervisor for 90% of the "Roughnecks: The Starship Trooper Chronicles" I just want to wish all "Trooper" fans an enjoyable viewing experience. This is the most difficult show I've ever worked on, and we at Foundation Imaging have poured a lot of sweat (and extra hours) into the attempt to make this the best looking CGI daily show ever produced. If you think we succeeded, drop me a line. --Dave Adams
I just can't get enough of this show. Saw it in syndication and it just blew me away. It does a good job creating the illusion of the war with the bugs. The music is what first grabbed by attention, and the excelent writing kept me there. Decent visuals with plot situations that did not seemed to be contrived. Good serises for kids, but also enjoyable by adults. Any chance the last few episodes will be made?
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