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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.
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.
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.
But the animation sure is pretty. What a shame to have wasted it on such insubstantial material.
But, the animation does look nice.
But anyway, moving along, we scanned virtually each and every shelf in the store (Not small by any means) and in the Sci-Fi section we stumble upon Roughnecks. Having thoroughly enjoyed the first Starship Troopers movie, i convinced my friend that this would be worth a rent. So we grab some Pringles and dip, a few drinks from the coolers, a cheesy low budget horror movie and then proceed to pay for what we'd bought and head back to my place to watch our rentals.
What i expected from Roughnecks would be the same quality action from the first movie, in fact no, i expected more. Being entirely CGI i expected to see epic battles or exciting action. I'm sorry, but this movie failed to deliver.
I don't think there was a single redeeming feature about Roughnecks. The animation was, well, laughable, the modeling was awful, the voice acting was lacking, the story was simple and virtually non-existent and was probably the most boring thing i've ever had the misfortune to endure.
Now i know what you're expecting. You're expecting that i turned my TV off, ejected the disc and moved on. No. I actually gave Roughnecks the chance to prove me wrong. I actually sat through most of two episodes, nearly bored to literal tears, laughing at the poor animation and making jokes regarding the modeling being sub-par to that of Wolfenstein 3D.
Eventually we put the DVD back in it's case and threw in the low-budget horror we also rented. It was great and really brightened up my night from the painful experience that watching Roughnecks was.
So in short, if you've had a full frontal lobotomy, are deaf, dumb and blind, you'll probably appreciate Roughnecks, otherwise i fail to see a redeeming feature of Roughnecks. Even getting the rental for free was paying too much and i feel cheated. I want my goddamn time back.
There is none of that mushy, mushy wimpy navel gazing, soul searching crap that ruins so many otherwise excellent SciFi shows and movies. This takes place on distant planets, in space, in the water, underwater, etc. About the only thing I could criticize about this series is the animation. It's a solid modeling type that wasn't very well done in the first part of the series. However, either it got better latter on or else I got used to looking at it.
If you didn't like the movie's adaption, or liked the movie but want the *rest* of the story - check your local listings!
Let me state for the record: I really enjoy these DVDs.
I was hooked when I was watching them on TV back when they were on.. now that I think about it, maybe they were daily not weekly...anyway.
What I love the most about these shows is the character development and the story arcs. Not many American cartoons are so bold to include these types of things. *spoiler* where else can you see main characters get killed or permanently paralyzed? I don't know, help me out...
But like I said, you have to remember and appreciate what you are watching. It's made for a G rated audience. The battles are very GI Joe shooting lasers and taking down just afew bugs. You see green blood. Lots of cliché episodes. Still better than all American cartoon dramas.
The movie version is one of my all time favorite films. This most definitely effects my opinion for most things Starship Troopers. But i also really didn't like the book....so maybe they cancel each other out? Sorry if this is not really a review. They are my comments though.
9/10! If you like Sci-Fi and heavy action, this is for you!
Aside from that, I actually like the series. At least it's more faithful to the book than the movie was. The only good thing about the movie is that it offered a variety of bugs which the series expanded on even more.
On the down side, Verhoeven was the executive producer of this series and he still doesn't "get it." The power suits in this series are still pretty wimpy...much more like the light armor of the MI depicted in the movie than in Heinlein's novel. Also, unlike the movie, no central characters die.
Some of the technology depicted in the animated series is pretty interesting, too. And it's always nice to know that ALL women in the future will have huge breasts. I guess that another few hundred years of hormone-infused beef will do that.
All in all, a fun series that's easy to watch. Recommended.
And there are 4 clip shows (extra episodes): CS1 Pluto and Beyond Campaigns: Various 09 / 17 / 99 CS2 Propaganda Machine Campaigns: Various 01 / 14 / 00 CS3 Marooned Klendathu: Part 4.1 02 / 22 / 00 CS4 Court-martial of Lt. Razak Klendathu: Part 4.2 04 / 03 / 00
This then lead me on to watching the Starship Troopers film and then I read the original book by Robert Hienlein. The book is completely different to the film and the animation is more like the film. But all three are brilliant- although the film, I found, quite confusing.
My favourite character has to be Higgins. However, I haven't seen the whole set yet, just: Pluto and Tesca Nemarosa one's, but i'm determined to find them all and watch each one too. They're all funny, imaginative and full of action, suitable for all sci-fi fans and those over eight years old, to fully understand hidden meanings. Enjoy!