Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles (1999): S01E01 – Freefall


Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles is a 1999-2000 CGI animated television series, based on the 1959 novel by Robert A. Heinlein and the 1997 film adaptation.

It follows the exploits of the Mobile Infantry squad, “Razak’s Roughnecks,” during the SICON–Bugs War between a newly united humanity and an extraterrestrial race, known as the “Bugs,” also sometimes referred to as Arachnids.

The show focuses mainly on the Roughnecks’ missions, rather than addressing the larger war.


Pluto: Day 1.

Not long after military forces from Earth think they have defeated an alien Bug infestation on Pluto, the insects return and threaten our scientific outposts. Mobile Infantry forces are sent back to Pluto for what is believed to be a little mop-up mission.

Rookie Troopers Johnny Rico, Dizzy Flores and Carl Jenkins make their first military drop with “Razak’s Roughnecks,” an M.I. squad let by Lt. Razak, a legendary soldier known for his heroism.

Shortly after they arrive, the Roughnecks discover that this is not just a simple “hit and run” mission … but the first battle of what is to become the First Interstellar War.

Starship Troopers Series

You can find a full index of Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles here.

You can find a full index and overview of the Starship Troopers franchise here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 30 August 1999.
  • Running Time: 30 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.


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