Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles (1999): S01E03 – Handle with Care


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 9.

S.I.C.O.N. decides to send the Roughnecks on a special mission: bring back a live Plasma Bug from behind enemy lines. Along with an uptight Ivy-league Intelligence officer named Lieutenant Earle Walker, the Roughnecks must transport the bug through rough terrain; meanwhile, plasma reserves have reached critical mass inside the bug, and any impact could cause it to explode.

Lt. Razak is forced to take orders from the ego-driven Walker, who is willing to risk lives for the sake of this bug. This causes Rico to question whether Razak has lost his nerve or his pride.

In the end, despite Walker’s threats, Razak decides to save losing M.I. forces on Pluto by bombing the enemy with the Plasma Bug. And Rico learns a valuable lesson about putting duty over ego.

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: 01 September 1999.
  • Running Time: 30 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.


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