Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles (1999): S01E04 – Basic Training


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 10.

When Higgins’ actions during battle compromise the safety of the Roughnecks, Lt. Razak wants to have him shipped back to Earth. But after Rico stands up for him, Lt. Razak comes up with another plan – Rico will train Higgins and turn him into an efficient solider. Easier said than done, however.

Meanwhile, the Roughnecks must rescue a Demolition Squad trapped in a canyon by a Warrior Bug ambush. But when they arrive, the Roughnecks suddenly come under attack by a bug no one’s seen before – the flying hopper, armed with a razor-sharp stinger.

Laser weapons do not seem to work on these bugs, and eventually the Roughnecks discover the Hoppers actually absorb the laser energy, growing stronger.

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


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