Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles (1999): S01E07 – Swarm


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.


Hydora: Day 28.

Carmen is stranded on Hydora while rescuing Troopers injured in a fierce Bug battle. She teams up with Lt. Bernstein, the commander of Zebra squad, now in charge of a makeshift group of Troopers from several different squads.

When they become trapped by a new aggressive strain of Ripplers known as “Kamikazes,” Razak’s Roughnecks come to the rescue. Word comes from S.I.C.O.N. command that these Kamikaze Ripplers are swarming across the planet, preventing supplies and reinforcements from getting in. Bernstein and his men, and Razak’s Roughnecks take part in a two-pronged battle plan – eliminating the Kamikazes from underground hide-outs, and driving the remainder up top, where Snipers are waiting to take them out.

Meanwhile, Rico is surprised to see Carmen … and risks his life and every one else’s to try and impress her.

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


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