Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles (1999): S01E08 – Search and Destroy


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 30.

The Roughnecks are sent into enemy territory to search for a Rippler nest and destroy it.

Razak decides to split the Roughnecks into two groups – Brutto is put in charge of one group, consisting of Rico, Carl, Higgins and Doc; while Razak takes Dizzy and Gossard.

Brutto’s group faces massive enemy threats along the way, and Carl is severely injured. Rico and Doc want Brutto to break radio silence and notify Razak about Carl, but Brutto refuses.

Then, their boat winds up destroyed in a whirlpool. Everybody survives, surfacing in a grotto where they’re picked up by Razak. Rico and Brutto come to blows over not contacting Razak – but the argument is cut short when the Roughnecks finally discover the massive egg sacks, and Adult Ripplers arrive to defend the babies.

Rico saves Brutto’s life … and eventually, the squad must blow up the grotto with a huge explosion — which they must outrun in order to live.

Later, because Rico and Brutto have bonded, Rico covers for Brutto. Razak is sceptical … but lets it drop.

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


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