Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles (1999): S01E13 – Of Flesh and Steel


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.


Tophet: Day 27.

When a Cyborg named Chas (Cybernetic Humanoid Assault System) is assigned to the Roughnecks, he is befriended by Higgins, who views the robot as a kindred outsider.

Rico (leery of technology as always) does not trust Chas, seemingly with good cause. During a particular battle, Chas ignores the fact that Carl’s been hit by a Constrictor blast and Rico must step in to save his friend. Because of the incident, Razak recommends that Chas be “deactivated” when the squad returns to base camp.

Unfortunately, Chas witnesses that conversation and becomes seemingly paranoid. Eventually, Chas proves himself a Trooper by sacrificing himself for the good of Higgins and the rest of the squad.

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


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