Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles (1999): S01E28 – The Mission


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.


Klendathu: Day 34.

While at a temporary camp on Klendathu, the Roughnecks are attacked by a new and dangerous form of arachnid, an Imposter Bug that approximates the size and shape of a human.

Able to fit inside stolen power suits, the Imposter Bugs represent a terrible threat to the security of Troopers everywhere.

After the attack, the Roughnecks are ordered to rescue the crew of a downed transport ship. Upon arriving at the ship’s crash site the squad discovers that the crew have been taken hostage by the Bugs.

Even more disturbing is that the Zander Bug appears to be the mastermind behind the kidnapping.

The Roughnecks are ordered to retrieve the hostages and terminate the Zander Bug. They track down Zander Bug to his own Bug mound and find that he is using the captured Troopers DNA to create ever evolving generations of Imposter Bugs.

In the end, Dizzy inspires Zander Bug to remember his humanity and he attacks his own Bugs, allowing the Roughnecks to escape to safety.

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: 25 February 2000.
  • Running Time: 30 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.


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