Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles (1999): S01E31 – Trackers


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.


Earth: Day 1.

Dozens of Fleet Ships are hunting for the Bug Queen, after she somehow escaped during the M.I. showdown on Klendathu.

At the same time, the Roughnecks discover that Higgins had a girlfriend they did not know about, who just broke up with him. Rico and the others are furious that Higgins knows everything about them, but they know nothing about him.

The Valley Forge finally tracks down the Transport Bug in which the Queen escaped and blows it up. Unfortunately, reports of other destroyed Transport Bugs pour in, and Carl realises these were just decoys to distract S.I.C.O.N. forces, allowing the Queen to take an unpredictable, undetected route to Earth.

But thanks to Carl, the Valley Forge finds the real transport – but its shell is impervious to all weaponry, and it is only 48 hours from reaching Earth.

LT. Razak and the Roughnecks embark on a covert assassination mission –sneak in, terminate the Queen, and get out. While the Roughnecks are inside, however, they discover the Queen is too well protected … and the squad must risk its own lives to blow up the Transport from the inside out.

The mission appears to be a success, and the Roughnecks return to Earth, hailed as heroes for ending the war. But when Carl sets foot on Earth, he realises the Queen is still alive…and she is here.

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: 28 March 2000.
  • Running Time: 30 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.


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