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 2.
S.I.C.O.N. forces move into peacetime duty after the Bug Queen and her transport are presumably terminated. But Carl insists the Queen is still alive and here on Earth.
General Redwing orders him to take some R & R, and the Roughnecks are given their next assignment – repairing radio telescope receivers on the Jovian Moons.
Carl, however, manages to convince Rico that he is right…and Rico, in turn, sticks his neck to out to convince Razak. Razak puts his career on the line, taking the squad on a little detour to Little Butte, North Dakota, where strange subterranean thermal readings are occurring.
The town appears to be ultra-normal, until the Roughnecks come under attack by strange human residents who turn out to be bugs cloned with human DNA.
The Roughnecks uncover a Bug plot to infiltrate Earth society and sabotage 50 major targets around the world, including a Cold Fusion plant in North Dakota.
The squad saves the plant, but other targets are lost by S.I.C.O.N. — and the bug war has now come home.
Starship Troopers Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 05 March 2000.
- Running Time: 30 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.