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 Unknown.
When the Bug Forces launch a devastating surprise attack on Buenos Aires, nearly destroying the city, the Roughnecks are sent in as part of a massive ground troop assault.
Rico, Carl and Dizzy are particularly affected by this tragedy, as Buenos Aires is their hometown – and none of them know whether their parents are alive or dead. While Dizzy becomes frantically obsessed with finding her parents, Rico reveals he has not talked to his mother or father since the beginning of the war – triggering a crisis of conscience.
Meanwhile, Razak’s Roughnecks battle what they believe to be several new species of bugs – tracking them through the sewer tunnels. But each new species seems resistant to different types of weapons.
Ultimately, the Roughnecks discover these bugs are not new species, but new mutations of the same species – mutations caused by exposure to radioactivity inside SICON’s main weapons plant.
Dizzy later discovers her parents are dead while Rico’s parents are missing and unaccounted for.
Starship Troopers Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: Scrapped, Never Aired.
- Running Time: 30 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.