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.
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SICON officials discover a massive bug mound outside of Buenos Aires. Believing the bugs are mobilising for another assault on the city, SICON forces try to bomb the hill from the air, but Plasma Bugs keep changing locations, and three different air sorties fail when the planes are shot down by plasma fire.
The Roughnecks and four other squads are called in to launch a covert ground attack on the Plasma Bugs, taking out their positions so Fleet can bomb the bug mound. One of the squads winds up tripping off the bugs to the mission, but as a result, all the Plasma Bug positions are revealed at once.
Razak organises a massive ground missile attack on the mound, bringing the entire structure down and wiping out the bug compound.
During the mission, Dizzy is almost killed and Rico professes his love for her. Dizzy, however, tells Rico that he can not love her – she’s a jinx, and everyone who loves her suffer some horrible fate.
When he argues, she reminds him of his rank, calling his behaviour inappropriate. But when Rico walks away, hurt, it can be seen that Dizzy did not mean it. She still loves him.
Starship Troopers Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 17 March 2000.
- Running Time: 30 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.