Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles

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The CGI animated series Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles follows the events surrounding the Razaks Roughneck Mobile Infantry squad during the SICON-Bugs War. This war takes place between humanity and the Bugs, which are an alien species spreading through systems to colonize planets. Roughnecks centers around Alpha squad who are ordered to Pluto after Operation Pest Control. Rino Romano voices Rico, the main protagonist of the series who leads his squad to different planets and across other systems eventually tracking the Bugs to their homeworld.

Roughnecks:Starship Trooper Chronicles is based on the novel by Robert A Heinlein that was adapted into a film in 1997. It ran from August of 1999 to April of 2000 with only one season and a total of 40 episodes. The episodes were separated into arcs of 5 episodes each totaling 8 campaigns throughout the series. The show aired on the Australian channel, BKN and was syndicated in the United States and Canada, being picked up by the Sci-Fi channel and Teletoon respectively.

The initial story revolved around Alpha Squad tracking a Transport Bug back to a planet where a Brain Bug resided. This leads to the information detailing plans for the destruction of the human race followed by control of the universe. Another planet named Tophet contains a species which the Bugs have enslaved to mine resources for their Transport Bugs. At the cost of one of their comrades life, the squad frees the slave species known as Skinnies, who ally themselves with SICON. SICON is the coalition of nations on earth that have united together to fight the Bugs as a common enemy.

The series was produced by Columbia Tristar and Sony Pictures who contracted Foundation Imaging to create the CGI animation. After episode 11 however, Foundation Imaging was unable to keep up with the schedule and Sony hired on 2 other companies to produce the 3D animation.

1 Season, 41 Episodes
August 30, 1999
Animation & Cartoon
Cast: Rider Strong, Irene Bedard, Steve Staley, Neil Patrick Harris, James Horan
Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles

Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles Full Episode Guide

  • At the beginning of a mission, Lt. Razak ignores a standing directive and orders the saturation bombing of a landing zone.

  • At the beginning of a mission, Lt. Razak ignores a standing directive and orders the saturation bombing of a landing zone.

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

  • The ROUGHNECKS, with RICO as their new Lieutenant, are re-routed to SICON HQ in OAHU to help defend the island against an expected BUG attack.

  • The ROUGHNECKS are being split up.

  • When it is discovered that the bugs have a vast network of tunnels and colonies beneath San Francisco, SICON decides the only way to ensure victory is to nuke the city.

  • The Roughnecks' ship, the Zephyr, remains trapped inside what they now know is a giant bug. A team consisting of Rico, Brutto, Dizzy and Doc has been sent out to retrieve air.

  • After a long day of battling Bugs, the Roughnecks are called to a mission briefing only to find themselves in the presence of Sky Marshall Sanchez himself.

  • SICON 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.

  • 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.

  • During a drop against a well-defended bug position, Rico's Drop Suit is struck by a plasma blast, knocking him out of his landing trajectory. rescues Rico, just as his air supply runs out.

  • The Roughnecks are facing a "Battle of the Bulge" situation on the Bug home planet of Klendathu. They have been ordered to hold the line against an inevitable (and overwhelming) Bug siege.

  • Aboard the Valley Forge on a long trip to their next campaign, the Roughnecks have drawn watch as most of the ship's crew rests in suspended animation.

  • The Roughnecks are sent on a seemingly routine recon mission of the planet Tophet to determine if it can be used as a waystation for S.I.C.O.N. to the rest of the galaxy.

  • The Zephyr remains crash-landed on a frozen asteroid.

  • Their ship, the Zephyr, crashed again on the ice asteroid; the Roughnecks are running out of ammo to fight off the attacking Firefries.

  • While returning from a mission, the Roughnecks are attacked and captured by a contingent of Skinnies.

  • The Roughnecks are crashed on a barren asteroid.

  • Unhappy with the negative news being reported from the field, SICON orders Fed Net reporter Bob Higgins to create a postive, upbeat piece about the war.

  • While RICO recovers from injuries at the Hospital at ZEGEMA BEACH, the ROUGHNECKS map strange tunnels out in the jungles of TESCA NEMEROSA.

  • RICO -- hovering in a coma between life and death -- flashes back to High School with DIZZY, CARL, CARMEN & RAZAK, and Basic Training with DRILL SERGEANT ZIM.

  • As the squad goes on Recon in the TESCA NEMEROSAN jungle beyond ZEGEMA BEACH, RICO still refuses to accept T'PHAI into the unit.

  • After GOSSARD receives a minor injury, RICO is assigned a MARAUDER suit for the ROUGHNECK's next mission: they're heading upriver to capture a BRAIN BUG.

  • After clearing a mountain pass of a row of Blaster Bugs, the Roughnecks are able to cap...

  • COLONEL T'PHAI -- the Skinnie who was partially responsible for CARL's fried brain -- joins the unit just as they're assigned the task of taking ZEGEMA BEACH as part of the TESCA NEMEROSA CAMPAIGN.

  • The Roughnecks are sent down to Hydora to find two squads that have vanished into thin air. On the way, Rico and Dizzy bicker when he criticizes her for taking too many risks.

  • The Roughnecks discover LT.ROSS, commander of DELTA SQUAD, wandering on Hydora, his long-term memory wiped out, and his entire squad missing.

  • The Roughnecks are sent into enemy territory to search for a Rippler nest and destroy it.

  • The TRANSPORT BUG spotted dropping eggs and bugs onto Pluto is tracked to a previously undiscovered planet, which is named HYDORA.

  • LT. CARMEN IBANEZ is stranded on Hydora while rescuing Troopers injured in a fierce bug battle.

  • The Roughnecks are one of several squads sent beneath the surface of the planet to locate the source of the bug army, dubbed "Bug City," and call in an air strike.

  • Fed Net reporter Bob Higgins hosts a half-hour Fed Net news special looking at the first weeks of the war on Pluto and Tophet--focusing on the battles, the bugs, and the heroics of the Roughnecks

  • When a Cyborg named Chas (Cybernetic Humanoid Assault System) is assigned to the Roughnecks, he is befriended by Higgins who views the robot as a kindred outsider.

  • When HIGGINS' actions during battle compromise the safety of the Roughnecks, LT. RAZAK wants to have him shipped back to Earth.

  • LT. RAZAK, suspicious of a lull in the Bug offensive, investigates the area with Higgins in a SURFACE SKIMMER. The pair spot a HUGE BUG MIGRATION and call in an air strike.

  • SICON decides to send the Roughnecks on a special mission: bring back a live Plasma Bug from behind enemy lines.

  • Carmen and Zander are trapped in a scientific research outpost on Pluto when their Retrieval ship is shot down by Plasma Bugs.