Inspired by Robert Heinlein's pulp classic
and executive-produced by Paul Verhoeven, who made the big-screen version
, Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles
is cutting-edge TV animation that's more for grown-ups than kids. The neat equipment, combat suits and weapons are as deadly as they are cool, and even though the extreme gore and violence of the movie has been toned down, the endless threat from all manner of nasty bugs is still pretty terrifying. Five roughly 20-minute episodes are spliced together into a movie-length feature, which makes for a satisfyingly lengthy story arc instead of the more usual self-contained individual episodes. Like all good war stories, at its heart Roughnecks
celebrates that Band of Brothers
-style bonding in extreme circumstances, which we viewers can only experience vicariously. --Mark Walker
More computer-generated adventures with Rico and his Roughnecks. When intelligence reports suggest that the bugs might be planning to attack San Francisco, the Roughnecks begin preparing to enter into combat on their own planet. Will they be able to repel the insect threat and also avoid hurting any civilians in the crossfire?