The Best Episodes of Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles

Last Updated: May 14, 2019

A CGI-animated television series somewhere between the novel by Robert A Heinlein and the 1997 film adaptation directed by Paul Verhoeven. It follows the exploits of the Mobile Infantry squad Razak's Roughnecks during the SICON-Arachnid war.

Spirits of the Departed

#1 - Spirits of the Departed

Season 1 - Episode 36

As Rico Struggles with his promotion to Lt. as leader of the Roughnecks, after Razacks death, They are assigned to defend S.I.C.O.N. high Command in Honolulu. In Route to Honolulu they pick up Sgt. Brutto's son, Max, who has been assigned to the Roughnecks as per an arrangement made by Sgt. Brutto himself. The Roughnecks come under heavy attack by the bugs and are joined by Sgt. Zimm then forced into an outpost waiting for a pickup. During there struggle Rico looks to Zimm for intructions on what to do, as he is not sure of his command abilities, and assigns Zimm leader of the squad while Rico puts himself on gaurd duty. While on Gaurd Duty, Sgt. Zimm tells Rico the reason he was assigned to him back in Basic Training then to the Roughnecks is because Lt. Razak and Zimm were good friends and they knew Rico was born to be a leader so they made a deal. This gives Rico the confidence he needs and he again assumes command, ordering the Roughnecks to blow up the outposts generator,they hid

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Vincent Edwards
Writers: Greg Weisman
Deep Trouble

#2 - Deep Trouble

Season 1 - Episode 5

When the Roughnecks go beneath the surface of Pluto to locate the Bug army's incubation center, Flores suffers from disabling claustrophobia.

star 9.20
5 votes
Sole Survivor

#3 - Sole Survivor

Season 1 - Episode 10

While trying to find out what happened to Lt. Ross, who was found wandering on Hydora with his memory gone and his entire squad missing, the Roughnecks are captured by the Bugs.

star 9.00
4 votes
Stranded

#4 - Stranded

Season 1 - Episode 12

As the war moves to the planet Tophet, the Roughnecks go after Razak and Higgins, who are trapped behind enemy lines and about to be blown up by their own air strike.

star 9.00
3 votes
Of Flesh and Steel

#5 - Of Flesh and Steel

Season 1 - Episode 13

On a mission to capture an important mountain pass, Rico has trouble trusting the squad's newest member, a cyborg.

star 9.00
3 votes
Directors: Alan Caldwell
Writers: Steven Melching
The Ice Men Goeth

#6 - The Ice Men Goeth

Season 1 - Episode 25

The Zephyr is trapped inside a giant Bug. Razak sends out a team to try and retrieve oxygen from the location found by Doc and Brutto. The way to the oxygen is down a shaft. Flores and Doc enter a strange portal in the side of the shaft but Brutto has a bad fall. Rico rescues Brutto and returns him to the ship then returns with Higgins to find Doc & Flores. These have been swept away in one of the Bugs arteries. Rico has to leave Higgins but finds Flores and Doc OK. Razak goes looking for them and finds Higgins who is suffering from lack of air in his suit. Air is now being pumped into the ship. Back at the ship, Zander is getting madder. Gossard gets the idea of using the Firefries as a fuel source from listening to him The rest of the squad return to the ship just prior to take off. Zander has been restrained but somehow escapes and attempts to sabotage the ship but the squad stop him. As they prepare to launch he escapes again and triggers the self-de

star 9.00
3 votes
D-Day

#7 - D-Day

Season 1 - Episode 27

S.I.C.O.N. prepares for the D-Day invasion of the bug home planet of Klendathu. During the build-up Flores gets an M.I.A. notice from telling her. that her brother, Eddie is MIA - presumed dead in a retrieval ship crash. She is badly shaken by this bombshell and her performance as a trooper is severely affected. The Roughnecks land in an area deemed uninhabited by Intel, as usual Intel get it wrong and the meet stiff opposition. Flores hesitates in the DZ and Rico who's been kicked up to Sergeant to replace Brutto is worried as Lt Razak has left it to him to decide whether she is now a liability. Rico is torn and leaves Flores in charge of a group of wounded troopers from other squads whilst the Roughnecks carry on the fight. As they get bogged down in the fighting Flores is brought back to reality by the will to fight of an injured trooper from another squad. She is able to surprise the Bugs from behind and save the Roughnecks. Later she meets another trooper who

star 9.00
3 votes
The Mission

#8 - The Mission

Season 1 - Episode 28

Higgins is on guard duty at a camp on Klendathu. Whilst in front of the gates he sees a trooper staggering along. As he talks to the trooper a new type of Bug, hence known as an Impostor Bug, bursts out of the suit. The Impostor is a Bug that approximates the size and shape of a human and is able to fit inside stolen power suits. As such they present a major threat to the security of S.I.C.O.N. forces. The troopers manage to kill the bug but not before it manages to drop Lt Razak and knock his helmet off. After the attack, the Roughnecks are ordered to rescue the crew of a downed transport ship. When they get to the crashed ships location they discover that the crew have been captured by Bugs. As the squad track them Bugs back to their nest Lt Razak collapses - it seems he has been infected by spores carried by the Impostor Bug. Doc and Flores go to find the fungus responsible so Doc can synthesise an antidote whilst the rest of the squad keep tracking the Bugs.

star 9.00
3 votes
Marooned

#9 - Marooned

Season 1 - Episode 39

Rico is left floating in space after his pod malfunctions during a drop.

star 9.00
2 votes
Water, Water Everywhere

#10 - Water, Water Everywhere

Season 1 - Episode 6

The ""Transport"" Bug that was found bringing reinforcements and eggs to Pluto is followed back to the watery planet Hydora, where it releases barb-shooting flying bugs of a previously unknown type.

star 8.88
8 votes
Missing in Action

#11 - Missing in Action

Season 1 - Episode 9

Trying to locate two missing squads that seem to have vanished into thin air, the Roughnecks find themselves battling giant amphibious beetles.

star 8.80
5 votes
Ice-Olation

#12 - Ice-Olation

Season 1 - Episode 21

Returning from a combat mission in a retrieval ship, the Zephyr, the Roughnecks are re-routed to an asteroid to join scientists from another ship, the Sequoia, in a quest for a bio-weapon against the bugs. Just as they are coming in for a landing, tiny flame-breathing bugs, Firefries, hatch from Zander's skin. The ship crashes, badly damaged, but there are no serious injuries. Teams are sent out to locate the Sequoia. One team, Razak and Doc, falls into a subterranean network where they are attacked by marshmallow-like Leeches. Another team, Brutto and T'Phai, find themselves in a battle with adult, human-sized Firefries. Razak and Doc, joined by Dizzy and Gossard from the ship, join in this battle. Meanwhile, the third team, Carmen and Rico, is buried by an avalanche, and beneath the snow they share some intimate moments. Dizzy saves them. All return to the Zephyr, where Higgins awaits with the recovering Zander. They finally realize that they're on the wrong asteroid; the Sequoia awa

star 8.67
3 votes
Mixed Signals

#13 - Mixed Signals

Season 1 - Episode 22

The Zephyr remains crash-landed on a frozen asteroid. A team is sent out to collect Toxin B-3, a potent bio-weapon that they've found here (to their surprise, since it was supposed to be found on another asteroid entirely), while Gossard and others remain at the ship to try to get the communications system working to send an SOS... and to protect the ship from Firefries, fire-breathing bugs that the Roughnecks accidentally brought to the asteroid as eggs. The collection team fights Leeches, aggressive amorphous blobs, inside a cave; in the aftermath of the battle they discover that the Leeches are the source of the Toxin B-3. But while collecting them the team finds itself at the mercy of a hurricane-force wind coming from inside the cave. The wind blows Carmen away, and the team fears for her life. The episode climaxes in a massive battle with the Firefries around the ship. When it's over, Gossard is able to send an SOS, and Carmen returns. It looks like help is on the way. (from pazs

star 8.67
3 votes
Hot Ice

#14 - Hot Ice

Season 1 - Episode 23

Having crashed on a barren asteroid, the Roughnecks try to make their way to a crashed science vessel for help.

star 8.67
3 votes
Funeral for a Friend

#15 - Funeral for a Friend

Season 1 - Episode 35

General Redwing has ordered the Roughnecks to be split up as she does not have a spare Lt to assign to them. They are given time, though, to time to honour Lt Razak's Last Will so they got to spread his ashes over Luna Lake in Colorado. They are joined by General Redwing and by Sgt. Brutto who is now in a wheel-chair and who doubts his own worth. The squad come across a Bug operation and try to withdraw but General Redwing and Higgins are captured. They are threatened by a Brain Bug and Rico knows he ought to order General Redwing's death. However, by using the spare fuel cells from Sgt Brutto's wheel chair Gossard and Doc blow the mountain according to Rico's plan. Sgt Brutto uses his wheel chair to swoop in and save the hostages whilst the bugs are distracted. Afterwards General Redwing tells Rico he should have had her killed. Rico tells her that was plan ""B"". General Redwing realizes the squad is too valuable to split up so she offers Rico a battlefield prom

star 8.67
3 votes
Handle With Care

#16 - Handle With Care

Season 1 - Episode 3

The squad is assigned to assist intelligence officer Earle Walker in capturing a live Plasma Bug and bringing it back through enemy territory.

star 8.60
5 votes
...And Then There Were Two

#17 - ...And Then There Were Two

Season 1 - Episode 17

Rico still doesn't trust T'Phai, but In the jungle on Tesca Nemerosa, they are forced to work together when the other squad members start disappearing.

star 8.50
2 votes
Marauder

#18 - Marauder

Season 1 - Episode 18

As the squad tries to locate a brain bug on Tesca Nemerosa from underwater, Rico is trapped when his Marauder suit runs out of power.

star 8.50
2 votes
Liquid Dreams

#19 - Liquid Dreams

Season 1 - Episode 19

While a monsoon hits the Zegema Base hard, Rico floats unconscious in a regeneration tank, fighting his subconscious to stay alive.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Jay Oliva
Writers: Greg Weisman
Heart

#20 - Heart

Season 1 - Episode 20

Still in the tank, Rico grows increasingly angry and frustarted that no one is taking his claims that the bugs are coming seriously. Meanwhile, the squad is out to charting bug tunnels near the base.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Sean Song
Writers: Lydia Marano
The Inside Story

#21 - The Inside Story

Season 1 - Episode 24

The Zephyr is still stuck on the ice asteroid. The Roughnecks are running low on ammunition and the Fireflies keep attacking. Gossard suggests they use the Toxin they've collected to set up a poison gas perimeter. To give him time T'Phai, Flores and Rico lead the Fireflies off as human bait. Things go wrong though and they are trapped with no apparent way out. Suddenly Zander appears and does a Pied Piper act with the Bugs - they all seem to fall into a giant crater. The team return to the ship and their report convinces every one Sander has bought the farm - but he suddenly reappears even crazier then before. Razak boots Rico up to a Corporal during the next battle session during which an tremor send the Zephyr into another crater. The ship eventually lands in a lake of corrosive liquid and is running low on air. Doc and Brutto go looking for an oxygen supply. T hey manage to find one but barely make it back to the ship. Doc though has other news! He is

star 8.50
2 votes
Letters Home

#22 - Letters Home

Season 1 - Episode 29

The Roughnecks are dug in on Klendathu and are facing an inevitable Bug attack. High Command order them to hold the position at all costs. Higgins finds an unfinished letter home an anonymous trooper had begun but not finished. This gives him the idea of taping a series of ""Goodbyes"" from the rest of the squad to the folks back home - just in case. Through out the night the troopers individually record messages to their families on Earth. At day break the Bugs attack but the Troopers manage to hold them off just long enough for a major air strike to hit the Bugs. As they prepare for retrieval Higgins asks Lt Razak if he wants to tape a message to his family - Razak points him at the squad and tells him that these are his family.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Sean Song
Writers: Lara Runnels, Patti Carr
Checkmate

#23 - Checkmate

Season 1 - Episode 30

Lt Razak is called to a mission briefing to find it being given by Sky Marshall Sanchez himself. The Sky Marshall tells the assembled officers about the of the Bug Queen. He then assigns Alpha and Echo squads the mission of locating and destroying the Queen. One bit of seemingly good news is the return of Carl to the squad. But the Roughnecks are dismayed to find an apparent change in his personality. Carl guides the Roughnecks to the queens lair but is captured by Bugs enroute losing his helmet in the process. The Roughnecks find the Queen but she is holding Carl as a shield and Rico is unable to pull the trigger on his friend. In the fire fight the Queen drops Carl and Rico returns his helmet. The squad give chase to the Queen but are unable to stop her escaping on a Transport Bug - enroute to Earth!

star 8.50
2 votes
Trackers

#24 - Trackers

Season 1 - Episode 31

The S.I.C.O.N. Fleet is hunting for the Bug Queen, after she escaped in a Transport Bug from Klendathu. Whilst in transit the Roughnecks get a mail delivery and find out Higgins had a girlfriend they weren't aware of who had just dumped him. The Roughnecks get annoyed that, whilst Higgins has the info. on them, they are ignorant about him. The Valley Forge intercepts what seems to be the Transport Bug the Queen is in and destroys it. As they make their report the same thing is received from the other fleet vessels. Carl twigs that the destroyed bugs were just decoys to distract the fleet whilst the Queen heads toward Earth. Due to Carls psychic abilities the Valley Forge is able to intercept the Queens Transport Bug. But the Bug seems resistant to all the ships weapons. 2The Roughnecks are sent into blow the Bug from the inside. They only have 48 hours before it reaches the Earth. Despite heavy resistance inside the Transport Bug they apparently achieve their missi

star 8.50
2 votes
Among Us

#25 - Among Us

Season 1 - Episode 32

All S.I.C.O.N. forces revert to peace status after the Bug Queen has apparently been destroyed. Carl, though, keeps insisting the Queen is still very much alive and on the earth - somewhere. After another argument General Redwing sends him on leave to cool down. Meanwhile the roughnecks are reassigned - to the moons of Jupiter to repair the radio telescopes. Rico believes Carl is right and manages to convince Lt Razak too. Razak cuts through the red tape and gets Gossard to review satellite imagery of the earth before and after the Queens assumed arrival. Gossard finds an new, unexplained, hot spot near to Little Butte, North Dakota. The roughnecks divert their shuttle there without formal authorization but the town seems to be normal - until they realize the towns- people all look alike and sound alike. A s soon as they realize this they are attacked by the residents. The Roughnecks manage to capture a resident and get back to the ship. As they take off the r

star 8.50
2 votes