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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Thanks to BKN, I've been privy to see these episodes beforehand and I have to commend their creators. Without trying to be vague and still ease people's apprehension (I was allowed to see the episodes in order and hate spoilers, so forgive my vagueness), this series, while showing us the flaws in the bipedal killing machine, works on a few levels. It doesn't simply give the viewer an army of bugs as they are overrun, but instead continues with the progression of the characters and their unfortunate plight. Thusfar, we, the viewers, have watched our beloved Roughnecks turn from rookies into hardened veterans as they've faced down adversity and droves of bugs. Still, the series outdoes itself in this set of episodes, leading us even further down paths that weren't so easily predicted. They manage, in the battle for the bugs home planet, to pull out all the stops and show us a battle worthy of our attention. Certainly, we all knew that this was coming, but what we didn't know was the wonderful surprise that leads our Roughnecks, like cattle, into the next, and final, installation of the series. Personally, I think this was the second best piece of the Starship Troopers Campaign, and was the best to come along thusfar. Still, what else would you expect from bugs defending their homes?
I highly recommend the whole series, but I recommend this DVD and the next as two that are definitely worth purchasing. (Thank you, BKN!!!)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2002
The Roughnecks bring the war to the bugs in "The Klendathu Campaign", the latest DVD release from the Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles series. The story opens with the Valley Forge being hijacked by an intruder with intimate knowlege of the ship. (Unfortunately the identity and origin of this intruder is explained in the previous 'Ice Asteroid Campaign' which is not yet released)The Roughnecks pursue the intruder forcing him to escape in a rescue pod, but not before he pilots the ship to Klendathu, the bug's home world. This marks the beginning of SICON's massive attack on the bug home. The Roughnecks participate in a massive 'D-Day' style invasion of Klendathu, confront an old friend now turned enemy and face a last stand against bug hoards in an abandoned trench. In the dramatic conclusion to the campaign Razak's squad is reunited with a long lost comrade to participate in a commando raid to destroy the arachnid queen and bring the war to a swift end.
The Klendathu Campaign is a thrilling continuation of the Roughnecks saga. The CGI by Foundation Imaging just continues to grow more subtle and sophisticated. The staging area, Klendathu is a fetid fog covered world swarming with seas of bugs. Battles range from massive invasions to search and destroy missions and even commando raids deep within enemy territory. The stories remain remarkably subtle and complex for American animation. The characters continue to grow and change; another Roughneck is lost to a crippling injury, an old squadmate returns but has changed in frightening ways, gung-ho Dizzy experiences self-doubt, while Rico begins to show leadership mettle. The series even pauses from endless battles to let the Roughnecks compose heartfelt messages home from battle (in 'Letters Home') This DVD is a must for any serious fan of animation and first rate story-telling.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2002
Second to last in the series, this group of five episodes is extremely fast-paced and nicely plotted.
Best of all, in spite of this being "juvenile" action (as Heinlein originally planned to market his novel), the Klendathu Campaign has more depth of character, gung-ho humor and just plain good old-fashioned story-telling charm than anyone would ever expect from a CGI "cartoon".
As I have said previously, the creators of Roughnecks deserve at
least one Hugo award for their efforts. Granted, the graphics and movement are not up to the Spirits Within level. But for all the reasons that really matter - the heart and soul of a story well told with characters that have some resonance - Roughnecks Chronicles has all the spirit that counts.
Let's hope the creators of this thing get to finish it someday. And go on to give us more quality science fiction CGI.
Live Forever, you apes!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2002
This disc contains episodes 26 thru 30 of Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles (40 episodes altogether). This campaign has it all - a full scale D-Day invasion of the Bug's homeworld (Klendathu), a very changed Zander Barcalow trying to create a very crude Human-Arachnid hybrid, troopers sending video-taped "letters home" to loved ones during the lulls of trench warfare, tactical nuclear strikes, acid spitting Bugs, and the return of an old friend to help hunt down a new foe. This is Roughnecks near its peak performance, some of the best episodes of the whole series!
Be sure to check out the Filmmakers' and Technical commentaries, they definitely make the disk worthy of repeat viewing. There is no picture gallery on this DVD, but the galleries on the Hydora and Tophet DVDs are so extensive that additional galleries at this point would probably be redundant. Oh yeah, and there is FINALLY a decent trailer for the rest of the Roughnecks series included on this disc. If you're a die-hard Roughnecks fan (like myself), this is a great disc to show your friends and family in order to hook them on the series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2002
Great dvd, however we are missing a story arc. I have loosely named it the Frozen (or Lost) Asteroid Campaign and it directly precedes the Klendathu Campaign.
The missing episodes are 121 - Ice-Olation", 122 "Mixed Signals", 123 "Hot Ice", 124 "The Inside Story", and 125 "The Ice Men Goeth".
Without revealing content, this arc introduces a new bug (Fireflies) and answers the question, what happened to Zander. We still have one more dvd to wait for...and that's a good thing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2004
I enjoyed this campaign a lot because it started out onboard the USS Valley Forge, the starship carrier that houses the Razak's Roughnecks.
It is clear from watching these disks that the writers and animators borrowed a lot of ideas from other movies and television shows. Here one of the obvious influences is Aliens. There are several episodes where the troopers are running around darkened starship corridors searching for the bugs that borrow the atmosphere and look of that movie.
[SPOILER]
If I have any complaint, it is that occasionally the show delved into comic-book-like stories and I think this is the worst example, when one of the human characters turns into a bug but still taunts the troopers with quips and snide wordplay. It is too much like a Spiderman comic book.
[MAJOR SPOILERS]
There is also a choice that Rico makes late in the episode that is not really touched on later in the series that I found troubling: at one point he has the opportunity to kill the alien queen but does not do so in order to save the life of one of his friends. The problem is that the queen then makes it to earth, leading to massive warfare and presumably the deaths of millions of people. But they never again revisit Rico's bad decision.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2002
I loved the original book (I have a first edition hardcover!); I thought the movie strayed too far from the original material, but the bugs were cool; and the TV series combined the best of both for a truely remarkable achievement. I have purchased all six available DVD's through Amazon, and fans of the series will not be disappointed in the episodes provided, but what happened to the Ice Asteroid episodes, and what happened to episode 131, "Trackers", where they pursue the Queen Bug escaping Klendathu? It's missing from both the Klendathu campaign and the Homefront campaign DVD's. What's up?
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon October 12, 2014
Anyone interested in this great old 1999-00 "state-of-the(n)-art" Sci-Fi adventure may notice that you rarely see a simple complete chronological viewing order posted for the entire season. This is due to the order in which they first aired on television vs. the confusing way Sony Pictures chose to package for DVD release.

If you decide you want to own them on DVD there are two ways to approach this. (1) They were first released as 8 single-DVD campaigns that were sold separately. Each disc offered a feature-length story constructed from individual episodes. (2) Now as all of these financially strapped companies do, after they had drained every drop of $.$$ out of that approach, they then re-released those same feature-length stories as a complete season that now astonishingly fit upon only 4 discs.

[The moral of that paragraph is that most humans will pay more for the same minutes of entertainment if it's spread over more discs.]

So the following list will be a chronological viewing order of the 8 separate single-disc campaigns (A-H). Below each campaign I will make note of the episodes that this campaign is constructed from. Each of these episodes will have a number which will denote their original airing order.

A - The Pluto Campaign - Created from the following episodes: (1) Freefall, (2) Plasma Bugs of Navarone, (3) Handle with Care, (4) Basic Training & (5) Deep Trouble.

B - The Hydora Campaign - (6) Water, Water Everywhere, (7) Swarm, (8) Search and Destroy, (9) Missing in Action & (10) Soul Survivor.

C - The Tophet Campaign - (11) Betrayal, (12) Stranded, (13) Of Flesh and Steel, (14) Captured & (15) The Face of Truth.

D - The Tesca Campaign - (16) No Substitute, (17) ...And Then There Were Two, (18) Marauder, (19) Liquid Dreams & (20) Heart.

E - The Zephyr Campaign - (21) Ice-olation, (22) Mixed Signals, (23) Hot Ice, (24) The Inside Story & (25) The Ice Men Goeth.

F - The Klendathu Campaign - (26) Metamorphosis, (27) D-Day, (28) The Mission, (29) Letters Home & (30) Checkmate.

G - Trackers - Composed of one stand-alone episode (31) "Trackers" and 4 Clip-shows "Pluto and Beyond", "Propoganda" - "Machine" - "Marooned" & "Court-martial of Lt. Razak".

H - The Homefront Campaign - (32) Among Us, (34) Hide n' Seek, (35) Requiem, (36) Funeral For a Friend & (37) Spirits of the departed.

Note: Episode # 33 "Home Front" was never finished as were the final few that were intended to wrap the show up.

In the grand scheme of things "Starship Troopers" existed within the following cinematic universe;

Starship Troopers - 1997 Film.
Roughneck: Starship Troopers Chronicles - 1999 CGI TV Series.
Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation - 2004 Film.
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder - 2008 Film.
Starship Troopers 4: Invasion - 2012 Computer Animated Film.

Based on the truly excellent 1959 harcover by Robert A. Heinlein the theater & TV releases would progressively shy away from the potent political allegory that made this original book so good. I came to this series through my who were at the perfect age when this TV adventure arrived. In later years after they had grown I decided to acquire these on DVD and found, if I kept an eye out, that the 8 separate listings were more economical than the one boxed set. Hopefully this has been of some help. Please let me know if I have made any errors. Enjoy!
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on February 17, 2014
I watched this movie and did not like it all.... the cgi graphics are very bad - it looks like these discs were made on someones computer... and I laughed at the fact "how do the bugs get from one planet to the other" I mean their bugs!!! They cant build anything - even the premisis for the original Star Troopers movie was Horrible - I mean bugs shooting plasma bolts out of their butts how ridiculous can that be. And the whole concept behind the Originial "Starship Troopers" was just horrible. A. We had the capacity to just nuke the whole damn surface of the world but not we had to send troops down. B. How do *bugs* get from one planet to another they had absolutely no technology what so ever. The first movie was sooo ridiculous I mean shooting meteorites across infinite space which is absolutely impossible to do when you stop and think about that. The first movie had sooo many plot holes you could drive a stick through it. Mrs. Heinlien (sp?) saw the original movie and sued the company to have any mention of his name removed from the Credits. Just stop and think about how ridiculous the whole premises is about this movie. Go to the original "Starship Trooper" movies and read all of the one star reviews, they will tell you how stupid this movie can be. p.s. did I meantion bad graphics??
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Roughnecks is in many ways the best animated military series ever to grace the small screen. In every way that mattered the it is true to Heinlein's vision of the future conflict and the militaristic effect war has on a society. It is a fantastic DVD worth owning.All of this said, there is one horrific flaw involved in this DVD, the back cover summary of the DVD is completely inaccurate. I wonder if this individual ever even watched the show or did he just fast-forward through it. To begin with if the summary writer had, he would know Lt. Zander is just one of the pilots who occasionally ferry the Roughnecks. Zander is not their leader and never was their leader, Lt. Razak is the leader. The fact that the unit is called Razak's Roughnecks is where the series gets its name.It's odd to me that a series which paid such excellent attention to detail is scared with a back cover summary that is so misinformed.
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