Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars
|Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars|
|Written by||Edward Neumeier|
|Based on||Starship Troopers
by Robert A. Heinlein
|Music by||Tetsuya Takahashi|
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Entertainment|
Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars is a 2017 Japanese-American computer animated military science fiction film. The film is a sequel to Starship Troopers: Invasion (2012) and the fifth installment of the Starship Troopers film series. This film also marks the return of two original actors from the first film. Casper Van Dien reprises his role as Johnny Rico from the first and third film and Dina Meyer reprises her role as Dizzy Flores from the first film.
After the events of Invasion, Johnny Rico has been demoted to the rank of colonel and relocated to a Martian satellite to train a new batch of troopers. Unfortunately, these are some of the worst low-performing troopers Rico has ever trained. Mars overall has low support for the war, seeing their planet unaffected by the bug conflict and even suggesting pulling out from the war. Because of their laid back attitude, the denizens of Mars weren't ready when the bugs attacked. Unknown to everyone, Sky Marshall Amy Snapp executes her plans for power.
Snapp hatched her own plans to destroy Mars while gaining popular support for doing it. She was well aware of the bug nest growing under Mars for some time but decided to take advantage of the bug attack to gain social and political support to scuttle the whole planet. She staged a fleet attack run on the Arachnid Quarantine Zone (AQZ) as a massive distraction. While no one notices, she plans to capture General Carl Jenkins, then fabricate a story in which the Federation was too distracted in the AQZ to save Mars and had to detonate a Q-Bomb (planet destroyer) to cleanse the bug threat and Carl will be blamed for the loss of Mars. Unfortunately, for her, nothing went according to plan.
During the bug attack, Rico and his team survived the initial assault and managed to land on Mars surface. While the bulk of the Federation started their attack run on the AQZ, Snapp captured Carl and disrupted all communications between Earth and Mars. However, before he was captured, Carl telepathically reached out to Carmen Ibanez to come back to Mars. Because Carmen and Carl are trusted friends, Carmen redirected her ship back to Mars. Meanwhile, during a bug attack, Rico's troopers were found by a rescue drop ship and everyone made it on board except for Rico. His boosters ran out of fuel and he fell back into the battlefield and was presumed dead from the bug attack. The surviving team flew away not knowing that Rico was still alive but unconscious. When awakened, Rico sees his dead lover, Dizzy Flores, who asked him to help stop the Q-Bomb. Unknown to Rico, Dizzy is a telepathic projection from Carl. While being beaten and drugged by Snapp, Carl managed to telepathically motivate Rico to help stop the Q-Bomb. All was unraveled when Snapp publicly announced the fall of Mars.
When Rico's surviving troopers realized he was not dead, they returned to save him. Once reunited with his squad, he and the team head towards the weather control tower, intending to overload it and make it into one massive explosive device that will destroy the bulk of the bug infestation. It was while Snapp was about to destroy Mars that Rico's squad dismantled the bomb, affecting her approval rating. Now that the Federation Net is back online, the public can see Rico and his team attempting to save Mars, shifting public support away from Amy. With the bomb neutralized and the tower overloading, Carmen arrived with a drop ship and rescued Rico's surviving team. As soon as they evacuated, the tower detonated like a nuclear device and wiped out all neighboring bugs.
In the aftermath, Carl broke free from his captors and later returned to power. For his efforts, Rico was reinstated as general to cleanse the bug threat in Mars. As for Snapp, Carl had her quietly arrested (her fate is unknown) while Rico arranged for Snapp's secret plot to be released to the public; which destroyed Snapp's popularity and public trust because of her corruption. With his team now seasoned from battle, Rico congratulated them for their hard work and aimed to retake Mars.
- Casper Van Dien as Colonel Johnny Rico, a demoted general stationed on the frontier planet of Mars forced to train rather hopeless soldiers.
- Dina Meyer as Isabelle "Dizzy" Flores, Rico's deceased lover who appears as a telepathic hallucination induced by Carl Jenkins to inspire him.
- Justin Doran as Carl Jenkins, Minister of Paranormal Warfare.
- Luci Christian as Carmen Ibanez, Captain of the John A. Warden.
- Emily Neves as Sky Marshal Amy Snapp, a genius who wishes to destroy Mars for political and social support as Sky Marshal.
- DeRay Davis as 101, a trigger-happy explosives expert.
- Juliet Simmons as Camacho, the only female in the squad.
- Chris Gibson as Dutch, a red-haired jokester who was known for always being dismembered in simulations. Ironically, he was killed in real life the same way.
- Greg Ayres as Geo, a quiet soldier with a penchant for science over combat who was also known for his distinctive goggles.
- Leraldo Anzaldua as Ratzass, now Rico's right-hand man after the events of Invasion. His rowdiness has settled down as his reputation grows throughout the Federation. As the first recurring character in the Starship Troopers series aside from Rico, Jenkins and Ibanez, he is unfortunately killed when jumping from a gunship, as his helmet air seal fails, freezing his body in freefall.
- Andrew Love as Fed Net Official
- Ashley Forshaw as Bug scream
- John Swasey as George
- Kyle C. Jones as Daniel
- Rob Mungle as Special Branch Chief Torek
- Maggie Flecknoe as Ticket Agent
Following Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles (1999) and Starship Troopers: Invasion (2012), Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars is the third CGI animated project in the film series' universe. Screenwriter Edward Neumeier (who wrote the first three films and directed Starship Troopers 3: Marauder) returned to write this entry.
Development and news of the animated film, made to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the release of the first film, happened rather discreetly. News of the film emerged on June 5, 2017, when Sony Entertainment debuted a trailer online.
- "Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars Trailer Reveals September 19 Home Video Release". Anime News Network. July 18, 2017.
- "Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars (2017)". AllMovie. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
- McMillan, Graeme (June 5, 2017). "'Starship Troopers' Animated Sequel 'Traitor of Mars' to Debut tn Theaters for One Night Only". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
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