It’s a Friday night, you’re young(ish), the working week is over and it’s time to P…A…R…T…Y! Bugger that, I’m staying inside and levelling up my skills in being an introvert by watching one of the greatest movies of all time yet again: Starship Troopers. I’m at a point now where I can quote that film line by line, thanks to it being an infinitely rewatchable masterpiece of fascistic satire and Jake Busey’s magnificent teeth.
Starship Troopers is brilliance in a two-hour format. Starship Trooper sequels are…Well, they exist, but let’s not talk about them. They’re the equivalent of stealing the football just before Charlie Brown manages to get a kick in, because destiny is a cruel tyrant named Lucy. Anyway, the live-action Starship Trooper sequels are trash. They’re low budget, lack any of the subtle commentary of the original film and they’re cheaper than Chinese knock-off Nik Naks.
2012’s Starship Troopers: Invasion, however? Now that’s a movie which may have lacked the commentary of the original but made up for it by upping the action with some delightful CG animation.That was five years ago, and it’s about damn time that a sequel was made. Do you want to know more?
C’mon You Apes, You Wanna Live Forever?! I have only one rule. Everybody fights, no one quits. The bugs have breached Mars and the Federation’s Fleet is too far to help. It’s up to us to save the planet. On the bounce, Troopers! The only Good Bug is a Dead Bug! Oorah!
The movie sees Rico demoted and relocated to a satellite station on Mars, while the Federation moves to attack the home planet of the bugs — but Mars just so happens to be the target of a secret bug attack at the same time, and it falls to Rico and a group of new recruits to keep the planet safe while the Federation’s fleet is far out of reach.
There’s some lineage to this sequel, which includes Casper Van Dien as Johnny Rico and Dina Meyer as Dizzy Flores again. Didn’t she die in the first film? technically yes, but I’m guessing that she got better. Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars drops out of orbit for a US theatrical release on August 21, before moving on to Blu-Ray and digital streaming services.
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Last Updated: July 20, 2017