"Roughnecks Starship Troopers Chronicles: Tesca Nemerosa". Released: 09/18/01
Fourth story arc, episodes 16~20.
Having seen thousands of them in my life, I've grown cynical. Sure, I'm largely a sci-fi enthusiast, but I've had to look outside my comfort zone to find new, guilty pleasures. They're increasingly hard-to-find. So, I've accepted the grim reality that there is very little out there left in the land of entertainment for surprise or delight -- like seeing STAR WARS for the first time -- and one DVD is just a flick filling time until the next one comes available for rental or purchase.
Then, along came the ROUGHNECKS ...
This installment, I've already watched three times in under a week.
Call me a geek.
This outing of the Emmy-nominated ROUGHNECKS: STARSHIP TROOPER CHRONICLES only serves further evidence that this show -- utilizing state-of-the-art CGI technology along with highly-stylized fiction -- deserved a wider following that it will hopefully be treated to on DVD.
THE TOPHET CAMPAIGN is years ahead of other CGI-based adventure shows because its premise is a formula that works: action ... and plenty of it. Our heroes, the Roughnecks -- part of a futuristic Mobile Infantry fighting for mankind's survival against a race of sentient killer bugs --, are actually allowed to endure psychological as well as physical challenges, encouraged to face their own personal demons, and continue to grow in each subsequent arc of the overall story. After all, when's the last time 'Captain Planet' learned he might be wrong?
The story unfolds at a frenetic pace: the bugs have taken Tophet, where a race referred to as the Skinnies turn out to be unanticipated allies waiting to lure humanity into a trap.Read more ›
The scripts continue to grow in sophistication, with surprise twists and startling developments. As always, the voice talent is first rate.
If you intend to buy all of the disks, then I definitely recommend viewing them in order. If you're just looking to try one out, this is the best of the first three DVDs. Tesca may well be better, but I don't know yet. I'll let you know!
Although the plot and characterization *could* always be deeper, compared to most tv and almost all animation on USA TV, the quality is extremely high.
The animation, while a little rough in places, really starts to explore and expand the CGI medium. Some of the shots in this set are absolutely stunning!
Rounding out the DVD are two sets of commentaries, one by the filmmakers and one by the technical people. Talk about replay value! I think this is outstanding and raises the bar for DVD production of an animated series.
I also like how the series is arranged in 5 part story arcs (and all 5 parts per disc). Makes it great to watch! Highly recommended! The only problem with this is that Sony is releasing this series, like they did the TV series, are being released out of order. :b
This is an excellent series of episodes! My favorite thus far!
Beware, the animation is not up to par with the other DVDs. Read more