Starship Troopers

 

Well my dear friends, our time is drawing to an end. In a little over five weeks I’ll be gone forever. Well, I’ll pop back in from time-to-time, but for the most part you’ll be stuck with Wookiee and his giggly boobs from now on. But before I leave you I’ll attempt to knock out a few more articles.

Now anyone with an internet connection will have heard the news that there is a new Starship Troopers film on the way. Now before we look at the trailer we’ll have a quick look at the history of this beloved franchise.

Our franchise began in 1958-1959, when American author Robert A. Heinlein (7 July, 1907 – 8 May, 1988) took a break from writing Stranger in a Strange Land and decided to knockout another novel instead. Since its arrival on the literary scene Starship Troopers became an instant hit, and a controversial read. I say controversial as Heinlein placed a lot of his personal belief into the project, particularly his love for the military, its discipline and the need to shed blood for liberty. Some claim that the novel is also racist as it portrays non-Americans as monstrous entities. Though I could never see the resemblance between Mexicans and Arachnids; and Asians and “Skinnies.” Maybe that’s just me?

Since the book came out there have been a number of films, series, games and comic books revolving around the work.

Starship Troopers (1997)

This is perhaps the most popular of the live-action films. Well, let’s be honest, most of the films were terrible. Hell, the live-action sequels, as Wookiee has stated on numerous occasions, seems to be nothing more than generic Sci-Fi films that got renamed “Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation and Starship Troopers 3: Marauder” just so they could get the damned things made. But, anyway, the 1997 film introduced us to the wonderful world of Latino schoolboy Johnny Rico and his friends -all of whom are white and in their late twenties- as they wave the flag, shoot bugs and generally conduct themselves as “Americans in Space!” It’s simply a nice lump of action based escapism. If you like that sort of thing.

Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars (2017)

Now after the animated series (That was BRILLIANT! -Ed) and a pretty decent animated film in 2012, we are finally getting a new Johnny Rico centred film. Now, we know little of the film expect for what we have seen in the trailer, BUT! if the film follows on from the series which ended with the “Bugs” invading Mars, we could be in for an absolutely brutal and bloody film.

 

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