Starship Troopers

Corrected entry: When the shuttles are descending on the bug planet for the first time, the troopers are shown sitting in their restraints. Just a few seconds later, the shuttles land on the planet. The doors swing open, and the troopers storm onto the planet. There isn't near enough time for them to go from sitting to standing in line, ready to attack the bugs in the time allotted.


Correction: Films often jump cut to skip an otherwise-boring period of time. Not much point showing a potentially dreary trip to the surface.

Corrected entry: When Rico is whipped, the guy with the whip is shown about 15 feet in the background. The lashes leave huge 18-inch stripes on Rico's back, implying that the whip is about 17 feet long. But the maximum effective striking length of a whip is only 12 feet, at most.

Charles Austin Miller

Correction: Even assuming the measured distances are correct, the fact is, 20' whips are sold and are routinely shown to be effective.


Corrected entry: In the telecast at the beginning, you see a shot of some soldiers in a promotional recruiting video. One shot, if you look closely, is of Dizzy saluting Rico after he kills the fire spewing bug and saying "I'm your girl, sir," when he decides to make her squad leader. But at the time when the telecast takes place, that hasn't happened yet.

Correction: Dizzy's salute did indeed already take place. The telecast at the beginning of the movie is set in the future. In fact, at the end of the telecast, there is a nice subtitle saying "One year earlier" - in which the movie actually begins.

Corrected entry: How much ammo can one gun hold? It seems that a single clip can hold enough ammo to run fully-automatic fire for a full minute or more. Example: soldiers need hundreds of rounds to kill one bug, and a soldier can kill several without reloading. Even a conservative 100-200 rounds would be about as much as could physically fit in the clips, yet they seem to provide as much as a thousand rounds each.


Correction: This is future tech you are talking about here. It is not unlikely they had made guns that can hold several hundreds of rounds of ammunition when fighting an enemy that doesn't go down easily. The bullets are probably not big at all and the force behind them causes the most damage. That way one of those quite large weapons can hold up to a thousand bullets easily.


Corrected entry: Rico is riding on the back of the acid bug, when he blows a hole in the back of it and drops a grenade he is thrown off. As soon as he hits the ground he ducks behind a dead bug that is maybe 3 feet away from him. The camera shows him getting thrown off at a wide angle and that bug wasn't there previously.

Correction: Just watched the widescreen version. When Rico lands, you can see the bug to his front left as he lands.


Corrected entry: The Federation is in conflict with the Bugs and mention is made early on that they throw asteroids our way. Yet, an asteroid manages to "sneak up" on Buenos Aires. One would think that they would be on the look out for such things. We have even see them destroy one. Yet, B.A. gets zero warning. An asteroid could sneak through if it were accelerated to near light speed. But in that case an asteroid equivalent to the mass of the asteroids we are shown would pretty much vaporize the Earth. (E-MC2).


Correction: It's possible that the Bugs either got lucky or refined their targeting and managed to get an asteroid in close, or it's possible that the military let one through as a false flag operation to incite people (like Rico) to join the military.


Corrected entry: Repeatedly in the movie we are shown media broadcasts which spare nothing in showing mangled and mutilated bodies. Media reports from the battlefield show Bugs dismembering humans and biting them in two. However, when the Bug is feed a cow, it is censored. Likewise, the experiments on the Brain Bug are censored.


Correction: The mutilated bodies would be shown in order to encourage more people to join the military and thus the war. The cow being censored may be due to groups like PETA still existing (we're an odd bunch us humans) and the Brain Bug may have been censored as classified rather than for any violence reason. Remember this is a Fascist Military producing propaganda not a free media reporting facts.


Corrected entry: At times during the movie, the "bugs" are referred to as Arachnids. Arachnids are not bugs. And none of the bugs particularly look like arachnids.


Correction: It's meant as slur against the enemy, it doesn't have to be taxonomically correct.


Corrected entry: In the English DVD subtitles, when Rico meets Xander and Carmen on the ship, Xander's line "copacetic" is misspelled "coposetic". (00:56:05)


Correction: Copasetic has no defined spelling, but was originally and is most commonly spelled "copasetic".

Corrected entry: When Private Ace Levy gets the knife thrown through his hand, look at the angle of it. The knife's at a slight angle, but when he pulls his hand away the hole left in the wall is perfectly vertical. (00:28:55)

Correction: There's no visible hole in the wall; only blood.


Corrected entry: In the punishment scene, Zim puts the coiled piece of leather into Rico's mouth - the leather looks like a backwards '9'. The angle switches to the reverse view and the lather is reversed - it should have the cross section like a '9' but it is still backwards. (00:43:10)


Correction: There was enough time in between the shots for him to adjust it in his mouth.


Corrected entry: After they attempt to rescue the reporter during the first battle, Rico shouts to the others to go. Watch behind Rico. Apparently, the stuntman in the background is supposed to react as if he got impaled by a Warrior Bug. The Special Effects Department must have decided not to add the Warrior Bug after all. (01:05:40)

Correction: After closely watching the scene, the soldier simply trips and falls to the ground. He doesn't act at all like he's being attacked.


Corrected entry: When the ship Carmen is on is hit and breaks in two, how come she and everyone else didn't immediately die from massive de-pressurisation? The air locks simply could not have kicked in in time.

Correction: Depressurization doesn't happen instantly. It takes time for the air to be evacuated from the exposed areas and the farther away from the section where the Rodger Young breaks apart, (remember that it is a BIG ship), the longer that section would have air. Also, the farther away from the damaged area the better the chance that the airlocks will come down in time to preserve some atmosphere.


Corrected entry: In the scene were everyone is running to gather around the captured brain bug one of the troopers left side pack (all the troopers have this pack attached to their left side) falls off - the trooper/extra doesn't notice it but another trooper/extra sees the pack and picks it up while running. All this takes place near the bottom left of your screen. (01:55:45)

Correction: How could that possibly be considered trivia?

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: When making the drop onto Klendathu (Chapter 13), the drop ships being released from the Roger Young have their thrusters pointed DOWN, towards the bottom of the screen-When orbiting a planet in space, if you release something it simply stays with you, it will NOT fall. To separate from the Roger Young to begin the decent to Klendathu, the drop ships need to have their thrusters pointed to the upper left of the screen to SLOW the drop ships down and to push them AWAY from the Roger Young. The drop ships need to slow down, so they can decrease their orbital velocity which allow them to fall towards Klendathu. (00:59:15)

Correction: The ships are in Klendathus' gravity well, which will pull the drop ships towards the planet.

Corrected entry: The sheet of paper that Johnny's comrades press against the water tank says that "Johnny Rico" was killed in action. An official federal document would supposedly not have a nickname like "Johnny" on it.

Correction: Rico's first name IS Johnny. It is what his parents chose to name him at birth, and so, it shows up like that on all records of him.


Corrected entry: The large spaceships in this movie have warp capability but have no shields? This is entirely half witted as they would fly hundreds maybe thousands of light years to go fight yet not have any defense against even the most basic of weapons, like the artillery of the tanker bugs. I would think shields would be a number one priority up there with warp capability, as at those speeds the tiniest object would be a) unavoidable, and b) would seriously damage the ship. Secondly, why no weapons to fire on ground targets? The ships did have guns but nothing to take out something like a tanker bug. One would think that with ships that big you would want to take every opportunity to put any and every battle in your favor.

Tobin OReilly

Correction: It's established that the Federation is the only human power of any consequence. Therefore, any military action would likely be against rebels with little but small arms, which the infantry could deal with. They had no real need to create battleships, since simple transports would suffice. They had no idea that the Arachnids could defend themselves from space (or the ground, for that matter) so well.

Corrected entry: If the Federation is so high-tech that they have mastered interstellar travel, then why don't they just destroy every single planet with a really big nuclear bomb? They could make about 200 for minimal cost and destroy pretty much every planet on the other side of the solar system - problem solved. It wouldn't cost lives, and I find it hard to believe that making a few missiles is going to be more expensive than massive starships, ammunition for the troopers and paying for all the logistical support e.g. food.

Correction: Where to start? Destroying entire planets would cause collateral damage (the loss of innocents, non-military targets) Destroying entire planets would disrupt gravitational fields. Destroying entire planets could not be done with surface nukes. The bombs would have to deep, deep underground.

Corrected entry: Just before Carmen and Xander escape from the Rodger Young, some poor officers get blown into space. While they are escaping, Carmen hits one of the officers with the escape pod. It's absolute zero out in space (-273 C/-459 F), so the victims would have been instantly frozen, shouldn't the officer have been shattered into pieces?

Correction: It is NOT absolute zero in space. In fact, if they were close enough to a heat source their bodies would be fried, not frozen.

Corrected entry: The last thing Rico's parents say before the meteor strikes is, "Looks like rain," as the sky outside gets darker. As a large meteor (large enough to destroy a major city) makes it's appearance in the atmosphere, there would be a flash of light brighter than the sun. Several minutes later a dark dust cloud would rise, but by then everyone in the vicinity would be killed.

Correction: Is it not possible that a meteor on the right trajectory could block out the sun before entering the atmosphere and therefore cause the sky to darken.

Corrected entry: How do the "bugs" manage to invade the Earth? Supposedly they hurl meteors through space that land on Earth and cause massive destruction. But the bugs, even though they are huge and intelligent, have no technology. How could they harness the meteor, let alone make sure that it travelled through space accurately enough to hit the Earth?

Correction: There's no way of knowing if the bugs aimed the meteor at Earth, or even if the asteroid came from the bugs at all (and the federation just using it as an excuse to attack the bugs). And it is mentioned earlier in the film that the bugs send their spores through space on asteroids to create new hives. It could very well have been a completely random seeding asteroid that just happened to hit Earth, that was probably laucnhed hundreds of years before the Terran attack.

Gary O'Reilly

Corrected entry: Why the heck would a military force that can cross the galaxy rely on infantry soldiers with projectile weapons? Even in the 21st century, we have tanks that could have mopped up all of those bugs, not to mention a myriad of unmanned weapons that could keep grunts out of harm's way. (01:01:20)

Correction: First, the bugs were extremely underestimated and thought of as completely stupid creatures. Second, later in the film the bugs do get cleared by air support while the infantry "mops up." But possibly the most influential reason is money. It could just simply cost much less to produce the weapons and armor used by the soldiers than to spend fortunes on research and development of newer products, especially if there was never a problem with the weaponry until the conflict with the bugs (and you cannot forget the millions, if not billions of soldiers ready to risk their lives for the mobile infantry). At the end of the film research on new weapons has occurred and has been released for the soldiers to use.

Corrected entry: In the scene when the asteroid hits Buenos Aires, the news shows footage of people in burning debris who are helped up. This can't be Buenos Aires, because an asteroid that's big enough to destroy a city would blow everything away in a ring of several kilometers. After the explosion all air in an ever bigger ring would be sucked to the center of the explosion, causing a vacuum and thereby killing all the people. There should be no survivors and fires. (00:52:40)

Correction: Maybe the footage was of the outskirts of the city, where the damage may have been less severe, and there may have been some survivors. Buenos Aires is a very large city.

Corrected entry: When the bugs are attacking the outpost on Planet P, Diz is occupied for the majority of the fight with the task of calling in support. When the rescue ship is on route, she is one of the last to join in the firefight, but reports being totally out of ammo after depleting her first clip. Even Johnny has a spare to give her which negates the possibility of more time passing than is seen, either she only brought a single clip or totally forgot about those around her belt. (01:32:35)

Correction: If she knew she was going to be on the radio and away from the fight, she may have given most of her ammo to other soldiers, who would need it more.

Corrected entry: Again, when the bugs attack the planet P outpost, the troopers are unable to hold off the seemingly relentless wave of bugs. Such to the point that the bugs are able to make their way to the outpost's upper level by climbing over one another, you see troopers frantically trying to repel them with standard machine fire, yet everyone seems to have forgotten about the underbarrel shotgun or similar projectile launcher that has already proven greater stopping power and in such close quarters surely it could have bought them some more time. (01:06:40 - 01:31:20)

Correction: They could have very well have used them, that is why the corpses are building up; but we are seeing the tail end of the fight, when the soldiers would have exhausted all the more powerful weapons.

Corrected entry: During the scene when Carmen and Xander are on their "third watch" the "gravity field" is strong enough to move all the coffee but not the cup? (00:46:10)

Correction: The coffee moves before the cup because the coffee is a less dense liquid, over the more dense solid cup. It's the same principle the moon has to cause Earth's tides.

Corrected entry: As it would take many years for an object to travel, even at the speed of light, to the other side of the galaxy and given that the Federation Fleet use warp drive to get to Klendethu, how were the Bugs able to shoot an asteroid out of their orbit to bomb Earth presumably a short time after?

Correction: There are no indication on when the asteroids were launched toward Earth: it might be years before and unrelated to the attack on Big K. And for all we know, both asteroids seen in the movie could be propaganda stunts: the first one destroying Buenos Aires being a simple rogue asteroid, giving the Federation an excuse to declare war on the Arachnids. The second one might be a video make up targetted to the population as a morale boast.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the infantry are mopping up after fleet has blasted the planet the troopers form a large ring around a group of bugs and concentrate all their fire on the centre. Would of thought this would result in quite a few troopers shooting each other?

Correction: I think I've read somewhere that the Troopers are equipped with weapons and body armors fitted with electronic devices to prevent friendly fire. Take the live-ammo training scene where one of the trainee gets yelled at by another one because he got in his line of sight, causing his weapon to beep or something. A few seconds later, the same trainee is shot in the head AFTER Rico removed his helmet to fix it. Of course, the later scene where Ratshack snipes a soldier snatched by a flying bug (and later when Rico finishes off the crippled Ratshack) would probably indicate the function can be disabled.

Corrected entry: When Carmen and Xander man the emergency evasive system to take the Roger Young out of the bug asteroid's path, why did they have to count down from five before punching the system button? If they had just punched it straight away, the ship would have cleared the asteroid safely without getting its communications tower blown off.

Correction: Carmen was using that time to point the ship downward. Only at the slower speed did she have time to maneuver; if they had punched it early, she would not have been able to dive in time. Xander was guiding her as the experienced member of the team by estimating the time they had left.


Corrected entry: Rico uses a grenade to kill the tanker bug at one stage, seemingly part of his normal equipment. But at the final battle when hundreds of bugs are massed at the walls of the compound, making a perfect target, no-one thinks to use one.

Correction: They probably ran out of grenades.

Corrected entry: Just before the bug asteroid hits the Roger Young, Carmen and the other pilot are rapidly examining their instruments to determine where the gravity field is coming from. Yet, moments later, we see that the asteroid is coming from straight ahead of the ship and is fully visible through the front windows of the bridge. Couldn't one of the pilots have seen it coming?

Correction: Surely both the cruiser and the asteroid are travelling at immense speeds, seeing as they are moving across huge interplanetary distances. This means that the asteroid would be upon them in no time at all without them observing it quickly enough.


Corrected entry: In the scene where they find a body with its brains removed, the original lieutenant sticks the fingers of his robotic hand into the hole in the head and says: They sucked his brains out. Obviously the giant Brain Bug did this, but the only way in that room was through a door probably only 6.5 feet tall and a short hallway of the same size. The brain bug was 15 to 20 feet tall. How did it get in there? Did they take the live person outside, suck out his brain, drag him back inside and sit him in his chair? I don't think so.

Correction: There was a hole burrowed into the room which you see and they even mentioned "That must be how they got in..." and which they bombed to close the hole up later on.

Corrected entry: It is very interesting that at the beginning of the movie, in the battle of Klendathu, it takes upwards of 15 soldiers to bring down a "bug" after about ten seconds of continuous firepower. At the end of the movie, however, the three that rescue Carmen from the brain bug, and Carmen herself, are able to massacre what looks like about 60 bugs, just by themselves, in about 30 seconds. Did intelligence invent weapons that were 30 times better in a really short period of time?

Correction: It is demonstrated in the movie by the intelligence dept. that the warrior bugs can take lots of damage before dying but if they're hit in the right place they just die outright, considering the grunts' experience to date I'm sure they picked up on this trick.

Corrected entry: Someone else pointed out that it seems unlikely an interstellar military force would use infantry troops with projectile weapons to fight the bugs. Well, I have perhaps a larger problem with the "reality" of the film. When it becomes clear that the bugs are a threat to humanity, the Mobile Infantry is sent in to fight them. These forces are promptly slaughtered. In a later scene we see some kind of aircraft flying over the surface of the planet, dropping bombs, and THEN the Mobile Infantry goes into the bombed area. Um, haven't we been using airpower to bombard an area, THEN sending in infantry to claim it, since World War II? Isn't that like basic war-making?


Correction: You can only drop some bombs from aircrafts if you aren't kept busy with artillery-fire. The first time the MI engaged they didn't have this option, because of the heavy fire coming from the planets surface. It was already hard enough to land some boats. Also, the military wasn't really aware of the trouble they're getting in. The humans thought they will fight some mindless enemy with no strategic capability. After being proven wrong they changed their approach very quickly.

Corrected entry: In the shower scene, Diz comes in, takes off her T-shirt and starts showering. Do you leave your pants on to shower ?

Correction: She enters the room wearing a shirt and underwear. There is plenty of time between then and the shot where she takes off her shirt for her to have removed her underwear.


Corrected entry: The movie starts in Buenos Aires, Argentina - a Spanish-speaking country. Why are all the billboards, signs, etc. in English rather than Spanish?


Correction: I'll find it very possible that in the future English will be officially the global language. (Now it's just unofficial.) That's surely the case also in this movie. Even those TV-spots and newsflashes in English are most likely seen all over the world, not just in USA or something. There also doesn't seem to be any boundaries anymore for people not to move where ever they like, some Americans to Buenos Aires and so forth. So to my money the globalization has been finally accomplished here.


Corrected entry: Not a mistake, but I love how the three main characters, Rico, Carmen, and Carl (Doogie Howser) all become high ranking officers after just one year in the military. Especially Carl - Colonel after just one year. I like that army. Carmen - Captain of a major starship, and Rico - Lieutenant.

Correction: While Carl is a bit of a stretch, it is shown several times throughout the movie that the Mobile Infantry and the Fleet have taken tremendous casualties. Thus, Rico and Carmen could have ended up in command positions much earlier than they would have otherwise mainly because no one else is left.


Corrected entry: In the film, Buenos Aires suffers a meteor strike, and Rico's parents die. But the house were they live is near mountains. And the nearest mountains are as far as 1700 km from Buenos Aires...(the pampas are VERY plain). So, or they are alive and well, or the meteor hit The Andes. And not Buenos Aires...

Correction: Depending upon the size of the impactor, debris from the ejecta blanket rather than the impact itself could have spread as far as the Andes and killed Rico's parents.


Corrected entry: At the start of the film when there's an advert for the Mobile Infantry, we see that there are clips in background of parts in the film that haven't even happened yet, featuring Rico, Ace and Dizz, these things didn't happen until after the attack on Klendathu, this bit is meant to be set just before the attack, well actually when the forces are preparing to attack, this makes no sense...the advert seems to see into the future.

Correction: After the ad in the beginning of the film there is type across the screen that says "one year earlier", so the ad isn't looking into the future, it is in the future.

Corrected entry: When the troops are throwing knives at the targets, one says, "why are we doing this when we can just pull a trigger?" The drill sergeant tells him to put his hand on a target and proceeds to throw a knife into his hand, he then quotes "when your hand is disabled you can't pull a trigger" Did he overlook the fact that when your hand is disabled you can't throw a knife either?

Correction: What he actually says is "The enemy can't push a button if you have disabled his hand", he's suggesting a way of stopping the enemy without a gun, not a way of fighting disabled.

Corrected entry: In the cavern scene at the end, Carmen is rescued by Rico and his homies. When they come in, she is holding Xander's knife, but when she runs back to join them, she is holding an assault rifle.

Correction: It's the assault rifle that Xander lost right before the 'brainsucking'-sequence. While the bugs are paralyzed by the threat of Rico's grenade I think it very likely that Carmen would grab the rifle lying just two or three steps in front of her instead of fighting on with a knife. In fact you can even see her stand up after picking up the rifle (immediately after Rico's 'explosion gesture'.

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