STARSHIP TROOPERS 20th Anniversary

StorySmack Episode #30

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Scifi classic, or classic trash? You have your opinion, we have ours, which we share in this lovely recap of an extremely fun and slightly polarizing movie that came out twenty years ago.

So come on, you apes — do you wanna live forever? Dive into this delightful cheese-fest with us. Would you like to know more?

“Damn, Carmen, when you said big bugs might splatter our windshield I had no idea!”

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  1. Steven Reneau

    Did you just dis one of the masters of scifi? I mean, really, the work of Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke, et al., provided an audience from which you make a living.

    I waited most of my life for STARSHIP TROOPERS to come to the screen and was woefully disappointed in the result. Thought it focused too much on the politics and society. Wanted way more action, believable action, ie if it takes a dozen Marines with .30cal machine guns to kill one bug, you have a training and equipment problem. Of course, the power suits would have fixed some of that. It was a nice effort, but I prefer the movie that has been in my head since the 60’s.

    1. scottsigler

      Ah, I knew scifi orthodoxy would raise its ugly head eventually. HOW DARE one not like works of the founders! Blasphemy!

      The Model-T created an audience and marketplace for the automobile, but we don’t see a lot of those suckers on the road these days. Times change, art evolves.

      The lack of power suits was a bit of a shocker. We mention in the episode that the screenplay was written as an original before they associated it with the book. That’s right, adding the Starship Troopers milieu was an afterthought for this flick, so it’s not that surprising it deviates significantly from the source material.

  2. Ben Thorp

    I had a flick through a “book of the film” once, and Paul Verhoeven said that he felt he couldn’t include much of the book, in particular the tech, because it had already been used so much in sci-fi movies that he would be accused of plagiarism.

    1. scottsigler

      Ben: That’s very interesting. And true, to some extent, but since the screenplay they bought had been written before they optioned the book, I’m guessing that wasn’t the biggest reason. How many powered-armor movies were there before 1997?

    1. scottsigler

      Amiko: I really wasn’t that impressed with the book. I’m guessing that’s because the 40 years following its publication has seen scifi grow and mature as a literary form. To me, STARSHIP TROOPERS is a Model-T — without it we might not have today’s cars, but it’s antiquated and couldn’t survive in today’s market.

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