WARNING! SPOILERS CONTAINED WITHIN! WARNING!
I loved Starship Troopers (1997) when I first saw it and I might be that rare person who also loved both of the direct-to-DVD sequels they did, Hero Of The Federation (2004) and Marauder (2008), and was hoping they either do more, or better yet another big budget movie. Well, they did do more movies but they ended up being CGI animated flicks, only two thus far, Invasion (2012) and this new one here, Traitor Of Mars. I reviewed Invasion and was bored to tears by it, this new one, however, was better and even though I’m giving it a favorable review I still wish that had kept doing live action movies. I don’t like when a continuation of either a movie franchise or a TV show moves into another “medium.” After Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) ended they actually continued the show but in comic book form, and it’s really hard for me to consider that canon. In fact I don’t. Same problem I have here with Starship Troopers. I know these two animated flicks are in the Starship Troopers universe, but I personally don’t consider them cannon because they’re animated.
I didn’t like Invasion so much I can’t even remember the plot, or the fact that Johnny Rico was in it. He was, apparently. but this character wasn’t voiced by Casper Van Dien. In Traitor he is, but even though Carl Jenkins and Carmen Ibanez are in this one too, neither Neil Patrick Harris nor Denis Richards voiced them. And another issue I feel I must gripe about is why they didn’t bother to make Rico, Carl or Carmen look like the actors that played them in the ’97 live action flick? Money, I suppose.
Remember Dizzy Flores (Dina Meyer) from the ’97 movie and the fact she died? She’s back in this one and voiced by Meyer. When I heard they were bringing her character back I shook my head. Why? Doesn’t anyone stay dead in movies anymore? Well, good news, Dizzy really did die in that first flick, her appearance here is a psychic image Carl plants in Rico’s mind after he’s stranded on Mars and needs “motivation” in keeping himself alive long enough to save the damn planet, which now brings me to the plot.
Mars has been colonized, but three years prior a bug meteor crashed itself onto the planet and now bugs have secretly colonized the planet. How could this happen without it being an inside job? It couldn’t, it was an inside job, which makes the traitor of the title to be Sky Marshall Amy Snapp (Emily Neves). A politician who’s more in love with her approval ratings than caring about the Federation and she’s been itching for an excuse to destroy Mars for a long time. For some reason, she’s never liked the colonization of the planet, so she let the Bugs colonize so she could have an excuse to blow to smithereens with something called a Q-bomb, an explosive device delivered to the planet’s core that really would blow it into pieces. At some point Carl got wind of this plan and tried to stop it, but got arrested and tortured by Snapp and her goons.
Enter Johnny Rico, who’s been demoted since the last movie and has been trying to train his group of Martians in Bug killing. He calls them the Lost Patrol, and in simulations they don’t know jack shit. They do, however, come to together as a solid group when Bugs suddenly appear and manage to end all human life there. Rico and his squad are tasked with finding this Q-bomb and putting it out of commission, while simultaneously trying to find a way to end all Bug life on the planet. They manage to do both by the end of the flick, but a couple in his group meet a bloody end by Bug talons.
This movie gives us the power suits they couldn’t, or didn’t want to show in the live action ’97 flick, and even with them you can still be torn apart by a Bug. However, you get better firepower and a built in jetpack that allows for short jump flights. If you’re a fan of these animated movies, then you’ll probably end up liking this one.
Video/Audio/Subtitles: 1080p 1.78:1 high definition widescreen—5.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio, 5.1 French DTS-HD Master Audio, 5.1 Spanish Dolby Digital—English, English SDH, French, Spanish subs
Extras included . . .
- Traitor of Mars: Inside the Bugs and Powered Suits (9:02)
- Traitor of Mars: Inside the Story and the Characters (7:00)
- Expanding the Universe: 20 Years and Counting (6:27)
- Expanding the Universe: Continuing the Universe (3:35)
- Expanding the Universe: Traitors to Mars (6:45)
- Photo Gallery (35 photos)
- Deleted Scene (:44)