Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars
Starship Troopers Traidor de Marte poster
Directed by Shinji Aramaki

Masaru Matsumoto

Produced by Joseph Chou

Max Nishi

Tomi Hashimoto

Written by Edward Neumeier
Music by Tetsuya Takahashi
Production studios Sony Pictures Entertainment, Stage 6 Films, Sola Digital Arts, Lucent Pictures Entertainment
Distribution Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (all media, global), Fathom Events (USA theatrical release)
Release date 21 August, 2017
Duration 88 min

Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars is a 2017 CGI-animated film as the fifth instalment in the Starship Troopers film series.


For failure to stop the Queen from landing on Earth, John Rico is demoted back to Colonel and reassigned to Mars, where he has the unfortunate job to training incompetent Martians to be Mobile Infantry. He named his recruits Lost Patrol due to their constant failure in training simulations. Meanwhile, the Fleet is deployed on a massive campaign to the Arachnid Quarantine Zone and Carmen Ibanez is among the captains leading the assault. After the Fleet leaves, a large Bug outbreak occurs on Mars, overwhelming Martian defenses. It is revealed that the Bugs landed on Mars 3 years prior and had built up their colony into a Level 4 Infestation (100,000 or more) and the Federation did nothing. Who is responsible for allow the Bugs to infest Mars? And will Johnny be able to save the planet?

Characters and cast Edit

Production Edit

The film was produced by Lucent Pictures Entertainment and Sola Digital Arts. Sola produced Starship Troopers: Invasion, the previous film in the series. The two studios previously worked together on the 2014 film Appleseed Alpha.

Reception Edit

Traitor of Mars generally received middling reviews, mostly from online media outlets.

Film Grouch gave the film a 4/5, with reviewer Rick Swift claiming "overall it was just a fun film," and that "the addition of the much missed power suits alone makes it a must watch for fans of Heinlein’s work."

IGN gave the film a 6/10, with reviewer Blair Marnell liking elements of the film, but ultimately criticizing the script. Marnell concludes the film is "largely forgettable."

CNET's review, by Roger Cheng, praised the action set-pieces and the armored suits, but claimed the satire lacked the "bite" of the original live-action film. Cheng offers criticism of the CGI, and the film sometimes feeling like a "well-produced video game." He ends on a positive note, however, saying "despite the criticism, Traitor of Mars opens the door to a universe I've sorely missed and wouldn't mind seeing more of in the future."

Starburst Magazine rated the film 5/10, concluding "It’s not overly engaging, and other than in its politics it doesn’t say an awful lot. But that’s beside the point; this is a colourful thrill rush for the fans who enjoyed the colourful thrill rush of the original film, and in those terms it does its job."'s reviewer, Martin Liebman, gave the film a 3/5, calling it "an enjoyable film but one that doesn't add a whole lot to the main story's lore. It delivers serviceable action, a few biting social insights, and an enjoyable villainous politician. Otherwise, it's kind of a classic watch-and-forget, but it's at least better than the live action sequels by quite a bit."


Continuity notesEdit

Starship Troopers referencesEdit

Starship Troopers novel
  • In the begining of training simulation, Dutch is killed immediately, just like his counterpart in the novel.
  • Jump jet is featured on screen.
  • "Come on, you apes" is a quote from the novel.
Starship Troopers anime
  • Mars is featured as a battleground.
Starship Troopers film
  • The Fed Net is featured in the film.
  • The quote "Would you like to know more?" are from the propaganda as seen in the first film.
  • The picture of Death From Above is painted on Johnny Rico's helmet.
  • Luna Base is featured in the film.
  • Carmen Ibanez pilots a landing vessel to rescue Johnny and his crew, much like she did 20 years ago at Whiskey Outpost after an ambush.
  • Carl guides Johnny again, like he did in the first film.
Starship Troopers comics
  • In the comic, it is mentioned that thirty years before the First Interstellar War, a tegument dropped in on Mars in an Arachnid attempt to colonise the planet. However, the planet's temperature was too cold, causing the Bug pod to impact the surface far faster than it was capable of.
Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation
  • The survivors of the film are extracted from a tall building via a landing ship.
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder




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