TROOPS is a fanfilm directed by Kevin Rubio that had its premiere at the Comic Con International convention in San Diego, CA, on July 18, 1997, before becoming more widely available on the Internet later that summer. The film is shot in a documentary (or mockumentary) style, parodying primarily A New Hope and the television series COPS, as well as Fargo and Mystery Science Theater 3000 (by featuring Tom Servo). In the film, stormtroopers from the infamous Black Sheep Squadron on patrol run into some very familiar characters while being filmed for the hit Imperial TV show TROOPS. The running time is approximately 10 minutes. It was filmed at El Mirage, California, in late March of 1997.
The film jump-started the modern fanfilm movement, as it was one of the first short films to bring fan films into the digital age, taking advantange of Internet distribution and affordable production and special effects equipment, as well as fans with movie-quality costumes.
In 2005, a new film called IMPS - The Relentless was released, made by several of the actors from TROOPS. Originally planned as a sequel, the film was first billed as TROOPS 2, but was renamed after fans learned that not only was Rubio not involved with the project, but also that over the course of writing and production the film had evolved into something entirely different.
Joel Hodgson's name is misspelled in the end credits.
The name and concept is a spoof of the show COPS.