In preparation for the impending 'Invader Zim' TV movie, I did a full series re-watch and decided to rank my top 10 'Invader Zim' episodes of all time! Here we go!
10. 1x17b 'Lice'
I love 'Lice'! That's a weird thing to say... anyway, this is a really cool episode. One of my favourite things about it is how Dib thinks Countess von Verminstrasser is insane for believing in the Lice Queen even though he routinely gets called insane for believing in the paranormal. He does the same thing to her as his classmates/family/the general public does to him!
9. 1x10b 'Bloaty's Pizza Hog'
'Bloaty's Pizza Hog' is a great episode for Gaz. I always love episodes were Gaz has to save Dib's (or the entire planet's) butt. She always does so so begrudgingly! Nothing fazes her, except the prospect of missing out on pizza. This episode clearly demonstrates that if Gaz had any desire to, she could probably wipe out the entire Irken Armada all on her own.
8. 1x06a 'Career Day'
This is a hilarious episode. I love the idea that even on earth, Zim is destined to work in fast food. I always liked the underlying commentary this episode does on the idea of the 'career'. The episode pairs the Skool kids with professions that they don't want or can't do based on standardised test results, and even when they were paired with the profession of their choosing, like Dib was, it still didn't go as planned!
7. 2x06 'The Frycook What Came From All That Space'
I loved seeing Foodcourtia in lots of detail, as well as getting to see the flashback of Zim's banishment to Foodcourtia. It was fun to see Zim's total disregard for his punishment and his refusal to believe he is anything other than a prized Invader play out in the Foodcourtia context.
6. 1x05b 'The Wettening'
A classic Zim VS Dib episode! Both of them are so obsessed with out-doing the other, but this time it was cool to see this play out in a traditional schoolyard way. Sure, they both used science and advanced technology to engage in a water balloon fight, but instead of the fight being about human VS alien or a battle for the planet, they used their science-powers for a typical school-yard quest for revenge!
5. 1x02a 'Bestest Friend'
Keef SO MUCH. He is so creepy (and absorbent)! One of my favourite things about the episode is that we either learn what Zim finds valuable in a friend, or what Irkens in general look for in their friends: absorbency, electroconductivity and the capacity to withstand some final test that involves a small beaver and a toy taxi cab. The Zim/Keef friendship montage is also one of my all time favourite things from the show ever.
4. 1x09a 'A Room With A Moose'
While the idea of a room with a moose eating walnuts being a true horror is hilarious, Zim's evil plan in this episode is probably one of his smartest and well-executed. I always kinda wished Dib had let the bus enter the room with the moose, but I do still like that Dib decided to save his ungrateful class mates by playing into their hatred of him. Saving lives is a thankless task, Dib!
3. 1x12b 'Game Slave 2'
This is by far my favourite Gaz-centric episode. I love Iggins (as annoying as he is!), but Gaz's pursuit of him is so awesome. I loved the horror tropes utilised to inflict terror upon Iggins. This whole episode is another perfect example of how nothing
can withstand the full force of Gaz!
2. 1x04b 'Dark Harvest'
A classic and controversial 'Invader Zim' episode. I know lots of fans struggle with this episode, but for me it is brilliance. I love it when kids' shows go real dark, because a lot of kids can actually handle, and enjoy, darker content. Challenging kid's brains is a good thing! Anyway, I love Zim's assumption that the more human organs he has, the more convincing a human is. I mean, that kinda makes sense if you are an alien who hasn't actually done a lot of homework on what a human is!
Oh, and of course, the 'head-pigeons' gag is iconic!
1. 1x03b 'Walk Of Doom'
I freaking love this episode. Everything about Zim and Gir wandering around the city is hilarious. Zim is supposed to be learning all he can about life on earth so he can most effectively destroy it, and yet he finds himself flummoxed by so many things in this episode: geography, the sun, buses, bank robberies... This episode also features another of my all time favourite scenes: Zim and Gir's attempt at a bus ride. That scene never fails to make me laugh!
So, there you have it: my top 10 'Invader Zim' episodes! It was really tough to narrow these down, so if you ask me tomorrow about this list, I probably would have changed a bunch of them!
Let me know what you think of my list! And share your own favourite episodes!