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October 02, 2005

"I'm gonna sing the Doom song now!"

A week ago when Jack was at his worst the nights were punctuated by occasional tears, yells, etc. It was pretty clear that getting to sleep early wasn't going to be happening.

A few months ago Fabulous Babe requested we break down and get Digital Cable. Now instead of the vast wasteland of 99 cable channels we something like 200+. (I've never counted.)

One night I was up after having helped Jack and started flipping around the channels. Lo and behold I discovered a tv show that I had never heard of before: Invader Zim.

This is one of those shows that you wonder how someone ever greenlit it. I've no idea what was actually pitched to the execs at Nickelodeon but here's my best guess:

"It's a show about an overbearing, maniacal, inept alien from another planet, named Zim, who is banished to Earth due to his lack of ability as an Invader. Accompanied by his robot, Gir, who is equally clueless, Zim sets about disguising them as a human child and dog which, despite everything, works with a single exception: Dib, a fellow school classmate who sees conspiracies at every corner and is on to the foul alien presence in his midst. Did we mention it's politically incorrect and the creator is responsible for a character named Johnny the Homicidal Maniac?"

I'm leaving a lot out.

The first episode I caught had Zim trying to stop Gir, obsessed after witnessing a gazillion "Crazy Taco" commercials, from running to Crazy Taco for some food. Within a minute I was laughing. Within 5 I was gasping for air.

It's not for everyone. Really. I know that. But it IS worth trying to catch a repeat to see if you like it. It's funnier than the first 6 episodes of Ren & Stimpy in an "Oh my God they really said that!" kind of way.

Of course Nick killed it after one season. Genius like this is rarely appreciated or is allowed to survive to flourish. (Joining "Flying Blind" in the graveyard of television shows that died too quickly for my taste.) The chances of a revival, a la "Family Guy", are not going to happen. It's simply a rare thing of wit, color and talent.

I'm starting to try and track down a "Gir" doll for Jack. It's the least I can do.

As a special treat here's Gir singing the "Doom" song after Zim goes off on a rant about how Earth is doomed: The Doom Song!

Posted by Jim at October 2, 2005 12:28 AM


I saw a Squirrel! It was doing this!
Doom Doom Doom! I'm going to sing the doom song! Doom Doom Doom Doom Doom DoomDoiomDoom Dooom Doom Doom Doom Doom Doom!(Zim)"Gir we're here now!" Wait, doom doom doom doom doom doom, The End! Okay.

Posted by: Chris Reed at August 28, 2006 06:51 AM

i have all 6 dvds of invader zim i love earth i am a stupid worm child

Posted by: Tad McCormick at April 12, 2007 10:40 AM

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