When 2000 arrived, none of the newer shows impressed me. It didn't have the same charm that the shows from the 90's had. But one show from 2001 brought me back watching Nickelodeon again with its interesting concept, dark humor, and memorable characters. That show was Invader Zim.
The show is about an alien from Planet Irk named Zim who is determined to be
a great invader and make the leaders of the planet, The Almighty Tallest, proud.
The problem is that he's very cocky, unaware, and a bit of a moron. The Almighty
Tallest decide to send him on a "secret mission" to an unknown planet. Zim
accepts not knowing the false mission he was giving. Zim is giving a very broken
dim-witted robot named GIR to assist him with his "mission" and they head over
to the unknown planet. They finally arrive on Earth, disguise themselves as a
human and dog, go to school, and try to learn everything about the planet long
enough to learn its weaknesses.
Along the way, one human is able to recognize that Zim is not a human, but an
alien. The human is a young boy named Dib. He's a paranormal expert who is
extremely obsessive about ghosts, Bigfoot, and aliens. He wants to capture Zim
so that he can be a hero on Earth and not crazy like everyone thinks he is. Most
of his plans fail, but Zim's plan of conquering Earth also fail over and over
again. It's always exciting to see them go against each other.
The show was created by Jhonen Vasquez, the author of Johnny: The
Homicidal Maniac, Squee, I Feel Sick, and more. His graphic novels were
very dark, had adult comedy humor, and suggestive themes.
A show like Invader Zim was no other show that had ever been aired
on Nickelodeon. It was dark, had adult content, and clearly not for kids. But
that's what made it great! It was so awesome and funny! I really love this show!
The characters were memorable, the show had very interesting animation, and each
episode was strange and odd. A show like Invader Zim would have did
really well if it had aired on Adult Swim or MTV, but unfortunately, it aired on
Nickelodeon. The executives cancelled the show after the second season due the
graphic nature despite it being one of the most popular Nicktoons that had ever
But even still to this day, Invader Zim has a huge cult following
and for years, their merchandice were sold by the thousands at Hot Topic. It's a
bit of a double edged sword for me because I can't stand young kids younger than
14 wearing GIR T-shirts. They didn't grow up with it and most likely don't
understand the references. They wear it to make themselves look cool. I think
they look like fucking posers.
Overall, if you haven't seen this show, go check it out. It was really ahead
of its time of the kind of cartoons that would be popular today: colorful and
strange cartoons with adult humor.
That's all for now. Tune in next time as we interviewed one of the voice
actors from Invader Zim. Hope to see you around Old School Lane
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