| Look at their scared faces, GIR: They feel the terror, but they see nothing! FOOLS!|
— Zim to GIR
|Invader Zim Episode|
|Previous:||Walk for Your Lives|
|Episode No:||Episode 17a|
|Airdate:||April 26, 2002|
|Writer(s):|| Roman Dirge|
SPOILER WARNING OF DOOM: This section or article may contain spoilers!
The Almighty Tallest are examining a storage planet so they can send valuable equipment to the Invaders to help them on their missions. They send a Megadoomer X-3 Combat Stealth Mech to Invader Tenn to help her conquest of the planet Meekrob. Purple says he "doesn't like" the robot as Red responds "We didn't build it so you could like it". They then find a compartment filled with dangerous Malfunctioning SIR Units. While describing how dangerous and prone to disaster they are, the decide upon sending them to Zim. Red jokingly worries about Zim getting mauled by the murderous contraptions, which leads to both rulers laughing raucously.
On the Conveyor Belt Planet, a Screwhead examines the slavery his species is forced to perform courtesy of the invasion of their planet. The Screwhead, Smikka Smikka Smoodoo, is upset by how the slave drivers are treating his species and wants to do something about it. However, he only gets as far as swapping over Zim and Tenn's packages before being electrically shocked by an Irken slave driver.
Meanwhile, on Earth, Zim is talking angrily to a human boy, Spuddy, about what Dib did to him in class, which made Ms Bitters accuse him of something. Spuddy, frightened, escapes to his house, as he doesn't know who Zim is or what he's talking about.
Once he arrives at his base, the enormous box containing the Megadoomer falls from the sky and lands in the front yard. Pleased with his 'gift', he speedily and excitedly thanks the Tallest. However, they recieve another transmission, this time from Tenn, whose base is being destroyed by the maniacal robots.
Back at the base, the Megadoomer is opened and the floor is completely flooded with packing peanuts. Zim explains its cloaking properties to GIR. GIR, of course, is not listening, as he is distracted by the Megadoomer's 'chicken legs'. Zim attempts to switch the machine on, but realises that there are no batteries, so he must plug the Megadoomer into an outlet to get it to work. This time, the Megadoomer turns invisible, but both the cord and pilot are still visible. GIR tries to tell him, but Zim simply ignores him and pilots the robot towards Dib's House.
The journey begins, and the Megadoomer is causing lots of destruction by leaving massive footprints. Zim, thinking he is invisible, laughs deviously at how the homans are fleeing, afraid and confused. While stomping, the Megadoomer loses power. GIR tells Zim that 'the plug thing isn't plugged' and is asked by him to go find an outlet. GIR plugs it in to another cord, and the Megadoomer is invisible again.
Sometime later, Zim is halted by a car that is waiting in front of a stoplight. Zim, however, doesn't know this and yells at the car to move. The stoplight turns green, and Zim thinks it was him that made the car move. Unfortunately, the Megadoomer again loses power and reguires a new outlet. GIR plugs the Megadoomer into the Old Folks' Home, which the elders do not acknowledge.
Meanwhile, Chuck and Buck are playing in a sandbox with their toy robots. The Megadoomer loses power in front of them, and GIR eats their toys.
At Dib's House, Dib is brushing his teeth, when he hears the sound of the Megadoomer's stomping. He runsoutside with his camera to find Zim floating above him. Zim yells "fight an enemy you cannot see!' However, Dib says that he can see him. Zim denies this, and tells him to behold the Doom Cannon. Dib says that he can't because the cannon is invisible. Zim then realises that he can be seen and says that it is stupid. Dib agrees with this point, which Zim is upset by and decides to use all of the Megadoomer's weapons to destroy Dib. This draws the power from the city, which makes the machine power down, deactivating the cloaking device. Dib is amazed by the Megadoomer and makes GIR take pictures of him in front of it, in the hopes that he will be on the cover of Crop Circles Magazine. Zim panics about his cover being blown, and makes the machine self destruct. He snatches Dib's camera away and proclaims his victory. Dib calls this into question, since the Megadoomer exploded and he wasn't destroyed. Zim, protecting his ego, says his real plan was to steal the camera from him. After Zim and Dib fight over it, Dib reclaims the camera and announces his victory. Zim says he left the lens cap on, and a bird snatches the camera away. Disappointed, Dib goes back to bed.
In The Massive, the Tallest recieve a signal from the Megadoomer, showing that it self-destructed. Purple asks if it blew up with Zim in it, and Red says it probably didn't. They get another signal from Tenn, saying they're all doomed.
End of Spoilers: There is no further spoilers for this section or article. You can breathe now.
Facts of DoomEdit
- The Megadoomer itself is a reference to the '90's anime series Evangelion, according to the director's commentary.
- The two children playing in the sandbox in this episode were named Chuck and Buck. This is a reference to Miguel Arteta's independent film Chuck & Buck.
- The scene where Dib is in the bathroom and he sees the toilet water rippling due to the footsteps of the Megadoomer is a reference to Jurassic Park.
- One of the people shown during Zim's rampage through town, a woman with purple hair and a nose ring, greatly resembles Devi D. from Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, one of Vasquez's earlier works.
- When this girl looks out the window, you can see "911" on one of her books. This is a reference to September 11th or the 911 number to dial the police.
Trivia Of DoomEdit
- GIR can carry the Megadoomer's plug, though it looks like the plug would be heavy. This may be due to his strength as a robot.
- This is the only episode with Invader Tenn having speaking lines before series cancellation.
Things You Might Have MissedEdit
- As GIR eats Chuck and Buck's action figures, the camera shakes around as if was a home video. This may or may not have been a breakage of the fourth wall.
Inconsistencies and Animation ErrorsEdit
- As GIR says "I had no idea", a line separates his head and body, making only his head move as he says it.
- When Smikka Smikka Smoodoo is looking at the two packages with his back to the camera, he appears to have a jacket; in the next scene it's gone.
- When GIR goes into the retirement home and plugs in the Megadoomer, the receptacle has two outlets, though it changes to one outlet in the next scene.
- Zim's ensemble and eyes are bright red for one scene, but they change back to their normal colors in the next scene.
- Zim's PAK turns pink and grey when he pulls on his antennae.
- Tenn takes a 3-second pause before talking to the Almighty Tallest.
- When Dib takes away the camera from GIR as the Megadoomer is about to explode, GIR's nose is not filled in.