IN THIS EPISODE…
Welcome to another adventure within the multiverse! Thanks to the zeebs over at Are We Scare Yet? From our last adventure in the Scary Stories universe, we’ve been blasted into a florpus. The adventure in the Scary Stories realm was cool – so it’s all good. We did manage to grab some company before the florpus swallowed us whole. This adventure welcomes Dallas Mora of Geek Devotions. In this episode, we are talking about nostalgia, Invader Zim, and more. This journey goes suprsingly deep and is equipped with a challenge for every listener!
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Invader Zim was one of those weird shows that had better life from the grave than it did while alive and well on Nickelodeon. Thanks in part to resurrection in reruns on Nick Toons, Hulu and the ever expansion merchandising found at local Hot Topics. Zim found a life with the misfits. Breaking away from the normally bright look of Nickelodeon’s cartoons, Zim was a new era of animation set in the vein of Ahh! Real Monsters. Making a gothic animated series about an alien learning our ways and a science driven boy who both don’t quite fit in. It was the perfect reliability for a generation raised on slit wrists and increasing depression.
One of those things that makes Invader Zim so humanizing are the journeys of the characters. On one hand, you have Zim. An alien from the tallest tribe longing for the affection and approval of his leaders. Strictly wanting to make them proud. On the other side, you have Dib. A boy obessed with the supernatural who wants to prove the existence of aliens. Not for fame or fortune but rather the approval of his father, a well-respected scientist. That’s something that whether we like to admit it or not, we do as humans. It’s almost as if there is something programmed within us to seek that approval. When we get that affirmation, it’s like Christmas morning for a singular moment. We encourage you to listen to the latter half of this episode, solely for our challenge. We wanna hear how you’re making a difference in your daily life.
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Credits: Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus is property of Netflix and Nickelodeon. We do not own nor claim any rights. Music by Beggars.