Invader ZIM

Season 2 Episode 2

Backseat Drivers From Beyond the Stars

Aired Unknown Jun 10, 2006 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

When Zim notices that the Almighty Tallest are very close to Earth, he wants them to view his newest scheme to destroy the humans: a monster that sucks out and eats the brains of people. The Tallest don’t care because they have their own problems to deal with, such as the group of resistance fighters that are trying to attack The Massive. Zim decides to take control of The Massive and force the Almighty Tallest to come to Earth, though his plans are interrupted when Dib uses Tak’s ship in order to take control of The Massive as well, not to mention the fact that the robo-parents are malfunctioning and that the brain eating monster is about to break free. Zim will need to work three times as hard if he wants to ensure his plan will be a success, though with the odds against him, will Zim be able to get the Tallest to Earth on time to witness his brilliance?moreless

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  • Easily the funniest episode of season 2

    The only problem with this ep is that Dib thought the Resisty's ship was the Irken flagship. Wouldn't he know what the Massive looked like from the "game" he and ZIM were doing? Otherwise this is a series classic that is the funniest I've seen in a while. It was also an episode where the focus was more on the Tallest. I wish they hadn't cut Purple licking the crumbs off the camera. The look he gave the camera didn't make sense otherwise.moreless
  • I LOVE THIS EPISODE!! The title is SOOO a parody of the book \"Beatnik Rutabagas from Beyond the Stars\" I CAN\'T believe nobody knew that!! It should be placed in Trivia!!moreless

    I LOVE THIS EPISODE!! The title is SOOO a parody of the book "Beatnik Rutabagas from Beyond the Stars" I CAN'T believe nobody knew that!! It should be placed in Triva! Man! This episode ROCKED!!

    Okay, I guess I have no life or something. I mean, I love Invader's like...I worship it o_o day and night.



    Well, I'm bad at writing Reviews, but I must say:


    Woo!! Woo!! Woo!! Woo!! Woo!! Woo!! Woo!! Woo!! Woo!! Woo!! Woo!! Woo!! Woo!! Woo!! Woo!! Woo!! Woo!! Woo!! Woo!! Woo!! Woo!! Woo!!moreless

    I Was the turkey ALL ALONG! ME!

    One of the best lines of the series, by far. Then ZIM was like, "I was wondering why that turkey was there." Oh, my, god... If Nick didn't cancel ZIM and this episode would have had longer time to produce and create, this episode would be better, the best of the series! It still is the best of the series! Watch this episode, if you love to laugh!

    I love the "Resisty" that was very funny, and I always laugh at it. Plus, at random times I randomly say, "I was the turkey all along!" I guess it's pretty annoying.

    10 out of 10, best episode of the series by far.moreless
  • Great Episode

    The episode was great. Zim want the Almighty Tallest to come Earth to watch its downfall. With the Tallest hating him they tell Zim the Massive is being attacked by an another ship. In this case the Massive was really being attacked by a group of aliens. When the Massive is just about to destory the other ship Zim messes up everything. Zim gets the controls for the Massive to try to bring the Tallest to Earth. With Tak's ship and the thing Dib put in Zim's base, Dib is able to control the Massive also. When the Tallest find the problem they switch the controls with the other ship which send them to Earth. This is a really good episode and one of the best.moreless
  • Zim' so desperate to impress the Tallest that he'd crash them through a sun just to do it.

    This has got to be the greatest Zim episode, ever!

    To impress the Tallest with his latest plan involving a brain parasite, Zim steals the schematics to the Massive and remote controls it, sending it to Earth. Meanwhile, Dib uses TAK's ship to hack into Zim's computer, a group of aliens calling themselves the Resisty try to destroy the Massive, and the roboparents are doing something horrible at the front door. Something... horrible

    High Moments

    Zim shouting my Tallest for three hours.

    The Roboparents trying to eat a little boy.

    Gir disguised as the turkey.

    TAK's ship trying to kill Dib.

    The Tallest and the doughnuts. So many doughnuts!

    Zim saying :It's Over Earth Boy! Go home and shave your giant head of smell with your bad self! and "It's over Dib! Dun, dun, dun!"moreless
Wally Wingert

Wally Wingert

Prisoner #777 / Resisty Computer

Guest Star

Andy Berman

Andy Berman

Dib's Computer

Guest Star

Jhonen Vasquez

Jhonen Vasquez

ZIM's Computer / Candy Kid

Guest Star

Jhonen Vasquez

Jhonen Vasquez


Recurring Role

Rodger Bumpass

Rodger Bumpass

Professor Membrane / Spleenk

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: When Dib is reading about Vort, his eyes read left to right, however when it zooms in on his face, he is seen reading right to left.

    • Goof: When Dib enters the garage that Tak's ship is in, it's on the right side of his house. When he runs away from it near the end of the episode, it's on the left side of the house.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • (Zim sends Gir to attack Dib. Git pokes at his controls, and makes him spin in circles)
      Zim: (to himself) Hmm, maybe he's not such a bad evil minion after all.
      Dib: (to Gir) Hey! Go away!
      Gir: Okey dokey!
      (flies away)

    • Zim: My Tallest! My Tallest! Hey! Hey My Tallest! My Tallest? My Tallest! Hey! Hey! Hey! My Taaaaaaallist! My Tallest? My Tallest! Hey! Hey My Tallest! My Tallest? It's me! My Tallest? My Tallest!
      Tallest Red: I was waiting to see when you would shut up on your own, but it's been three hours, Zim. THREE HOURS! What do you want?
      Zim: Well, I noticed you're moving closer to the Earth than ever before!
      Tallest Red: How would you know that?
      Zim: Oh I know all kinds of theings about you. Pretty creepy, huh? Anyhow, I was...
      Tallest Purple Hey!... That is creepy! You're creepy, Zim.

    • Zim: Gir! Get up! What are you doing!?
      Gir: (sits up) I made mashed po-tay-toes!
      Zim: Yes… And muffins.

    • Shloonktapooxis: We have a problem, sir. There's good news… and bad.
      Lard Nar: A problem? How?! They're sitting ducks, aside from all the insane flailing around.
      (The ship falls out of their control and lurches sickeningly)
      Lard Nar: Was that part of the bad news?
      Shloonktapooxis: Yea... our power core has been teleported out of the ship!
      Lard Nar: And the good news?!
      Shloonktapooxis: Well, it's been replaced by a new, horrible one!

    • Zim: Gir!
      (a nearby turkey explodes to reveal Gir)
      Gir: It's me! I was the turkey the whole time!
      Zim: ...I was wondering what that turkey was doing there.

    • (Zim is standing in front of a blank monitor, after talking with the Almighty Tallest)
      Zim's Computer: Master, The Tallest cut the transmission an hour ago.
      Zim: (surprised) Hey! They did cut the transmission! The Tallests fail to realize that I'm inviting them for front row seats for the end of all mankind. My latest plan-
      Zim's Computer: The latest plan is about to explode.

    • Robo-dad: (angry at Zim) Time to learn you… a lesson!

    • Tallest Red: Identify yourselves
      Lord Nar: (in a deep voice) We are the Resisty! We have come to si-
      Tallest Purple: Woo woo woo woo woo, did you say "The Resisty"?
      Lord Nar: (Deep voice) Yes, yes, the Resisty! Anyhow, we have come to-
      Tallest Purple: That's a stupid name
      Lord Nar: (normal voice) See, I told you it was stupid! Why do I keep listening to you?!
      Spleenk: I don't know.

    • Computer: Shrinky self-destruct activated!

    • Shlooktapooxis: How 'bout the pirate monkeys? Issa awesome name.

    • Spleenk: We're being pulled towards a nearby planet! We're gonna crash! It's gonna hurt! And I don't wanna! (he starts wiggling around)

    • Zim: You're nothing, Earth boy! Go home and shave your giant head of smell, with your bad self!
      Dib: Okay, there's all kinds of things wrong with what you just said.

    • Shloonktapooxis: Whoa, did anybody think that was cool? Please respond!

    • Lord Nar: You haven't seen the last of The Resisty! That's right, that's still our name!

    • Professor Membrane: Son, there better not be any walking dead up there!
      Dib: It's nothing to worry about, dad, and I said I was sorry about that!

    • Zim: With this, I can pilot The Massive and bring the Almighty Tallest here to witness my ingenious evil!
      (Zim begins to laugh)
      Dib: (watching Zim through monitor) No!
      Zim: I said evil!

    • Zim: Ha, watch Dib! Watch as I bring a royal audience to the downfall of the human race.
      Dib: I don't wanna watch that.
      Zim: Oh, ok... Wait, that's too bad!

    • Lord Nar: That's The Massive out there, my people designed that thing, so I know how powerful it is. We're gonna die! Who's idea was this?!
      Spleenk: Uh, mine. Sorry 'bout that.

    • Zim: And to make it even sweeter, I'll land The Massive right on top of your landing-pad sized monster of a head, which is disturbingly large!
      Dib: No, and quit making fun of my head!

    • Robo-dad: Come on son, let's go play in the toilet!

    • Computer: Something is happening at the front door. Something, horrible!

    • Gir: Yeah! I have no idea what you just said!

    • Professor Membrane: He's not trying to raise the dead again, is he?! Oh, he's with the dead, that boy!

    • (After bursting out of the turkey)
      Gir: Yay! I was the turkey all along! I was the turkey, me!

    • Zim: That's Tak's ship you're sitting in, isn't it?
      Dib: Yes it is, Zim! It fell from the...
      Zim: Isn't it?
      Dib: I said it was! Man, you have a problem with listening, Zim.
      Zim: Isn't it?!

    • Robo-Mom: Come on over, everyone, and help us eat this little boy!
      (Humans stare, disgusted)
      Zim: No! No! (waves arms) We're normal!

    • Tallest Purple: I'm gonna throw up!
      Tallest Red: Not on the donuts!

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