"BATTLE FOR MEEKROB"
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Int. Zim’s house- morning
The door bursts open. Skoodge hurtles inside, followed by Zim, who shuts the door behind them. Something huge thuds against the door and bizarre noises and squeals are heard. Skoodge lies on the ground and pants heavily. He babbles to himself. Zim catches his breath, leaning on the door.
Mission accomplished! Good work, Skoodge! You’ve proved your worthiness to aide me in my secret mission of DOOM!
Skoodge’s babbling slows down as he begins to drool heavily.
Now off to the labs! I need you to get a head start on the death loaf experiment!
Where are you going?
I must go to SKOOL so I can pump my brains with the semi-sweet fluid of knowledge!
Oh, right. See ya, ZIM!
Int. The Massive
The Tallest watch a transmission from Invader Groot on the planet Stumpsrax. He is covered in small aliens who bite him repeatedly.
AAAARRRGGHH! You never said anything about TEEETH!
Their constant agonizing bites means they accept you as their friend, Invader Groot.
Now if you’ll excuse us, we have another call. Good luck!
But, my Tallest, pleeeease-
The transmission is cut.
Do you think he knows about their poison sacks?
He’ll know soon enough. Who else is calling?
Invader Tenn on planet Meekrob.
The transmission from Tenn begins. Tenn wears a torn up Meekrob disguise and is in a panic. She is out of breath and pants.
I don’t think they know I’m here… They’re close! THEY’ll FIND ME!
Who’s close? Are those SIRs still following you?
The transmission flickers in and out of static.
Oh…. Oh no! It’s all over!!! They’re… right outside…
The door behind her explodes and Meekrob flood in. They overwhelm Tenn and drag her away screaming. A Meekrob stares into the view screen, taking up the whole screen.
The Tallest themselves. So what threat did our spiritual race of Meekrob pose to the Irken Machine? Did you really need another giant drink dispenser? Now it’s our turn. We’d love to end this peacefully, but that isn’t what you want, is it?
The transmission then goes into static. The Tallest stare at the static for some time, dumbstruck.
Well… that was… not good.
Yes… I agree…
The Tallest then panic and begin raving like lunatics.
Okay, okay whatawedo, whatawedo?
I… I… I…
Has this ever happened before?
Uhhh… YES! Invader Tetanus, in his attempt to conquer Emblasa.
What happened!?! What was done then!?!
The Embloids started the war that ended in the downfall of Tallest Glork.
Red and Purple look at each other gravely. Red yells to a communications officer.
You! Form a communication line with all the Invaders! Quickly! We need all the time we’ve got…
Montage of Invaders getting an urgent transmission feed, interrupting whatever they were doing at the time.
Invaders! Your empire needs you now more than ever before!
Moments ago, we received a transmission from planet Meekrob. Invader Tenn has been taken hostage. And let me tell you, we are not going to stand for this! Uh uh! Nope! No way, no how!
That’s where you come in. As invaders, you have the skills necessary to complete the task we’re going to give you… right now! Your objective: to rescue Invader Tenn right under the noses of her Meekrob captors.
You know, those glowy fellows who won the intergalactic bake sale of ‘603.
You will converge in the Ploof sector and we’ll continue our briefing from there. This is an especially sticky subject, which could potentially send the galaxy into an uproar if it leaked out, so your top priority is stealth!
That’s right! No one must ever hear of this! Especially Invader Zim!
Invader Skoodge salutes as the transmission is cut. Zim pops up from behind Skoodge.
How nice of the Tallest, trying to keep me uninformed so that they wouldn’t disturb my mission.
Hey, ZIM! I thought you went to skool!
Yes, yes, I was just on my way out. BUT NOT ANYMORE! I’m afraid I can’t stand back and watch as such an important event goes by. And besides, they need my incredible skills as an invader or Tenn’s rescue will surely fail! Earth must wait!
Oh boy, Zim! All the invaders back together, it’ll be just like the Academy!
Yes… that stinking Academy!
GIR (popping in)
Wooo! We’re gonna make friends with lightbulb peoples!
No, GIR. You have to stay here and guard the base.
But master, I wanna come with you and fly into the sun!
That isn’t half as fun to do as it sounds. Trust me.
I said no, GIR!
GIR grabs Zim’s eyes and squeezes.
Pleasepleasepleaseplease PRETTY PRETTY PLEASE!?!
Arg, okay, okay! Just let go NOW!
OH BOY! I’m gonna go pack my pig!
Now, to the hanger!
The roof opens, letting light flood into the pitch black hanger. Zim and GIR enter the Voot Cruiser as Skoodge and his SIR enter their ship.
Now GIR, this mission is VERY IMPORTANT! I need you to be in duty mode for as much as possibly possible!
GIR (in duty mode)
Yes, my master!
GIR groans as he attempts to stay in duty mode. His head starts spinning and he groans louder. GIR’s groans turn into happy cheers as he finally lets go and returns to normal mode.
SKOODGE (through intercom)
I programmed our ships to lock onto Ploof space, the controls are locked and ready!
Nice try Skoodge, but I already did that!
But… that’s what I did, Zim.
No, no. It was meee. You just didn’t see me do it. (to GIR) His heart’s in the right place but he’s a little out there sometimes, that Skoodge. Well, we’re off!
The ships rocket into the sky.
Meekrob, prepare yourself for ZIM!
Ext. Sidewalk- day
Dib and Gaz walk home from Skool.
Zim wasn’t at Skool again, Gaz! 5 bucks says he’s at his base, readying some new alien device to kill us all! He’s always up to something, scheming and looking over his shoulder like some kind of space… shoulder-looker thingy... Today, I’ll make him wish he were never born… in space… I know! I’ll order a pizza and have them take it to Zim’s house, then he’ll have to pay for it!
Dib laughs. Gaz stares.
You really are pathetic, you know.
Oh, you just don’t see the brilliance in it all. Maybe one day you’ll understand, when you’re older and as intelligent as me.
Gaz growls to herself.
Was it 5 bucks you said?
Ext. Ploof Space- day
A bunch of Irken ships have converged at the Rendezvous. Zim and Skoodge arrive. Inside a large Irken drop ship, an Irken pilot named Valvus watches the final ships arrive. Valvus holds up a list of Invaders on an electronic notepad. He crosses some names off the list.
Okaaay, so that’s Poot, Slacks, Skoodge… Hmmm, who’s in that old hunk of junk Voot Cruiser? Must be Groot… Well, that makes everyone….
A transmission from Valvus appears inside all of the Invaders’ ships.
Hiiii, I’m glad all of you could make it! This is Valvus, your pilot speaking, please board my ships and we can proceed to part deux.
Tubes from 4 drop ships connect to the Invader ships.
Int. The Voot Cruiser
Zim and GIR sit in the cockpit. Zim prepares to leave
We part here, GIR! Stay here until I need you. For now, you’re in charge of the ship!
GIR (holding a pig)
I’m a space piggy now.
Okay… Goodbye ‘space piggy.’
GIR waves. Zim exits the ship through the section tube.
Don’t be scared of space, pig! I’m here to protect yooou. I said DON’T BE SCARED! SHUT UP, PIG!
GIR throws the pig against the side of the Voot.
Int. Drop ship
The 8 Invaders on Valvus’ drop ship sit on benches in the main part of the ship. Zim watches the Voot from a window on the srop ship. He sees GIR’s antics and grunts in confusion. The invaders chatter amongst themselves until holograms of the Tallest appear.
SILENCE! I present you… my Tallest!
Okay, thank you everyone for being here on such short notice, yadda yadda yadda… Now, let’s get this get this snafu over with!
Each ban of Invaders is going to secure a different area on planet Meekrob. All 4 targets is a suspected holding area for Invader Tenn. The Meekrob have created an energy field that is blocking out her signal, so we can’t pinpoint her.
Remember, you must go unnoticed! The fate of the galaxy is in your hands! FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION! Good luck.
The holograms disappear.
ZIM (to Skoodge)
The Tallest made the right choice to send out us Invaders, especially ME, to do this job. I’ll have Tenn before you can blink, and then I’ll laugh and say “boy do I have Invader Tenn!” and they’ll be jealous of the Zim-like skills found in me, ZIM!
Yeah, same here!
Uhhh… okay, folks. We’re heading into Meekrob airspace. I’m gonna perform a little headcount now, yeah… Flobee, Groot, Larb, Poot, Sklud, Skoodge, Spleen, and Tim… Okay, now that we know everyone’s here-
Hey! Hey! That invader over there! Yeah! Yeah! He ain’t Groot! No, he aint! That’s ZIM! Come to think of it, he’s not even supposed to be here though!
It’s true, I AM ZIM! And I am here, and that’s all that matters! You shall all see my might as I do Zim things this day!
Can we launch him into space now?
We’re already in Meekrob’s atmosphere, that’d bring too much attention to us. So we’ve got Zim, but where’s Invader Groot?
Int. Groot’s base on Stumpsrax
Groot lies on the ground, swollen to a humongous size. The small aliens still cling to him. Groot lets out a long, miserable groan.
Int. Meekrob Temple- Day
Oh ho ho, the Irkens are landing! Did they really think that they could get past us with their cloaking devices and technology? I mean, we are beings of light and nature! We sense these kinda things!
Yeah! And we’ve got this neat little super computer that can see past Irken cloaking devices!
Yeah, I guess… But they will be in for a surprise, ho ho!
Int. Valvus’ ship
The Invaders begin to exit the ship.
Alright! Time to show these aliens the power of the Irken race!
Not you, Zim! I’m taking you back into Irken airspace.
But… the MISSION! The Empire NEEDS me! Who are YOU to stand between ZIM and his HORRIBLY WONDERFUL FIST!
And I suppose the Tallest meant something other than ‘keep Zim out of this mission’ when they said just that.
EXACTLY! They always mean the opposite of what they say! Especially when concerning amazing ME!
Weeeell, why don’t we just take this to the Tallest, huh Zim? Let’s see what they have to say! They might even give you a secret mission to just BLOW UP Meekrob!
Now your thinking! Zim explodes goood!
The drop ship rises back up into SPAAAACE. The Invaders watch.
Phew. He’s gone. That could’ve ended badly.
Let’s get going. Sklud- what are the coordinates?
SKLUD (examining electronic map)
10 shmillion microclicks thata way!
The band of invaders marches in the direction Sklud pointed.
We need not worry much about armed sentries and the like; the Meekrob are a peaceful race with a primitive culture.
This’ll be cake! A couple of floaty glowy things are nothing after crossing the electric death barriers of Vort!
Gee, I hope Zim gets back soon or he’ll miss the whole party!
All the invaders stop and stare at Skoodge. Skoodge grins sheepishly.
Ext. Zim’s house- day
A large Bloaty’s deliveryman stands at Zim’s front door. He knocks a few times, then sighs impatiently and turns to leave. Dib suddenly pops out of some nearby bushes.
Oh, come on! Give him a second! He’s probably just relieving his space bladder or something!
SOMEBODY is going to pay for this!
The deliveryman looms over Dib.
The deliveryman growls. Dib sighs and forks over some cash.
Alright, Zim. You win this round.
The deliveryman gets into his car and leaves. Dib runs up to the door and does a flying kick. The door doesn’t budge and Dib falls to the ground, moaning. He gets up and tries the handle and the door opens.
ZIM! I know you’re in here…
MiniMoose floats out from the kitchen and squeaks.
Hey! You! Little moosey freak thing! Where’s Zim!?!
MiniMoose’s eyes widen and he looks upwards, making frantic squeaking noises.
Dib grabs MiniMoose and starts shaking him.
Where did Zim go!?!
COMPUTERIZED VOICE (coming from MiniMoose)
Accessing data logs…
A hologram of the Tallest’s message begins to play from MiniMoose’s eyes. Dib’s eyes widen as he watches.
Int. Dib’s house.
Dib bursts into his room, working at a frantic speed. He shovels his laptop into his backpack as well as other random notes and things. Dib pops his head into Gaz’s room.
Gaz! Something… BIG is happening… out there! Do ya wanna come with me to space?
But… alien planets, Gaz! ALIENS!
Aren’t you sick of aliens yet?
Dib mutters to himself and leaves.
You can leave my 5 dollars outside my door.
Dib mutters some more.
Int. Dib’s garage
Dib enters. He gets into Tak’s ship and fires it up.
DIB (trying to talk all dramatically)
Next stop: That place with the aliens I thought were shoes… and then I thought Zim made them up…. And now they’re real and… Oh… whatever… I’m goin’ there!
Tak’s ship flies off into space.
Ext. Meekrob jungle
The Invaders spy on their target, an old Meekrob temple, from the safety of some foliage. Invader Spleen has his binocular helmet on, with the lenses curving to form periscopes.
Spleen- what do you see?
From Spleen’s POV, we see the temple with several Meekrobs floating around the entrance.
The temple is relatively unguarded, except for five sentries around the main entrance.
Okay, how shall we deal with them?
Hey! I know!
Flobee tosses a rock to the side of the temple. The Meekrob glance at the rock but don’t do anything about it. They turn to the bushes where the Invaders are and start to hover towards them.
You imbecile! Now you’ve done it!
They’re coming! They’re coming!
Quick! Someone needs to be bait for the benefit of the team!
All eyes turn to Skoodge. Skoodge is hurled out of bushes and lands in the middle of the 5 Meekrob.
Hehehe… Hi there…
The Meekrob turn into various melee weapons. Skoodge runs screaming and the Meekrob give chase. Once out of sight, the Invaders emerge and march into the temple.
Int. Meekrob Temple
Invader Spleen’s binocular helmet shows the body heat in the room from his POV. Tenn’s outline is seen through a wall.
Tim uses his spider leg power welders to blow through the wall. Invader Tenn looks up from the other side.
My fellow invaders? I’m saved!
Come on, Tenn! We’re in a hurry!
Wait! There’s something all of you must see! Come in my cell!
The invaders exchange glances and then walk inside. A blue energy field surrounds the cell. Tenn’s eyes begin glowing blue, followed by her body, and then she morphs into a Meekrob.
Nice try, Irken Invaders! It’s a shame this will end up being your last stand!
The Meekrob laughs as he exists through the wall. All the Invaders are speechless. The Meekrob comes back with Invader Tenn.
I believe you were looking for this.
The energy field around the hole blown through the wall stops for a second and the Meekrob tosses Tenn in. The field immediately starts back up.
Hey! We got Tenn! Success!
Flobee tries to run through the energy field and gets electrocuted.
FLOBEE (on the ground, in pain)
You moron! I’ve tried that already! Repeatedly! For hours! There’s no way through. We are prisoners to the Meekrob!
Flobee tries running through the energy field again.
Int. The Massive
My Tallest, a pilot named Valvus says he has brought something for you.
Oooh! I hope it tastes good!
Valvus walks in with Zim. The Tallest groan.
Hey! Zim doesn’t taste good! At least that’s what I’ve heard!
What is this, pilot? Why have you brought a defective onto The Massive?
Valvus walks up to the Tallest. Zim stands there obliviously basking in the glory of the Tallest as Valvus talks to them in whispers.
He tried to weasel his way into the rescue mission. I figured you’d want him to get rid of him once and for all.
Well, why’d you bring him here? I mean, we don’t really want him here in our ship!
ZIM (in background)
Hey! Hey! My Tallest! I’m over here! I’m ready for my new assignment to blow up the planet! (etc.)
It’s the only way he’d come willingly.
Hold on, I know what to do!
Purple hovers over to Zim, who is silent again. Nothing happens for a while, and then Purple begins punching Zim. Zim’s feet don’t budge but his body is knocked back and then springs forward with every punch. Zim shows no reaction except the smile he’s had on the whole time he’s been in the Massive. After a while, Purple stops and shrugs to Red.
Oh, just get an extermination squad up here!
Can we really do that?
We can now.
My Tallest! A transmission from Meekrob!
An image of a Meekrob takes up the Massive’s main view screen. The rest of the invaders on Meekrob have been stuffed into the cell, making it very cramped.
Ah, the Irken Tallest, again we meet. Pity that we are bound to limitations of video playback. Perhaps we’ll meet in person sometime soon. As you can see, we’ve managed to take care of all that you’ve thrown at us. Actually, we KNEW you were coming!
Captain Lard Nar steps into view.
We meet again!
PURPLE (trying not to crack up)
The ‘Resisty’ is ‘in’ on it?
Purple begins to laugh. Red just stares.
Oh, so you think our cause is means for laughter? HA! We will see who is laughing! The tables will turn, my friends! They will turn in our favor and run you into the ground!
LARD NAR (shoving away the Meekrob)
Let me finish, all right? …The Irken Empire will soon see its last hours! TODAY is the beginning of the end! YOUR END! Make way for the RESISTY!
You see, ‘my Tallest,’ this is not some small-scale resistance, oh no! This is something bigger! Look to Planet Conveyoorus!
An officer looks to the Tallest and Red motions for the officer to do it. The Massive’s main view screen switches to show the Conveyor Belt Planet.
Int. Meekrob Temple
Spleenk holds the camera that is filming the Meekrob and Lard Nar. Shloonktapooxis hovers over a control panel.
Okay, it’s going smoothly. How’s my close-up? Are the ScrewHeads in place?
They’re awaiting our signal!
LARD NAR (very seriously)
Then give them… the signal.
Shloonktapooxis presses a button.
Ext. Conveyoora’s surface
All of the electronic screens on the packages and planets suddenly switch to saying ‘RESIST!’ The ScrewHeads begin to revolt. They overwhelm the Irken Slave Drivers.
Int. The Massive
Red and Purple watch the view screen. Planet Conveyoora looks the same from orbit.
Okay, so why are we watching this?
My leaders, we’ve lost contact with Conveyoora!
There’s a massive revolt!
The packages are shipping all at once! It’s chaos!
All right! Send the nearest fleet to knock ‘em down!
The main view screen zooms up onto Conveyoora’s surface. There are no ScrewHeads.
They’re… gone, sirs! They’re leaving with the packages!
Leaving? Where are they going?
The Communications officer examines the control panels around him.
To… Meekrob, sirs.
Red and Purple exchange glances.
Ext. Meekrob’s open plains
Many packages litter the surface of planet Meekrob. Many are opened, revealing various death machines and weapons. Members of the Resisty and ScrewHeads begin boarding mechs and tanks.
LARD NAR (overjoyed)
This is it! The sight I’ve been dreaming of since those Irken monsters went rampant! We can crush them! We can stop them in their tracks! This wasn’t such a bad idea after all!
The mechs and tanks with Resisty members in them begin to wobble about and move around like drunks. They shoot in random directions.
I thought you said your team could handle advanced weaponry.
Oh, sure! After the learning curve, they’ll be fine. (to self) I hope…
Oh, cool! Those things are awesome! Can I have one?
Lard Nar motions him away and he hovers over to a mech happily.
Int. The Massive
PURPLE (not really caring)
So… things have gotten kinda bad, huh?
BAD!?! BAD!?! THINGS ARE WORSE THAN BAD! THIS IS THE WORST THING THAT COULD EVER POSSIBLY HAPPEN!
I told ‘em the mission would fail without me.
RED (calming down)
Send the fleet to Meekrob! The entire fleet! (turning to Zim) Zim, this is very important! You need to go back down to Meekrob and destroy everything you possibly can! Officers, fill Zim’s ship with every weapon you can! Zim! Destroy them all!
Well, my Tallest! I’m glad you’ve finally come to your senses and can truly appreciate my superior skills as-
Zim marches out proudly.
But sirs! We can’t just let this… this miscreant run amok again! Are you-
What? You’re still here?
Tell ya what! You can also fight the alien menace on Meekrob!
But… but I’m a pilot!
RED (speaking extremely fast)
A guard grabs Valvus and drags him away.
Int. Voot Cruiser
Where HAVE you beeen?
I’ve been busy putting things in order, GIR. But now it’s time to do things… THE ZIM WAY!
Yaaaaaaay! That’s my FAVORITE way!
mine too. Now things’ll get interesting again!
The Voot Cruiser flies towards Meekrob.
Tak’s ship flies through deep space at super sonic speeds. Dib screams.
Planet Meekrob on the horizon.
Yes! Finally! This thing I’ve been waiting for as long as I can remember! Someplace new…
Ext. Meekrob’s surface
Tak’s ship flies towards the planet’s surface without slowing down. Dib starts panicking. He presses some buttons. Just when collision seems imminent, the ship comes to a complete stop just a few feet off the ground. Dib steps out and tries to remain balanced.
Uggghhhh….. What in the-?
Dib notices he is in the middle of the Resisty army.
Woah man! Woah! The IRKEN ARMY!?!
A few mech cockpits open revealing the alien pilots.
RESISTY ALIEN 1
RESISTY ALIEN 2 (with enormous head)
Oh, look at his disgustingly disproportionate head!
RESISTY ALIEN 3
The mechs swarm Dib.
Ext. Meekrob forest
The Voot Cruiser is parked in the forest. The edge of the forest drops down into a sudden vertical cliff. Zim stands at the edge of the cliff with a ridiculous amount of weaponry surrounding him. Zim wears full body army and is strapped into some kind of super death ray cannon.
ZIM (screaming out into the canyon)
MEEKROB! Prepare yourself for the waves of terror emanating from your IRKEN DESTRUCTORS and the deathblow to finish you off from me, ZIM!
Zim laughs evilly and GIR cheers.
Onto part 2!