Written by Jhonen Vasquez & Rob Hummel
First aired on 8/31/2001
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Zim is observing the other Invaders, checking on their progress via a massive telescope, when static appears onscreen instead of the desired Invader. Zim calls on GIR only to find that GIR didn’t do anything to the telescope. Then, various earthquakes begin on Earth, shattering his telescope, and Zim attempts to find out why. He first tries to convince Dib to let him use his telescope, but Dib wont let him. So, he has no choice but to set off in his Voot Cruiser. He says something about adjusting the Cruiser’s G-Force compensators before blasting off the surface of Earth at ridiculous speeds. He is only stopped when they hit what turns out to be a TV screen which is projecting a sky, and discovers that the planet is being stolen by the Planet Jackers, (aliens who use planets (like Earth) as “firewood” for their dying sun). After failing to persuade them to leave the planet for him to conquer, Zim goes about stealing the planet back and is eventually successful. The citizens of Earth have no idea what was happening (although the “sky” inside of the capturing shell appears to pulse) and the Planet Jackers never realize that they lost the Earth.
This is the first episode where Zim saves the human race, though he says he only saved it to destroy it himself.