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*Light spoilers ahead*
“Keep watching, Dookie-Dib. Watch helplessly as I begin… PHASE TWOOOOO!”
After 17 long years off the air (not including the brief comeback on NickToons in 2006), "Invader Zim" fans can finally rejoice as "Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus" is now available on Netflix.
Suddenly reappearing after years of hiding, Zim prepares to finish phase two of his evil plan to take over the Earth to impress his leaders, “The Almighty Tallest." Because his arch nemesis ,Dib Membrane, neglected his health in order to keep an eye on Zim’s whereabouts during his absence, Zim is left without any opposition. There’s only one problem - because he’s been gone so long, Zim forgot his plans for world conquest and is stuck attempting to figure it out before Dib recovers to stop him yet again.
"Enter the Florpus" felt as though Invader Zim had never been gone. Despite it’s more colorful and smoother animation compared to the TV series, "Enter the Florpus" manages to give fans of the series the same humor and storytelling that had been absent for more than a decade and a half. I personally had a lot of fun watching the movie (multiple times, I might add). It had some incredible one liners and jokes at times that made me laugh out loud, and provides emphasis on the other main cast members, not just Zim and Dib. Seeing Zim’s robot, G.I.R., also get a decent amount of screen time was also amazing, as he is one of my favorite characters in the series, and in cartoons in general. "Enter the Florpus" manages to end neatly as well, leaving the possibility of a future comeback open for consideration.
My only petty complaint is that the Florpus entity is not a plot point until the second half of the movie, despite it being in the title, but other than that, I'd say the movie is darn near perfect. With series creator Jhonen Vazquez having full creative control over the movie, there was no reason to believe the movie would be a flop. Vazqeuz is very protective of his work, and this film is proof of that. 9.5/10