1. Zim consuming organs
Season 1, Episode 4: Dark Harvest
There is no way this list could not end without mentioning the episode “Dark Harvest.” Not only is it the best episode of the show, but it’s also the most disturbing. As usual, it begins with Dib making fun of Zim for not being human–in this case for his lack or organs–and Zim going the extra mile to hide his true identity.
There are so many disturbing moments in this episode alone it is hard to pinpoint the best one. We start with a shot of the camera going inside a kid’s bellybutton to find that his liver has been replaced with an ankle monitor. As soon as Dib figures out that Zim is harvesting the organs of children to appear more human, he goes to the cafeteria and scans them, only to find organs replaced left and right with common items like an alarm clock, a milk carton, and even a cat. Again, as thought-provokingly gross as it is funny. This is an episode that referencesAlien and Halloween. There’s even a nod to A Nightmare on Elm Street with a boiler room scene. You know, children’s favorites movies!
The moment that takes the cake happens when Dib finally catches up to Zim, now looking like “a hideous blob of stolen organs”. Having stuffed his grotesque body with as many organs as possible, he has so many organs (including 6 different hearts and spleens of 3 colors) that he belches up an intestine and then slurps it up like spaghetti.