Zim smiled when he saw Black Star acknowledge him, but the moment washed away quickly as Commander Ritsu's voice was heard over the PA called for the pilots to join her in the containment area. Delta-4 was about as far from anything important as possible, so it took Zim a while to get there, and since he wasn't exactly clothed for a briefing he had to get some clothes on. Thankfully he kept some training clothes in with the rest of his gear by the Hanger in the simulation area. As such, he expected to be one of the last to arrive, however, it turned out to be just Zim and Ritsu in the briefing room for a moment before others started to arrive. He saluted as he entered and took up a spot to start forming the rank and file.
Once the briefing started up, Zim looked to the screen when indicated. It was what he suspected, they had managed a number of impossible-never-done-before things during this mission, including capturing a Cruxi Elite alive. Despite this, Lorenzo seemed to think that he knew how to contain such a thing. Zim shared Commander Ritsu's hesitation.
Elora, well this was the first time Zim had seen her since before the mission where she was taken. Zim wasn't sure what to expect. His imagination told him to expect tubes and wires and gizmos attached to her, that or unsightly physical mutations. Too many of the old sci-fi movies, apparently. He was surprised to see that she, at least, appeared normal. All the same, Zim had not grown close to her, so he would leave the visitation for some of the others who had a more urgent need to see her. He too glanced at Katya and then at Ariin, Zim swallowed hard to shut the pain of jealousy out. 'You are being stupid, again,' Zim thought to himself, 'You don't know that there is anything there. You don't know if Katya has any feelings for you, and you don't know if there is anything going on between Katya and Ariin. So just chill out, idiot.'
When dismissed, Zim saluted and started heading back to his room.