Zhon: The Alien Interviews (2012) – By Misty Layne

A man calling himself Zhon Jacob Jingle Heimer Schmidt turns himself in to the US Secret Service, claiming to be an ancient extra-terrestrial alien and demands to be interviewed. In the course of the series, he tells his version of earth’s history. The show is full of intrigue, comedy, romance and a bit of action. Is Zhon really an alien, or something else? Why Turn himself in to the US Secret service and why now? Why will he only be interviewed by a famous talk show host (the beautiful Amanda Bella) who has to keep the interviews secret or risk the ire of the federal government? Who or what is Zhon?

A web series, Zhon: The Alien Interviews is the result of over three years of hard work to create something on a micro budget (entirely self-funded) that would help to bring attention to the budding film community in southern Arizona and to bring notoriety to a number of great artists who don’t have studio backing.

Part X-Files and a little bit Roswell, Zhon is a fun-filled ride that gets off to a bit of a slow start but then revs up with multiple stories happening in each episode. Zhon himself is a riot with a multitude of stories of his history on Earth from ancient China to ancient Rome to Chicago in the 70s where he invented beat boxing. My favorite episode involved a flashback to his home planet where people speak by beat boxing and mate with elaborate Step It Up dance rituals. That was without a doubt one of the more epic things I’ve seen online this year.

Other characters include the main agent in charge of hearing Zhon out, Amanda Bella and her assistant. Each character is fully developed with fun (and sometimes annoying) little quirks. They fight at times but ultimately realize they’re all in this alien secret together.

Full of delicious one liners (“Oh, they do have the Ark of the Covenant…but that’s not what I’m looking for!”) and comedy galore, Zhon is the perfect sci-fi fix. If you’re a fan of aliens, conspiracies, talk shows, history or comedy there’s something here for you. And even if you’re not a fan of any of these things, there’s still something here for you. With all its comedy, Zhon is surprisingly touching at times. Being a thousands of years old alien can be lonely (as any Doctor Who fan can attest) and while Zhon covers his melancholy with humor, there are moments when you just want to give him a big hug.

Currently in its second season, fans can watch all current episodes for free by clicking on the "episodes" tab off of the homepage and new episodes post every Friday when in season.