A BRIEF HISTORY
Sci-Fi Zone was created on July 31st, 2016 by Michael 'The Vile' Laizans and Darren Maxwell, but it wasn't conceived as a talk show web series, far from it in fact.
The original plan for Sci-Fi Zone, or 'The Zed' as it has affectionately become known, was to be a face-to-face social discussion group where Science Fiction fans could get together and chat about their favourite movies and TV shows using the traditional Science Fiction convention panel/seminar style format.
Unfortunately despite being officially launched on March 13, 2017 with a special promotional video, over a year had passed and nothing had progressed beyond the design stage. By April 2018 Darren and Michael reluctantly accepted how in this Internet dominated social media age The Zed simply wouldn't survive as a local community discussion forum. From here it appeared as if The Zed had died.
The March 2017 Sci-Fi Zone promo video featuring the original logo
But everything suddenly changed on June 18, 2018 when Darren became inspired by a highly successful news talk show called 'The Project' and an Australian Football League TV talk show called 'The Front Bar.'
After seeing the simplicity of these show's structures along with their high entertainment value, Darren realised that creating a Science Fiction version of these shows, particularly The Front Bar, was an obvious step to take.
One incentive Darren had in creating The Zed as a video programme was the realisation it would be able to cover every Science Fiction movie and TV show ever produced and not be limited to just one specific franchise. As a result The Zed had a massive canvas to work with which was particularly encouraging considering the amount of great movies and TV shows in existence and those still yet to come.
Yet to turn The Zed into a reality Darren required a production team both in front and behind the camera. Fortunately he was surrounded by many friends from the fan community who had skills and extensive experience both in film making and Science Fiction media, this was extremely beneficial because The Zed would not only feature presenters who really knew their subject matter, but it could also be produced with a reasonable degree of quality.
The first episode of Sci-Fi Zone premiered on May 20, 2019 and from there the stars, and history, awaited.