Finding a new podcast is always a fun experience. It always leaves me with the feeling of being full to bursting with love and inspired to create more. Never have I more powerfully felt the former feeling than when I encountered Interference. Interference tells the story of two characters from separate worlds—Jacq and Geneva—who, through unusual circumstances, find themselves in contact. While what initially drew me the podcast were the fantasy and supernatural elements, it isn’t what made me fall in love with the podcast. As they continue to talk, learning more about each other, and each other’s worlds, they fall in love. This queer romance is what makes this show so compelling.
Self-described as a slow-burn romance, Interference lives up to the title. While it becomes obvious that Jacq and Geneva have feelings for each other relatively quickly, it is not until episode 15 of the first season that Geneva almost, ALMOST, confesses that she has a crush on Jacq. Further, even after they have met, Geneva crossing into Jacq’s world through the mysterious portal that apparently initiated their contact, Jacq and Geneva are both nervous about how the other feels about them. This hesitation, this borderline reticence on the part of the characters, adds a level of depth that is truly stunning. In particular, I think that the way that both of these characters express their insecurities, especially with regard to appearances, speaks to me on a level that I rarely see. Indeed, Jacq’s uncertainty about how Geneva feels speaks to me; when I was younger, I remember one of my internet friends rejecting me after seeing what I looked like, despite a history of flirtation through the internet. Given this experience, Jacq’s feelings hit close to home. Aside from Jacq’s fears, I connect with some of Geneva’s fears as well.
In episode 16 of the first season, Geneva expresses some reticence about meeting Jacq and in response, Jacq unflinchingly declares that she does not care who Geneva is, that she has come to love her—she does not care about Geneva being an orc, unpopular, or trans. It is, of course, this last one which was most touching. I, myself, often think about how a potential partner might respond if I explained to them that even though I prefer to keep a beard, I like wearing makeup and skirts. Seeing (hearing) a story of love in which this truth is accepted and celebrated not only fills my heart with joy, but it gives me hope.
Robbie Van de Motter is a graduate student by day and by night… also a graduate student. But occasionally, they find time to podcast with one of their best friends about animation. You can find the podcast they host together at animationstation.libsyn.com. You can see Robbie being a generic degenerate on twitter @lobster_writer