Former loves unexpectedly reunite in the satisfying queer webseries "Fortnight"
Two weeks of longing and processing. Lost love, found love, and ten long years that stretched between. That’s what the webseries Fortnight (which for those of you that don’t know means two weeks) is all about. Created by Cory Xenos, the series which kicked off earlier this year takes an intimate look at two former loves: Peyton, a shy and slightly neurotic screenwriter, and Luca, the woman that broke her heart back in college. Ten years have separated the two when a fateful overbooking pairs them together in a cabin. Sounds like a recipe for a queer romance, no?
When I tell you that I have been deluged by fierce Fortnight fans, I mean it. Their passionate pleas were hard to ignore, and I finally sat down to watch the series from the beginning. I could easily see what Fortnighters love their series so much. Slow burn. Like really slow. Likable leads. Lady kissing. It all adds up to a simmering feelings-fest of emotions. Alexandra Swarens (LA Web Series) plays Peyton and has really come into her own as an actress over the last few years. A total delight of a person in real life, it’s always nice to see Swarens on screen. She brings a sweet awkwardness to Peyton, who has never really gotten over her first love, Luca. She also pulls off the script’s many emotional moments with pain and pining that’s hard not to relate to. Rachel Rogers is quite believable as Luca, the girl that got away and has had to answer to her own mistakes and missteps as an adult. She has a gentle charm that plays out beautifully on the screen.
Do you know the joke about the two queer girls who don’t know if they are actually dating until their wedding day? That’s basically how things start with Peyton and Luca when they are in college. Fortnight blends the past and present together as the two women struggle to swim through their own issues to meet each other in the middle. At sixteen episodes, it’s around the length of a feature film.
As a critic, I’ve learned over the years that you can love something and recommend it even if it isn’t perfect. Fortnight is overly long at times, and the two leading characters spend a lot of time sitting on beds or couches, which can feel a little static. There are a few other characters, but they really only serve as a way for Peyton to think out loud. Also, the women are supposed to be in their early 30s and read much younger. Passion is important, however, and so are relatable LGBTQ characters, I can tell when a lot of love has gone into something. Fortnight is definitely filled with love, from its dialogue to the development and growth of the characters.
For fans of queer love stories, quests for answers and redemption, check out Fortnight on Youtube.