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Our Favorite ‘Fringe’ Characters in 2016

Eight years ago today Fringe aired on Fox and the wonderful folks at On the Fringe Again decided to celebrate this occasion by organizing a pilot rewatch at 9PM EST. Check out their site for details.

If you visited this site before then you know that the Fringe community has a special place in our hearts. We admire this group dearly so we decided to make a small contribution today. We met at Donovan’s restaurant, ate some apple pie and imagined what our favorites characters were doing in 2016.  The series ended on a positive note but there were some very important questions that didn’t get answered like did Etta ever get that bath? Let’s hope so because hygiene is very important to establish at an early age.

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What about the rest of the gang? What did they decide to do when Walter rid the world of observers? Here are our theories:

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Celebrating My Favorite Fandoms

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New shadowbox with Veronica Mars lanyard and Fringe coin from Fringenuity

For many, September is the month after August, but for others September is a Fringe event which @DannaAissa is celebrating by posting September related pictures on Twitter or Instagram. I don’t have a fedora to honor everyone’s favorite Observer and I can’t handle spicy food, HOWEVER I recently finished a craft project that celebrates the show. Not too long after the Veronica Mars movie premiered I wanted to fill a shadowbox with tokens of fandoms that have largely impacted how I experience television shows. I chose three shows: So Weird, Veronica Mars and Fringe. I like to call So Weird my beginnings. I wasn’t on the internet talking with other viewers or joining petitions but I was participating in a local fan group at my elementary school. My friends and I watched the show, talked about it and adopted characters from the show. (And for those who know a little Pop Culture Nexus history, Louise was part of this awesome group) It wasn’t until Veronica Mars that I began interacting with other fans who were not classmates and then Fringe taught me how incredibly supportive a fandom can be outside the show. I’m still looking for a So Weird token to place in the shadowbox, but for now, my Veronica Mars movie lanyard and Fringe coin are great tokens to look at when I need a reminder of the power a fan community can have on a show and its own members.

Visit @DannaAissa’s blog to learn how you can participate in #SeptembertheObserver

-Mary

Veronica Mars Countdown!

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The wait is almost over!!! The little show we never stopped believing in will soon be on the big screen and at Pop Culture Nexus, we want to count down the days to the BIG DAY – March 14, 2014. Beginning on Monday, February 17, we will post a Veronica Mars screencap featuring a witty quote or caption every day at 9 PM EST, right after Neptune Rising’s #VeronicaMarsRewatch. Stop by after the Twitter conversation and check out our screencap-of-the-day.

We are so excited for this EPIC film and we hope you join as we remember some of the best lines and moments from the show!

-Mary and Louise, Proud Marshmallows

Calling for Pop Culture Submissions

In October, I shared my goal for 2014 – to post a story every day in January about a play, song, TV show, film or book  that has had a special impact on someone’s life. I’ve had the privilege of getting to know some amazing people because of a TV show and I know others share similar stories. I only hope that you will consider sharing your story, because I can’t think of a better way to start the new year than reading how one person’s passion made his or her life shine a little brighter.

Please submit your story to popculturenexus@gmail.com by December 20, and please try to keep submissions under 800 words. Photos may be included.

Originally posted on October 11:

Hello Pop Culture Nexus Friends!

This year has been really crappy. Sorry folks, I usually don’t get personal and I never allow myself to be pessimistic in my posts, but I have to make an exception. 2013 has been a difficult year for me. Professionally, it has been a successful one, however, personally, this year has been an obnoxious bully filled with medical emergencies, losses, depression, a grudge, anger, and helplessness.  There’s still 2.5 months left in the year, but I’m already looking forward to starting anew. I have no clue if 2014 is going to be as challenging as this one and I can’t control what will happen, but I can control how I will kick off the new year. This is where I need your help. In addition to family and friends, stories and characters help me get through difficult times. They bring me joy and that uplifting smile at the most random moments when I’m reminded of a scene or dialogue. Stories told in plays, songs, TV shows, film, and books are powerful — powerful enough to transport or ground us. We can use stories to escape or remain in reality to gain a better understanding of life. We all have experienced those moments in life when a song helped us weather a difficult time or a play communicated the words we could not verbalize ourselves. Perhaps it was a character or fandom that inspired you to take that frightful but necessary leap. These are the moments I want to celebrate when 2014 begins. I want to post a story every day in January of pop culture providing joy/comfort/understanding/closure/satisfaction in someone’s life. Perhaps you met your lifelong friends at comic-con or included a cinematic theme at your wedding. Whatever that special moment is, please consider sharing it because your story might inspire others.

Submit your story to popculturenexus@gmail.com by December 20. Please try to keep submissions under 800 words and photos may be included.

Thanks everyone. This will be an exciting way to start 2014!

-Mary

Veronica Mars Movie: Write the Caption

If you haven’t checked out the new Veronica Mars footage, check it out NOW! It’s amazing!

One of my favorite scenes is the one below. Good gracious, someone catch me. It’s as if Rob Thomas wants us to pass out during the film. Apart from it being totally swoon-worthy, this screenshot is just screaming to have a caption. What would you write?

  • Ready for our story to be epic…again
  • I’ve been waiting for five years
  • Do I look like a murderer to you?
  • Do you like the car? It was a huge cereal box.
  • This car runs on pixie spy magic.

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Diary of a Pop Culture Soul

Hello Pop Culture Nexus Friends!

This year has been really crappy. Sorry folks, I usually don’t get personal and I never allow myself to be pessimistic in my posts, but I have to make an exception. 2013 has been a difficult year for me. Professionally, it has been a successful one, however, personally, this year has been an obnoxious bully filled with medical emergencies, losses, depression, a grudge, anger, and helplessness.  There’s still 2.5 months left in the year, but I’m already looking forward to starting anew. I have no clue if 2014 is going to be as challenging as this one and I can’t control what will happen, but I can control how I will kick off the new year. This is where I need your help. In addition to family and friends, stories and characters help me get through difficult times. They bring me joy and that uplifting smile at the most random moments when I’m reminded of a scene or dialogue. Stories told in plays, songs, TV shows, film, and books are powerful — powerful enough to transport or ground us. We can use stories to escape or remain in reality to gain a better understanding of life. We all have experienced those moments in life when a song helped us weather a difficult time or a play communicated the words we could not verbalize ourselves. Perhaps it was a character or fandom that inspired you to take that frightful but necessary leap. These are the moments I want to celebrate when 2014 begins. I want to post a story every day in January of pop culture providing joy/comfort/understanding/closure/satisfaction in someone’s life. Perhaps you met your lifelong friends at comic-con or included a cinematic theme at your wedding. Whatever that special moment is, please consider sharing it because your story might inspire others.

Submit your story to popculturenexus@gmail.com by December 20. Please try to keep submissions under 800 words and photos may be included.

Thanks everyone. This will be an exciting way to start 2014!

-Mary

Happy Fifth Anniversary Fringe

Fringe and Pop Culture Nexus share the same anniversary date!

Five years ago today, Fringe premiered its first episode. Some left after the pilot but others stayed and encouraged people on social media to give the show a chance. The most impressive feat was on Twitter where the fans worked together to get a hashtag trending one hour before the show aired. In honor of the show’s anniversary, tell us the hashtag you would choose for season 6 episode 1. Who knows…maybe in a parallel universe, fans are eagerly awaiting the season 6 premiere.

Here’s a look back at the Season 5 hashtags:

5×01 “Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11” – #TheyAreHere

5×02 “In Absentia” – #AnotherWay

5×03 “The Recordist” – #ForTheRecord

5×04 “The Bullet That Saved the World” – #TurningPoint

5×05 “An Origin Story” – #ShowNoMercy

5×06 “Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There” – #NothingIsImpossible

5×07 “Five-Twenty-Ten” – #IPredict

5×08 “The Human Kind” – #HumanKind

5×09 “Black Blotter” – #FreeYourMind

5×10 “Anomaly XB-6783746” – #FarFromNormal

5×11 “The Boy Must Live” – #NeverLetGo

5×12 “Liberty” – #KeepLookingUp

5×13 “An Enemy of Fate” – #WeCrossedtheLine

Book Review: The Guild The Official Companion

Source: titanbooks.com

Source: titanbooks.com

And the fact that our fans saw our process step by step, had input in our show, were extras in the show, helped us make the credits and sets and funded us, that is a truly beautiful thing. We made something awesome together.

Whether you are a fan of The Guild or fandoms in general, you should probably check out The Guild: The Official Companion. The book was published by Titan Books and has great behind the scenes content on the making of the series and music video. There are pictures of the cast and notable guest stars such as Nathan Fillion and Wil Wheaton, but the best part is that the each one of the show’s six seasons has a chapter. This allows the reader to experience the show’s progression from a small, YouTube DIY webseries to a webseries filmed at a gaming convention with a slightly larger budget. Don’t be fooled though. The slightly larger budget and corporate sponsorship never diluted the show’s appealing grassroots quality. The show is still a do-it-yourself project but its powerful fanbase has allowed it to gain additional resources. The fanbase is what makes The Guild stand out as a success story and the Official Companion acknowledges that through interviews and a touching introduction by Felicia Day. The book is a love letter to the fans. It recognizes the importance of positive fandoms which is why I encourage both Guild and non-Guild viewers to check it out.

-Mary

Jenny Attends the Veronica Mars Panel

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Outside the theater
(All photos provided by Jenny)

Jenny is a die-hard Veronica Mars and on July 19, she was one of the lucky few who attended the fan panel. Read about her experience:

On the show:

To the best of my knowledge I watched it from the pilot or at the very least started watching early in the first season. It was instant love, and instant longing. You see, living in San Diego for my entire adult life I had just left to do travel nursing. AND THEY WERE FREAKING FILMING THERE!!! What timing!!  Had I been home I would have totally gone to Background San Diego to see if I could be an extra!!! Oh the humanity!! Despite all this, my love for Veronica Mars only grew until they were filming at San Diego State. That inspired a Fritos fight with my television screen. But still…it is by far one of my favorite shows of all time. Up there with FringeWest Wing and X-Files. Over the years I’ve had the DVDs but was thrilled when it started playing on the Soap Opera Network. My mother now has become a huge fan and Kickstarter backer! We can’t wait until we have our digital copies!! I’d say we’d want to watch it together but you know that thing will be in the DVD player the second it arrives!  Oh and by the way, I came home to San Diego when it was the Fall. The first Fall without Veronica Mars filming. Very, very, very sad me.

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Looking for guest bloggers attending Comic-Con

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Original Image: decapolis.com

Are you going to San Diego Comic-Con? Do you want to blog about your experience? Then, we want you!

Send us an email (popculturenexus@gmail.com) expressing your interest with a list of panels you plan to attend.

*Blogging is voluntary

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