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‘Fringe’/’Once Upon A Time’ Photo Recap Crossover

Hi everyone!

When @GodsGirl1989 told us Fringe fans were planning a special event on September 9, we wanted to contribute something somehow. So, we decided to put a creative twist on our photo recaps. A crossover photo recap! Rather than die in the explosion in Season 5 Episode 4, Etta is transported to Storybrooke where she meets Emma Swan and her family. Together, they must defeat the Snow Queen and find a way to get Etta home. We hope you enjoy it!

Boston, Massachusetts

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Storybrooke, Maine

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Orphan Black 1×05 Photo Recap: “Conditions of Existence”

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Episode 5 is titled “Conditions of Existence” but it should really be called “Mindblowing” because that is what you will experience when you watch this episode. Not only do we discover that Donnie is talking to a mystery person about Alison, but we also discover that Paul is a monitor. He has been allowing scientists to come in during the night and experiment on Beth. SAY WHAT?! I never trusted Paul which is why I wasn’t totally surprised by his reveal but I didn’t think it was a double blind situation. Paul doesn’t know why he is a monitor. He just follows orders.

In the midst of all the distrust and paranoia in the episode, we get this special gem:

I love, love, love Sarah’s relationship with Kira. Kira brings out a softness in her that no other person can. Their relationship gives Sarah depth as a character. While I love her rough edges, it’s great to see that Sarah is more than that. She is a mom who just wants to hug her little girl after school.

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Orphan Black 1×04 Photo Recap: “Effects of External Conditions”

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Every great TV show has a turning point when it goes from good to excellent. The show finds its original voice and the storytelling is all engrossing. Some refer to this turning point as “Growing the Beard” and it typically happens around episodes 4-6. In Battlestar Galactica, it’s “You Can’t Go Home” and in Fringe, it’s “The Arrival.” These episodes really standout for me because each one marks the point in the series when the show dives into the overarching story/theme, having already introduced the characters in the first couple episodes. The moment Orphan Black ‘grows its beard’ is in 1×04. Helena is introduced as a clone brainwashed to kill the others, her ‘sisters.’ She is the season’s ‘big bad’ but the line between evil and good is not so clear cut. She wasn’t born evil. She was influenced by her environment, therefore, should she be killed because of that? Even if they did have a chance to terminate Helena, could they? Perhaps not, since Sarah let Helena escape out the window, but she is definitely not afraid to injure Helena. Episode 4 begins with Helena in the bathroom of a stranger’s house cleaning her wound after being impaled by Sarah. It seems like the opening of a Stephen King novel.

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Pop Culture Nexus’ Top 10 Most Popular Articles of 2013

We wish everyone a happy and healthy new year!

We had a blast writing about our favorite shows and reading your comments  (yes, we read ALL of them). We hope you have enjoyed visiting our little space in the interwebs, because truth be told, we do this for you (maybe 10% for ourselves) and we are looking forward to another year of pop culture stories.

Here’s a look back at our top 10 most-read posts in 2013.

  1. ‘FRINGE’ Finale Photo Recap: “Liberty” & “An Enemy of Fate”
  2. Top 10 ‘Princess Bride’ Movie Quotes
  3. ‘Fringe’ Fashion: Memorable Apparel & Accessories from Five Seasons of Saving the World
  4. Top 5 Logan Echolls Moments from ‘Veronica Mars’
  5. ‘Happy Endings’: If I’d Known James Wolk Would Be Kissing a Man, I Would Have Started Watching Sooner
  6. ‘Fringe’ 5×11 Photo Recap: “The Boy Must Live”
  7. ‘Arrow’ 1×21 Photo Recap: “The Undertaking”
  8. ‘Arrow’ Finale Photo Recap: “Sacrifice”
  9. Five Books to Read After ‘The Hunger Games’
  10. ‘Arrow’ 1×18 Photo Recap: “Salvation”

-Mary and Louise

Photo Recap: Star Wars: A New Hope


A film?! Pop Culture Nexus photo recapped a film?! Yes, we did.

To celebrate the site’s two-year anniversary, we decided to work together to recap one of the most iconic films in the country universe. Star Wars: A New Hope. Cue the 20th Century Fox Fanfare and iconic THX sound.


If you are a regular reader, thanks for supporting Pop Culture Nexus, and you know the history of photo recaps on the site so you can skip ahead to the opening scene. If you are new to the site and photo recaps, WELCOME! Here’s a brief history (we promise this is less boring than watching paint dry). In 2012, Louise, one of the creators of this site, was inspired by Price Peterson’s Vampire Diaries photo recaps on, and she decided to apply that fun form of storytelling to Fringe.  Her first episode was season 4, episode 8 “Back to Where You’ve Never Been,” and after a few posts, she was surprised to find that fans were actually reading them. Shortly after, Mary began creating photo captions for Fringe and Castle. The end. See, that wasn’t so bad. So, to celebrate two years of Pop Culture Nexus, we decided to travel to uncharted territory—a galaxy far, far away. We’re glad you could join us on this journey and we hope you have fun.

May the Force be with you,

–Mary & Louise

*This is solely for entertainment purposes. Everything related to Star Wars is owned by 20th Century Fox, Disney, and Lucasfilm. Pop Culture Nexus owns nothing.

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Favorite Moments from Castle 5×23 “The Human Factor”

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Castle better hurry up and put a ring on Kate’s finger, otherwise, she may be packing her bags and moving to DC. It is disheartening to see the couple forced to weather another crisis, but this situation is a million times better than the stuff they’ve had to face in past. Remember that time Beckett got shot and almost died? Yeah, I think a long distance relationship is a road bump compared to that Mount Everest. The job in DC is a great opportunity for Beckett to advance her career and I don’t see any reason why Castle couldn’t move with her, however, this is TV. Season finales are NEVER supposed to be that logical. Whatever happens, I have faith that these two will work it out.

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Favorite Moments from Castle 5×22 “Still”

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It’s montages galore! What if you collected all of the Castle gifs on Tumblr and and edited them together? You would produce this week’s episode. In “Still,” Beckett accidentally triggers a bomb and is forced to stand still until it can be deactivated. Castle remains by her side and lightens the dismal mood by conjuring a petty fight of who fell in love with the other person first. It provided some cute banter and set the stage for a retrospective episode. Here’s a clip from one of my favorite montages:

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Nikita Photo Recap: “Rough Trade”

Hey Nikita Fans! Sorry for the major delay in posting this photo recap, and thanks for sticking with me.

Screencaps from Nikita is the property of the CW Network. No copyright infringement intended.

So, the official title of episode 4 is “Rough Trade,” but it might as well be called, “Merry Christmas Mikita Fans” because we finally saw Michael and Nikita’s working relationship at Division before she went rogue. And there was enough sexual angst there to rival a high school filled with hormonal teenagers. If you didn’t ship Mikita before, this episode certainly convinced you that they deserve a shot of coupledom. Sure, their date nights would be spent on missions dodging bullets but there is nothing sexier than escaping doom and saving the world with your honey bunny. big grinbatting eyelasheswinking

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Nikita Photo Recap: “Kill Jill”

Hey Nikita Fans!

If this is your first time visiting, make sure to check out past recaps 1×01 and 1×02.

Without further ado, let’s break down episode 3. Nikita has to protect Jill Morelli (played by Julie Gonzalo and a Veronica Mars alum), a journalist, who is investigating a plane crash Division helped cover up. After Jill is contacted by a college student with proof of the conspiracy, Division agents are ordered to capture her but Nikita disrupts their plans, yet again. She rescues the journalist and together, they travel to Virginia to get the video. Meanwhile, at Division, the recruits are brought in to help find Nikita and Jill, and Birkhoff is thought to be Nikita’s mole. Michael and Nikita have another showdown in which the show’s heroine demonstrates how badass she is.

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