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Remember the cartoons you loved as a kid? Do you, like us, remember mid-2000s Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network with a mix of fondness and terror – or, if you don’t, do you want to know what the fuss was about? Join Mary, David, and Ben as we revisit the cartoons that shaped us in an episode-by-episode deep dive, as well as the Internet fan culture as it was then and is now. How do these nostalgic shows hold up? What do we think of them now, as not kids but sad adults? How has the zeitgeist an ...
 
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We've reached the midpoint of season two, and with that, the midpoint of the whole show! This is a good time for us to take a little break from internet radio silliness (more on that in the episode), but first, here's Mary, David, and Jess talking owls and Kongsonas (also in the episode, obviously). === As mentioned above, Super Nuclear Group will …
 
I'm super sorry for the lateness of putting this on the main feed - I hadn't realized I hadn't scheduled it while I was waiting for the summary to come in. Thank you for your patience and look forward to The Library soon! === Welcome to Bitter Work (fun fact: that's what "kung fu" actually means!), an episode that's mostly about Sokka being stuck i…
 
Ah, the chase: a cartoon tradition. Tom chases Jerry, Sylvester chases Tweety, and in tonight's presentation, the Gaang is chased by a bunch of girls. Which I guess makes this more like the Avatar version of A Hard Day's Night (ask your grandma, zoomer). Our friend Gabe is here to bring the funny while Ben is away. Join us as we discuss such questi…
 
Time for Zuko Alone, Avatar's cowboy episode! In lieu of Ben, we're joined once again by Quinn! (And no, we didn't eat Ben when we were all stranded on that raft in the middle of the ocean, no matter what the federales say.) Prepare for advanced Jaden Smith discussion, stinky piles o' poo, and the startling revelation that in the Avatar universe, b…
 
It's finally time for the episode everyone and their dog wanted to be on. Wait a minute... is CatDog an Avatar animal? Holy shit, I just thought of that literally right now. Nickelodeon Cinematic Universe confirmed! Anyway, Toph is in this one. Our friend (and very first fan!) Dianna joins us to talk about Toph and why she's an excellent example of…
 
Hey... u up, winky face emoji? It's the horniest-ever episode of The Avatar Recycle, featuring Avatar Kyoshi and her enormous feet! The fandom has long called Avatar Day one of the worst episodes of the show, second only to The Great Divide. But is it really as bad as all that? Join the usual gang of idiots (plus Jess!) as we investigate! Enjoy suc…
 
Welcome back to The Avatar Recycle! Jess joins us yet again as we venture into fantasy Florida to meet some more smelly hippies and Toph, who is presumably also smelly. Topics include cholera, a five-pound bag of Swedish Fish, man's ever-evolving quest to communicate with spinach, and the time Jess's dad found a dead body and poked it with a stick.…
 
In this episode, the still-incomplete Gaang literally rolls around in raw sewage. (You can do that figuratively by listening to our podcast.) And on that note, who's ready for a lot of jokes about plagues and contagion? Like, jeez, read the room, 2006. Am I right? This episode also introduces us to Mai and Ty Lee, and just the many many ways Azula …
 
In this episode, we have two special treats for you: a new guest (welcome, Sigma!) and a link to a cool picture of a dragon we found on DeviantArt. Also? A SPECTACULAR episode. Let's call that treat number three. So many things that give us joy are here. Unwashed hippies. Unsupervised uncles. Unrestrained summer (spring) fun. Unwieldy teenage kissi…
 
It's another episode of The Avatar Recycle! Our hosts have managed to tear themselves away from the ongoing collapse of civilization to babble about magic cartoon teenagers for another couple of hours. This time, it's The Avatar State! Where is it, and why doesn't it have representation in Congress? We're introduced to Azula, who is still an incred…
 
It's the first season break, and you know what that means: statistics (oh boy)! Join us as we once again consider the SNA, read some Avatar comics, and talk about Shrek. Jess is here, so you know this one's a keeper. === Click here to see the pacu, the herbivorous piranha! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacu Click here for Avatar The Last Airbender:…
 
It's the season one finale, and Avatar has officially come into its own, like a caterpillar tadpole coming out of its cocoon as a beautiful butterfrog. That's good news, provided that you like hearing three ostensible adults freak out about cartoons. We cover all the bases: Zuko's gradual de-villainization, Ben realizing that the Undertale meme ske…
 
Good news, everyone! We heard your complaint about there not being enough year-end holidays and have magnanimously decided that December 8th is Super Nuclear Day. You may curry favor with our traditional mascots, the Super Alpaca and Gnuclear Gnome, by supporting us on Patreon. Good fortune is sure to follow. In this episode, Katara does some badas…
 
Apologies for the wait, everyone! Moving and life got in the way but we are BACK! Welcome back to The Avatar Recycle, the show where we talk about our cats and then, if we have time, Avatar. In this episode, Mary moves down the street, Ben moves across the country, and David stays right the fuck where he is, because in an ever-changing world, it's …
 
Donald Trump slowly shrinks and transforms into a corn cob. Ben's mother humiliates him in front of the host of Nickelodeon's Slime Time Live. David crushes his own mother's dreams of being a showbiz mom. Mary roasts her dad's exceptionally dadly qualities. And on Avatar, some kid has to cope with the fact that his dad is in bed with the fantasy re…
 
This time it is David who will not be with us for this one, and Jess who will rise to the occasion and take his place as we take on a SURPRISINGLY intense ATLA episode! All the more so for Mary, because she never saw it the first time round. What does that mean for you all? A whole lot of well deserved slamming on Heart of Darkness, the secrets of …
 
This episode is all about trust, in the sense that it betrayed ours by being kinda crappy and on-the-nose, as well as having uncomfortable sexual undertones. And speaking of that, watch us revive old Homestuck memes you hoped to never see again! (At least Sokka gets to be smart in this one.) The Super Nuclear Group would also like to remind our fel…
 
This is one of those cartoon episodes that tries to be about faith vs. empiricism, but in a way that doesn't piss off any homeschool moms and/or the ACLU. Surprisingly, it doesn't suck, and in fact taught us a very valuable lesson. It taught us what platypuses eat. (It's pebbles and small mollusks, apparently.) Join us as we discuss our favorite fl…
 
In this episode, the role of Ben is played by our good friend Jess, but don't worry, we're definitely not classing up the joint! Much merriment is had discussing the rare and elusive Sugondese frogs. (Would you suck on them? Tell us in the comments!) We also discover that the crazy old people of the Avatar universe are a lot less racist than ours. …
 
This episode involves Aang and Iroh telling heartbreaking stories of past trauma whilst they and their friends huddle around a campfire. Celebrate the occasion by listening to three nerds talk about My Big Fat Greek Wedding whilst hunched over their computers. Be warned: this episode contains more vagina references and discussion than the average S…
 
Ah yes, here we are. One of the Famously Bad episodes of Avatar, which means it would be a low average in any other show. Even as we try not to judge it by its reputation and/or memes, we still find it... condescending? A bit tone deaf? Paints centrists as the real victims? We're not quite sure what they're actually trying to say here. But it's oka…
 
First and foremost I have to deeply DEEPLY apologize for the lateness of this episode, I had it and it was up on Patreon and I just straight up forgot to put it on the main feed. ._. Thank you all for your patience! === Welcome to the Secret Tunnel, the Rec Room-alike where we take a break from painstakingly recapping a show in order to talk about …
 
Listeners, hide your bananas, cause we're about to meet some guerillas. This episode is all about Jet, the freedom fighter dude who is definitely NOT literally just Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop, and Jess is here to discuss how cool his hook swords are and whether or not he would vape in real life (he would). Also, in light of all the strongly-wo…
 
Join your Super Nuclear pals for a lively discussion on whether bare man ass is allowed on Nickelodeon. That's right: it's an episode all about pirate booty! Arrgh! And when you're done listening send us an email! Would YOU eat cabbage that the cabbage merchant had lovingly rubbed on his unshaven face? Would YOU buy a box from a horse-faced man wit…
 
Happy belated vore day, everyone! And speaking of vore day, Aang's quest to stop the Fire Lord is a little bit like googling that: he's not gonna like what he sees, but may learn something about himself and walk away profoundly changed. In particular, he's going to learn that he has exactly nine months to learn three lifetimes' worth of bending. Th…
 
In this episode, the former half of our very first two-parter, Iroh gets naked, Aang wrestles a bear, and the Super Nuclear Group waxes poetic about America's two favorite underdogs: Jeb Bush and Scrappy Doo! Think we can't prattle about this for three straight hours? Click and be amazed! === This episode of The Avatar Recycle carries a content war…
 
Hey, remember that one funny meme where Live-Action Aang reminds a group of earthbenders that they are earthbenders? And then they do a choreographed dance routine that results in a single baseball-sized rock to float slowly across the screen? This is the episode that scene was based on. Surprise! It's much better with funny cartoon people. Another…
 
Hello, everyone! This is the first episode of what will from here on be a Patreon-exclusive podcast for donors at the $5 and up level! We hope you enjoy this trip into the glory that is SBT! === Long ago, in 2010, Cartoon Network gave us something very special: a new Genndy Tartakovsky show, in their classic house style of the mid to late nineties.…
 
This episode is all about King [NAME REDACTED]. But we're not supposed to say his name. We say it dozens of times anyway. And no, for once, it's not K*maeda. But we don't just laugh at our own incompetence. We also laugh at silly internet videos, pausing only to groan at some puns. And somewhere in there, there's some Avatar discussion too. === Cli…
 
This episode takes the Gaang to Kyoshi Island, where Sokka learns respect-women-bending from cool new character Suki. Longtime friend of the show Jess joins us yet again to discuss this and other topics tangentially related to grrrl powah, including: skipping your school's water park trip to watch Avatar, air nomad tourists with fanny packs and flo…
 
Aang, Katara, and Sokka visit the Southern Air Temple and see a bunch of dead bodies. Meanwhile, Mary, David, and Ben revisit a bunch of old jokes that aren't dead but should be. Ben and David make killer observations, Mary sings about cereal, and the trio debates the ethics of pee-bending. Plus, we learn a shocking fact that almost, but not quite,…
 
As we note in our intro above, all of our Patreon proceeds for the month of June will be donated to the Community Bail Fund: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd Here are some of the best resources at hand right now to educate yourself, donate/generate ad revenue, and protect Black lives and Black safety: https://blacklivesmatt…
 
An important note: we had recorded this episode in late May, simply because we were very excited to do so, before the death of George Floyd and the start of the nationwide protests. We will be making a full statement in The Avatar Recycle #2, but the most important thing I can ask of you is to get educated, donate (or make use of resources that all…
 
This episode was originally published on April 15th, 2020. === Thanks for joining us on this wild n' crazy journey. In this, the final episode of The Ultimate Reprise, we analyze the SNA, share more juicy tidbits about the sequel series, and somehow end up arguing about Homestuck again. We hope you had as much fun listening as we had putting this t…
 
This episode was originally published on April 8th, 2020. === It's time to unban Ben from the spoiler corner of the Discord, because the grand finale is finally here. And what a finale it is! The big twist is so momentous, we decided to discuss it first, so if for some insane reason you've been watching the episodes and listening to the podcast at …
 
This episode was originally published on April 1st, 2020. === There's a hell of a lot happening in this the penultimate episode of Oban. Oban itself is dead, for one thing. Just sand, sand, and sand. Anakin Skywalker is weeping and does not know why. But that's okay, because our intrepid heroes are off to stop the sand and also become God or someth…
 
This episode was originally published on March 25th, 2020. === Hey, isn't it funny that it's going to be Homestuck's anniversary soon and we're all literally stuck at home? No? That's not funny at all? Everyone's either sick and dying or losing their minds in self-imposed quarantine because our leaders are a gaggle of know-nothing fascist sh*theads…
 
This episode was originally published on March 18th, 2020. === Coming to you live from coronavirus lockdown, it's the latest episode of The Ultimate Reprise! (As well as a special, hidden episode of The Ultimate Ben, Earth's only podcast about Ben, starring Ben, and Ben, and Ben.) Here, we finally discuss the BIG TWIST Ben accidentally guessed eigh…
 
This episode was originally published on March 11th, 2020. === In this episode, David and Ben google 'big tiddy goth gf' and are horrified by the completely predictable results. We then have our traditional bout of Vriskourse - but first, we dive into this episode of Oban Star-Racers, where Molly and Jordan have a non-racing adventure in a spoopy t…
 
This episode was originally published on March 4th, 2020. === This episode is full of feet. We're just gonna put our cards on the table where we can all see them. Feet, and the toes thereof, are discussed with anomalous regularity, as is the movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Don't say we didn't warn you. But if you power through, you'll find that we also…
 
Our next podcast project, the Avatar Recycle - a well earned trip back into the greatness that is Avatar: The Last Airbender and associated media - will be coming to the Return to the Past feed, soon to be rebranded Super Nuclear Presents, on June 10th, 2020! Be there or be square at http://www.rttppodcast.libsyn.com or on iTunes! === Cover art by …
 
This episode was originally published on February 18th, 2020. === Remember last week, when Ben asked if any racer could catch up to Sul at this point? Well, in this episode we see how that particular conundrum is resolved! Oh, and Mary has the art book now, so expect a double dose of trivia! (But not all of it. Support Savin and buy the book yourse…
 
This episode was originally published on February 11, 2020. === Has it ever occurred to you that our galaxy is literally named after a streak of boob juice? No? You wish we hadn't put the thought into your head, you say? Welp, too late now. Here's a palate cleanser: we can't figure out whether the king of Nourasia has an impressive beard or impress…
 
This episode was originally published on February 5th, 2020. === In this episode, we introduce our special guest Matt of Avana Music to Seagulls, the second greatest piece of music ever written. It's very apropos, since Ben says "Hey man, stop thant bangin'!" when Mike decides to play with the kitchen cabinet doors. Also, we ponder whether it's oka…
 
This episode was originally published on January 29th, 2020. === David and Mary's origin story is revealed at last! Learn the thrilling tale of how a screenshot from this episode resulted in hours and hours of Ben-revolting shmoopiness. But it's not all butterfly kisses. It's also Sonic references, jokes about crabs doing drugs, and the movie Meet …
 
This episode was originally published on January 21st, 2020. === Tensions run high as the Super Nuclear Group disagrees about whether it's good and cool that the Earth Team keeps getting their asses kicked so damn much. Is it a nice change of pace after so many kids' shows where the heroes are basically guaranteed to win? Or is it just a huge hecki…
 
This episode was originally published on January 14th, 2020. === Oban is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. You may think it's a long way down the road to Alwas, but that's just peanuts to Oban. Of course, every sci-fi adventure needs a good old-fashioned space pirate, and Lord Furter is here to scratch that …
 
This episode was originally published on January 8th, 2020. === If you're one of the (many, many) people who watched this show and thought, 'This is pretty good, but it'd be even better if there were some lesbian space bikers,' then boy howdy are you going to like this episode. And not only that, there is also a preposterously large eyeball! And a …
 
This episode was originally published on December 31st, 2019. === Happy almost New Year, everyone! Join us for our first-ever Ship Hole, the gluten-free Rec Room alternative where we consider the SNA, discuss Molly Star-Racer (the three-minute Oban pilot), drop hot factz from the art book, and have silly fun with Pokémon teams! === Click here to wa…
 
This episode was originally published on December 24th, 2019. === In this episode, Ben is made privy to several revelations that Mary and David spent the past couple of months desperately trying not to blurt out (exhale, guys!). The Alwas Cycle is finally over, and that means that next week, Rec Room-style silliness takes over with the debut episod…
 
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