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After its initial 52 episode run 12 years ago, the final season of “Samurai Jack” began on March 11. After such a long wait, one question begs answering: was the original series actually that good, or are people being blinded by their nostalgia? In short, the series holds up well, but with a few glaring flaws. Some are creative decisions, others are byproducts of the time. Before delving into the positives and negatives of the show though, a brief reminder about the overall plot of “Samurai Jack,” as explained by the series’ antagonist, Aku: “Long ago in a distant land, I, Aku, the shape-shifting Master of Darkness, unleashed an unspeakable evil! But a foolish Samurai warrior wielding a magic sword stepped forth to oppose me. Before the final blow was struck, I tore open a portal in time and flung him into the future, where my evil is law! Now…

The last good cartoons I remember watching on Nickelodeon were Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, which blew away all the normal conventions of children’s cartoons to produce something uniquely entertaining. Now it just seems like Nickelodeon has stopped caring. Instead of thinking outside the box, the geniuses over at Nick have grabbed their shovels and pickaxes and turned over every grave of old Nicktoons to air weeknights from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Teen Nick. This segment, known as The Splat, has been airing for a few weeks now, and it’s already as old as the cartoons they hope we’ll watch again. We may have loved Angry Beavers, Rugrats, Rocket Power, Hey Arnold and Rocko’s Modern Life, but a modern life doesn’t ask you to watch old cartoons in the middle of the night when you have school and work to worry about the next…