Re: Arrow / The Flash / Supergirl by Informant
I'm honestly a little shocked that doesn't seem to be much, if any, conversations between the writing staffs. Based on their twitter presence, it seems like the shows get along. But there are many, many times when these shows don't seem to be connected.
I understand not sacrificing quality in terms of a "shared universe", and I understand that's something that these shows have to tread carefully. This is 80-something episodes a year, and it's a much more daunting task than something like the MCU or the DCEU. But you're right, there are weird re-treading that the writers have done. There's also been a distinct drop in the number of overlaps on the show. I get that they use a lot of resources to do the crossover, and that they want that to feel special. So if Cisco visited Team Arrow a couple times a season, it wouldn't feel as special when he gets to interact in the crossover.
I always liked those little mini-crossovers, though. When Diggle would show up on Flash because they needed help from Argus, it was cool. And I loved Diggle's wonder at what Barry can do. I get that having Barry makes Team Arrow's job seem a bit redundant, but it boggles my mind that Barry doesn't help more when Oliver is out of commission. Or Wally. Or even someone like Cisco or Ralph.
There didn't seem to be many ripples for Team Flash when Oliver was arrested. I guess the FBI is cool with vigilantes as long as they don't kill?
I get that they want their shows to be their shows. And maybe its a coincidence that both Barry and Oliver have been to jail. And that they have future kids interacting on the show. But it might just be both shows running out of steam at the same time.
We have both of their adult children from the future (and I have to think that if grown William doesn't have some relevance to the current story, it's a HUGE waste of air time).
I don't think flash forwards are a waste of time. If a decision that Oliver and Felicity makes in the present affects the future, it's cool to see the ripple effects of that. It could even hypothetically impact what's happening on Flash, since William's story is taking place pretty close to Nora's time, I think?
Speaking of Arrow, the Level 2 stuff could get pretty interesting. I like that they've had some early season bad guys in prison so far. I'm hoping to see some bigger names and badder bad guys on Level 2 (and maybe Level 3?). I'm still hoping for a Supermax situation, especially if they can't do the Suicide Squad.
Although ireactions might know - apparently Lyla disbanded Task Force X when she took over for Amanda Waller? It's in some comic? I saw a passing reference to that online.