The Flash stuff is weird. I do think that Flash needs to be the lightest of the shows, but they don't really need to course correct too much - the perfect template is the first season of the show. They should know what the characters need to be, and they just need them to be true to themselves.
For the most part, I think they've fixed Barry. I don't necessarily think that the show was too dark or brooding, but I think Barry was. Now he's back to being fun, enjoying being the Flash, being a leader, etc. The problem is that the rest of the characters are in weird places. Is Cisco in the lab more or is he a hero? What the heck is going on with Caitlin and Killer Frost - are they still fighting for control or have they come to some sort of agreement? Does Iris work at the newspaper anymore, or is she working full-time at Team Flash? Has Joe's career completely stagnated because Lance had about twelve promotions in the same span of time in Star City.
And this all after Wally's character was so confusing that they just had him leave without anyone noticing.
What's funny is that a lot of these questions are actually interesting character arcs.
- Does Cisco like being a hero? Does he fight any crime on his own or only associated with Barry? Does he have any interest in moving on and starting a Team Vibe or is sidekick work cool enough?
- The Killer Frost stuff has been bad, but there's a great example of this exact thing being very compelling in Legion. The Cary character is half scientist half warrior - they share a body and work as one even though they're two completely different people. If they actually had Caitlin and Killer Frost working together like that character, it could be done well.
- Iris could be struggling with wanting to be her own person and wanting to work with Barry. She could find herself enjoying the role of being the leader of Team Flash (which....she is? Was...before Harry came back? I don't know) but also miss being a reporter. Lots of stuff to work with, but apparently even Candice Patton doesn't know whether or not Iris is even still employed by the newspaper.
And I like Harry, but the show seems to just be an excuse for Tom Cavanagh to do funny voices. As much as I like Wells and want him to be on the show, if they're just placating Cavanagh, they should just retire the character.
For me, I think Flash is still okay. Probably on the same level of Supergirl, which I still enjoy. I do agree that Legends is the worst and Arrow is the best. At least Arrow is trying something new with Diggle.
What's frustrating is that they came up with the cool idea (that I'd wanted them to do) to have contracts for the actors to appear on all four shows, and they're not taking advantage of it at all. I don't think the shows should be constantly switching characters, but they could mix things up a bit. What if Cisco had to join the Legends, allowing Felicity to go to Flash and leaving Curtis in charge of Overwatch on Team Arrow? Suddenly, Team Flash is struggling with a new dynamic, Cisco is having adventures on his own, and Curtis is struggling with having to be behind a desk all day when he's proved he can be a valuable member of the team in the field.
To me, Legends needs to have a constantly changing lineup to stir things up on the other shows. What if J'onn joined the Legends, leaving Alex in charge at the DEO? What if Diggle joined the Legends, leaving Oliver without his right hand man? As we've discussed, Wally could be interesting on the Legends. Slade could be sorta fascinating on the Legends. Imagine Harry replacing Stein on the Legends. Bring back Roy and put him on the Legends.
There's so many things they could do, keeping Legends fun and interesting but also changing things up for characters and shows that have gotten a bit stale. Dibney is a weird character because he doesn't really fit a role on Team Flash because Vibe is a better sidekick than Elongated Man is. But put Cisco on the Legends (for some reason) and have a hole that Barry doesn't even realize he has - he needs a sidekick in the field (for some reason) and now there's a new meta who wants to be a hero. Give it a shot. See what happens.