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    The contribution to the storyline of crossovers in superhero television shows

    Analyze the contribution to the storyline of the crossover episodes of superhero television shows. In particular, Arrow, The Flash, and Constantine have had crossover episodes. Do these contribute to the story in a meaningful way? Are they forced, making the episodes feel like a commercial for another show? Another example related to this might be when Superman makes "appearances" on Supergirl.

    • Definitely look into the comic book history of these superheroes, and perhaps consider any links these heroes may have in previous television shows, cartoons, what have you. – John 5 years ago
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    • A very interesting perspective I had not thought of before, cannot wait to see where someone takes this! – emilyinmannyc 5 years ago
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    • I really like crossovers - it gives the impression that the shows take place within a larger universe! – Winterling 5 years ago
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    I have been thinking that I need to rewatch the series. This makes me want to do it soon! Good job!

    The Best Episodes of Lost

    This is interesting. I think, though, that there is, or can be, more to these films. That is to say, that whether intended or not, there are deeper things happening in them than formulaic stories and fights. They are about power. They are about justice. They are about how these themes play out on a superhuman scale. What makes one a hero, and what makes one a villain? Is there a way one can use extraordinary powers for good, for personal gain, et cetera?
    Just some thoughts.

    The Superhero Film in The Modern Era

    I really like how you divided these movies into different ages. You also touched on a couple of the new televisions shows that are coming out–it almost seems like these are coming faster than the movies.
    I think that the tremendous popularity of the movies and televisions shows does come from what you said about “the audience need[ing] to be convinced that these characters can exist in the real world.” But I think it might go beyond that. It may be that people are drawn to stories of good versus evil, right and wrong, et cetera. We can see that there is something good and true about a hero who has a power of some sort and puts it to good use. That contrasts with other characters–usually the villain–who may have similar power, but uses it for personal gain in some way. We like to see this fight, because we see, or think we see, these things happening in the world around us.
    Just some thoughts.
    Well done, Nurse!

    The Three Eras of The Modern Comic Book Movie