Why did Arrow play homage to Breaking Bad in S02E06 by showing Blue Sky?

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The Walking Dead did that but those two were from the same network, but why did the Arrow TV series do that? Is there any reason for this reference?

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    You sure this even was a reference to Breaking Bad? Did the show say anything about what that blue stuff was supposed to be? Was that really crystal meth?
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Commented Sep 14, 2015 at 22:56
  • @TomCody what more a blue crystal drug can signifies ?
    – Ankit Sharma
    Commented Sep 15, 2015 at 3:52
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    @TomCody Confirmed by Arrow's creator Marc Guggenheim: underscoopfire.com/blue-meth-on-arrow
    – BCdotWEB
    Commented Sep 15, 2015 at 9:09
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    @AnkitSharma "what more a blue crystal drug can signifies" - Well, that's what I was asking, if it's supposed to be a drug at all. It could as well have been any other kind of blue stuff.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Commented Sep 15, 2015 at 9:29
  • @TomCody its mentioned as drug for sure , i think felicity even said something like " this much of drugs".
    – Ankit Sharma
    Commented Sep 15, 2015 at 9:32

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This is an example of Genre Fractal.

TV shows, even though they may be completely unrelated, are able to communicate meaning by referencing each other and using those references as narrative shorthand.

If a drug is shown and it is needed to be conveyed that this is, for example, an incredibly pure iteration of that drug; they can dye the drug blue and hence reference another TV show, borrowing the lore built within that property as a way of bypassing heavy exposition.

The reference won't land for everyone, but for those who 'get it', its a nice way of condensing the significance of something and participating in a referential exchange of 'easter eggs'.

It's all the rage these days.

  • Seems like a valid point, +1
    – Ankit Sharma
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 6:20

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