God yes, shoving Team Rocket into the plot of every episode just so the writers and animators don't have to do any actual work got old real fastWhen they go away from battles that could be fun to show something else going on that's less interesting. Like they skipped much of Ash's Quilava's battle with Nando's Armaldo to show team rocket selling food.
I think BW also had a good TRio up until the earthquake and tsunami happened and changed everything.God yes, shoving Team Rocket into the plot of every episode just so the writers and animators don't have to do any actual work got old real fast
The only time they got Team Rocket "right" was in SM when they were allowed to finally be characters instead of plot devices
XY was the only saga that I can remember that didn't include at least one major OS callback, but I'm not seeing why that should be considered problematic. The writers weren't pretending that OS didn't exist at the time: they just had better things to do than pander to the OS fandom, and I say this as a huge fan of the OS episodes myself.Post-DP seasons pretending the OS never happened. Thankfully, Charizard's return in BW and Journeys is fixing that.
It's weird they didn't even evolve Sandy or give it a water type boost of some sort, even in Lana's return appearance, while poor Shaymin didn't even get to show off an attack besides Aromatherapy.The fact that Lana's Eevee and Mallow's Shaymin were completely wasted.