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The Starling Tribune: An Unofficial Arrow TV Show Fan Podcast

The Starling Tribune is a podcast dedicated to the CW's Arrow TV Show and the other DC Comics TV Shows on the CW channel as well as the DC Universe in general. Each week the reporters and their chief editor will get together to discuss the latest episode of the hit CW show Arrow. The Starling Tribune is a proud member of the GonnaGeek Podcast Network found at

Dec 3, 2018

Starling Tribune - Season 7 Edition – The Slabside Redemption (A CW Network Arrow Television Show Fan Podcast) ST220


Episode:            “The Slabside Redemption” [Season 7 Episode 7]

Air Date:           Monday, November 26, 2018


Director:           James Bamford

                        12x Arrow / 1x Supergirl


Writers: Jill Blankenship

                        2x Arrow / 7x The Last Ship


Rebecca Bellotto

                        7x Arrow





Episode # / Episode Title / Episode Air / Date  / Rating

01 Inmate 4587 15-Oct-18 1.43

02 The Longbow Hunters 22-Oct-18 1.18

03 Crossing Lines 29-Oct-18 1.15

04 Level Two 5-Nov-18 1.08

05 The Demon 12-Nov-18 1.26

06 Due Process 19-Nov-18 1.03

07 The Slabside Redemption 26-Nov-18 1.31


Legends Of Tomorrow


Episode # / Episode Title / Episode Air / Date  / Rating

01 The Virgin Gary 22-Oct-18 1.00

02 Witch Hunt 29-Oct-18 0.94

03 Dancing Queen 5-Nov-18 0.86

04 Wet Hot American Bummer 12-Nov-18 0.90

05 Tagumo Attacks 19-Nov-18 0.91

06 Tender Is The Nate 26-Nov-18 0.97




Episode # / Episode Title / Episode Air / Date  / Rating

01 American Alien 14-Oct-18 1.52

02 Fallout 21-Oct-18 1.34

03 Man Of Steel 28-Oct-18 1.28

04 Ahimsa 4-Nov-18 1.23

05 Parasite Lost 11-Nov-18 1.16

06 Call To Action 18-Nov-18 1.13

07 Rather the Fallen Angel 25-Nov-18 1.15


The Flash


Episode # / Episode Title / Episode Air / Date  / Rating

01 Nora 9-Oct-17 2.08

02 Blocked 16-Oct-18 1.69

03 The Death of Vibe 23-Oct-18 1.87

04 News Flash 30-Oct-18 1.75

05 All Doll’d Up 13-Nov-18 1.73

06 The Icicle Cometh 20-Nov-18 1.60

07 O Come, All Ye Thankful 27-Nov-18 1.79





Episode # / Episode Title / Episode Air / Date  / Rating

01 The Book of Consequences: Chapter One: Rise of the Green Light Babies 9-Oct-18 1.16

02 The Book of Consequences: Chapter Two: Black Jesus Blues 16-Oct-18 1.02

03 The Book of Consequences: Chapter Three: Master Lowry 23-Oct-18 1.18

04 The Book of Consequences: Chapter Four: Translucent Freak 30-Oct-18 0.97

05 The Book Of Blood: Chapter One: Requiem 13-Nov-18 0.90

06 The Book Of Blood: Chapter Two: The Perdi 20-Nov-18 0.99

07 The Book Of Blood: Chapter Three: The Sange 27-Nov-18 1.06


Part 1: The Plot, Themes and Characters

  • What was the overall theme? What was the link to the episode’s name?
    • Redemption for Oliver and Bronze Tiger - Ben Turner
      • Mainly for Turner
    • Stanley wants to “redeem” himself for Oliver
  • Fight scenes and stunts
    • Battery + gum + wrapper + aerosol can = escape
      • Takes out guards
      • Up stairs, leaps across
      • Runs through hall, slides under door
    • Yard
      • Diaz speech; stabs and shoots guards
    • Hallway
      • Oliver takes out guards by coming out of the shadows
      • Brick and Samson - don’t work for Diaz, but taking his side
      • Samson and Brick fight Oliver; pepper spray; both of them get Oliver down
      • Turner comes in and saves Oliver; slides Oliver a blade
      • Oliver slices Samson; Turner takes on Brick
    • Prisoners released; attack guards
    • Cell Block
      • Oliver and Turner fight way up to save guards
      • Turner one level, Oliver the other
      • Oliver jump kick; Turner’s kicks
    • Stanley
      • Oliver tries to convince Stanley to be his sidekick and save others
      • Stanley wants only them to escape
      • Oliver kicks Stanley; gets free; locks Stanley in room
    • Mess Hall
      • Diaz has device to overload electrical systems
      • Oliver enters; Diaz decks him
      • Turner tosses down pillow case with soda; Oliver against inmates
      • Turner vs. Brick part 2; use rope around Brick to pull Oliver up
      • Turner vs. Samson; Samson kicked into fire, burns
      • Diaz overloads system; fire starts
      • Oliver and Turner leap down; save guards
      • Turner gives Oliver a blade; no half measures
    • Oliver vs. Diaz
      • Fire; prison almost empty
      • Diaz from behind; both have blades; big fight
      • Diaz knocks Oliver to lower level
      • Diaz stabs Oliver; kicks him and beats him
      • Oliver is thrown into his cell
      • Diaz starts talking about Felicity; Oliver doesn’t believe what Diaz says about Felicity
      • Oliver gets up; stabs Diaz; headbutts Diaz; locks Diaz in his cell
    • Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
      • Getting out in 6 hours
      • Goes to Turner; tells him that he knows he’s innocent and that he will talk to Lyla (Turner’s head and shoulders lit in scene)
      • Beats glass; tries to warn guards about Diaz; gets subdued
      • Tries to call out for help; Longbow Hunters jammed communications for Diaz (going away present)
      • Gives Turner book
      • Greeted by Diggle and Felicity
    • Ricardo Diaz / Richard Dragon
      • Brought in arrested; paid off guard; kills other guards; poses as a guard to release prisoners and cause chaos
      • Wants Oliver to suffer before he dies
      • Dead?
      • Will the Longbow Hunters return?
    • Stanley - Prison friend
      • Not working for Diaz - just a serial killer
      • Sedates Oliver to convince him to be friends
      • Sees what he does as doing what the Green Arrow does
      • Kills Brick; then escapes through the morgue
    • Ben Turner / Bronze Tiger
      • How did you get out of your cell?
      • Gets guards to safety
      • Tells Oliver that the old GA only saw world in black and white; this version of you sees grey; makes you better
      • Goes back to his cell




  1. Stephen Amell Praises Stunt Team for Most Action-Packed 'Arrow' Episode Ever (Date: 27 Nov 2018)
    1. "Very proud of tonight's episode," Amell wrote. "It was a logistical quagmire because of the amount of stunt work involved. All departments had to be on their games and the producers had to have a ton of faith in us and in particular the stunt department. I hope it showed!"
    2. "[This week], they just turned the stunt department loose," Amell said. "It was the shortest script that I’ve ever read because it had such little stage direction in it. It was basically Beth going to James Bamford and saying, 'This is through line of what happens to Oliver from start to finish. Do what you can in the time that you have. Go.' There’s some specific stuff like Stanley gets Oliver with a needle and Oliver’s tied up or whatever, but all that choreography, that was something that the stunt department I think really excelled in. We’re not going to get nominated for a stunt Emmy, because we don’t get nominated for a stunt Emmy. But we should get nominated for a stunt Emmy."
  2. DC Releases Extended Arrowverse Elseworlds Trailer (Date: 25 Nov 2018)
    1. The extended clip shows Stephen Amell's Oliver Queen waking up under Barry Allen's identity as The Flash with Iris West-Allen unaware of the changes to reality. As the hero regroups with Barry, under his identity as the Green Arrow, and Supergirl, they find a threat that endangers of all the DCTV Multiverse.





Link to Promo:  (Date: 26 Nov 2018)


Episode: “Unmasked” [Season 7 Episode 8]

Air Date: Monday, December 3, 2018

Summary: Felicity stands by her recent decisions regarding her family. Meanwhile, Diggle and Lyla continue to look into the Dante painting that Curtis found.

Director: Alexandra La Roche

Writers: Oscar Balderrama & Beth Schwartz       

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