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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

Sep 14, 2017

Season 5.5 Edition – CW Seed’s Vixen (A CW Network Arrow Television Show Fan Podcast) ST167


Episode: Vixen: The Movie (Vixen Seasons 1 and 2) 

Air Date:CW SEED: Season 1 - 6 episodes - original air date: August 25 - September 29,                        

2015; Season 2 - 6 episodes - original air date: October 13 - November 18, 2016 

Movie originally released digitally on May 8, 2017 and on Blu-ray and DVD May 23, 2017 

CW aired the movie on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 


Directors:James Tucker  

4x Legion of Super Heroes | 5x Static Shock | 5x Batman Beyond 


Curt Geda  

Vixen: The Movie | 8x Beware the Batman | 10x Batman Beyond 


Writers:Lauren Certo  

3x Flash  


Nolan Dunbar  

1x Arrow (Broken Hearts) 


Brian Ford Sullivan  

11x Arrow 


Wendy Mericle  

Showrunner on Arrow 


Keto Shimizu  

6x Legends | 11x Arrow | 1x Flash 


Sarah Tarkoff  

6x Arrow  




The Vixen Animated Movie Ratings Were Low And It Doesn’t Matter (02 Sept 2017) 

On Wednesday night, last week, The CW aired the Vixen movie and the ratings were very poor. How poor? Less than 700,000 viewers tuned in.This was not the premiere of a new project. And this is a series that started up 2 years ago for free on the CWSeed website and then had a second season.  



  • What was the overall themefor this movie? What was the link to the episodes name? 
  • Introduction of Vixen
  • Introduction of Kuasa, her sister, who will be on Legends next season
  • Fight scenes and stunts - Main ones
  • Arrow and Flash chase
  • Mari uses cheetah and camouflage
  • Mari learns she can fly
  • Mari and Kuasa
  • Mari poisoned to release totem
  • Spirits in totem help Mari defeat sister
  • Mari knocks Kuasaout; poisons Kuasa with spider 
  • Mari against smugglers
  • Mari has better control of animal spirits
  • Lots of punching and kicking
  • Cesar the Gorilla helps Mari
  • Big Detroit Fight
  • Mari loses against Eshu; goes to Zambesi and gets sister
  • Kuasagets water totem; fights Mari; Mari starts to lose fight; Black Canary and Atom come and subdu Kuasa and convince her to fight Eshu  
  • Fire fights Water; Eshukills Kuasa 
  • Team fights Eshu; Canary and Atom fall; Mari alone
  • Gets Eshuto river; underwater fight 
  • Mari smashes totem
  • Other fights
  • Mari either faces Stormtrooper-trained henchmen or her animal spirits know how to dodge bullets on a consistent basis
  • Favorite totems: cheetah, snake, elephant, gorilla, hawk, rhino
  • Use totem, punch, kick, flip, repeat  
  • Mari McCabe / Vixen (MegalynEchikunwoke) 
  • Been away from Detroit for 4 years
  • Discovers necklace’s power when attacked outside jail (stabbed guy with pen)
  • Loved by foster family; curious about her origin
  • Runs from Arrow and Flash because she thinks they want to capture her and take her away
  • Hot temper; fights a lot
  • Worked at zoo to help her understand the spirits of animals
  • Never see her work on her fashion; the one dress we see is a basic purple strapless number any first-year fashion student can do (the woman in red behind her at party had a more interesting dress)
  • Being Vixen has helped her find purpose
  • Granddaughter of Amaya 
  • Kuasa(Anika Noni Rose) 
  • Mari’s sister
  • Believes the totem should be hers
  • Sees herself as the protector of Zambesi 
  • Kidnaps Mari; spider venom
  • Weakened after fight
  • Keeps water totem for herself, but comes back and fights
  • Dies
  • Granddaughter of Amaya; will be Legends villain in S3
  • Voice actor will not portray Kuasain Legends: Tracy Ifeachor will  
  • Professor Adam Macalester (Sean Patrick Thomas) 
  • Knower of all things Zambesi
  • Tells Mari about totem
  • Betrays Mari to her sister for funding
  • Comes back a year later with the fire totem
  • Finds way to break fire totem in book
  • Chuck McCabe (Neil Flynn)
  • Bails Mari out of jail
  • Wants her to be careful
  • Supportive
  • Lena Vargas (Actor Unknown)
  • Works at zoo; helps Mari understand animals
  • Rescues animals; caught up in smuggling ring
  • Gets immunity; dates Chuck again
  • BenatuEshu (Hakeem Kae-Kazim) 
  • Warlord who burned Zambesi and killed Mari’s family
  • Wields fire totem
  • Burns Detroit, tells citizens it will end when he gets Mari’s totem
  • Underwater fight; dies?
  • Felicity 
  • Helps Mari steal water totem
  • Ray Palmer / The Atom
  • Helps in fight against Eshu
  • Black Canary / Laurel Lance
  • Helps in fight against Eshu
  • Barry Allen / The Flash
  • Goes to Detroit to “help” Mari understand her metahuman powers
  • Quippy and fun
  • Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
  • Reluctantly “lets” Mari be a superhero; she has no training
  • Great back-and-forth with Barry (were you and Felicity separated at birth?)
  • Cisco Ramon
  • Names Mari “Vixen” because she’s hot
  • Thinks she’s a metahuman
  • Calls her in for fight with Weather Wizard
  • Martin Stein / Firestorm
  • Fight with Weather Wizard
  • Jefferson Jackson / Firestorm
  • Fight with Weather Wizard




  1. Arrow Season 6 Features Two-Episode Arc Starring Deathstroke(Date: 06 Sept 2017) 
  2. Arrow executive producer and co-showrunner Marc Guggenheim revealed that the first half of season 6 will include a “Slade Wilson-centric” story, a two-part episode heavily featuring the high-profile DC Comics antagonist, complete with flashbacks told from Deathstroke’s “We’re doing a cool two-parter where the flashbacks will be from Slade’s perspective,” Guggenheim told Collider, revealing that the episodes will be the fifth and sixth installments of the upcoming season. “It’s very much a Slade-Oliver two-hander.”
  4. Arrow casts Slade Wilson's son (Date: 07 Sept 2017)
  5. EW can exclusively reveal that Camp and Lucifer alum Liam Hall has been tapped to play the son of Manu Bennett’s reformed villain, who will appear in the two-part Slade Wilson adventure. Joe Wilson has followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the secret Australian military agency, A.S.I.S. After years of brutal combat, Joe now finds himself in a remote Kasnianprison under the alias, Kane Wolfman, fighting for his life. 
  7. Colton Haynes Teases 'Arrow' Season 6 Return (Date: 9 Sept 2017)
  8. Colton Haynes, who portrayed Roy Harper/Arsenal in the hit The CW series, recently teased a return appearance on his Twitter. After one fan lamented about Roy's absence from the series, Colton confirmed that Roy is "coming back very soon".
  10. Spoiler Room: Scoop on Supergirl, Arrow, The Good Place and more (Date: 07 Sept 2017)
  11. Each of the villains this season on Arrow is basically matched to someone on the team, like Anatoly with Oliver or Black Siren and Black Canary — and the same can be said of Vigilante. “I know who he is,” Stephen Amell “I’m not going to tell you who he is, but I will tell you Vigilante is a villain, if you want to call him that, for a member of the team as well.”




  1. Legends of Tomorrow adds Courtney Ford as Damien Darhk'sdaughter (Date 31 Aug 2017) 
  2. Dexter and Parenthood alum Courtney Ford has booked a recurring role on the CW super series as the daughter of Damien Darhk(Neal McDonough), EW has learned exclusively. The actress, who will first appear in episode 305, will play Eleanor, who is smart and cunning with a charming dose of otherworldly creepiness — think Wednesday Addams all grown up. Her innocent looks can be disarming, but it’s all an act. This woman is dangerous with an uncanny ability to manipulate others, and is able to tell people exactly what they want to hear. She’s highly intelligent and is always several moves ahead. Her unique dark talents all stem from the fact that she is Damien Darhk’s 
  4. Spoiler Room: Scoop on Supergirl, Arrow, The Good Place and more (Date: 07 Sept 2017)
  5. Outside of the “Midvale” episode, are we going to see a bigger focus on the Danvers sisters this season on Supergirl? — EP Andrew Kreisbergdropped quite a tease. “Kara and Alex are at the center of it through all four hours [of the upcoming four-way crossover],” Kreisberg “One of the things we’ve been doing a lot this season is getting back to season 1 and really making it Danvers sisters-centric, so a lot of what’s going on this season is Kara and Alex doing things in tandem, and the crossover won’t be any different.” 
  7. Spoiler Room: Scoop on Supergirl, Arrow, The Good Place and more (Date: 07 Sept 2017)
  8. Will Barry and Iris definitely get married this season on The Flash? — Good news: Yes. Bad news: “They are finally going to get married this season and then it’s going to be: Can they stay married with everything that’s coming up against them?” EP Andrew Kreisberg
  10. SUPERGIRL Casts Izabela Vidovic& Olivia Nikkanen As Young Kara & Alex For An Upcoming Flashback Episode (Date: 05 Sept 2017) 
  11. The CW has announced that Supergirlhas recast the roles of young Alex & Kara for an upcoming flashback-heavy episode of the series. Izabela Vidovic & Olivia Nikkanen have been tapped for the roles.  The episode will follow present-day Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Alex (Chyler Leigh) as they embark on a road trip back to their childhood home, where they revisit a high school murder mystery that helped shape the foundation of their relationship. Benoist teases the adventure to come, "You’ll get to see, through the way they interact, how their relationship started when Kara first came to Earth, how it grew, how it became so close and why they’re so close nowadays.” 


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