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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

Nov 2, 2017

Starling Tribune - Season 6 Edition – Next Of Kin (A CW Network Arrow Television Show Fan Podcast) ST173


The Official Arrow and Green Arrow Podcast of the Gonna Geek Network Covering DC Comics and CW Based DC Comic TV Shows


Episode: "Next of Kin” [Season 6 Episode 3] 

Air Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017 


Director:        Kevin Tancharoen   

3x Arrow | 1x Inhumans | 2x Legends | 9x Agents of Shield 


Writers:         Speed Weed    

11x Arrow | 7x Haven  


Oscar Balderrama   

12x Arrow | 1x Drop Dead Diva | 2x Eli Stone 






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

01 Fallout 12-Oct-17 1.52

02 Tribute 19-Oct-17 1.51

03 Next Of Kin 26-Oct-17 1.34


Legends Of Tomorrow


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

01 Aruba-Con 10-Oct-17 1.71

02 Freakshow 17-Oct-17 1.58

03 Zri 24-Oct-17 1.43




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

01 Girl Of Steel 9-Oct-17 1.87

02 Triggers 16-Oct-17 1.76

03 Far From The Tree 23-Oct-17 1.76




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

01 The Flash Reborn 10-Oct-17 2.84

02 Mixed Signals 17-Oct-17 2.54

03 Luck Be A Lady 24-Oct-17 2.62


Part 1: The Plot, Themes and Characters

  • What was the overall theme? What was the link to the episode’s name?
  • Fight scenes and stunts
  • Getting Faust
  • Diggle dives, Black Canary cries, pushing Diggle
  • Chase, gun fire
  • Diggle punches and stabs
  • Stopping Onyx from getting gas
  • Diggle stops truck; gets into cab
  • Onyx stops truck; shoots
  • Team in back; Onyx uses flash weapon; beats team
  • Onyx drives truck away; Onyx's team took gas
  • Diggle freezes; can't decide who to go after
  • Truck rams building
  • Going after Onyx
  • Slo-mojump 
  • Curtis made glasses for team
  • Curtis and Canary fight
  • Wild Dog shoots
  • Diggle able to make call
  • Canary moves trash can with cry
  • Fight around and in limo with Onyx and Diggle; Diggle knocks out Onyx
  • Curtis uses flash bang to ignite gas; everyone okay
  • Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
  • Cooks for William, still doing the dad thing
  • Mayor – tries to postpone anti-vigilante legislation by calling for public vote
  • Gives Diggle a pep talk; brooding part of job; on the inside, it was instinct and fear; reminds Diggle that he was the one who made Ollie look pass the list
  • Gives Felicity key to apartment
  • Felicity Smoak / Overwatch
  • Tutors William
  • Trying to find name for company
  • Does her tech thing
  • Back with Ollie
  • John Diggle / Spartan
  • Has trouble calling the shots 
  • Can't shoot arrows, so Felicity and Curtis creates an arrow gun
  • Taking drugs for tremor
  • Curtis Holt / Mr. Terrific
  • Talks Dinah through helping hack Kord
  • Dinah Drake / Black Canary
  • Lectures Diggle for not telling Ollie about injury
  • Does her detective thing
  • Diggle's confident
  • Becoming a leader in the team
  • Rene Ramirez / Wild Dog
  • Goes to Ollie after Diggle can't make the call
  • Quentin Lance
  • Do vigilantes make the police look bad?
  • William Clayton 
  • Wants to be good at math
  • Agent Watson
  • Still investigating Oliver and team
  • Notices no arrows were used
  • Onyx
  • Steals nerve gas from Kord
  • Getting even with those who betrayed her




  1. TVLineItems: Arrow Mom Returns, Episodes Vet Visits P.D. and More (Date: 23 Oct 2017) 
  2. Mama Smoak is headed back to Star City.
  3. Charlotte Ross will reprise her Arrow role as Felicity Smoak’s mother Donna during a Season 6 episode, TVLinehas confirmed. Further details about the guest spot are unavailable. 


  2. When asked about Vigilante, Wendy Mericle said, "He’ll definitely come back. We left that dangling deliberately in season five knowing that we would bring that character back in season 6. He’ll have a really cool story line, not just in respect to the city, but also with respect to a particular member of the team. We’re intrigued and we’re kind of going through the casting process right now. We’re very excited about it."


  1. Arrow's David Ramsey previews Diggle's turn as Green Arrow (Date: 25 Oct 2017)
  2. How will Diggle handle now being the leader of Team Arrow? EW sat down with Ramsey on set to get the scoop. When asked if Diggle's stint as Green Arrow will last, Ramsey replied, "No. No, it’s Green Arrow. Stephen Amell is Green Arrow. It’s not going to last. Of course not, but I think it’s very interesting and it’s an interesting twist on how it fits into the ultimate theme of the season, I think it’s very clever. I think it’s an interesting detour. It also gives us some time with Oliver. I think it’s great, and he has some great writing. Stuff is happening between him and Deathstroke, and he and his son and he and Felicity. It’s awesome. I think holding it for the few episodes I have the mantle, that’s the appropriate amount of time."




  1. 'The Flash': "Girl's Night Out" Photos Offer First Look At KateeSackhoff As Amunet Black (Date: 28 Oct 2017) 
  2. KateeSackhoff is coming to The Flash, and she’s making bad look good. Sackhoff tweeted out the first official photo of herself as Amunet Black, a villain appearing in the episode “Girl’s Night Out” of The Flash Season Four. 


  1. Watch Mark Hamill Get Kidnapped by the Joker in 'Justice League Action' Short (Date: 27 Oct 2017)
  2. In the short, Hamill voices himself as he is kidnapped by The Joker (voiced by Mark Hamill) and The Trickster (voiced by Mark Hamill). The trio eventually come upon Swamp Thing (voiced by Mark Hamill).




Email from David H: I love listening to your podcasts. You guys are fun to listen to and your commentary on Arrow is a great supplement to the show.   I liked the connection SP made over the summer between Legends and Timeless (I also loved that show). I’m loving this season of Arrow. Have you guys noticed how the relationship has evolved between Oliver and Quentin? I feel like he has become like a second father to Oliver. It’s amazing how it’s changed from antagonistic in season 1 to like family in season 5/6. Its kind of sad in a way because I feel like they are going to kill him off.  
Also I wanted to share this image of the Cincinnati museum center.  If you go back to the crossover from last year and see the Hall of Justice, you can see that the attached image looks very familiar.  I’m from Cincinnati and the museum center was the inspiration for the original hall of justice.  




Part 2: Promo for Next Week’s Episode - Michelle 

Link to Promo: (Date: 26 Oct 2017)  


Episode: “Reversal” [Season 6 Episode 4] 

Air Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017 

Summary: Black Siren launches another attack on Star City just when Oliver has gotten things in order. 

Director: Gregory Smith 

Writers: Sarah Tarkoff and Emilio Ortega Aldrich 


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