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Sep 7, 2016

Starling Tribune - Season 4.5 Special Edition – Legends Of Tomorrow River Of Time (A CW Network Arrow Television Show Fan Podcast)


The Official Arrow Podcast of the Gonna Geek Network


Episode:            Season 1, Episode 14 of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow -  “River of Time”

Air Date:           April 28, 2016 on the CW television network, and on CTV up here in Canada




Director:           Alice Troughton
This is the first time we’re seen Alice’s name pop up in the director’s chair, but fans of Galifrey Public Radio may know her from BBC series like Doctor Who, Torchwood, Atlantis and others genre shows on the other side of the pond!


                        Berlantiverse: 1x Director LoT “River of Time” | 1x Director Flash “Flashback”
Other Director Credits: 2x Doctor Who | 2x Torchwood | 9x Sarah Jane adventures |  
5x Atlantis | 3x The Living and the Dead | 13x The Adventures of Merlin ...and many others


Writers:             Cortney Norris
The last time Cortney wrote an episode was in Night of the Hawk, but she’s a no stranger to a script - aside from only two writing credits, which include Legends and the Flash, she has a ton of script coordinator credits  

                        Berlantiverse: Writer credits - 2x LoT | 1x Flash
Script Coordinator credits: 1x Flash | 13x Tomorrow People | 13x Finder | 13x Mad Men and others


Anderson Mackenzie
We’ve seen Anderson on one other episode this season, and she’s another great example of relative newcomers to writing getting a chance to break into the industry

                        Legends of Tomorrow: 2x writer credits “Marooned” and “River of Time”
Other credits: 19x Scorpion as assistant to executive producer Nicholas Wootton, whose credits include 45ep as EP of Scorpion, 22ep EP of Chuck, 21ep Producer on Prison Break, 62ep as EP of NYPD Blue and others… Anderson has definitely had the opportunity to work with a powerhouse in the industry.


Weekly Ratings


Rating: Episode 14 - 1.63 (May 5th, 2016) - down from 1.86 the preceding week!


May 2016


Monday 2 May 2016


No episode

Season 1 ended April 18th


Tuesday 3 May 2016

The Flash

Ep 2.20

Rating 3.34


With Barry powerless the team rigs a hologram of the Flash to stop crime.


Wednesday 4 May 2016


Ep 4.20

Rating 2.07


Darhk returns to H.I.V.E. Oliver meets an immortal shaman, Fortuna & learns magic.


Thursday 5 May 2016


Ep 1.14

Rating 1.63

"River of Time"

Rip decides to take the captured Savage to the Time Masters


Friday 6 May 2016



No episode

Season 1 ended February 13th


Links for Other Shows


Episode # Episode Title Episode Air Date Rating
1 Pilot, Part 1 21-Jan-16 3.21
2 Pilot, Part 2 28-Jan-16 2.89
3 Blood Ties 4-Feb-16 2.32
4 White Knights 7-Feb-16 2.39
5 Fail-Safe 18-Feb-16 2.25
6 Star City 2046 25-Feb-16 2.47
7 Marooned 3-Mar-16 2.28
8 Night of the Hawk 10-Mar-16 2.01
9 Left Behind 31-Mar-16 1.97
10 Progeny 7-Apr-16 1.88
11 The Magnificent Eight 12-Apr-16 1.98
12 Last Refuge 21-Apr-16 1.78
13 Leviathan 28-Apr-16 1.86
14 River of Time 5-May-16 1.63
15 Destiny 12-May-16 1.89
16 Legendary 19-May-16 1.85


  • What was the overall theme for this episode / What was the link to the ep. name
    • “River of Time”
      • They are stuck in the time stream
      • Characters flashbacks
    • Recurring theme of  
      • Time still wanting to happen
  • Fight scenes & Stunts: Share your thoughts
    • Ray and Savage fight
    • Savage and Carter against Kendra, Ray, Snart, and Mick
  • Time Travel: Share your thoughts
    • Stuck in the time stream
    • Character flashbacks
    • No actual time travel - just going to the Vanishing Point
    • Jackson is sent back to 2016 on jumpship, but we don’t see him arrive
  • Rip Hunter
    • Sent Jax on a Suicide mission to fix ship
    • Rate on scale of 1 to 10
    • Needs Sara and Stein’s help to navigate the ship so he can sit in the chair and push that lever
  • Vandal Savage
    • Savage thinks he’s saving the world
    • “I have held dozens of my children” quote
    • “You may be a time master, but I’m a master of time…”
    • “How’s your sister Lauren” - Savage is the master manipulator
  • The Atom - Ray Palmer
    • Identified future tech - allowing the time masters to undo Savage’s damage
    • Heart to heart with Savage - happy in the past with Kendra - kinda creepy
  • White Canary - Sara Lance
    • We’ve thrown in with Captain who cares more about himself than about his crew
    • Learns how to navigate and pilot a complex time ship on the fly
  • Hawkgirl - Kendra Saunders
    • Picture of Aldus, their son - don’t you think that’s weird.
    • Drama with Ray
    • Kicks Savage’s butt after Carter is stabbed (again!)
  • Hawkman - Carter Hall
    • Still a douche when brainwashed when in cuffs.
    • Gets memory back when Kendra is choked
    • Gets stabbed again, but lives
  • Captain Cold - Leonard Snart
    • Doesn’t like Savage on board; plan was to kill him
    • Wants to leave with Mick on the jumpship
    • Tell Sara they need to hide
  • Heatwave - Mick Rory
    • Love going through all the future snacks
    • Wants to leave with Snart
    • Not fazed when getting arrested again
  • Firestorm - Professor Martin Stein
    • Learns how to navigate a complex time ship on the fly
    • Asks Savage for help for Jackson
    • Sends Jackson back to 2016 on jumpship to save his life w/o telling anyone
  • Firestorm - Jefferson Jackson
    • Blast of chronometric energy
    • Rip has a lot of faith that Jax can fix a complex time drive on the fly
    • Ages rapidly so has to be sent back to 2016
  • Waverider/Gideon
    • Rip runs her too hard; she tried to warn him
    • Has an upset tone - No, I can’t save Jackson, Rip, you dumb dumb



Season 1 Episode 14 “River of Time” (Date: 05 May 2016)

  1. Rob Roy Reference: Rob Roy Macgregor, who provided Rip with some 17th Century Scotch, is a well known historical figure...and he was also played by Liam Neeson, who played Ra's al Ghul in the Dark Knight Trilogy.
  2. You showed a caveman fire: Savage explains that once he figured out time travel existed, he knew he had to master it. Funny, becuase in the comics vandal savage was a caveman.
  3. Jitters Reference: Jitters, of course, is the name of the coffee house in Central City where characters like Iris West and Kendra Saunders used to work.
  4. Temporal Radiation: The effects of being bombarded with chronal/temporal energy being rapid aging isn't unprecedented. In fact, in the comics it recently happened to Rip Hunter's father, Booster Gold.
  5. Hot Wheels reference: We talked about this one during the Arrow season.  Ray calls Felicity Hot Wheels right before he leaves on the mission.
  6. General Order 52: Hey, a “52” reference… whaddayaknow?
  7. WWII novelty pen: Unrevealed, but the producers have teased Sgt. Rock, a popular DC comics soldier character
  8. Jax is roofied: Jax has a habit of getting roofied...




  1. Arrow: David Meunier Cast As Ishmael Gregor in Season 5  (Date: 30 Aug 2016)
    * Meunier will play Ishmael Gregor, the slick and intimidating Pakhan (“Godfather”) of the Bratva.
    * In the comics, Gregor was a Russian crime boss who craved the magical abilities of the demon Sabbac; however, Arrow will explore his more earthly ambitions.
    * Meunier is best known for his role as Johnny Crowder on FX’s Justified
  2. Arrow: Thea makes date plans in exclusive season 4 deleted scene (Date: 30 Aug 2016)
    In the clip from the episode “Blood Debts,” Thea is hounded by the press, but she is pulled away by Alex [aka Intern Booty Call - our addition]
  3. Arrow unveils new villain Prometheus in season 5 photos  (Date: 30 Aug 2016)
    * Photos have been released of the mysterious new baddie Prometheus (his face is covered, he’s wearing black leather, and he carries a bow), of Thea in her Speedy attire, and of Ollie facing off against more bad guys
    * Does not look like the purple clad villain from the comics
  4. Arrow: Wendy Mericle expands on Ollie’s role in Season 5  (Date: 31 Aug 2016)
    * In a recent interview for TVLine Wendy Mericle expanded on what we already knew about Season 5 re: recruiting and training a new team
    * “He appreciates more the significance of being a teacher and what that means. In terms of this universe of martial arts and fighting and training people and what that means, he’s learning there’s value in being a mentor.”




  1. Legends: Legends of Tomorrow Promo: Sara Beds a Queen, Albert Einstein Kidnapped  (Date: 1 Sept 2016)
    CW promo for season 2 shows Sara telling Rip that a queen seduced her, the team plots to kidnap Einstein (Mick calls him a “pig”), and Rip notes that no one listens to him. The show premieres Oct. 13th
  2. Flash: Flash cast collaborate on short film: the Letter Carrier  (Date: 27 Aug 2016)
    * The film was funded by kickstarter (raised $79K - $29K over the initial goal of $50K)
    * The film was written, co-directed and with songs by Jesse L. Martin who plays Detective Joe West on the Flash.
    * The co-director is Rick Cosnett who played Eddie Thawne,
    * The musical arrangements were done by Carlos Valdez who plays Cisco Ramon
    * All three were producers along with Patrick Sabongui who plays Captain David Singh.
  3. Flash: Take a deep dive into the Flashpoint universe with new pics from Flash Season 3  (Date: 31 Aug 2016)
    CW has released a lot of pics from Season 3. Included are pictures of Barry as the Flash with Kid Flash, Barry’s parents alive and happy, and a bearded Eobard Thawne in a cell
  4. Flash: Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Flash, Once, Nashville, Bates Motel, Supernatural, Bones, Stranger Things, and More  (Date: 31 Aug 2016)
    When asked if certain characters can come back to The Flash because of Flashpoint, co-showrunner Todd Helbing, said, “There are different characters that you will see, some [that have] passed.” He also added that there is “a lot of Easter egg stuff that’s a lot of fun”
  5. Flash: Draco Malfoy Has A Love/Hate Relationship w/ Barry (Date: 31 Aug 2016)
    *Tom Felton's Julian Dorn Has A Love/Hate Relationship With Barry Allen
    *We know very little about Tom Felton's (Harry Potter) role on The Flash, but the actor has now provided a little more background on his CSI, Julian Dorn, and his relationship with Barry
  6. Supergirl: Supergirl casts Superman villain Metallo (Date: 30 Aug 2016)
    Frederick Schmidt will play Metallo, one of Superman’s oldest foes. When international assassin John Corben is badly injured after fighting Supergirl and Superman, he is reborn by a shadow organization into the Kryptonite-powered supervillain Metallo
  7. Supergirl: American Ninja Warrior: See Jessie Graff’s epic Stage 1 finish  (Date: 30 Aug 2016)
    Jessie Graff, a stuntwoman on Supergirl, became the first woman to ever complete the punishing Stage 1 course in Las Vegas. In fact, she finished in fourth place overall. The Ninja Warrior finals continue next week.
  8. Report: Black Lightning DC superhero series in works from Greg Berlanti, Mara Brock, and Salim Akil (Date: 1 Sept 2016)
    It seems Berlanti has partnered with The Game and Being Mary Jane creator Mara Brock and her husband Salim Akil for Black Lightning, a drama series based on the DC character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden. Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce, who hung up his secret identity, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight



  1. DC reports 12 million Rebirth issues ‘shipped’ this summer  (Date: 31 Aug 2016)
    DC’s Rebirth did very well this summer. Nearly 12 million comic books shipped this summer. A total of 11 issues exceeded 200,000 units shipped, and additional 60-plus issues shipped more than 100,000 copies each, and 21 issues have gone back to print multiple times. The flagship book, Geoff Johns’ DC Universe: Rebirth Special, recently went back to press a fifth time and has sold nearly 350,000 copies.
  2. DC signs Green Arrow artist to exclusive contract  (Date: 31 Aug 2016)
    * DC Entertainment has just signed international artists Robson Rocha and Otto Schmidt to exclusive deals
    * Siberian-born Otto Schmidt now resides on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus and is currently doing all cover and interior work — including pencils, inks and colors — on “Green Arrow,” written by Benjamin Percy.
    * Rotated off the book after Issue #2 and Juan Ferrera took over, but it looks like he’s coming back!








Promo for Next Week: Legends Of Tomorrow - “Destiny”




Episode:            “Destiny” [Season 1 Episode 15]

Air Date:           Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Summary:         Being in the vicinity of the Time Masters leaves Rip and Rory incredibly disturbed for very different reasons. Meanwhile, Sara takes over the Waverider, Kendra is reunited with Carter and Snart decides he might be a hero after all.

Director:           Olatunde Osunsanmi

Writers: No “writer” credit
Story by: Marc Guggenheim
Teleplay by: Phil Klemmer & Chris Fedak



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