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Feb 13, 2017

Starling Tribune - Season 5 Edition – Bratva (A CW Network Arrow Television Show Fan Podcast) #139


The Official Arrow Podcast of the Gonna Geek Network


Episode:            “Bratva” [Season 5 Episode 12]

Air Date:           Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Director:      Ben Bray


                   1x Arrow | 1x Legends | 1x Lucifer | 1x Shadowhunters


Writers:       Oscar Balderrama


9x Arrow | 1x Drop Dead Diva | 2x Eli Stone


Emilio Ortega Aldrich


8x Arrow



Weekly Ratings


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


01 Legacy 5-Oct-16 1.89

02 The Recruits 12-Oct-16 1.94

03 A Matter Of Trust 19-Oct-16 1.79

04 Penance 26-Oct-16 1.87

05 Human Target 2-Nov-16 1.61

06 So It Begins 9-Nov-16 1.95

07 Vigilante 16-Nov-16 1.86

08 Invasion 30-Nov-16 3.55

09 What We Leave Behind 7-Dec-16 1.94

10 Who Are You 25-Jan-17 1.68

11 Second Chances 1-Feb-17 1.91

12 Bratva 8-Feb-17 1.61

13 Spectre Of The Gun 15-Feb-17

14 The Sin-Eater 22-Feb-17

15 Fighting Fire with Fire 1-Mar-17

16 Checkmate TBD

17 Kapot TBD


Legends Of Tomorrow

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

01 Out Of Time 13-Oct-2016 3.01

02 Justice Society of America 20-Oct-2016 2.83

03 Shogun 27-Oct-2016 2.71

04 Abominations 3-Nov-2016 1.75

05 Compromised 10-Nov-2016 1.77

06 Outlaw Country 17-Nov-2016 1.85

07 Invasion 1-Dec-2016 3.39

08 The Chicago Way 8-Dec-2016 2.00

09 Raiders Of The Lost Art 24-Jan-2016 1.74

10 The Legion Of Doom 31-Jan-2017 1.78

11 Turncoast 7-Feb-17 1.89



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

01 The Adventures of Supergirl 10-Oct-16 3.06

02 The Last Children of Krypton 17-Oct-16 2.66

03 Welcome to Earth 24-Oct-16 2.65

04 Survivors 31-Oct-16 2.22

05 Crossfire 7-Nov-16 2.47

06 Changing 14-Nov-16 2.35

07 The Darkest Place 21-Nov-16 2.61

08 Medusa 28-Nov-16 3.53

09 Supergirl Lives 23-Jan-17 2.65

10 We Can Be Heroes 30-Jan-17 2.35

11 The Martian Chronicles 6-Feb-17 2.4



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

01 Flashpoint 4-Oct-16 3.17

02 Paradox 11-Oct-16 2.80

03 Magenta 18-Oct-16 2.67

04 The New Rogues 25-Oct-16 2.80

05 Monster 1-Nov-16 2.77

06 Shade 15-Nov-16 3.01

07 Killer Frost 22-Nov-16 2.95

08 Invasion! 29-Nov-16 4.15

09 The Present 6-Dec-16 3.14

10 Borrowing Problems From The Future 24-Jan-17 2.68

11 Dead Or Alive 31-Jan-17 3.06

12 Untouchable 7-Feb-17 2.94


Part 1: The Plot, Themes and Characters


  • What was the overall theme for this episode / What was the link to the ep. name
    • The team has to go to Russia to stop the sale of a nuke
      • Ollie needs Anatoly’s help in the present
      • What it means to be Bratva; the oath is for life
    • Fight scenes & Stunts: Share your thoughts
      • Opening fight - mostly hand-to-hand
        • Ollie catches arrow shot by Talia
      • Lots of gunfights
      • End sequence - Ragman gets guys, gun shots, chase, Canary cry, Rory shields nuke
    • Flashbacks: Share your thoughts
      • Ollie trains with Talia
        • Talia is all about Ollie keeping his promise to his father and to go back to Starling City and right the wrongs
        • Ollie kills drug dealer - the drug is the one Thea was on (FB in the FB)
      • Ollie goes back to Anatoly
        • Likely to tell Anatoly he wants to leave, but Anatoly beaten, promises to help him kill Gregor
    • Ollie:  
      • Still struggling with overcoming past and being better
      • Tries to resist being part of Bratva, but does favor for Anatoly to get intel on Walker
      • Tells Diggle and Felicity that they work well because they are better than him
      • Feels as though Prometheus is infecting his team; Diggle and Felicity willing to cross the line, but that’s his job
    • Diggle
      • Filled with rage - Walker is out and need to get him now
      • Uses captive as a punching bag - gets no intel
      • Doesn’t kill Walker because he remembers what Ollie says
    • Thea
      • Not in episode
    • Felicity
      • Uses Pandora to find intel on guy; threatens him with info to get info - flanked by Rory and Curtis
      • “Fight fire with fire”
      • Can’t hack nuke to disarm it; willing to sacrifice self by flying plane with nuke
      • Gets text from Helix/Alana - use Pandora for more than Walker
    • Quentin Lance
      • Out of rehab!
      • Volunteers to be interviewed by Susan Walker
      • Admits he still struggles; has to figure out how to deal with everything and remain sober
    • Curtis
      • Additional tech support
      • Learns Russian on plane
      • So cute playing tough, flashes gun
    • Wild Dog
      • Helps prep Lance for interview
      • Not afraid to push Lance’s buttons
      • Tells Susan story - Lance caught him tagging; Lance told him he could be better
    • Dinah Drake / Black Canary
      • Nice that she’s a meta
      • Tells Ollie that his past isn’t an anchor; he is more than a thug
      • Can handle her vodka
    • Artemis
      • Off being a traitor
    • Ragman
      • Voice of humanity
      • Gives Felicity the “With great power comes great responsibility” talk
      • Uses rags to shield nuke
      • The nuke “kills” the rags; leaves (one superpower leaves b/c another on team)
    • D.A. Adrian Chase
      • Fends off questions from Susan Williams
    • Susan Williams
      • Hadn’t slept with Ollie yet
      • Digging into Malone’s death
      • Ends up going easy on Lance because of Rene’s story
      • Finally has sexytimes with Ollie; wants to know about him; he doesn’t want to tell her yet
      • Meets with contact; learns Ollie with Bratva and there was someone like the Green Arrow in Russia during Ollie’s time there; figures it out
    • Bratva
      • Anatoly decks Ollie upon arrival
      • Upset that Ollie did not honor deal w/Leonov
      • Gregor loyal to Kovar - Ollie helped Anatoly w/Gregor, so owed
      • Anatoly upset that Ollie refuses to honor oath; oath to Bratva is for life
    • Prometheus
      • New developments:
      • Known facts:
        • 30 years old?
        • Ollie’s past and that he is Arrow; knows about The List
        • How to fight like Ollie; studied with person Ollie did while in Russia
        • Has a tolerance to Diazepam (Valium); can shake off getting sedated
        • Where and how to get Ollie’s old arrows to make his own
        • Team Flash - how they keep metas at Star Labs; Black Siren
        • Sara, the Legends, the Waverider, time travel, and parallel worlds
        • Faked Lyla’s voice to lure Diggle
      • Michelle’s List O’Suspects: (I’m keeping this active until the mask comes off)
        • Tommy Merlyn
        • Susan Williams (investigating Ollie)
        • Robert Queen - too old?
        • Claybourne’s son
        • Adrian Chase (but more likely to become Vigilante)
        • Helena Bertinelli
        • Isabel Rochev
        • Mckenna Hall
        • Shado
        • Talia al Ghul
        • Roy - too young?
        • Some guy from the Bratva
        • Some new character
  • Lingering Questions / Issues
    • Where does Ollie live?




  1. ARROW, THE FLASH, And SUPERGIRL Episode Descriptions Tease Gorilla Grodd, Mr. Mxyzptlk, And More (Date: 03 Feb 2017)
    Week of February 20th - Arrow - "The Sin-Eater" -China White, Cupid and Liza Warner break out of Iron Heights and head to Star City for revenge. Oliver tries to bring in the newly formed girl gang but the ACU intervenes mid-fight. To his surprise, they are there to arrest the Green Arrow for the murder of Detective Malone. Meanwhile, Lance feels responsible for the prison break after Warner tells him she heard about him working with Damien Darhk
    Supergirl - "Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzptlk" - When Mr. Mxyzptlk (guest star Peter Gadiot), a magical imp, shows up on Earth and declares his love for Kara (Melissa Benoist), she tries to let him down easy, thinking him harmless. However, he decides it’s a challenge and starts to wreak havoc on National City. The Flash - "Attack on Gorilla City" - When Jesse Quick informs the team that her father has been abducted, Barry, Caitlin, Cisco and Julian voyage to Earth-2 on a rescue mission to save Harry from Gorilla City. Barry and the team are captured and brought to Grodd . Grodd tells them he needs their help to stop Solovar, the leader of Gorilla City, as Solovar wants to invade Earth-1.
    Speaking to CBR, Ramsey discussed how jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire makes Dig feel right at home as a soldier and a serviceman. He also teased Dig’s friendship with Dinah Drake, the new Black Canary, as well as the looming threat of General Walker and Team Arrow’s visit to Russia. About his role in the team, he said, “He’s a serviceman. He’s a soldier. He’s the guy who lays on a grenade. So that’s what he immediately gets to. He gets to helping Dinah. He gets back to helping the team. He sees that Felicity is compromised, and he calls her on it immediately. Before he gets back out on the field — which he does! — we’ll see him kind of getting back to service, of being a help, which is in the best possible way I could say that… but the moral help, I should say. The moral compass. And the team needs it. When he comes back, the team needs it. Dinah needs it, and Felicity particularly needs it.”


  1. The JSA Returns In This Synopsis For LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Season 2 Episode 12: "Camelot/3000" (Date: 03 Feb 2017)
    ALL FOR ONE — The Legends continue their quest to hunt down the Spear of Destiny before the pieces fall into the hands of the Legion of Doom. The Legends discover that pieces of the Spear are each being guarded in different time periods by members of the JSA. Their first stop is the future where they find Dr. Mid-Nite which eventually leads them to the past and King Arthur’s Camelot, where Stargirl is protecting her piece of the Spear. In order to protect the Spear shard from the now-evil Rip Hunter, the Legends must join forces with the Knights of the Round Table. Original airdate 2/21/2017.
  2. EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Sorbo Talks Joining 'Supergirl,' Teri Hatcher to Play His Wife (Date: 07 Feb 2017)
    Kevin Sorbo is ready for Supergirl. The Hercules star talked to ET's Ashley Crossan at the Directors Guild of America Awards on Saturday, where he dished on what fans can expect from his role on the CW show. "I'm heading up to Vancouver, and I'll be doing a three-show arc, and Teri Hatcher's playing my wife. I'm from another planet that's an arch-rival planet of Krypton," he said. "Which is now of course destroyed."
    It’s a regular plant versus zombies brawl in a new clip for Cartoon Network’s “Justice League Action” television series, which pits Swamp Thing against Solomon Grundy. And, no, your ears don’t deceive you — that’s Mark Hamill of “Star Wars” and “Batman: The Animated Series” fame providing the sweet, weedy vocals for the marshland’s defender. The clip, from the show’s upcoming “Zombie King” episode, shows Solomon Grundy getting ready to march on a nearby city, having raised an army of the undead. “Zombie King” airs on Cartoon Network on Saturday, February 4 at 7:30 AM. “Justice League Action” is a production of Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment starring Kevin Conroy, Rachel Kimsey and Jason J. Lewis.
    The CW just snagged its fifth superhero property. Variety reports Greg Berlanti’s “Black Lightning” just received an official pilot order from the network. According to the report, The CW will stagger their superhero programming throughout the year to avoid scheduling five straight nights of supehero series. “I don’t think so,” Berlanti said at the time. “If we’re lucky enough that that exists, that that show exists, I don’t think those worlds will cross over.” However, seeing as the pilot has just shifted from Fox to The CW, it’s hard to rule anything out.
    New photos from the Vancouver set of “The Flash”/“Supergirl” musical crossover reveal the first glimpses of “Glee” veteran Darren Criss as the villainous Music Meister. The set photos depict not only Criss but also Keiynan Lonsdale as Kid Flash, David Harewood as Martian Manhunter and Carlos Valdes as Vibe. Titled “Duet,” the crossover will kick off March 20 with a lead-in on “Supergirl,” similar to how the setup for last fall’s “Invasion!” was handled, and then continue on the March 21 episode of “The Flash.”
  6. To Celebrate The Release Of THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, DC TV Shows Get A LEGO Makeover (Date: 06 Feb 2017)
    The LEGO Batman Movie is receiving rave reviews, and it appears as if Warner Bros. is going all out this week to give it one final promotional push. That involves giving a LEGO makeover to many of their hit TV shows, and below you'll find Minifigure versions of characters from Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, and Supergirl. Disappointingly, the eclectic cast of Legends of Tomorrow hasn't been included here.
    A new TV spot features Will Arnett’s LEGO Batman dropping in on a quartet of Arrowverse heroes (The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and the Atom). Their meeting isn’t so much epic as…well, confusing. That’s because the gang learns that while Batman may be an unparalleled detective, he’s apparently not the world’s greatest speller.
    The pair of Luthors will take the lead in the next episode of the series, an installment appropriately titled “Luthors.” The CW aired a promo for the episode, and it confirmed that an episode titled “Luthors” has to include a shout out to Lex. At 12 seconds into the promo below, you catch a glimpse of what appears to be Lex Luthor’s iconic green and purple warsuit. LENA IS ARRESTED – After Metallo (guest star Frederick Schmidt) breaks out of prison and frees Lillian Luthor (guest star Brenda Strong), the police blame Lena (guest star Katie McGrath) for his escape and arrest her. Despite overwhelming evidence, Kara (Melissa Benoist) refuses to believe her friend is guilty and fights to clear Lena’s name. Flashbacks reveal how Lena came to be a Luthor. Meanwhile, Alex (Chyler Leigh) and Maggie (Floriana Lima) celebrate their first Valentine’s Day together. Tawnia McKiernan directed the episode written by Robert Rovner and Cindy Lichtman. (#212). Original airdate 2/13/17.
  9. The Flash: Speedster Returns and Confronts Savitar in New Set Video (Date: 06 Feb 2017)
    We knew — based on the "Attack on Gorilla City" synopsis — that fan-favorite speedster Jesse Quick was coming back from Earth-2 for the Grodd-centric episode (airing Feb. 21), seeking help from her Earth-1 friends with her father's abduction. However, we didn't know that she would return in another future episode (or perhaps just stick around after the Grodd episode) and confront the god of speed.
  10. EXCLUSIVE: Mark Hamill Returns as The Joker in Justice League Action Clip
    (Date: 09 Feb 2017)
    "Galaxy Jest" airs February 11, 2017, written by Duane Capizzi. It also reunites Mark Hamill as The Joker with Kevin Conroy as Batman. The pair have been voicing the foils since Batman: The Animated Series twenty-five years ago, across multiple animated series, films, and video game projects
  11. DC's Legends Of Tomorrow Changes Season 2 Finale Date (Date: 09 Feb 2017)
    The second season finale was initially expected to air on Tuesday, March 28th, following an episode of The Flash. But thanks to some reworking of The CW's schedule, the finale episode will air the following Tuesday, April 4th. The most interesting thing about this is that Legends will air in The Flash's timeslot on April 4th, and will be followed by the third season premiere of iZombie.


  1. Green Arrow Vs The Flash (Date: 05 Feb 2017)
    DC is trying a new thing on their Youtube channel. They call it Versus, where they pit one character against the other. But instead of something like Super Hero Beatdown where we see the actual fight, this is more giving the histories and strengths of the characters and letting the fans decide.For their first episode they’ve decided to pit the Emerald Archer versus the Scarlet Speedster.  
  2. DC Rebirth Returned… A Lot (Date: 06 Feb 2017)
    On the official monthly statistics, Diamond reduces the statistical data of comics that have been designated returnable, by 10%. This indicates that Diamond expect a certain amount of returnability, but not that much. Well, it seems that DC Comics seems to have overdone it this time. They made the first six issues of all the DC Rebirth twice-monthly launch comics returnable, more than ever before. Ostensibly to allow retailers to find a ceiling limit on sales to customers, to not have to order conservatively, and to be confident in ordering big. Which has allowed certain titles that had slipped away in recent years, specifically Superman and Flash, to find an appreciative audience.However, there is a cost for that kind of thing. And while sales of DC Comics are also up, so is the returnability, at record high levels, and something DC and Diamond didn’t anticipate. Which is why those pallet photos are meant to be quite a revelation. Could this be why the Diamond 2016 end-of-year statistics have been so delayed?
  3. Funko announces Emerald City ComicCon Wave 1… w/ Green Arrow and Canary!  (Date: 07 Feb 2017)
    Two-pack of Drobz, along with a lot of other great announcements!








Promo for Next Week: Episode - “Spectre of the Gun” (Date: 09 Feb 2017)

Episode:   “Spectre of the Gun” [Season 5 Episode 13]

Air Date:        Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Summary:      WILD DOG'S HISTORY IS REVEALED - A traumatic attack on City Hall triggers painful memories for Rene (Rick Gonzalez) about his family. Flashbacks reveal how Rene went from simple family man to a hero named Wild Dog. Meanwhile, Oliver (Stephen Amell) must deal with the perpetrator behind the attack and realizes the best way to do so is as Mayor Queen instead of the Green Arrow. Tensions run high in the Arrow bunker.

Director:         Kristin Windell

Writer:           Marc Guggenheim



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