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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

Mar 27, 2017

Starling Tribune - Season 5 Edition – Kapiushon (A CW Network Arrow Television Show Fan Podcast) #145


The Official Arrow Podcast of the Gonna Geek Network


Episode:            “Kapiushon” [Season 5 Episode 17]

Air Date:           Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Director:      Kevin Tancharoen


                   2x Arrow | 1x Iron Fist | 8x Agents of Shield | 1x Legends | 2x Flash | 1x Supergirl


Writers:       Brian Ford Sullivan


11x Arrow | 7x Vixen


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 1.66

14 The Sin-Eater 22-Feb-17 1.54

15 Fighting Fire with Fire 1-Mar-17 1.60

16 Checkmate 15-Mar-17 1.53

17 Kapiushon 22-Mar-17 1.38

18 Disbanded 29-Mar-17

19 Dangerous Liaisons 26-Apr-17

20 Underneath 3-May-17

21 Honor Thy Fathers 10-May-17


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 Turncoat 7-Feb-17 1.89

12 Camelot/3000 21-Feb-17 1.64

13 Land Of The Lost 7-Mar-17 1.54

14 Moonshoot 14-Mar-17 1.34

15 Fellowship of the Spear 21-Mar-17 1.72

16 Doomworld 28-Mar-17

17 Aruba 4-Apr-17



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

12 Luthors 13-Feb-17 2.52

13 Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzptlk 20-Feb-17 2.24

14 Homecoming 27-Feb-17 2.17

15 Exodus 6-Mar-17 2.16

16 Star-Crossed 20-Mar-17 2.07

17 Distant Sun 27-Mar-17 TBD

18 Ace Reporter 24-Apr-17



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

13 Attack on Gorilla City 21-Feb-17 2.78

14 Attack On Central City 28-Feb-17 2.87

15 The Wrath of Savitar 7-Mar-17 2.52

16 Into The Speed Force 14-Mar-17 2.39

17 Duet 21-Mar-17 2.71

18 Abra Kadabra 28-Mar-17

19 The Once And Future Flash 25-Apr-17


Part 1: The Plot, Themes and Characters

  • What was the overall theme for this episode / What was the link to the ep. name
    • Kapiushon - means Hood
      • Birth of “The Hood” - Ollie’s claim that giving the darkness a name will give him a way to live and to justify killing
  • Fight scenes & Stunts: Share your thoughts
    • Moscow shipyard
      • Guns vs Ollie’s arrows (“I was keeping overwatch”)
    • Kovar vs Ollie
      • Brutal MMA style / Ollie shows off his training with Talia
      • Anatoly says Kovar will be brought to justice; Ollie kills him anyway
      • Guess Bratva is not good at taking a pulse - Kovar lives thanks to Merlyn
  • Flashbacks: Share your thoughts
    • Most of episode takes place in flashback
    • Anatoly
      • Promoted to Pakhan
      • Gregor curses Ollie before he dies
      • Anatoly decides to go with Ollie’s plan of opposing Kovar
      • Warns Ollie that wearing a piece of cloth is no way to live; dividing oneself will feed the monster - cost Ollie his humanity
      • Wants Ollie to go back to America
      • Disgusted when he see Ollie tortured Kovar’s man; man gave info quickly, but Ollie continued for practice
    • Kovar
      • In business with Malcolm Merlyn!
      • Plans to use gas during party at his casino to kill a lot of Russian officials so he can take over the country
      • Viktor gives Anatoly to Kovar, but Kovar betrays Viktor
      • Has brutal fighting skills
      • Alive thanks to Merlyn
    • Galina - Kovar’s maid
      • Ollie kills her bodyguard during first meeting
        Second meeting - Ollie tells her a “monster” killed her children
      • Helps Ollie by giving him key; killed by Kovar for doing so
  • Ollie:  
    • Gregor cursed Ollie before he died - has Ollie ruined the lives he’s been a part of?
    • Tortured Kovar’s man with skinning technique; practiced so he could become “something else”
    • Can withstand torture, but confused by what Prometheus wants
    • Confesses - “I kill because I like it”
    • Goes back home, says he’s done with “all of it”
  • Diggle
    • Been looking for Ollie for 6 days
  • Thea
    • Not in episode
  • Felicity
    • Been looking for Ollie for 6 days
  • Quentin Lance
    • Not in episode
  • Curtis / Mr. Terrific
    • Been looking for Ollie for 6 days
  • Rene / Wild Dog
    • Not in episode
  • Dinah Drake / Black Canary
    • Not in episode
  • Artemis
    • On Prometheus’s side
    • Faked being killed by Prometheus
    • Knew Ollie would break; happy about it
  • Rory / Ragman
    • Not in episode
  • D.A. Adrian Chase / Prometheus
    • Prometheus - questioned the gods, took power from the gods
    • Tortures Ollie - holds him under water, shoots arrows
    • Wants to him confess
    • Has gotten Artemis on his side
    • Breaks Ollie’s spirit - burns tattoo - lets him go
    • What we know:
      • Real name - Simon Morrison; did his homework before finding Talia 2 yrs ago; working with Talia (Ollie killed her dad too)
  • Susan Williams
    • Not in episode
  • Bratva
    • Anatoly becomes Pakhan after Gregor’s death because it falls to the one with seniority (how corporate)
    • Viktor not happy about situation; wants Anatoly to keep deal with Kovar
    • Viktor betrays Anatoly to Kovar; Kovar betrays Viktor
    • Ollie “kills” Kovar, made Captain
    • Anatoly knows Ollie plans to leave Russia; gives Ollie tattoo so all Bratva will know what type of man he is
  • Who is Vigilante?
    • Known facts: Has own definition of justice; thinks Green Arrow doesn’t go far enough; changes source of ammo every week; has high-tech gear; moves fast; lost fight to Prometheus
      • Michelle’s List O’Suspects: (I’m keeping this active until the mask comes off)
        • Tommy Merlyn
        • Helena Bertinelli
        • Isabel Rochev
        • Mckenna Hall
        • Some guy from the Bratva
        • Some new character
  • Lingering Questions / Issues
    • Where does Ollie live?
    • Bertinelli mention - 4 times




  1. Spoiler Room: Scoop on Once Upon a Time, Arrow, Riverdale, and more (Date: 17 March 2017)
    Can you provide any Felicity scoop for Arrow? — Aligning with Helix, and therefore using even more unconventional methods than she does with Team Arrow, is certainly going to take Felicity to an interesting place — in particular, one in which she may come to understand her ex a bit better. “We’re starting to put her in Oliver’s footsteps a little bit,” EP Marc Guggenheim says. “She’s going to get a chance to experience things a little bit more from Oliver’s perspective. I think the reason they broke up was her difficulty to see things from Oliver’s perspective. They broke up fundamentally because she didn’t trust Oliver, and the reason she didn’t trust Oliver is she couldn’t understand why he made the decisions he made.”
  2. Did Arrow’s Stephen Amell Tease The Return Of Deathstroke & The Island? (Date: 20 March 2017)
    Stephen Amell took to social media to hint the return of the Island. The actor posted a familiar photo with the caption, “Hello old friend.” The picture itself shows Slade Wilson’s Deathstroke mask placed upon a stake. The monument is one that was left on the island, and an arrow is shown sticking through the mask’s left eye slit.
  3. The Bruce Springsteen Songs of Arrow -- Including Season 5's Penultimate Episode (Date: 22 March 2017)
    Revealed early to, the title of the twenty-second episode of Arrow's fifth season, which should begin shooting in the next couple of days, will be "Missing."
  4. Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Grey's, Bones, Arrow, Grimm, Once, Bates Motel, Hawaii Five-0, Walking Dead and More (Date: 22 March 2017)
    Question: Have any scoop on Arrow‘s Olicity to tease? — Though Oliver has bigger fish to fry for the foreseeable future, Stephen Amell had this to say about Oliver’s take on Felicity’s recent secret-keeping: “Look, he does trust her, but that doesn’t mean he has to agree with her.” That distinction will be put to the test in Episode 19, which is officially titled “Dangerous Liaisons” but “you could almost call it ‘Team Arrow vs. Team Felicity,'” Amell shared. Felicity and her Helix hackers and Oliver’s associates “are both after the same objective, but after it in different ways. And that pushes us into a real exploration of why Oliver and Felicity have been behaving the way that they’ve been behaving this year.”


  1. DC's Legends of Tomorrow Heads to "Aruba" For Season Finale Synopsis (Date: 17 March 2017)
    The episode airs on April 4th, 2017. SEASON FINALE — As the Legends are about to take off for their next destination, a massive timequake rocks the ship. In order to try and fix what has happened, they are forced to break the one cardinal rule of time travel. But if they are able to destroy the spear, they will face the ultimate consequence.
    Cast and executive producers from all four of The CW’s DC Comics-based “Arrowverse” series — “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” — united Saturday afternoon as part of the annual PaleyFest at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, for a panel discussion moderated by Kevin Smith and Q&A with fans.
  3. THE FLASH Season 4 Won't Feature Yet Another Speedster As The Show's Big Bad (Date: 19 March 2017)
    "Next season we’re not going to have a speedster," executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed when he was asked if yet another of those will be battling Barry when the show's fourth season airs.
    Tom Cavanagh has played three different main characters over the last three seasons of “The Flash,” and now he’s set to take on another new role as director. Cavanagh is officially directing episode 19 of this season, which is titled “The Once and Future Flash.” He previously directed three episodes of the hit comedy “Ed” back in the early 2000s.
  5. ‘Supergirl’: Katie McGrath Promoted To Series Regular For Season 3 (Date: 22 March 2017)
    Lena Luthor will be sticking around. Katie McGrath, who has recurred on Supergirl this season, has been made a regular for the upcoming Season 3, which was recently picked up by the CW. McGrath plays vixen Lena Luthor, the baby sister of Lex Luthor, who came to National City to get out from under the shadow of her notorious brother.
    Meanwhile, at the Hall of Doom, “Legends of Tomorrow’s” Legion of Doom has used the Spear of Destiny to create their own reality — and that reality includes a big nod to the 1973 “Super Friends” cartoon from Hanna Barbera. On his Twitter, executive producer Marc Guggenheim unveiled the establishing shot for “Doomworld,” the penultimate episode of Season 2. The photo shows a structure not unlike STAR Labs; however, the building has a rounder shape with concave windows, making it look almost like a helmet… much like the Hall of Doom from “Super Friends.”
  7. THE FLASH: New Stills From Season 3 Episode 18: "Abra Kadabra;" Plus SUPERGIRL "Duet" Soundtrack Released (Date: 22 March 2017)
    After last night's musical spectacular, WatchTower Music, in collaboration with DC Entertainment, has released an official soundtrack album featuring music from the awesome two-part crossover between The CW's two highest-rated programs: The Flash & Supergirl. All six tracks from "Duet" have been included along with a special guitar version of Grant Gustin's "Runnin' Home to You."
    Executive producer Marc Guggenheim shared concept art of Felicity wearing a black mask and a purple cape. The twitter post did not say which character Emily Bett Rickards will be playing, but it did confirm she will be appearing in the upcoming “Legends of Tomorrow” episode “Doomworld.”



From FaceBook:

Starling Tribune shared Entertainment Weekly's post.March 18 at 7:18pm ·
            No speed villain for Flash next season? Yes, please!

Steven Carl Wait what? Why would they choose a villain without super speed?
            Starling Tribune Because they've done that each season. Remember, not every   viewer is a comic fan, so they have to mix things up to keep viewers.
            Steven Carl I was being silly. You can't have effectively the same bad guy each season. New metas for the BBG .

Haley Malle What madness is this?!




Promo for Next Week’s: Episode - “Disbanded” (Date: 23 March 2017)

Episode:   “Disbanded” [Season 5 Episode 18]

Air Date:        Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Summary:      Diggle and Felicity are shocked by Oliver's decision to ask the Bratva for help in taking down Prometheus

Director:         JJ Makaro

Writer:           Rebecca Bellotto



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