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The Starling Tribune: An Unofficial Arrow TV Show Fan Podcast

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

Apr 26, 2018

Starling Tribune - Season 6 Edition – Brothers In Arms (A CW Network Arrow Television Show Fan Podcast) ST191


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


Episode:            “Brothers in Arms” [Season 6 Episode 17]

Air Date:           Thursday, April 5, 2018


Director:           Mark Bunting


                        2x Arrow | First Assistant Director 55x Arrow


Writers: Sarah Tarkoff


                        9x Arrow  


Jeane Wong


                        1x Arrow | Script Coordinator 36x Arrow



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

04 Reversal 2-Nov-17 1.33

05 Deathstroke Returns 9-Nov-17 1.29

06 Promises Kept 16-Nov-17 1.28

07 Thanksgiving 23-Nov-17 1.11

08 Crisis On Earth-X Part 2 27-Nov-17 2.54

09 Irreconcilable Differences 7-Dec-17 1.30

10 Divided 18-Jan-10 1.42

11 We Fall 25-Jan-18 1.39

12 All For Nothing 1-Feb-18 1.24

13 The Devil’s Greatest Trick 8-Feb-18 1.30

14 Collision Course 1-Mar-18 1.11

15 Doppelganger 8-Mar-18 1.28

16 The Thanatos Guild 29-Mar-18 1.12

17 Brothers In Arms 5-Apr-18 0.87


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 Zuri 24-Oct-17 1.43

04 Phone Home 31-Oct-17 1.38

05 Return Of The Mack 7-Nov-17 1.52

06 Helen Hunt 14-Nov-17 1.53

07 Welcome To The Jungle 21-Nov-17 1.49

08 Crisis On Earth-X Part 4 28-Nov-17 2.80

09  Beebo The God Of War 5-Dec-17 1.61

10 Daddy Dahrkest 12-Feb-18 1.51

11 Here I Go Again 19-Feb-18 1.40

12 The Curse Of The Earth Totem 26-Feb-18 1.51

13 No Country For Old Dads 5-Mar-18 1.19

14 Amazing Grace 12-Mar-18 1.26

15 Necromancing The Stone 19-Mar-18 1.25

16 I Ava 26-Mar-18 1.28

17 Guest Starring John Noble 2-Apr-18 1.23




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

04 The Faithful 30-Oct-17 1.82

05 Damage 6-Nov-17 1.87

06 Midvale 13-Nov-17 1.89

07 Wake Up 20-Nov-17 1.92

08 Crisis On Earth-X Part 1 27-Nov-17 2.65

09 Reign 4-Dec-17 1.81

10 Legion Of Superheroes 15-Jan-18 2.17

11 Fort Rozz 22-Jan-18 2.07

12 For Good 29-Jan-18

13 Both Sides Now 5-Feb-18 2.12


The Flash


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

04 Elongated Journey Into Night 31-Oct-17 1.99

05 Girls Night Out 7-Nov-17 2.38

06 When Harry Met Harry 14-Nov-17 2.46

07 Therefore I Am21-Nov-17 2.20

08 Crisis On Earth-X Part 3 28-Nov-17 2.82

09 Don’t Run 5-Dec-17 2.22

10 The Trail Of The Flash 16-Jan-18 2.51

11 The Elongated Knight Rises 23-Jan-18 2.12

12 Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash 30-Jan-18 2.60

13 True Colors 6-Feb-2018 2.28

14 Subject 9 27-Feb-18 2.12

15 Enter Flashtime 6-Mar-18 2.04


Black Lightning


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

01 The Resurrection 16-Jan-18 2.31

02 LaWanda: The Book of Hope 23-Jan-18 1.94

03 Lawanda: The Book Of Burial 30-Jan-18 2.21

04 Black Jesus 6-Feb-18 1.88

05 And Then The Devil Brought The Plague: The Book Of Green Light 13-Feb-18 1.81

06 Three Sevens: The Book Of Thunder 27-Feb-18 1.64

07 Equinox: The Book of Fate 6-Mar-18 1.46

08 The Book Of Revelations 13-Mar-18 1.45

09 The Book Of Little Black Lies 20-Mar-18 1.55

10 Sins Of The Father 27-Mar-18 1.55

11 Black Jesus: The Book Of Crucifixion 3-Apr-18 1.50


Part 1: The Plot, Themes and Characters

  • What was the overall theme? What was the link to the episode’s name?
    • Song by Dire Straits (; some of the lyrics apply - Song from album of the same name
    • Oliver and Diggle are supposed to be brothers; brothers do fight
    • Soldiers fighting in war are called “Brothers in Arms”
  • Fight scenes and stunts
    • Arresting Anatoly
      • Spartan and Arrow provide backup for Dinah
      • Van hits guys
      • Spartan punches; Arrow does his thing
    • Katz’s Place
      • Katz is a shipper of vertigo
      • Spartan and Green Arrow charge in; GA winder, Spartan door
      • Spartan fires tranquilizers from gun
      • Spartan gets tough; GA wants him to stand down
      • Katz ready to talk, girlfriend shoots Katz because loyalty to Diaz
    • Fight in Arrowcave
      • Oliver and Diggle clash over leadership style
      • Diggle wants to be listened to; play wasn’t backed
      • Diggle: Diaz took over city under your watch; Green Arrow supposed to be about saving city, not ourselves; you push everyone away; putting NTA under surveillance, Laurel & money, saving Vigilante - all bad calls; you leave a trail of dead bodies; your bad decisions got son’s momma killed (low blow)
      • Oliver: Hey, Diggle, you were next to me; you bought drugs from Diaz, helping him get money; Diaz got to power while you were GA; you were using drugs while being GA; Rene got shot because you lied to team; my trail of dead bodies doesn’t include my own brother (Oliver’s answer to Diggle’s low blow)
      • Destroy monitors, glass case, lots of punches
      • Felicity has to break it up - pull your heads out of your asses
    • Attack on safe house
      • One of cops turns on others; Diaz attacks
      • Cop shoots Curtis; he has gear under clothes
      • T-spheres
      • Gun fight (tables don’t stop bullets)
      • Dinah has to make an opening on the east side of the building using cry
    • Attack on Vertigo warehouse
      • $20 million in drugs
      • Diggle - you’re the QB, Oliver
      • Arrow to electrical box, explosions, arrow that disperses mini bombs
      • Fight guys - Spartan using regular bullets now? Rubber bullets?
      • Set explosives - place go boom
  • Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
    • As Mayor, authorizes arrest of Anatoly
    • Bickers with Dinah
    • Being the Green Arrow completes me
    • Tries to get DA (kid has cancer; says he knows Oliver is GA) and Captain (Diaz threatened family) on his side; instead of trying to get them to be double agents, he fires them
    • DA - Diaz has beaten you, you just don’t know it
    • All good cops fired; will be accused of obstruction of justice by firing DA and Captain
  • Felicity Smoak / Overwatch
    • Background checks
    • Finding Diaz’s vertigo stash
    • Tells Oliver to talk to Diggle
    • I’m going to work while you two act like babies
  • John Diggle / Spartan
    • Lyla tells him that he saves many lives as Spartan
    • Questions Oliver’s leadership style
    • Has to confess to Lyla about breaking in to office
    • I’ve followed chain of command even at times when I knew you were wrong; you’re a bad leader because you are so split, Oliver
    • Goes to work with Lyla at Argus - to find best version of himself
  • Curtis Holt / Mr. Terrific
    • Goes with Dinah as tech support
    • Has Terrific gear under clothes
    • Boyfriend stays with him; clean cops fired, so maybe vigilantes okay
  • Dinah Drake / Black Canary
    • Gets a group of clean cops to arrest Anatoly
    • Finds safe house for clean cops
    • Fired along with all of the other clean cops
  • Quentin Lance
    • Encourages Black Siren to do some reading and get a job
  • Laurel Lance / Black Siren
    • Been on the couch; healed
    • Does some reading and gives Diaz legal ideas - DA gets fired and claims Oliver did so because of charges, so Oliver should be impeached
    • In bed with Diaz, but doesn’t want Lance hurt
  • Ricardo Diaz / Richard Dragon
    • Vertigo operation gets blown up
    • Has police chief fire all clean cops; has the run of the city - “We are the law”
  • Anatoly
    • Gets arrested; tells Oliver Diaz has people at all levels; released
    • Kills cop who arrested him - didn’t want to get his suit dirty
  • Leaving the team trope




  1. The CW Renews 10 Series: ‘Riverdale’, All 5 DC Shows, ‘Supernatural’, ‘Dynasty’, ‘Jane the Virgin’ & ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ (Date: 02 April 2018)
    1. The CW again has given an early renewal to the bulk of its lineup, picking up all returning series on its fall schedule for the 2018-19 season as well as freshmen Dynasty and Black Lightning. The list includes all five DC superhero series, The Flash (Season 5), Arrow (Season 7), Supergirl (Season 4) and Legends of Tomorrow (Season 4), joined by newcomer Black Lighting (Season 2) as well as the venerable Supernatural, picked up for a 14th (!) season, sophomore success Riverdale (Season 3) and  comedies Jane the Virgin (Season 5) and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Season 4) for what could be the praised duo’s final seasons.
  2. Spoiler Room: Scoop on The Originals, New Girl, NCIS: LA and more (Date: 05 April 2018)
    1. As Oliver continues to alienate everyone who loves him, expect to see more of the same in the season-ender — though it may not end the way you’d expect. “It’s a very unusual kind of finale,” EP Marc Guggenheim says. “It definitely has a cliffhanger, but not a traditional cliffhanger. Last year’s finale was a traditional cliffhanger. It was very much an ‘Oh my God, what’s going to happen?’ This is a different kind of cliffhanger. I would say it’s somewhere on the spectrum of the cliffhanger of season 1, which was like, ‘How is Oliver gonna go forward?’ and the cliffhanger of season 5, which was more of a traditional cliffhanger. This, I think, falls somewhere in the middle. We have a few surprises up our sleeves. There’s a couple of twists, there’s a couple of things that we’re doing that are not only very unexpected, but also unprecedented not just for Arrow, but for the other DC superhero shows as well.”




  1. Legends of Tomorrow promotes Jes Macallan to series regular for season 4 (Date: 03 April 2018)
    1. Following the news that DC’s Legends of Tomorrow has been renewed for a fourth season, EW can exclusively reveal that Jes Macallan has been promoted to series regular. The actress joined the show at the top of season 3 as Time Bureau agent Ava Sharpe, who recently ascended to the head of the agency. The character, who became a love interest for Sara (Caity Lotz), was revealed to be a clone.




Link to Promo: (Date: 05 April 2018)


Episode: “Fundamentals” [Season 6 Episode 18]

Air Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018

Summary: In his darkest place yet, Oliver wonders if he has failed at everything; Oliver lashes out at Felicity and William; a surprising visit from an old friend has Oliver questioning his next move.

Director: Ben Hernandez Bray

Writers: Speed Weed and Emilio Ortega Aldrich

IMDB link:

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