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Jun 18, 2018

Starling Tribune - Season 6 Edition – Life Sentence (A CW Network Arrow Television Show Fan Podcast) ST198


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


Episode:            “Life Sentence” [Season 6 Episode 23]

Air Date:           Thursday, May 17, 2018


Director:           James Bamford


                        9x Arrow | 1x Supergirl


Writers: Wendy Mericle


                        25x Arrow | Showrunner (last episode)


Marc Guggenheim


                        16x Arrow | Showrunner (last episode)



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

18 Fundamentals 12-Apr-18 1.06

19 The Dragon 19-Apr-18 0.96

20 Shifting Allegiances 26-Apr-18 0.87

21 Docket No. 11-19-41-73 3-May-18 1.10

22 The Ties that Bind 10-May-18 1.35

23 Life Sentence 17-May-18 1.35


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

18 The Good, The Bad and the Cuddle 9-Apr-18 1.41




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

14 Schott Through The Heart 16-Apr-18 1.91

15 In Search Of Lost Time 23-Apr-18 1.38

16 Of Two Minds 30-Apr-18 1.50

17 Trinity 7-May-18 1.60

18 Shelter From The Storm 14-May-18 1.53


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

16 Run, Iris, Run 13-Mar-18 2.09

17 Null and Annoyed 10-Apr-18 1.82

18 Lose Yourself 17-Apr-18 1.88

19 Fury Rogue 24-Apr-18 1.90

20 Therefore She Is 1-May-18 1.70

21 Harry and the Hendersons 8-May-18 1.74

22 Think Fast 15-May-18 1.93


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

12 The Resurrection and the Light: The Book of Pain 10-Apr-18 1.54

13 Shadow Of Death: The Book Of War 17-Apr-18 1.68


Part 1: The Plot, Themes and Characters

  • What was the overall theme? What was the link to the episode’s name?
    • Oliver agrees to admit to the FBI that he is the Green Arrow in exchange for the FBI giving everyone immunity and helping take back the city
  • Fight scenes and stunts
    • FBI and Team Arrow take back the SPCD
      • Arrows take out sentries
      • Canary cry; bo staff
      • T-spheres; Curtis beats people up
      • FBI, Diggle, and Rene with guns
      • Oliver kicks butt
      • No Diaz or Anatoly
    • To address Anatoly gave them
      • No guards
      • Watson, Rene, and other FBI agent in room, laser tripwires; bombs
      • Felicity - hackety hack, radio signals, blah, blah, blah
      • Diaz calls Anatoly; Diaz triggers bombs
      • Rene goes back and gets FBI agent
      • Everyone runs out; building goes boom
    • Chemical plant
      • Diaz ready to shoot Laurel; boom
      • FBI and Team Arrow charge in
      • Guns and booms and arrows
      • Laurel and Dinah help Quentin get out; Canary and Siren screams; Dinah bo staff, Laurel gun
      • Oliver and Diaz fight: night, rain; Oliver took time because wrist has digital sniffer thing; Oliver rams him with arrow
      • Siren screams Diaz into the river; Oliver pissed
  • Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
    • Apology tour - why does he have to apologize? To Diggle, yes. But to the newbies? No.
    • Gives Diggle a Green Arrow suit
    • Rene - thought thug at first; judged you too much; you’re a good man
    • Quentin - trust me; I feel bad about Laurel 1, so I will protect Laurel 2; reminisce about arrest, lie detector
    • Dinah - Please keep Black Siren safe; you’ve done a great thing putting vengeance aside
    • With info, FBI can take city back
    • Hospital: tells Quentin he learned how to be a good father because of him
    • Arrested. To camera, “I am the Green Arrow.” Gives speech about how he needs to take responsibility, but the city is strong and needs to keep fighting; Star City still needs saving
    • If escapes, will arrest everyone
    • Says good-bye to William; has Lyla put Felicity and William in protective custody until Diaz caught
  • Felicity Smoak / Overwatch
    • So much easier using FBI computers when you have access
    • Can track a pacemaker
    • To Oliver - what’s going on?
    • Has escape plan
  • John Diggle / Spartan
    • There should only be one Green Arrow
    • At ARGUS
  • Curtis Holt / Mr. Terrific
    • Did stuff
  • Dinah Drake / Black Canary
    • I respect you so much, Oliver. You put together a team of heroes
  • Rene Ramirez / Wild Dog
    • While in tripwired room, calls Zoe
    • What you just said means a lot to me, Oliver
  • Quentin Lance
    • Diaz threatens Laurel; Diaz wants him to kick FBI out of city
    • Tells Oliver about pacemaker
    • Goes to Diaz, proof of life, doesn’t follow Watson’s orders
    • Not in immunity agreement
    • Takes a bullet for Laurel
    • “Don’t call me ‘Hoss’ at my funeral”
    • Figures out Oliver gave himself to FBI
  • Agent Watson
    • In charge of FBI; insists on taking control of Star City
    • Black Siren is a criminal; not a hostage
    • Arrests everyone on Diaz’s list
  • Laurel Lance / Black Siren
    • Locked up by Diaz and has collar
    • Called Sara; tells Sara she is not like her Laurel
  • Ricardo Diaz / Richard Dragon
    • Called in the Longbow Hunters - 3 guys - League afraid of them
      • 'Arrow': Who Are the Longbow Hunters? (17 May 2018) []
      • A team of supervillains who debuted Green Arrow (Vol. 5) #31 from July 2014 in the storyline "The Outsiders War, Book 6: Spoils of War". The volume was part of DC's New 52 era. Created by Jeff Lemire, the Longbow Hunters was assembled by Richard Dragon -- that would be Ricardo Diaz's comic book counterpart -- and was comprised of Count Vertigo, Brick, Red Dart, and Killer Moth.
    • Black Siren sends him into the river
    • Alive
  • Anatoly
    • Gets caught being Oliver’s ally
    • Surrenders; tells Oliver about Diaz meeting Longbow Hunters
  • What we got right -
    • Quentin dying by saving Black Siren
    • Oliver lost (Diaz didn’t win, which is what Michelle thought would happen)
    • Oliver out as GA, prison (Chris)
    • Team Arrow kisses and makes up to fight Diaz
  • Didn’t like? Episode and/or whole season
    • Michelle: Sara in episode for less than 3 minutes; what was the point? How come the FBI didn’t help Star City until now? Is the US government awful in the Arrowverse? Lame “Captain America: Civil War” ripoff storyline. How did Diaz do all of this?
    • SP -
      • “Hoss” I mean really. I hate that term and how much it’s used. Also. All if forgiven between Rene and Oliver?
      • Longbow hunters.  Really? Out of nowhere? And we didn’t get to see them much
      • I don’t see how this could have been a series finale
      • Little to no Flashbacks. We knew this going in but it really hurt the series
      • No funeral for Quentin...and it’s not really even possible. Memorial, yes. Funeral. No.
      • So who is the Star City Mayor? Agent Watson? Seems self-serving
      • No shirtless scenes
      • So Oliver spends the entire season in prison or even part of it and gets out….then what? He is outed as The Green Arrow.
      • “You have failed this city” missing a bit
      • What happened with the startup?
      • Fractured Team
      • Dinah Ruined
      • Wedding in the Cross-over (reception in cross-over)
    • Chris -
      • Black Siren arc was dumb all season long.  Redemption arc i never bought into.
      • Wasted guest appearance by Sara.  How does she miss getting to see her Dad, she has a timeship?
      • Nobody cares about secret identities anymore.
      • Forgetting that Ollie is a competent fighter.  He doesn’t need a team.
      • no mention of Talia all season
      • no deaths of consequence when Lian Yu blew up.
      • Rene got ruined in dumb civil war
  • Did like? Episode and/or whole season
    • Michelle - The last two episodes had a lot of action; Anatoly’s alive; Thea had a good exit; Diggle and Lyla
    • SP
      • E2 Laurel Lantz/Black Siren - Katie Cassidy
      • Ricardo Diaz/Dragon - Kirk Acevedo
      • James Caden - Michael Emerson
      • Sister Wives/Nyssa al Ghul - Katrina Law
      • Cross Over (because of LoT and Supergirl)
      • Tommy Merlyn/Christopher Chance - Colin Donnell/Wil Traval
    • Chris -
      • Crossover was fantastic
      • Slade and Nyssa return
      • Setup for Supermax story. It could be great.
  • S7 predictions?
    • Michelle - Roy comes back, first words are “Thea sent me.” Diaz gets captured quickly; otherwise, Felicity will be gone too long, and the show can’t be without Felicity and Oliver most of the season. Diggle head of ARGUS, Roy, and NTA not enough to carry show; has to be resolved by crossover or the crossover deals with this mess. There has to be a better villain or maybe not one big bad all season.
    • SP -
      • Oliver gets roughed up in Prison
      • Oliver gets out of prison and puts on the hood again
      • Oliver beats up bad guys and defeats Diaz / Unknown enemy
      • CW cancels Arrow….and maybe some other shows.
    • Chris -
      • Diggle is Green Arrow and Roy comes back to support him when he hears Ollie is in jail.
      • Ollie is out of jail in 2-3 episodes. If they have balls it will be at least ⅓ the season even ½.
      • presidential pardon for the crossover




Link to Promo: (Date: 31 Oct 2017)   


Episode: “Return of the Mack” [Season 3 Episode 5]

Air Date: Tuesday, November 7. 2017

Summary: The Legends run into Rip in 1897 London where they attempt to hunt down a time-traveling vampire.

Director: Alexandra La Roche

Writers: Grainne Godfree and Morgan Faust

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