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May 17, 2018

Starling Tribune - Season 6 Edition – The Dragon (A CW Network Arrow Television Show Fan Podcast) ST194


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


Episode:            “The Dragon” [Season 6 Episode 19]

Air Date:           Thursday, April 19, 2018


Director:           Gordon Verheul


                        4x Arrow | 2x Andromeda


Writers: Elizabeth Kim


                        2x Arrow | 4x Freedom Fighters: The Ray


Spiro Skentzos


                        3x Arrow | 3x Grimm



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


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


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


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?
    • All about Ricardo Diaz
  • Logo change - No arrow; just a dragon
  • Ricardo Diaz / Richard Dragon
    • Flashback - orphanage
      • 32 years ago
      • Bullied by kid; burns Diaz, burns photo of dad
    • Goal: to become part of The Quadrant
    • Bludhaven; Black Siren with him
    • Think long term; working on plan for 5 years
    • Asked for meeting politely with Cartier, who thinks Diaz is a thug
      • Father sent Junior, who has Diaz fetch some guy to see if Diaz can play ball; when Diaz gets Baylor from FBI, jerk son tries to kill Diaz, who wore a vest
      • “I don’t react well to people who waste my time”
      • Getting Baylor: Black Siren screams and beats up some dudes; Diaz goes all John Wick
      • Lots of Wig fighting - SP
    • Cartier plans to use Diaz’s network to take over Star City
    • Diaz to Quadrant
      • Diaz takes Junior; Siren scream, etc
      • Cartier never took deal to Quadrant
      • Uses Junior as bomb
      • Fights way to room; more screams (dude impaled by table leg), more John Wick
      • Woman in red played by Gina Ravera - gives Diaz time for pitch
      • Diaz - I control the chaos
      • Diaz shoots Cartier after he calls Diaz a “loser”
      • Woman invites Diaz to tell them more
    • “I had to fight for every scrap of food I ate as a kid”
    • “I’m no one’s servant now”
    • Really likes the sound of “crime lord”
    • Gets bully - Jesse
      • Afraid of him for a long time; named fear Dragon, says he controls the dragon now
      • On roof, burns him
    • Actors for Young Kirk Acevedo:
      • Arrow (Dragon)
        • Max Archibald
      • 12 Monkeys (Ramse):
        • Nicholas Hamzea
        • Jordan James
  • Laurel Lance / Black Siren
    • Wig
    • Diaz’s backup; running commentary
    • Killing lots of people
    • “I get up. I just don’t get stupid too”
    • Tells Diaz that he’s a king, so he can forget about Jesse
    • Says Diaz reminds him of Zolomon; hate consumed him
    • Not comfortable watching Diaz burn guy alive
  • Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
    • Blows stuff up, shoots some arrows (nice work by stunt double and second unit team)
    • Promises to always come home
  • Felicity Smoak / Overwatch
    • Apologizes for team thing. WHY? Not her fault
    • Works with Curtis
    • Freaks out because doesn’t know if Oliver is okay
  • Curtis Holt / Mr. Terrific
    • Enjoys that Oliver is alone
  • License Plate “Land Of Mist”




  1. ‘Arrow’: Beth Schwartz Named New Showrunner, Wendy Mericle Exits, Marc Guggenheim To Be Consultant On 2 Shows (Date: 17 April 2018)
    1. Arrow is undergoing a leadership change, with co-executive producer Beth Schwartz promoted to executive producer and sole showrunner for the upcoming seventh season. Current Arrow executive producer/co-showrunner Wendy Mericle is departing at the end of the current Season 6. Marc Guggenheim is taking a back seat on the two series he co-created and has been executive producing/co-showrunning, Arrow (alongside Mericle) and Legends of Tomorrow (alongside Phil Klemmer). He is transitioning to an executive consultant role on both shows. Current Legends co-showrunner Klemmer will become the sole showrunner in the upcoming fourth season.
    2. Beth Schwartz -
      1. Co-executive producer - 30 episodes, 2016 - 2017; co-producer - 23 episodes, 2015 - 2016
      2. Written by - 24 episodes, 2012 - 2018; executive story editor - 23 episodes, 2014 - 2015; story by - 2 episodes, 2015; teleplay by - 1 episode, 2017


  1. Outgoing ‘Arrow’ Co-Showrunner Wendy Mericle Inks ABC Studios Overall Deal (Date: 20 April 2018)
    1. Coming off a six-season stint on the CW’s Arrow, the last three as executive producer/co-showrunner, Wendy Mericle has signed an overall deal with ABC Studios.Under the multi-year pact, Mericle, a sought-after drama writer, will develop new projects for broadcast, cable, and streaming services. “Wendy is one of the most talented storytellers working in television and we’re thrilled to have her on the ABC Studios team,” said ABC Studios president Patrick Moran.


  1. Katie Cassidy Revisits Her Early Arrow Days ('I Took Life So Seriously'), Ponders Redemption for 'Evil' Laurel (Date: 18 April 2018)
    1. During our recent visit to the Arrow set, TVLine sat with Cassidy to talk about the vexing guessing game “Evil” Laurel has been playing with “dad” Quentin, survey her alliance with Ricardo Diaz and ponder the idea of total redemption for that minx of a meta.




Link to Promo: (Date: 19 April 2018)


Episode: “Shifting Allegiances” [Season 6 Episode 20]

Air Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018

Summary: Oliver turns to an old friend to help battle Diaz. Meanwhile, Rene is out of the hospital but has a hard time re-adjusting to life as Wild Dog. Also, Lance discovers something shocking about Black Siren.

Director: Alexandra La Roche

Writers: Wendy Mericle and Rebecca Bellotto

IMDB link:


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