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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

Oct 11, 2018

Starling Tribune - Season 6.5 Edition – Guest Starring John Noble (A CW Network Arrow Television Show Fan Podcast) ST212


Episode:            “Guest Starring John Noble” [Season 3 Episode 17]

Air Date:           Monday, April 2, 2018


Director:           Ralph Hemecker


                        28x Once Upon a Time / 3x Legends / 6x Flash / (Total 43 credits)


Writers: Keto Shimizu


                        Producer - Legends / 9x Legends / 11x Arrow / 1x Flash


James Eagan


                        4x Legends / Supervising producer - Legends - 7x





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




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




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

01 The Resurrection 16-Jan-18 2.31

02 Black Lightning 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?
    • John Noble is the voice of Mallus; go to the real John Noble to impersonate Mallus
  • Time travel
    • Occidental College - 1979
      • Young Barack Obama attacked by Grodd
      • Obama tries to reason with Grodd
      • Obama saved, flashed
    • 1992 - Zambesi
      • Nate and Wally try to stop Amaya
      • Meet older Amaya; pass totem to daughter, but daughter rejected totem
      • Nate doesn’t stop Amaya from talking to her daughter
      • Wally will stop Nate and Amaya from changing history
      • Nate tries to steal totem; she beats him up; she doesn’t remember Nate
      • Daughter gets totem
      • Save village to release Mallus, but Grodd was released by Damien
    • New Zealand - 1999
      • Ray pretends to be crew on Lord of the Rings set
      • Studio note
      • John reads lines
    • Fight scenes and stunts
      • 1979 - team attacks Grodd
        • Mick - flame
        • Ray shrinks Grodd
      • Zambesi
        • Damien stops Wally and others
        • Esi  v. Grodd
          • Nate uses earth totem to send Grodd away
        • Sara Lance / White Canary
          • Wally and Nate - go to Amaya
          • Uses Constantine's spell to hold Damian
          • Goes to talk things out with Barack Obama; she misses him
          • Kill Mallus by letting him out
          • Admits she’s in love with Ava
          • Stabs Damien
          • Rate her as Captain:
        • Ray Palmer / The Atom
          • Don’t kill Damian yet
          • Idea - shrink down, get in Nora’s ear, and pretend to be Mallus
          • Gets water totem
        • Mick Rory / Heat Wave
          • Lord of the Rings - movie, which gives them idea to go to John Noble
        • Nate Heywood / Steel
          • Wrote a set of codes
          • Gets earth totem
        • Amaya Jiwe / Vixen
          • Went to Zambesi 1992
        • Zari
          • Looking for loopholes for Amaya
          • No loopholes
        • Rip Hunter  
          • Bureau needs backup - Grodd going after young President Obama
          • Admits to Ava that she is number 12; tries to convince her that she’s special
          • Chainsaw time!
        • Ava Sharpe
          • Mission first
          • Confronts Rip
          • There is no “me”
        • Legion of Doom: The Sequel
          • Damien Darhk
            • Not exactly happy daughter will die
            • Goes to the Legends for help
            • Agrees to die again
            • Sneaks Ray to Nora; gets Nora to Waverider; traps her
            • Admits to being a terrible father
            • Admits to regretting killing Sara’s sister
            • Love redeems
            • Volunteers to wield death totem
          • Nora Darhk
            • Mallus is bursting out
            • No more Nora if Mallus gets out
            • Gave Mallus her soul freely
          • Gorilla Grodd
            • Trapped, escaped, beaten
          • Mallus
            • Gets free




  1. 'Arrow' Star Stephen Amell Has Shaved His Beard (Date: 28 Sept 2018)
    1. Amell just shared a side-by-side image of himself from an Arrow behind-the-scenes still and another one that was apparently taken today and presumably off-set. With the caption "Wednesday/Thursday," the biggest difference between the two is that Amell's beard is gone in the Thursday image. During a recent interview, Amell told that when the beard was no longer absolutely essential for the show's storytelling, he would shave down to a goatee and see how it looked -- but that he would not keep it if it would not look good on camera. It appears as though either he decided it did not look good on camera, or maybe the story called for him to more fully shave than he had anticipated.




  1. 'Constantine: The Legend Continues' Animated Movie to Air in October (Date: 27 Sept 2018)
    1. The CW has revealed the Constantine: The Legend Continues, the animated series created for CW Seed and starring DC's Legends of Tomorrow's Matt Ryan in his role as John Constantine, will air on the network in October. Following the movie's broadcast debut, cast and producers from DC's Legends of Tomorrow will discuss the upcoming season and give fans a sneak peek at season four, which will debut the following week. Constantine: The Legend Continues will air on Monday, October 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
  2. DC TV Watch: 'Legends of Tomorrow' Showrunner Breaks Down All the Season 4 Changes (Date: 29 Sept 2018)
    • . Hollywood Reporter interviewed executive producer Phil Klemmer about Legends season 4.  
  1. Larger theme: In the cases-of-the-week, the Legends (and audience) will discover that everything they think they know about magical creatures and monsters is wrong. "We are far more interested in finding a nuance in these monsters and turning myths and legends on their heads," Klemmer adds. "We are finding out what fairytales got wrong about various magical creatures and monsters. Some of the ones that are supposed to be magical are murderous and vice versa."
  2. The crossover: "I don't know how that will work. There's already a loose shape for it even though this year's crossover isn't done by a long shot. I was happy to have sit this year out just because we only have 16 and our run of episodes was so tight and integrated. It's always a blast but it is a departure. I'm glad we got to do a straight run this year."
  3. The future: "We virtually change genres over the course of four seasons but the one-hour comedy is something I have always loved doing and the fact that this show organically turned into one really surprised me. Maybe we'll go back to being a hard-core, super serious, straight CBS procedural by the time we get to season six. Nobody is making demands of us, nobody is saying no to us, studio or network, so we're willfully wacky, odd and out-of-step with everything else on TV."




Link to Promo: (Date: 2 April 2018)


Episode: “The Good, the Bad and the Cuddly” [Season 3 Episode 18]

Air Date: Monday, April 9, 2018

Summary: Rip is forced to improvise when the Legends' plan to vanquish Mallus with the totems doesn't work.

Director: Dermott Downs

Writers: Marc Guggenheim & Phil Klemmer

IMDB link:

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This podcast was recorded on Thursday October 4th, 2018.


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