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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 30, 2018

Starling Tribune - Season 6.5 Edition – Phone Home (A CW Network Arrow Television Show Fan Podcast) ST190


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


Episode:            “Phone Home” [Season 3 Episode 4]

Air Date:           Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Director:           Kevin Mock


                        3x Legends | 1x Chuck | 3x Hart of Dixie


Writers: Matthew Maala


                        Assistant x31 Legends | 7x Legends





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


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




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




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




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


Part 1: The Plot, Themes and Characters

  • What was the overall theme? What was the link to the episode’s name?
  • Time travel
    • 1988 - Ivy Town - October 30 and 31
      • ET - running down halls lined with white plastic; candy for baby; baby hides in closet; bike ride in the sky; moon shot
      • Young Ray rescues baby Dominator; calls him Gumball
      • Young Ray steals candy and skips school - things Adult Ray doesn’t remember
      • Government takes Gumball, Young Ray, and Zari; Adult Ray is there because he had to shrink to hide; Young Ray thinks he’s a toy
      • Baby Dominator helps them escape by making goons perform “Good Morning” from Singing in the Rain
      • Young Ray has to say goodbye to Gumball
      • Legends get to go out in full gear because it’s Halloween. They say they are Ray’s friends; Rory to bullies - give me your candy and your allowance
      • Young Ray’s costume is of the Atom, the greatest superhero
  • Fight scenes and stunts
  • Sara Lance / White Canary
    • Has team follow Young Ray
    • Has Zari and Ray stay with Young Ray
    • Goes to other ship; gets captured by Queen (happens off screen)
    • Upset Waverider gone
    • Everyone meet up where Waverider was
    • Rate her as Captain:
  • Ray Palmer / The Atom
    • Trust building session - get to know each other; Zari is new to the team
    • We learn the Waverider only has one bathroom
    • We get to back to 1988? To my hometown? Great! Let’s go to this pizza place and to the arcade
    • Seeing being bullied and hearing his mom’s concerns puts a damper on his positivity for a bit; tells young self to face reality and that the world is not perfect
  • Mick Rory / Heat Wave
    • Does trust fall with Ray; lands on floor because Ray dies for a moment
    • Likes Fiddler on the Roof
    • Figures out Stein’s been taking out the jump ship
    • His idea to take the Waverider so Stein can see birth of grandson - leaves a note
    • Cigars for everyone, even the baby
  • Martin Stein / Firestorm
    • Keeping a secret - is communicating with Lily so he doesn’t miss the birth of his grandson
    • Grandson’s name is Ronnie
  • Jefferson Jackson / Firestorm
    • Accuses Stein of working for the Time Bureau
    • Helps him take the Waverider to see grandson born
    • Asks Ray to help break up Firestorm
  • Nate Heywood / Steel
    • Hasn’t worked things out with Amaya; still trying to be cool
    • Cleans Delorean like Biff in Back to the Future
    • Hits on Ray’s mom; makes out with Dominator Queen
  • Amaya Jiwe / Vixen
    • Hasn’t worked things out with Nate yet
    • Animal control
    • Uses power to knock Dominator Queen back
  • Zari
    • Can’t believe Ray is as positive as he is
    • Finds young Ray in forest in a tent called “Camelot”
    • Tells young Ray that they will help Gumball
    • Uses air power while they ride bikes
    • Tells young Ray that he will find his people and to be himself




  1. Here Are The 44th Annual Saturn Awards Nominations (Date: 15 March 2018)
    1. The Academy was founded in 1972 by noted film historian Dr. Donald A. Reed to honor and recognize films often overlooked by mainstream awards. Over the years, the Academy has expanded its reach to include recognizing excellence in television, home entertainment and now new media/streaming shows, as well as other genres, including adventure, thriller and action.
    2. Best Superhero Television Series: Arrow (The CW), Black Lightning (The CW), The Flash (The CW), DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (The CW), Gotham (FOX Television), Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC), Supergirl (The CW)
    3. Best Actress on a Television Series: Melissa Benoist Supergirl (The CW)
    4. Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series: Odette Annable Supergirl (The CW), Candice Patton The Flash (The CW)
    5. The awards show will take place in June 2018
  2. CW Finale Dates, Including 'Black Lighting,' Riverdale,' and the Arrowverse, Revealed (Date: 15 March 2018)
    1. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will close out its third season on April 9. Black Lightning will finish its first season on April 17. May 17 Arrow will end its current season. The Flash will close out its fourth year on May 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.




  1. Exclusive: Nicolas Cage plays Superman, Halsey is Wonder Woman in 'Teen Titans GO!' (Date: 12 March 2018)
    1. Nicolas Cage is voicing A-list comic-book icon Superman, singer/songwriter Halsey co-stars as Amazon princess Wonder Woman — who travels around in her signature invisible jet — and rapper Lil Yachty plays Green Lantern in the upcoming animated movie (in theaters July 27) that takes the young heroes of the Cartoon Network show Teen Titans GO! to the big screen.
  2. Ava DuVernay to Direct DC's 'New Gods' (Date: 15 March 2018)
    1. A Wrinkle in Time filmmaker Ava DuVernay will finally make her superhero debut...with an adaptation of Jack Kirby's epic The New Gods, Deadline reports. Set after Ragnarok and the birth of a new generation of gods, The New Gods was part of Jack Kirby's Fourth World cycle of storytelling, along with Mister Miracle and The Forever People. The story pits the evil gods of Apokolips, led by Darkseid, against the bright and idealistic gods of New Genesis, led by Highfather. Mister Miracle is the son of Highfather, who was raised on Apokolips as a kind of mutually-assured destruction pact with Darkseid, who sent his son Orion to be raised on New Genesis. Miracle is perhaps the most marketable of all of the New Gods characters, along with his wife, Big Barda, and Orion himself.




Part 2: Promo for Next Week’s Episode


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

IMDB link:


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