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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

Jun 26, 2018

Starling Tribune - Season 6.5 Edition – Return Of The Mack (A CW Network Arrow Television Show Fan Podcast) ST199


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


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

Air Date:           Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Director:           Alexandra La Roche


                        1x Arrow | 3x Flash | 1x Legends | 2x Eureka | 1x The Dead Zone


Writers: Grainne Godfree


                        11x Legends | 6x Flash | 1x Arrow | 4x The Tomorrow People


Morgan Faust


                        3x 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

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?
  • Time travel
    • 1895 - London
      • Fog, Sherlock Holmes, Victorian England, vampires, mysticism
      • Rip there to investigate “vampire,” but really there to find Mallus
      • Smartwatch plays during visit to autopsy; plays song
      • Order of the Shrouded Compass - occult order
      • Vampire actually a scientist with a two-pronged needle
      • Stein’s Great-Great-Grandfather - member of the cult; Stein with a stache
      • Lunar eclipse - allows for the ceremony to resurrect Damien Darhk to happen
  • Fight scenes and stunts
    • Nate as bait
      • Nate taken; Rip and Sara chase wagon, but Nate not there
    • Hallway
      • Rip and Sara play drunk, beat up guys
    • Sara beats up “vampire” to rescue Nate and discovers Darhk’s body
    • Seance
      • Amaya, Mick, and Zari fight because their cover is blown
      • Mick uses platter
    • Ceremony
      • Time Agents barge in
      • Eclipse happens, brings Darhk back
      • Darhk has magic; kills agents with a drink in one hand; song plays
      • Nora uses air totem; knocks Zari out
      • Rip uses Time Freeze thing; tries to kill Darhk, but Darhk overcomes freeze, ready to kill Rip
      • Legends barge in; Zari takes back totem
  • Sara Lance / White Canary
    • Agrees to investigate “vampire” in 1895
    • Doesn’t trust Rip right away; only agrees to help him after make deal
    • After discovers Darhk’s body, tells Rip that they need to kill Darhk and wait to battle Mallus
    • Tells Rip that if she was being irrational, she wouldn’t have put Darhk back in timeline so he could kill her sister again
    • To open Waverider, she fires missiles to blow open cargo door
    • Turns in Rip to Time Bureau
    • Rate her as Captain:
  • Ray Palmer / The Atom
    • Helping Jax separate from Stein - breaks psychic bond
    • Examines smartwatch; contacts Curtis and learns about Darhk
  • Mick Rory / Heat Wave
    • Reading Dracula; always wanted to kill vampires
  • Martin Stein / Firestorm
    • Likes grapefruit
    • Gets to play actor ancestor
    • Sings lullaby to Ronnie
  • Jefferson Jackson / Firestorm
    • Memory loss because of Ray’s treatment
    • Gets to use his actual voice (Franz Drameh is from England)
  • Nate Heywood / Steel
    • Stays up all night and figures out anachronisms have a pattern, except for a couple of outliers
    • Used as bait for “vampire”
  • Amaya Jiwe / Vixen
    • Trying to bond with Zari over totems
  • Zari
    • Hey, let’s go back in time and save my brother; Stein and Sara try to teach her why that’s a bad idea
    • Learn she ran from Argus; feels guilty for leaving him behind
    • “Madame Eleanor” allows her to speak to her dead brother
    • Goes back to have another reading; hands over amulet
    • Calls the amulet back to her
    • Likes pancakes and playing video games
  • Gideon
    • “I think that’s the last of Rip’s secret commands”
    • Does recognize Sara as Captain
  • Rip Hunter  
    • Has been obsessed with Mallus for 5 years
    • Has gone rogue; Time Bureau has no idea what he is up to until he informs them of the mission
    • Refuses to listen to Sara about killing Darhk before it’s too late
    • Says he needs Legends; agrees to get Bureau off Legends’ back
    • Uses secret command to lock team on Waverider - “Gentleman’s Dreadnought”
    • Refuses to see the error of his ways; the agents knew the dangers of the job; proved Mallus is real, so thinks everyone will be on his side
    • Sara - you’ve gone rogue from every agency you’ve been a member of
    • Shocked when arrested
    • War is coming; you need to be prepared, Sara
  • Time Bureau
    • Time agents killed by Darhk
    • Ava agrees to leave Legends alone in exchange for turning over Rip
  • Legion of Doom: The Sequel
    • Damien Darhk
      • It’s great to be back
      • “Who stole my watch?”
      • Slaughters Time Agents
    • Nora Darhk
      • Poses as Madame Eleanor to get to the top of the Order
      • Uses the Order’s mysticism to power ceremony to resurrect Daddy
    • Mallus
      • You can’t handle seeing me in my true form
      • Time Masters refuse to speak his name
      • Speaks to Rip through Nora




  1. Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Arrow, Empire, Roseanne, Fear TWD, B99, Timeless, Grey's, Good Girls, Killing Eve and More (Date: 22 May 2018)
    1. In Season 7, Team Arrow will have to contend with an ambitious, young, anti-vigilante recruit at the SCPD. (If vigilantes were vampires, consider her your Buffy.) Another recurring role to be cast is that of a successful tech whiz who is gay, and who harbors a heartbreaking past.
  2. Stephen Amell Reveals Goatee Is Coming in 'Arrow' Season 7 (Date: 20 May 2018)
    1. Star Stephen Amell just confirmed that an iconic part of Green Arrow’s look from the DC Comics universe will debut in Arrow Season Seven on The CW. Amell told a crowd at Motor City Comic Con that he will debut Oliver Queen’s classic goatee in Arrow's upcoming season. Amell did caution that the goatee may not be sticking around forever, possibly signaling that it will be more of an Easter egg than a lasting redesign to the character. He also made it clear that Green Arrow’s Robin Hood hat won’t be making an appearance. “I can’t promise that I’m going to keep [the goatee] forever,” he said. “I can definitely promise that I’m not going to wear the stupid hat.”
  3. Stephen Amell Says Next Arrowverse Crossover is Awesome, Talks Batwoman Casting (Date: 31 May 2018)
    1. Batwoman is coming to the Arrowverse, and fans are already champing at the bit for news. Amell wasn't really able to say very much about a major event story coming up several months from now. "I know the entire story of the crossover," Amell told the audience. "It's awesome, and I can't talk about it at all. was on hand during The CW's recent Upfronts presentation, where Arrow star Stephen Amell announced that Batwoman will be introduced in the upcoming Arrowverse crossover. While it's unclear exactly how Batwoman will factor into the story, it was hinted that Gotham City will make an appearance, finally introducing it officially into the Arrowverse after years of being teased, name-dropped, and joked about.
  4. Arrow's Stephen Amell Reveals New Approach For Season 7 (Date: 25 May 2018)
    1. Arrow fans may still be talking about the crazy Season 6 finale, but Stephen Amell already has his eyes and mind set squarely on Season 7. The actor recently spoke about the upcoming season and teased the show will be taking a new approach to how it tells its stories in Season 7.
      “I think that it's going to be...we can't go bigger than we went last year, so we're going more specific. . . . We are gonna introduce a new storytelling technique that I'm really excited about. All that I can say.” Stephen Amell couldn't keep a smile from creeping up his face as he talked about the new technique Arrow will use to tell its stories in Season 7. The idea to switch up how the show tells its stories could be tied to new showrunner Beth Schwartz. We have to speculate it will be tied to Oliver's incarceration in some way. After all, Arrow could be jumping a lot between prison and Star City, assuming we're trusting Stephen Amell, who said fans shouldn't expect the Green Arrow to be making any jailbreak situations happen.



  1. Chris 'Legends of Tomorrow' Season 4 Detailed Synopsis Teases Constantine & Magical Threats (Date: 17 May 2018)
    1. After defeating the demon Mallus by cuddling him to death with a giant stuffed animal named Beebo, the Legends are ready to ease off the gas. Sara (Caity Lotz) and her team join Ava Sharpe (Jes Macallan) and the Time Bureau to help clean up the last few remaining anachronisms. The job seems straightforward enough until Constantine (Matt Ryan) arrives to inform them that, in solving one major problem, they have created another, much larger one. When the Legends let time crumble in order to release and defeat Mallus, the barrier between worlds softened. History is now infected with “Fugitives” – magical creatures from myths, fairytales, and legends. Having been expelled throughout time by people like Constantine, these Fugitives are now returning to our world in droves and making a real mess of things. As the Time Bureau is distrustful of and ill-equipped to deal with magic, the Legends must team up with everyone’s favorite demonologist to set history back on track.




Part 2: Promo for Next Week’s Episode


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