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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

Sep 9, 2018

Starling Tribune - Season 6.5 Edition – The Curse Of The Earth Totem (A CW Network Arrow Television Show Fan Podcast) ST207


Episode:            “The Curse of the Earth Totem” [Season 3 Episode 12]

Air Date:           Monday, February 26, 2018


Director:           Chris Tammaro


                        Camera operator on 31 Legends / Directed 1 episode


Writers: Grainne Godfree


                        11x Legends / 6x Flash / 1x Arrow


Ubah Mohamed


                        1x Arrow / 2x 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?
    • Find and fix the Earth Totem
  • Time travel
    • Bahamas - 1717
      • Pirates burying treasure
      • Pirate Queen given “emerald” - actually Earth Totem - trapped
    • Detroit - 2018
      • Fire totem taken by Damien
    • 1717 - Bahamas - Nassau
      • Try to join Blackbeard’s crew
      • Takes over Blackbeard’s crew
      • Blackbeard killed the woman he gave the totem to
    • Star City - 2018
      • Wally steals from Gary, pulls down pants
    • Tokyo - 1992
      • Wally and Rip karaoke - “Careless Whisper”
    • Blackbeard tries to take Waverider
  • Fight scenes and stunts
    • Blackbead
      • Amaya, Mick, and Blackbeard
      • Amaya sword fights; frees Blackbeard
    • Anne takes out everyone
    • Sara and Ava vs Pirates
      • Kicks ass; Blackbeard shocked
    • Amaya vs Darhks
      • Nora about to kill Amaya - shot by Ray
  • Sara Lance / White Canary
    • “Business” back home - date with Ava
    • Gideon calls; Gary shows up
    • Damaged Waverider crashes in Star City
    • Bad first date end in a kiss and rum floats and other things
    • Rate her as Captain:
  • Ray Palmer / The Atom
    • Keeping track of the totems
    • Gets nanite gun
    • Feels bad that gun will kill Nora
  • Mick Rory / Heat Wave
    • Looks at everyone’s phone
    • Take the night off - be a pirate
    • Talks Amaya up as a pirate - love a good story
    • Blackbeard’s a coward
    • Best first mate ever
  • Nate Heywood / Steel
    • Pirate history - Blackbeard’s ship
    • Talks everyone into going on mission
    • Time thing
  • Amaya Jiwe / Vixen
    • Wants to change Kuasa’s past - has to leave ship
    • Dread Pirate Jiwe
    • Gets Blackbeard’s ship and crew
    • Gets Blackbeard off Waverider
    • Gets Earth totem; loses hers
    • Gets a rum named after her
  • Zari
    • Thinks there is no 6th totem
  • Gideon
    • Thinks team should consult Lance
    • Calls Sara
    • Parked in Bermuda Triangle - in trouble
    • Attacked by Damien - cannonballs
  • Rip Hunter  
    • Tries to convince Wally to join cause
    • Gets drunk with Wally; gets him to steal stuff
    • Gets Wally to join Legends
  • Time Bureau
  • Legion of Doom: The Sequel
    • Damien Darhk
      • In Bahamas; takes Amaya’s totem
      • Pretends to be an Admiral - gets a portrait
      • Blackbeard sings
    • Nora Darhk
      • On mission
      • Shot by Ray
      • Cured by Ray; then tries to kill him




  1. ARROW's Upcoming Season So Gritty That CW's Censors Had To Be Called In (Date: 16 Aug 2018)
    1. The season 7 premiere will be directed by one of the show's longtime stunt coordinators, James Bamford. He said that he's bringing in some of the classic feelings of the inaugural season, but also with some new elements mixed in. "In the premiere you will find some elements with the Season 1 feel, but you will find other elements that is new, uncharted territory," said Bamford. James said he and the newly-promoted showrunner Beth Schwartz have intense plans for this fall that led them to having a meeting with the networko's censors. "Beth and I had a phone call with BNSP, which is our censors... a very lengthy phone call about a particular scene that we never had before. So we are really trying to push the limits on the show in the gritty factor," Bamford revealed. "We are trying to go as far as you can go within the confines of our network and what is expected of us and what we can and can’t do. We are not on Netflix so we will never be able to X, Y, and Z, but we are damn sure going to try."
  2. Ruby Rose Cast As Batwoman in CW’s Arrowverse (Date: 07 Aug 2018)
    1. Actress/model Ruby Rose has been cast as The CW’s Batwoman, who will make her debut in December during the annual Arrowverse crossover. She’ll then star in her own television pilot. Rose is known for her roles in Orange Is the New Black, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, xXx: Return of Xander Cage and John Wick: Chapter 2. She also appears in The Meg.


  1. Arrowverse crossover to feature Tyler Hoechlin's Superman, introduce Lois Lane (Date: 22 Aug 2018)
    1. EW has learned that Tyler Hoechlin is set to reprise his role as the Man of Steel in this year’s three-night crossover. He will appear in all three episodes; the  CW will also introduce intrepid Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane in the epic event. Casting for the role will begin soon. The three-night Arrowverse crossover begins Sunday, Dec. 9 with The Flash at 8 p.m., then continues on Monday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. with Arrow, and concludes on the following night at 8 p.m. with Supergirl.



  1. 'Supergirl's' Brent Spiner Exits as Season 4 Role Recast With Bruce Boxleitner (Date: 21 Aug 2018)
    1. Brent Spiner’s scheduling issues have forced the Star Trek grad to depart the series in order to attend to a family matter that conflicts with the production dates. Bruce Boxleitner (Tron, Babylon 5) will take over as Baker, who is described as adept and politically minded, an unlikely leader who steps up in a big way up when his country needs him most.
  2. The Flash: Wally West Will Appear in Three Episodes in Season 5 (Date: 14 Aug 2018)
    1. “You will see Wally in the first episode. He is in three episodes this season,” showrunner Todd Helbing confirmed. “We don’t have as much time with Kid Flash as I think everyone would like to see, but the story we have for him is really cool.”
  3. LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Season 4 Will Reportedly Feature A Wolf Creature In A Recurring Role (Date: 13 Aug 2018)
    1. Legends is looking to cast a currently unnamed Wolf Creature. The role is open to male and female actors of any ethnicity, but they do want the performer to be "in their late 20-40s." Description: This alter ego is always looking for a fight and cruising for a bruising, in the Legends’ best interest. Despite its intelligence, the Wolf Creature tends to look at things through black and white while also lacking social skills. His/her relationship with the Legends will be quite an uneasy one. The Wolf Creature tends to be loyal to those that they consider their tribe. They can also be impulsive and act quite selfishly from time to time, but that’s because of their natural animal instincts. They transform into this Wolf Creature when they are angry or experiencing emotional pain or turmoil.



Link to Promo: (Date: 26 Feb 2018)


Episode: “No Country for Old Dads” [Season 3 Episode 13]

Air Date: Monday, March 5, 2018

Summary: After being taken hostage by the Dahrks, Ray teams with Nora to fix the Fire totem in 1960's East Germany and come face-to-face with a younger and deadlier version of Damien.

Director: Viet Nguyen

Writers: Keto Shimizu & James Eagan

IMDB link:

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