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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

Feb 13, 2019

Starling Tribune - Season 7 Edition – Emerald Archer (A CW Network Arrow Television Show Fan Podcast) ST227


Episode:            “Emerald Archer” [Season 7 Episode 12]

Air Date:           Monday, February 4, 2019


Director:           Glen Winter

                        8x Arrow / 10x Supergirl / 5x Flash / 2x Legends / 12x Smallville


Writers: Marc Guggenheim

                        17x Arrow / 2x Supergirl / 14x Legends


Emilio Ortega Aldrich

                        14x Arrow





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

01 Inmate 4587 15-Oct-18 1.43

02 The Longbow Hunters 22-Oct-18 1.18

03 Crossing Lines 29-Oct-18 1.15

04 Level Two 5-Nov-18 1.08

05 The Demon 12-Nov-18 1.26

06 Due Process 19-Nov-18 1.03

07 The Slabside Redemption 26-Nov-18 1.31

08 Unmasked 3-Dec-18 1.35

09 Elseworlds Part 2 10-Dec-18 2.06

10 My Name Is Emiko Queen 21-Jan-19 1.22

11 Past Sins 28-Jan-19 1.18

12 Emerald Archer 4-Feb-19 1.07


Legends Of Tomorrow


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

01 The Virgin Gary 22-Oct-18 1.00

02 Witch Hunt 29-Oct-18 0.94

03 Dancing Queen 5-Nov-18 0.86

04 Wet Hot American Bummer 12-Nov-18 0.90

05 Tagumo Attacks 19-Nov-18 0.91

06 Tender Is The Nate 26-Nov-18 0.97

07 Hell No, Dolly! 3-Dec-18 0.93

08 Legends of To-Meow-Meow 10-Dec-18 1.10




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

01 American Alien 14-Oct-18 1.52

02 Fallout 21-Oct-18 1.34

03 Man Of Steel 28-Oct-18 1.28

04 Ahimsa 4-Nov-18 1.23

05 Parasite Lost 11-Nov-18 1.16

06 Call To Action 18-Nov-18 1.13

07 Rather the Fallen Angel 25-Nov-18 1.15

08 Bunker Hill 2-Dec-18 1.26

09 Elseworlds Part 3 11-Dec-18 2.17

10 Suspicious Minds 20-Jan-19 1.04

11 Blood Memory 27-Jan-19 1.34


The Flash


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

01 Nora 9-Oct-17 2.08

02 Blocked 16-Oct-18 1.69

03 The Death of Vibe 23-Oct-18 1.87

04 News Flash 30-Oct-18 1.75

05 All Doll’d Up 13-Nov-18 1.73

06 The Icicle Cometh 20-Nov-18 1.60

07 O Come, All Ye Thankful 27-Nov-18 1.79

08 What’s Past Is Prologue 4-Dec-18 1.78

09 Elseworlds Part 1 9-Dec-18 1.83

10 The Flash & The Furious 15-Jan-19 1.64

11 Seeing Red 22-Jan-19 1.88

12 Memorabilia 29-Jan-19 2.04

13 Goldfaced 5-Feb-19 1.89




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

01 The Book Of Consequences: Chapter One: Rise of the Green Light Babies 9-Oct-18 1.16

02 The Book Of Consequences: Chapter Two: Black Jesus Blues 16-Oct-18 1.02

03 The Book Of Consequences: Chapter Three: Master Lowry 23-Oct-18 1.18

04 The Book Of Consequences: Chapter Four: Translucent Freak 30-Oct-18 0.97

05 The Book Of Blood: Chapter One: Requiem 13-Nov-18 0.90

06 The Book Of Blood: Chapter Two: The Perdi 20-Nov-18 0.99

07 The Book Of Blood: Chapter Three: The Sange 27-Nov-18 1.06

08 The Book Of Rebellion: Chapter One: Exodus 4-Dec-18 0.96

09 The Book Of Rebellion: Chapter Two: Gift of the Magi 11-Dec-18 1.13

10 The Book Of Rebellion: Chapter Three: Angelitos Negros 21-Jan-19 0.86

11 The Book Of Secrets: Chapter One: Prodigal Son 28-Jan-19 0.93

12 The Book Of Secrets: Chapter Two: Just And Unjust 4-Feb-19 0.95


Part 1: The Plot, Themes and Characters

  • What was the overall theme? What was the link to the episode’s name?
    • Name of a documentary about Oliver and other vigilantes
    • This is the 150th episode
  • Documentary
    • WB logo
    • Starts w/interview w/Quentin
    • Interviews: Thea, Sara, Sin, Ragman!
    • Barry - Oliver’s damaged. I had no idea!
    • Blend of police footage, footage from civilians, interviews, and a crew following Team Arrow
    • Gotham mention
    • Does law need to be broken to uphold it?
  • Fight scenes and stunts
    • Parking Garage
      • Cops and Oliver - find Rene shot; he has vest on; NGA taken - Oliver upset crew was filming
    • Hunt’s building
      • Oliver, Dinah, cops, Diggle, and camera crew
      • Explosion; Chimera launches explosives
      • Oliver chases, arrows
      • Guy wears exosuit
      • Diggle gets guy out
      • Find Emiko; she’s hurt
    • Town Hall
      • Overwatch, Wild Dog, Spartan, Mr. Terrific
      • Pollard tries to equate Green Arrow’s arrival caused problems
      • Chimera attacks; kicks Oliver to first floor
      • T-spheres read guy’s tech; Wayne Tech
      • Dinah uses cry to prevent wall from falling on mayor
      • Teamwork! Oliver draws guy out; Rene and Diggle from behind; all three attack
      • Dinah uses her cry to knock guy back; Curtis tosses bow to Oliver; Oliver shoots Chimera in chest
      • All are arrested; guy obsessed w/vigilantes after being saved by Hood 7 years ago
  • Flashforward
    • Blackstar (Connor calls her “Mia”) and Connor (not necessarily JJ; actor playing this Connor younger than one from Legends) watch the banned documentary and find the remains of the bunker
    • Vigilantes were the death of Star City; got what they deserved
  • Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
    • Admits to being Hood before Star City
    • Doesn’t want William on camera
    • Not sure if meant to be a leader; made a lot of mistakes
    • Asks Diggle for satellite access; tells him Emiko is NGA
    • Diggle and Oliver find kidnapper’s lair. Guy’s been collecting masks - Ragman, Wild Dog, Huntress, and Emiko’s
    • Dr. Schwartz!
    • Tells Dinah about Emiko
    • Takes crew to bunker; says they will rebuild and do things better this time
  • Felicity Smoak / Overwatch
    • Vigilantes are heroes
    • Impressed that William found her virus
    • Overwatch again!
  • John Diggle / Spartan
    • Old statement - Queen doesn’t know Hunt; Queen is no hero
    • Oliver not the same man
    • Finally has conversation w/Oliver about them not running in the same circles lately
    • Plan - Use Team Arrow to take down Chimera; wasn’t right for you to go to prison; we are a team; we have each other’s backs (did they?)
  • Curtis Holt / Mr. Terrific
    • Oliver’s a hero
    • Names bad guy Chimera; mentions Cisco and satellites on camera; happy his name sticks
  • Dinah Drake / Black Canary
    • Fights for justice and cares about city, like other cops
    • Mayor really not happy Oliver is part of the SCPD
    • She looks so good in that suit
    • About to resign; Mayor decides to give everyone a badge
  • Rene Ramirez / Wild Dog
    • Politicians don’t care about the people
    • Upset at Dinah for not offering the rest of them shiny badges
    • Crime going down w/NGA
    • Not happy Zoe is “friends” w/William
  • Laurel Lance / Black Siren
    • If what vigilantes were doing was right, they wouldn’t hide behind masks
    • Decides to not press charges
  • Ricardo Diaz / Richard Dragon
    • Vigilantes are hypocrites; they’re criminals; only person worth looking out for is yourself
  • William
    • Upset that he didn’t get to come home for Christmas, only child there
    • Expelled from school, set up a fake website
    • Friends with Zoe; pinky swear that they won’t argue like Dinah and Rene
  • Emiko Queen
    • Leaves hospital; tells Rene truth about Oliver; her and Rene???




From our last video on YouTube: Pfruit0916
I watched Arrow 150 and really enjoyed the documentary format, it was a fresh take on an episode. Plus, it was nice to see so many guest appearances, specifically Thea & Quentin. Also, the call back to Adam Hunt in s1 was great.

The villain of the week was a throwaway but he gave us some great fight scenes.

I like that they addressed the lack of bromance between Diggle and Oliver. It was nice to finally see a version of John Diggle I recognize. I hope they have a similar conversation between Diggle and Felicity because that friendship has been strained. Also, he really needs to tell olicity about Diaz.

William’s subplot, while not exactly fun to watch, actually made sense. He has been kidnapped, an explosion killed his mom, his dad went to prison and then his new mom was almost shot in front of him. That kid has a lot of issues. And while I understand that after the break-in during 7x08 and the Elseworlds craziness olicity probably thought it was best to not bring him home to that insanity, I also understand his resentment. There’s more to the story since he was expelled. I’m inclined to believe they will be revealing his sexuality soon and that may be playing a part in his behavior. (Side note: They may not share blood but he really is a lot like felicity if he was able to create a fake school website. And I really appreciate them showing the friendship between William and Zoe that was mentioned in the flash forwards.)

I found Mayor Pollard’s turn around and acceptance of vigilantes abrupt. We keep being told by the flash forwards that vigilantism, led to the destruction of Star City. I feel that Pollard deciding to deputize the whole team is a set up for their downfall.



StephenJondrew - I still suspect the flash forwards could be wiped out - perhaps it even leads to how the timeline is resolved. Like maybe an action they do in the future affects the past. Because I totally agree SP - I think that as they stand, it puts a damper on it. As someone said on twitter that I saw - they basically mean that all their hard work in the present "means jack poop"




Link to Promo: (Date: 5 Feb 2019)


Episode: “Star City Slayer” [Season 7 Episode 13]

Air Date: Monday, February 11, 2019

Summary: Oliver and Felicity are disappointed after they learn that William is hiding something from them. Wanting to focus on his family, Oliver steps back from his Green Arrow duties and let's the team take over tracking down a serial killer. However, when the team becomes targets for the killer, things take a bloody turn.

Director: Gregory Smith

Writers: Beth Schwartz & Jill Blankenship           

IMDB link:  

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