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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

Apr 29, 2019

Starling Tribune - Season 7 Edition – Spartan (A CW Network Arrow Television Show Fan Podcast) ST238


Episode:            “Spartan” [Season 7 Episode 19]

Air Date:           Monday, April 22, 2019


Director:           Avi Youabian

                        1x Arrow / 1x Zoo / 1x The Walking Dead


Writers: Benjamin Raab

                        3x Arrow / 2x Flash / 7x Warehouse 13


Deric A. Hughes

                        3x Arrow / 2x Flash / 7x Warehouse 13





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

13 Star City Slayer 11-Feb-19 1.09

14 Brothers & Sisters 4-Mar-19 0.89

15 Training Day 11-Mar-19 1.02

16 Star City 2040 18-Mar-19 1.00

17 Inheritance 25-Mar-19 1.01

18 Lost Canary 15-Apr-19 0.71

19 Spartan 22-Apr-19 0.71


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

09 Lucha de Apuestas 1-Apr-19 0.92

10 The Getaway 8-Apr-19 0.95

11 Séance & Sensibility 15-Apr-19 0.98

12 The Eggplant, The Witch & The Wardrobe 0.85




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

12 Menagerie 17-Feb-19 1.15

13 What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way 3-Mar-19 1.14

14 Stand and Deliver 10-Mar-19 1.05

15 O Brother, Where Art Thou 17-Mar-19 1.07

16 The House of L 24-Mar-19 1.12

17 All About Eve 31-Mar-19 1.06

18 Crime and Punishment 0.99


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

14 Cause and 12-Feb-19 XS 1.71

15 King Shark vs. Gorilla Grodd 1.67

16 Failure Is An Orphan 12-Mar-19 1.55

17 Time Bomb 19-Mar-19 1.64

18 Godspeed 16-Apr-19 1.31

19 Snow Pack 1.63




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

13 The Book of Secrets: Chapter Three: Pillar of Fire 11-Feb-19 0.94

14 The Book Of Secrets: Chapter Four: Original Sin 4-Mar-19 0.77

15 The Book Of The Apocalypse: Chapter One: The Alpha 11-Mar-19 0.75

16 The Book Of The Apocalypse: Chapter Two: The Omega 18-Mar-19 0.85


Part 1: The Plot, Themes and Characters

  • What was the overall theme? What was the link to the episode’s name?
    • All about John Diggle’s family - present and future
  • Fight scenes and stunts
    • Alley
      • Oliver and Diggle - 9th Circle deal
      • Fight 2 guys; Spartan breaks an arm
      • Virgil gets away; trying to get ARGUS hard drive
    • Attack on apartment
      • Security for apartment just as good as the bunker
      • Virgil and goons enter through ceiling; find Archer tablet
      • Felicity pulls gun; Alena pulls a keyboard; Virgil gets her gun
      • DIA comes in; kill Virgil’s men
      • Felicity lost Archer - again
    • Safe house
      • Oliver, Dinah, and Rene burst into other place - blow guy’s cover
      • General actual target; he and Diggle are taken
    • Escape from Dante
      • Spartan and Stewart get out of restraints
      • So nice of Dante to leave his cattle prod behind
      • Take out one; get ready for more
      • Oliver, Rene, and Dinah blow in
    • Weapon Depot
      • Emiko and Dante get weapon
      • Team Arrow plant signal boosters so Felicity can take control of Archer
      • Oliver puts arrows in guys
      • Felicity is locked out of Archer, so destroys Archer
      • Spartan and Rene use guns; Dinah uses her staff; Stewart leads team to escape path
      • Emiko vs. Oliver; Oliver takes down four guys; Emiko and Oliver’s arrows hit each other
      • Emiko and Oliver fight; both have moves, but Oliver able to take her; tells her that Dante killed her mother
      • Flash grenade; Dante won’t leave Emiko
  • Flashforward
    • Laurel’s cry damaged helmet; Felicity needs power supply (still says “frak”)
    • Rene is the inside man
    • Tech in Deathstroke territory
      • Mia can’t get in
      • Connor has the mark - JJ is in charge of Deathstroke
      • JJ grew up hating his parents
      • JJ and Connor grew up as friends
      • Deathstroke used to rebel
      • JJ sends guys after Connor; Mia and JJ get away
    •  Felicity figures out Galaxy One expanded Archer; whole army being made
  • Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
    • Diggle, why you not tell us about stepdad?
  • Felicity Smoak / Overwatch
    • Figures out drive belongs to DIA
    • Archer confined to one tablet; Alena’s proposal - contact Dr. Will Magnus, building AI
    • Keeps losing Archer
    • Has to use Archer to find Archer so 9th Circle won’t find people involved in weapon
    • Thinks she is a mad scientist or her father because Archer can be used for evil
    • Wants to do something separate and good as herself
    • Alena wants to rebuild and copied the root code, but Felicity doesn’t want to rebuild
    • Alena has root code
  • John Diggle / Spartan
    • General Stewart (Ernie Hudson) is his stepfather, who’s not impressed with his career path
    • Thinks Stewart is responsible for father’s death; father stayed behind to save unit; how could he leave? - reality: his father died because he was negligent and took two marines with him, unit saved by Stewart
    • General put him and brother through Spartan training
    • If I’m a hero, then it is because of you, sir - hug!
  • General Stewart
    • Could not reveal classified information
    • Knew about 9th Circle
    • Drive has list of assets - with Archer, easy to find them
    • Calmer than John while captured
    • Head of DARPA
    • Lied to Diggle so he could see his father as a hero
    • Project Cygnus X1 - gives code; it’s a weapon
    • Proud of Diggle
  • Dinah Drake / Black Canary
  • Rene Ramirez / Wild Dog
    • Maybe Emiko not 100% evil
  • Emiko Queen
    • Got the weapon
    • Confronts Dante; Dante admits to killing her mother so she would be 100% 9th Circle because 9th Circle should be your only family
    • Kills Dante




  1. Arrow: David Ramsey Addresses That Green Lantern Tease, Diggle's Future (Date: 22 April 2019)
    1. Speaking to CBR, Dig actor David Ramsey reflected on his character's journey in "Spartan" and why that arc resonated with him personally. He praised Ernie Hudson for his "sincere" performance as General Stewart, addressed that big wink to Green Lantern mythology and teased Stewart's return down the line. He also dropped a big hint about Diggle's status in the 2040 timeline, revealed what he hopes to explore in the show's final season, addressed Emily Bett Rickards' departure and more.




  1. ‘All American’, ‘In The Dark’, ‘Roswell, New Mexico’, ‘The 100’ Renewed; The CW To Bring Back Record 14 Series Next Season (Date: 24 April 2019)
    1. The network just renewed the last four scripted series. That brings the total scripted series renewed by the CW for the 2019-2020 season to staggering 14, including all five freshman series. As Pedowitz indicated, the renewal decisions were based on series’ multiplatform performance as the network was one of the first to largely disregard overnight ratings.




Link to Promo: (Date: 22 April 2019)


Episode: “Confessions” [Season 7 Episode 20]

Air Date: Monday, April 29, 2019

Summary: When they learn of an upcoming attack on the city, Team Arrow calls Roy Harper to help them stop the Ninth Circle. However, things go awry and there is massive collateral damage. As Captain of the SCPD, Dinah investigates what happened in an episode that takes on a true crime narrative and tone.

Director: Tara Miele

Writers: Onalee Hunter and Emilio Ortega Aldrich

IMDB link:   

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