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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

Jul 1, 2019

Starling Tribune - Season 7.5 Edition – “Lucha de Apuestas” Review (A CW Network Arrow Television Show Fan Podcast) ST244


Episode:            “Lucha de Apuestas” [Season 4 Episode 9]

Air Date:           Monday, April 1, 2019 


Director:           Andrew Kasch


                        1x Legends / various shorts and documentaries

Editor: 21x Legends / 1x Flash / 1x Black Lightning 


Writers: Keto Shimizu


                        13x Legends / 11x Arrow 1x Flash / 7x The Cape


Tyron B. Carter


                        5x Legends / 1x 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

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

20 Confessions 29-Apr-19 0.64

21 Living Proof 6-May-19 0.63

22 You Have Saved This City 13-May-19  0.95


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 Aquestas 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 22-Apr-19 0.85

13 Egg MacGuffin 29-Apr-19 0.91

14 Nip Stuck 6-May-19 0.94

15 Terms Of Service 13-May-19 0.99

16 Hey World 20-May-19 1.05




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 21-Apr-19 0.99

19 American Dreamer 28-Apr-19 1.14

20 Will The Real Miss Tessmacher Please Stand Up 5-May-19 1.05

21 Red Dawn 12-May-19 1.11

22 The Quest For Peace 19-May-19 1.07


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 23-Apr-19 1.63

20 Gone Rogue 30-Apr-19 1.37

21 The Girl With The Red Lightning 6-May-19 1.45

22 Legacy 14-May-19 1.53




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?
    • Mexican wrestling - Lucha libre
    • Lucha de Apuestas - special type of match - loser takes off mask
    • Ava and Sara reveal their masks - their views on the mission differ
    • Mona gets a new side
    • Hank’s involvement in a cover up is discovered
  • Time travel
    • 2018 - Time Bureau
      • Mona is blamed for the Kaupe’s escape
      • Hank not happy with Ava; wants Mona fired and threatens Ava’s job
    • 1961 - Mexico City
      • El Lobo - Konane hiding in plain sight
      • Konane - The Hero of the People; no plan, no story, just wins
      • Konane - saves Mona from crowd; take her to where he’s been living
      • Constantine and Mona help Konane learn choreography
      • Mona uses Rory’s book to explain to Konane why he needs to lose
      • Extraction team orders evacuation
      • Mona ready to send Konane home; Bureau guy kills Konane; Mona changes into a werewolf; Mona kills Bureau guy
  • Fight scenes and stunts
    • Konane fights Legends
      • Protecting home; Mona stops him
      • Sara tranqs Konane
      • Constantine smashes bottle
      • Charlie keeps crowd involve
      • Rory and Ray fight
      • Bureau guy ends up in ring; Konane and El Cura fight him
      • Bureau guy ready to shoot Konane; El Cura does his signature move
    • Match
      • Ray hits Time Bureau guy with chair
      • Rory - finally, a real fight
  • Sara Lance / White Canary
    • Tells Mona that they believe her, but she didn’t mean it
    • Focused on task to “save” Ava
    • Ava overrides Gideon’s controls to contact her; Ava not happy, so masks location; hangs up on Ava
    • Goes to gala to talk to Ava; tango and talk
    • Upset that Ava thinks it is okay for Hank to experiment on creatures 
    • Rate her as Captain: 
  • Ray Palmer / The Atom 
    • Petition to become interim captain - no time travel
    • Team building card game to learn from mistakes
    • Talked into saving Mexico City by Charlie and Constantine
    • Acts as the referee 
  • Mick Rory / Heat Wave
    • Reveals true plan to Mona
    • Surprised to hear Mona use his story to explain situation
    • Tells Mona that Buck and Gamora couldn’t be together; they are from different worlds; gives Mona a time device
  • Zari
    • Convinces Sara to look into the Bureau
    • Finds evidence; Nate knows number - belongs to Hank
    • Gets actual footage from Hank’s phone
  • John Constantine
    • Modern morality play - Lucha Libre
    • El Cura - fan of his movies; defeated by Konane
    • Gives pep talk to El Cura 
  • Charlie 
  • Gideon 
    • Lobo’s disappearance causes riots
  • Nate Heywood / Steel 
    • Family throwing a fundraising benefit
    • Invites Zari to gala
    • Mom wants grandchildren
    • Uses photo moment so Zari can get phone
    • Confronts Hank about footage; Hank says there was a purpose; Nate says he’s upset he wasn’t brought in, which is an act
  • Ava Sharpe  
    • I shouldn’t have been off galavanting
    • Doesn’t believe in coverup; wants Sara to turn in Konane and Mona
    • Won’t listen to Sara; orders and extraction team to stop match 
    • Looks like you saved history again. Hangs up on Sara.
    • Legends were sending creatures to Hell; why is protecting them now more important than protecting me, Sara?
  • Time Bureau
    • Mona’s parents say she was in a cycling accident; parents not happy with Mona
    • Gary sent to fire Mona; no one believes her story; Gary about to flash her; struggle; Gary gets flashed instead; Mona gets his jacket and time bracelet
    • Konane at hospital; Mona sends him into time; shot by Rory
    • Gary comes back completely confused




  1. The CW Sets Fall Premiere Dates for The Flash, Batwoman, Arrow and More (Date: 17 June 2019)
    1. SUNDAY, OCT. 6
      1. 8 pm BATWOMAN (series premiere)
      2. 9 pm Supergirl (season premiere)
    2. TUESDAY, OCT. 8
      1. 8 pm The Flash (season premiere)
    3. TUESDAY, OCT. 15
      1. 8 pm The Flash (new episode)
      2. 9 pm Arrow (final season premiere)
    4. MONDAY, OCT. 21
      1. 8 pm All American (new episode)
      2. 9 pm Black Lightning (season premiere)
  2. WBTV Announces Comic-Con International's Arrowverse Panel Lineup (Date: 24 June 2019)
    1. SATURDAY, JULY 20 — Ballroom 20
    2. ‪10:30–11:45 a.m. Batwoman Pilot Screening and Q&A
    3. 3:30–4:15 p.m. Arrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A
    4. 4:15–5:00 p.m. Supergirl Special Video Presentation and Q&A 
    5. 5:00–5:45 p.m. Black Lightning Special Video Presentation and Q&A
    6. 5:45–6:30 p.m. The Flash Special Video Presentation and Q&A
  3. Tala Ashe’s Twitter Account (Date: 24 June 2019)
    1. We Are Lotzers @caitylotzarmy
      1. Disappointed to hear that #LegendsOfTomorrow won't be at this year's #SDCC
    2. Tala Ashe’s reply:
      1. us not being invited to comic con is the most on-brand Legends thing to happen to us this week (year??)
  4. Stephen Amell’s Twitter Account (Date: 24 June 2019)
    1. Stephen Amell’s reaction to Arrow being a clue on Jeopardy: This is sh!t you can’t buy.
    2. Clue: This show starring Stephen Amell as a billionaire who takes aim at crime began in 2012; get the point?




  1. DC Comics Just Killed Its Vertigo Imprint (Date: 21 June 2019)
    1. DC Entertainment has confirmed that as of January 2020, Vertigo—renamed in part for last year’s shakeup as DC Vertigo—will wrap up operations, as will the DC Zoom and DC Ink YA brands.
    2. Replacing Vertigo, Zoom, and Ink will be three new age-banded labels for all of DC Comics’ content: DC Kids, for readers aged 8-12; DC, for readers 13 and above; and finally DC Black Label, for readers 17 and above.
    3. In a statement acknowledging the closure, DC Editor in Chief Dan DiDio stated: We’re returning to a singular presentation of the DC brand that was present throughout most of our history until 1993 when we launched Vertigo to provide an outlet for edgier material. That kind of material is now mainstream across all genres, so we thought it was the right time to bring greater clarity to the DC brand and reinforce our commitment to storytelling for all of our fans in every age group. This new system will replace the age ratings we currently use on our material.




Link to Promo: (Date: 1 April 2019) 


Episode: “The Getaway” [Season 4 Episode 10]

Air Date: Monday, April 8, 2019

Summary: When Hank commandeers the Waverider in 1973, the Legends find themselves on the run in an RV after kidnapping the President who is only able to tell the truth.

Director: Viet Nguyen

Writers: Matthew Maala & Ubah Mohamed

IMDB link:

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This podcast was recorded on Thursday June 27th, 2019.


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