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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

Nov 4, 2019

The Starling Tribune Reporters SP, Chris and Michelle review the Arrow finale season third episode “Leap Of Faith.” The reporters discuss the Talia surprise and the SHOCKING ending with Zoe. They discuss how well the Arrow storylines are being tied up as the series nears its ultimate conclusion, Oliver’s last pre-Crisis family moment, a deep dive into the Arrow Flash Forwards, and how we liked the return to Nada Parbat


Starling Tribune - Season 8 Edition – “Leap Of Faith” Review (A CW Network Arrow Television Show Fan Podcast) ST253


Episode:            “Leap of Faith” [Season 8 Episode 3]

Air Date:           Tuesday, October 29, 2019


Director:           Katie Cassidy

                        1x Arrow


Writers: Emilio Ortega Aldrich

                        17x Arrow


Elizabeth Kim

                        4x Arrow





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

01 Starling City 15-Oct-19 0.84

02 Welcome To Hong Kong 22-Oct-19 0.77

03 Leap Of Faith 29-Oct-19 .076


Legends Of Tomorrow


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




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

01 Event Horizon 6-Oct-19 1.26

02 Stranger Beside Me 13-Oct-19 0.97

03 Blurred Lines 20-Oct-19 0.92

04 In Plain Sight 27-Oct-19 0.95


The Flash


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

01 Into the Void 8-Oct-19 1.62

02 A Flash of the Lighting 16-Oct-19 1.27

03 Dead Man Running 22-Oct-19 1.38

04 There Will Be Blood 29-Oct-19 1.48


Black Lightning


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

01 The Book Of Occupation: Chapter Two: Birth of the Blackbird 7-Oct-19 1.16

02 The Book Of Occupation: Chapter Two: Maryam’s Tasbih 14-Oct-19 0.63

03 The Book of Occupation: Chapter Three: Agent Odell's Pipe-Dream 21-Oct-19 0.61

04 The Book of Occupation: Chapter Four: Lynn's Ouroboros 28-Oct-19 0.52




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

01 Pilot 6-Oct-19 1.86

02 The Rabbit Hole 13-Oct-19 1.45

03 Down Down Down 20-Oct-19 1.22

04 Who Are You? 27-Oct-19 1.29


Part 1: The Plot, Themes and Characters

  • What was the overall theme? What was the link to the episode’s name?
    • Putting trust in each other
    • William telling Mia that he’s got this
    • Lyla telling John that she’s got this
    • Thea telling Oliver that she can help him
  • Fight scenes and stunts
    • Oliver catches arrow; fight; Thea!
    • Creepy place
      • Thea and Oliver fight Talia’s people!
    • Tomb
      • Thanatos Guild shows up; more sword fighting!
      • Talia does the smoke bomb thing to cover retreat
    • Kasnia - Lyla and John
      • Lyla takes out guy; twist guy’s arm to shoot other guy
      • Diggle takes others out
    • Thea and Talia
      • sword fight
      • Thea wraps Talia’s neck in chains
      • Talia yields
    • Oliver takes out Athena? Rubble and fire
    • Future
      • Mia - sword to throat; Zoe saves
      • Canary things
      • JJ “kills” Zoe
      • Light - William, Connor, and Mia taken to past
  • Time Travel / Crisis
    • William, Mia, Connor to their past / our present
  • Flashforward
    • Mia
      • Frak! 
      • Let’s just storm the castle
      • Worried about losing William
    • Connor
      • Who’s leading the team anyway?
    • William
      • Shocked intruders w/Felicity trap
      • Hackity hackity hack
      • Operating from a place of fear is not the best way to go
    • Zoe
      • OMG!!!!
    • JJ
      • Destroy unification movement
  • Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
    • Contacted Sara about League history; no help
    • Gets help from Talia - paying back her debt
    • Sky Gods gave gives to first Ra’s
    • Scavenger hunt
    • Talia disappointed Oliver didn’t memorize the map
    • Shoots thing to stop trap - one heck of a trap
    • Talia drugs Oliver
    • Climb up mountain w/Thea
    • My death has to mean my family is safe
    • Talia caught by Athena; weapons taken
    • Shoots guys so Thea can go after Talia
    • Balance of good and evil - not kept, then god-like being will arrive
    • If I’m working w/the bad guy, I have to stop him
    • Parting w/Speedy
  • John Diggle / Spartan
    • Hong Kong - Ben Turner on op, so Lyla had them stay there
    • Kasnia - looking for Turner’s family
    • Seeing Earth 2 disappear has changed him a little; less risky
    • Sets up Turner’s family w/protection
  • Lyla / Harbinger
    • Still can’t trust everyone at ARGUS
    • Make choices from a place of strength
    • Becomes a distraction
  • Thea Queen
    • Nyssa - gone after pits destroyed
    • Wants to take down guild
    • Roy - did come back, but left
    • What are you not telling me, Ollie? Oliver tells her
    • I know Arabic
    • Shutting me out again, Ollie?
    • Just stop, Ollie
    • Our parents turned us into heroes
    • Follows Talia
    • Talia - you have the sword now, so leading is not my thing
    • League of Heroes - asks Talia to be a part of it; we’ve all made mistakes (This is the spin-off Michelle wants to see)




  1. Batwoman Receives Full Season 1 Order at The CW (Date: 25 Oct 2019)
    1. The CW's Batwoman has received a full Season 1 order, with the network granting the DC series a back nine order. Batwoman has outperformed much of The CW lineup during its first season. Where Batwoman has made a significant impression is on digital streaming, with Batwoman gaining an 80% jump. 
  2. Superman & Lois Series in Development at The CW, Starring Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch — Get Details (Date: 28 Oct 2019)
    1. TVLine has learned that Superman & Lois, from Warner Bros. TV, is currently in development and it will follow “the world’s most famous Super Hero and comic books’ most famous journalist” as they “deal with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society.” Tyler Hoechlin, who originated the role of the Arrowverse’s Superman/Clark Kent on Supergirl, and Elizabeth Tulloch, who made her debut as Lois in last year’s “Elseworlds” crossover event, will reprise their roles for the prospective new series.
  3. HBO Max Will Host Every DC Live-Action Film (Date: 29 Oct 2019)
    1. HBO Max announced that every live-action DC Comics superhero film will be available within the first year of the streaming service's May 2020 launch. This includes every Batman and Superman movie from the last 40 years.
  4. Green Lantern & ‘Strange Adventures’: Greg Berlanti And DC Go Cosmic For HBO Max (Date: 29 Oct 2019)
    1. Television super-producer Greg Berlanti’s ever-expanding screen interpretation of the DC Comics Universe is going cosmic with two new series for the HBO Max streaming platform: Strange Adventures and a Green Lantern-inspired show.
    2. “Both of these original DC properties we’ll be creating for HBO Max will be unlike anything seen on television,” said Berlanti, who announced both projects Tuesday at the HBO Max WarnerMedia Day presentation. “An anthology series of cautionary tales set in a world where superpowers exist, and, in what promises to be our biggest DC show ever made, we will be going to space with a Green Lantern television series, but I can’t reveal any more about that just yet.”




Link to Promo: (Date: 29 Oct 2019) 


Episode: “Present Tense” [Season 8 Episode 4]

Air Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 

Summary: When a mysterious new Deathstroke appears in Star City, Oliver and Team Arrow insist on taking down this villain themselves. Meanwhile reeling from the loss of one of their own, the future Team Arrow figures out a new way to try and stop JJ.

Director: Kristin Windell

Writers: Oscar Balderrama and Jeane Wong

IMDB link:

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This podcast was recorded on Thursday October 31st, 2019.


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