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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 18, 2019

The Starling Tribune Reporters SP, Chris and Michelle review the Arrow finale season fourth episode “Present Tense.” The reporters discuss the Team Arrow kids reuniting with their parents, Curtis and his Gummy Bears, both present and future Team Arrow fighting together (rather epically), their predictions on Laurel’s future roles with Oliver and the Monitor, if we will see Anatoly next episode and the touching late night kitchen snacks with Dad as Oliver cooks for his kids together perhaps the first and only time.


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

Air Date:           Tuesday, November 5, 2019 


Director:           Kristin Windell

                        5x Arrow / 1 Agents of Shield / 1x The Flash / 1x Legends


Writers:             Oscar Balderrama

                        20x Arrow


Jeane Wong

                        3x 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 0.76

04 Present Tense 5-Nov-19 0.62


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

05 Dangerous Liaisons 3-Nov-19 0.78

06 Confidence Women 10-Nov-19


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

05 Kiss Kiss Breach Breach 5-Nov-19 1.19


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

05 The Book of Occupation: Chapter Five: Requiem for Tavon 11-Nov-19 0.71




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

05 Mine Is A Long And A Sad Tale 3-Nov-19 1.16

06 I'll Be Judge, I'll Be Jury10-Nov-19 1.09


Part 1: The Plot, Themes and Characters

  • What was the overall theme? What was the link to the episode’s name?
    • Things are tense b/t everyone
    • Stress eating
  • Fight scenes and stunts
    • Grant is Deathstroke
      • Bomb trap
      • The pros have to save the kids
    • Stopping Grant
      • Mia and Oliver 
      • Arrows
      • Fight 
      • Oliver talks Mia down
    • Dinah and Rene at police station
      • Bomb
    • Connor, Laurel, Diggle at relay
      • Connor defuses bomb
    • Curtis and William
      • Overwatch
  • Time Travel / Crisis
    • They have changed the future
  • FTA
    • Mia
      • We need to keep out mouths shut
      • We need to take on JJ
      • Walks right into a trap
      • You put mission above your family
      • I’m fine w/o you, Dad. I was trained by Nyssa
      • Trusts Laurel
    • Connor
      • Helps with investigation
      • Has to tell truth about JJ
    • William
      • We’re in the past; we’re from 2041
      • We should leave Felicity out of this because of time travel rules
      • Comes out to dad
      • Tells them the truth about future
      • I do the same moody, broody thing, Dad
      • I wanted you to try harder, Dad
  • Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
    • Has to tell team about Mia
    • Upset kids didn’t grow up together
    • Felicity and he knew William was gay
    • New Deathstroke in town
    • Yep, Mia’s my kid
    • On a mission to kill a God
    • Suit up!
    • Guilt over losing someone doesn’t leave
    • Father-daughter bonding time
  • John Diggle / Spartan
    • Upset at Connor
    • Failing JJ reminds him of failing Andy
    • Accepts Connor; trains with him
    • All that green in his jacket!
  • Laurel Lance / Black Siren
    • Use to play for team villain 
    • Sense murderous intent; knows Mia is planning to kill Grant
    • Oliver’s a dick
    • Tells Mia about how she talked Felicity out of killing Diaz
    • Planning w/Dinah
  • Monitor
    • Makes Laurel an offer - your Earth restored for betraying Oliver
  • Dinah Drake / Black Canary
    • We need to be better every single day
    • We all failed to save this city
    • Now we need to be our best
    • Grant to Gotham - Blackgate
  • Rene Ramirez / Wild Dog
    • We need to ask the kids about future
    • Finds out he will be mayor
    • Let's start the Canary Network now
    • Speech; make our future now 
  • Curtis!
    • Kids from future!
    • Hackity hackity hack
    • Analyzes fabric from Earth-2
    • Stuff we need is in Russia (machine HA...L 3000)




  1. ARROW: Emily Bett Rickards & Joe Dinicol Both Confirmed To Return For The Series Finale (Date: 01 Nov 2019)
    1. After bowing out at the end of season seven and heading off with The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) to reunite with her long lost husband Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), it sounds like fans will get to see that reunion realized on-screen as Amell has confirmed today that Emily Bett Rickards will reprise her role as Felicity Smoak for the series finale of Arrow, which is expected to air on January 28, 2020.
    2. On another note, Rick Gonzalez revealed late last night that Joe Dinicol will also return for the series finale as Rory Regan, a.k.a. Ragman. He initially appeared in a recurring capacity in season five and returned for a cameo last season.
  2. Paul Blackthorne Is Arrow's Latest Final-Season Encore — But How? (Date: 04 Nov 2019)
    1. TVLine has learned that Blackthorne, an original cast member who wrapped his original run at the end of Season 6, will appear in multiple episodes of the Arrowverse flagship series’ farewell run.
  3. Arrow: The CW Announces Two-Hour Series Finale Date (Date: 08 Nov 2019)
    1. Arrow's finale will be a two-hour event, beginning with a preview of the finale on Tuesday, January 28, at 8 p.m. The finale itself, which is titled "Fadeout," will air at 9 p.m. on the same day.
  4. Arrow Enters Its Final Week of Production (Date: 11 Nov 2019)
    1. Arrow showrunner Beth Schwartz announced that the CW drama has entered its final week of production.  Schwartz was short and sweet, writing "Last week of production on Arrow."
  5. Stephen Amell Has Shot His Last Scene for Arrow (Date: 14 Nov 2019)
    1. After eight seasons, Stephen Amell is finally done playing Oliver Queen. For the past week, members of the Arrow cast and crew have been shooting the series finale, "Fadeout." Now, star Stephen Amell has announced he filmed his final scene for the show. "Words can’t even begin to express what Arrow has meant to me," Amell wrote on Twitter. "Best eight years of my life. The cast and crew of the show have become my family. I’m going to miss them. I’m wrapped."



  1. The CW Sets Legends of Tomorrow Season 5 Debut Date (Date: 08 Nov 2019)
    1. Legends of Tomorrow will return at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, following an episode of Arrow. Although details about the premiere are being kept under wraps at this time, the first episode of Legends of Tomorrow Season 5 will follow a special episode of the series tying into the upcoming "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover. That special episode will air on January 14, 2020, which is after the winter hiatus.



Link to Promo: (Date: 5 Nov 2019) (12 Nov 2019)


Episode: “Prochnost” [Season 8 Episode 5]

Air Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 

Summary: Upon learning the key to oppose The Monitor, Oliver and team return to Russia on a mission to gather the necessary materials; Connor reunites with a figure from his past.

Director: Laura Belsey

Writers: Benjamin Raab and Deric A. Hughes

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