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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

Oct 28, 2019

The Starling Tribune Reporters SP, Chris and Michelle review the Arrow finale season second episode “Welcome To Hong Kong.” The reporters discuss their takes on how this episode was another well done trip done memory lane for Arrow’s final season, how Flash and Arrow are the two main CW shows leading into the Crisis crossover so far, Lyla’s on-screen reveal as The Monitor’s Harbinger, Laurel’s reaction to Earth-2’s destruction, how Oliver is re-evaluating where he is with things prior to Crisis, the possibility of additional Arrow characters in the Crisis Crossover and the reporters reactions of the episode’s Flash-Forward scenes.


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Episode:            “Welcome to Hong Kong” [Season 8 Episode 2]

Air Date:           Tuesday, October 22, 2019


Director:           Antonio Negret

                        3x Supergirl / 5x Arrow / 4x The 100 / 2x Legends / 1x Flash


Writers: Sarah Tarkoff

                        13x Arrow


Jill Blankenship

                        5x Arrow / 7x The Last Ship





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


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


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


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




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


Part 1: The Plot, Themes and Characters

  • What was the overall theme? What was the link to the episode’s name?
    • Going back to Hong Kong
  • Fight scenes and stunts
    • Hallway fight
      • Oliver and Diggle punch their way through
      • Laurel - canary cry
    • ARGUS
      • Gang busts in
      • Diggle and Oliver fight 
      • Guys w/guns
      • Katana burst through window
    • Safe house
      • Triad show up when Arrow, Spartan and Katana arrive
      • China White and Olver fight
      • Triad gets Wong
    • Garrison
      • Oliver drops in; fights 4 guys
      • Tranq guy
      • Upload data
      • Alpha/Omega virus has been recreated
    • Exchange
      • Katana jumps down
      • Oliver fights
      • Spartan breaks some arms
      • China White v. Katana
      • Oliver shoot while jumping down
      • Lyla backs up Spartan
      • Tatsu gets detonator; China White stabs her
      • China White about to kill Katana; Laurel saves her
  • Time Travel / Crisis
  • Flashforward
    • Mia
      • Bossy bossy stuff
    • Connor
      • JJ could’ve killed us; JJ out to sell stuff
      • Blames self b/c John and Lyla spent lots of time w/him
      • Joined gang to get his brother back
    • William
      • Hackity hackity hack
    • Zoe
      • I know street stuff too, Mia
    • JJ
      • Chat w/Connor
      • Bigger picture - I have vision; I knew you would come here
      • Once movement is gone, I will have power
      • Sent people to liar
      • Deathstroke never a mask
  • Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
    • Redirected b/c of saving Laurel Lance
    • Earth-2 destroyed; Monitor not happy he’s not following orders
    • Bring Dr. Wong to Monitor
    • Dr. Wong missing
    • Tatsu - Mar Novu - when w/Crescent Order, crisis brewing
    • Memories of Felicity
    • Dr. Wong - safe house
    • Tatsu - you’re reminding me of your old self
    • Let’s lure China White out w/virus
    • Tatsu - why does the Monitor want Wong?
    • I left my family, if the Monitor can’t fix this, then it would be for nothing
    • China White - leveraged Suicide Squad mess to her advantage
    • Am I making the right choice? I want answers
    • Going to Nanda Parbat
  • John Diggle / Spartan
    • Harbinger sends her regards; gets them into ARGUS space
  • Lyla
    • Arrives in Hong Kong; helps Laurel
    • Survivor’s guilt - move forward; you’re needed, Laurel
    • Meets w/the Monitor 
  • Thea Queen
  • Laurel Lance
    • Wants to save her Earth; those were real people
    • Fix this -- Earth 2 is gone, like a shadow
  • Monitor
    • Sacrifice of Earth 2 necessary
    • Gets Dr. Wong from Lyla/Harbinger




  1. Arrow's Stephen Amell Has Socks With Pictures of Himself and Grant Gustin (Date: 21 Oct 2019)
    1. On Monday Amell, who has been hard at work filming the final episodes of Arrow as well as episodes of the upcoming "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover event, took to Twitter to share that he had finished up work early for the day and that he was "getting comfy" at home. The Tweet included a photo of his idea of "getting comfy" and, well, these may be the best socks ever. Check it out below. No, you do not need to adjust your computer settings or your mobile device's brightness. Those are, in fact, socks featuring both Amell and Gustin looking kind of cozy with bright red hearts around them.
  2. Arrow Showrunner Announces Last Day of Writers Room (Date: 22 Oct 2019)
    1. On Tuesday, series showrunner Beth Schwartz took to Twitter to reveal that the show's writers room is in its last official day. She accompanied the tweet with the rather-appropriate hashtag "#EndOfAnEra". Seeing as certain key sets for the series are already being taken down, and Amell recently revealed that he only as one episode of the series left to film, the fact that the writers room is coming to a close both is and isn't a surprise. Still, it's yet another heartbreaking indication of the series' impending end.


  1. Arrow: Amell Shares BTS Video of His Last Scene Ever with Gustin's Flash (Date: 23 Oct 2019)
    1. As principal photography on the epic Arrowverse crossover "Crisis on Infinite Earths" comes to a close, Stephen Amell has shared a behind-the-scenes look at his last scene with longtime costar Grant Gustin.
    2. The actor is seen accidentally dozing off on the set in full costume before being awakened by Gustin's arrival. Amell noted that he learned much from his costar over their many years working together, both as an actor and through his character.



Link to Promo:  (Date: 22 Oct 2019) 


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

Air Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 

Summary: Reunited with his sister, Oliver and Thea find themselves searching through a familiar maze of catacombs; John and Lyla partner on a special ops mission.

Director: Katie Cassidy

Writers: Emilio Ortega Aldrich and Elizabeth Kim

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