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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

Jan 4, 2017

Starling Tribune - Special Edition – Supergirl Mid-Season 2 (A CW Network Arrow Television Show Fan Podcast)


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Episode:            “The Adventures of Supergirl” [Season 2 Episode 1]

            Air date: 10 Oct 2016

            Director: Glen Winter

Writers: Andrew Kreisberg (story & teleplay); Jessica Queller (teleplay); Greg Berlanti (story)
Supergirl and Clark team up to stop a new threat emerging in National City; Alex feels left out while Kara's family stays in town; a pod comes crashing down to earth.



Episode:            “The Last Children of Krypton” [Season 2 Episode 2]

            Air date: 17 Oct 2016

            Director: Glen Winter

Writers: Robert Rovner and Caitlin Parrish
Supergirl is hurt by a kryptonite-powered villain sent by Cadmus to attack National City. Superman blames Hank since the kryptonite was stolen from the DEO. In the meantime, Kara's first day at her new job doesn't go as planned when she meets her new boss.



Episode:            “Welcome to Earth” [Season 2 Episode 3]

            Air date: 24 Oct 2016

            Director: Rachel Talalay

Writers: Jessica Queller and Derek Simon
Supergirl and the DEO are assigned to protect the President when an attack on her causes alien vs. human rights in National City to heat up. Alex investigates the case with Maggie Sawyer while Kara fears Mon-El may be responsible.



Episode:            “Survivors” [Season 2 Episode 4]

            Air date: 31 Oct 2016

            Director: James Bamford and James Marshall

Writers: Paula Yoo and Eric Carrasco
Supergirl tries to stop an alien fight club run by Roulette, while Hank gets to know M'Gann.



Episode:            “Crossfire” [Season 2 Episode 5]

            Air date: 7 Nov 2016

            Director: Glen Winter

            Writer: Gabriel Llanas and Anna Musky-Goldwyn

Supergirl faces a ruthless new gang that's been given new alien technology by Cadmus.          


Episode:            “Changing” [Season 2 Episode 6]

            Air date: 14 Nov 2016

            Director: Larry Teng

Writers: Greg Berlanti (story by); teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg and Caitlin Parrish
The Guardian arrives to lend a hand when an alien parasite drains Supergirl of her power. Mon-El contemplates his motives when he considers a new career. Alex faces a new reality.



Episode:            “The Darkest Place” [Season 2 Episode 7]

            Air date: 21 Nov 2016

            Director: Glen Winter

            Writers: Robert Rovner and Paula Yoo

Supergirl comes face-to-face with Cyborg Superman when she attempts to save Mon-El from Cadmus.



Episode:            “Medusa” [Season 2 Episode 8]

            Air date: 28 Nov 2016

            Director: Stefan Pleszczynski

Writers: Jessica Queller and Derek Simon

As Eliza comes to National City for Thanksgiving, Kara turns to Lena for help when Cadmus unleashes a virus that instantly kills aliens, then is asked by Barry Allen and Cisco Ramon for help with an alien invasion on their Earth. And the Epic 4-part crossover starts!!  


Weekly Ratings



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

01 The Adventures of Supergirl 10-Oct-16 3.06

02 The Last Children of Krypton 17-Oct-16 2.66

03 Welcome to Earth 24-Oct-16 2.65

04 Survivors 31-Oct-16 2.22

05 Crossfire 7-Nov-16 2.47

06 Changing 14-Nov-16 2.35

07 The Darkest Place 21-Nov-16 2.61

08 Medusa 28-Nov-16 3.53

09 Supergirl Lives 23-Jan-17



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

01 Flashpoint 4-Oct-16 3.17

02 Paradox 11-Oct-16 2.80

03 Magenta 18-Oct-16 2.67

04 The New Rogues 25-Oct-16 2.80

05 Monster 1-Nov-16 2.77

06 Shade 15-Nov-16 3.01

07 Killer Frost 22-Nov-16 2.95

08 Invasion! 29-Nov-16 4.15

09 The Present 6-Dec-16 3.14

10 Borrowing Problems From The Future 24-Jan-17



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

01 Legacy 5-Oct-16 1.89

02 The Recruits 12-Oct-16 1.94

03 A Matter Of Trust 19-Oct-16 1.79

04 Penance 26-Oct-16 1.87

05 Human Target 2-Nov-16 1.61

06 So It Begins 9-Nov-16 1.95

07 Vigilante 16-Nov-16 1.86

08 Invasion! 30-Nov-16 3.55

09 What We Leave Behind 7-Dec-16 1.94

10 Who Are You 25-Jan-17

11 Second Chances TBD

12 Bratva TBD

13 Spectre Of The Gun TBD

14 The Sin-Easter TBD


Part 1: The Plot, Themes and Characters

  • Overall impressions - General thoughts
    • Much better feel on the CW
      • Audience knows about superheroes, so can be more direct about being a show about an alien superhero
    • Danvers sisters are the best sisters
      • Realistic portrayal of sisters; they have ups and downs but come back together for sister night and ice cream
      • Maggie Sawyer introduced in episode 3
    • No Cat Grant in season 2 - miss her!
    • Lynda Carter is the president - episode 3 “Welcome to Earth”
    • Roulette - alien fight club - Episode 4
      • Episode 4, “Survivors”
      • Kara, Mon-El, J’onn - have to learn how to deal with loneliness
      • Roulette (Dichen Lachman) - what has Supergirl given them? Cage? Is released because has all the right friends
      • Reminded me a lot of the Justice-League Unlimited episode - great Roulette
  • Fight scenes & Stunts: Share your thoughts
    • Episode 3 - Alien fight club
      • Martians fight
      • Maggie and Alex against alien
      • Supergirl vs. Draaga
    • Alex and Kara /Superman and J’onn team up against Metallos.
  • Supergirl/Kara Danvers:  
    • Still trying to find balance between Kara and Supergirl
    • Decides to be a reporter - after shadowing Clark. Did it feel natural?
    • Ends romantic path with James
    • Having to face truth that parents had secrets (Project Medusa, ep. 3)
    • Faces prejudices against Daxamites; has to realize that Mon-El doesn’t want to be just like her
    • Has a habit of putting fists on hips; superhero pose
    • Uses Supergirl as a source
    • Helping Mon-El gives her a chance to help him like she was to help Clark
    • Introduces Mon-El to the world too quickly
    • Loves potstickers and pizza
  • Alex Danvers
    • Has had to protect Kara since teenager
    • Put up with Clark, but hurt when Kara said she wanted to move; Clark not around while Kara grew up
    • Voice of reason for Kara
    • Beautiful coming out story
  • J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter/Hank Henshaw
    • Finally gives Clark the Kryptonite
    • Last son of Mars; he thinks he’s not the last when he meets
    • M’gann M’orzz at alien dive bar
    • Has to deal with rage from learning M’gann is a White Martian; almost turned into one, but quickly cured by Eliza in ep. 3
    • Has to deal with the real Hank Henshaw being alive as Cyborg Superman  
  • James Olson
    • Made in charge of Catco
    • Dad gave life for country
    • Not enough - wants to be a hero ever since he met Superman; becomes Guardian (Good move? Lame? Really lame?)
    • Can just walk into DEO
    • Does he ever work?
  • Winn Schott
    • Used to work with Kara and James at Catco
    • IT guru for the DEO now
    • Son of the Toyman
    • Builds James’s Guardian suit
    • No shame in fighting with knowledge
  • Snapper Carr
    • Tough editor; Perry White wannabe
    • Does teach Kara some reporting tips
  • Mon-El
    • From Daxam
    • Has a secret - who is after him
    • Likes to drink and likes the ladies
    • Trouble finding job and place
    • Mike Matthews - fake name
  • Maggie Sawyer
    • Cop; part of the Science Division
    • Introduces Alex to alien dive bar
    • Alex’s girlfriend!
  • M’gann
    • Pretends to be a Green Martian
    • Fought in alien fight club
    • Bartender in alien dive bar
    • White Martian; exposes self to save J’onn
  • Lena Luthor
    • Renames Luthor Corp to L Corp in order to redeem Luthor name
    • Adopted
    • Helpful to Kara (gives address to Roulette’s club); sees Kara as a friend
    • Doesn’t have a good relationship with Mom
    • Turns on Mom (ep. 3); didn’t know about Cadmus
    • Is she going to take over Cadmus?
  • Cadmus
    • Goal - rid Earth of all aliens; Make Earth Human Again
    • Lillian Luthor is the scientist at large
    • Jeremiah Danvers has been a prisoner? for 15 years
  • Hank Henshaw/Cyborg Superman
    • Left for dead; resurrected by Cadmus
    • Has the strength of Superman; was able to get into Fortress with Kara’s blood
    • Still out there somewhere


  1. Gal Gadot Comments On Wonder Woman's U.N. Ambassador Controversy (Date: 19 December 2016)
    “There are so many horrible things that are going on in the world, and this is what you’re protesting, seriously?” Gadot said about the backlash during a recent chat with TIME. She continued, “When people argue that Wonder Woman should ‘cover up,’ I don’t quite get it. They say, ‘If she’s smart and strong, she can’t also be sexy.’ That’s not fair. Why can’t she be all of the above?” Of course, Gadot is not the only baffled by the controversy. Protestors demanded Wonder Woman be removed from her honorary position because some felt it was inappropriate to have a busty white woman carry the torch. However, fans from around the world are now rallying behind Wonder Woman and emphasizing that her beauty in no way negates her inspirational history. Already, there are dozens of online petitions running which ask the U.N. to reinstate Wonder Woman as an ambassador. Over on, Chloe Behrens has created a petition which asks for Wonder Woman to be reinstated as an ambassador.
  2. The CW's Justice League Assembles In Fan Video (Date: 18 Dec 2016)
    In about a year, Justice League will finally hit the big screen, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get already have a taste of what the superhero squad can do. Sure, fans have already been treated to animated features starring the Justice League, but one Youtube had made an ultimate edit for fanboys and fangirls everywhere. UltraSargent has gone above and beyond with his newly released fan-video “CW’s JUSTICE LEAGUE,” and it will have you begging Warner Bros. to speed up their theatrical release of DC Comics’ heralded team. “So, here it is. After around 2 months, it's finally done. This is my way of telling a unique story about the formation of the CW's very own, Justice League of America. There was a lot of pressure on me (that I put on myself) that this video be good, so I really hope you guys enjoy this,” UltraSargent wrote.
  3. Justice League Dark International Trailer Released (Date: 20 Dec 2016)
    Warner Bros. Animation has released the international trailer for the upcoming film, which moves the focus to the magical side of the DC Universe. When nightmares start taking over the populace, the League is tasked with finding someone who can help stop it, and his name is John Constantine.
  4. Suicide Squad Is The Most Popular Movie Of 2016 On IMDB (Date: 19 Dec 2016)
    According to the website, Suicide Squad was the most popular movie of 2016 on IMDB. Here’s what the ranking had to say about the supervillain flick: “Anticipation was high for the first big-budget movie lead by supervillains. All the signs were good with a cast that included Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto as the Joker and Margot Robbie as the baseball bat-wielding troublemaker Harley Quinn. Robbie stole the show and the film helped position her as IMDb’s top star of 2016. And while there were naysayers for the film, written and directed by David Ayer, Suicide Squad took more than $745 million at the worldwide box office and made it the most popular movie on IMDb in 2016.”
  5. The Flash (Season 3) - Official (Date: 21 Dec 2016)
    Official promo for Flash season 3.5. Barry tells Iris the truth about the future and the team works on preventing that future.
  6. Supergirl Lives… Under A Red Sun – First Trailer For Supergirl’s January Return (Date: 21 Dec 2016)
    The first trailer for Supergirl’s return this January shows us a lot of different things: Roulette returns, something happens to Winn Schott in the field, and Supergirl goes through a portal and ends up on a world with a red sun… not good for a Kryptonian.
     Kevin Smith seems to kick ass.  Also great animation for Guradian’s sheild


  1. Green Arrow Issue #13 - “EMERALD OUTLAW” part two
    Writer: Benjamin Percy Pencils Otto Schmidt Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
    Snow falls on Seattle as its mayoral race heats up with a rash of murders that implicate a deadly archer. As a city wonders what’s become of its Emerald Archer, Green Arrow and Black Canary race to rule out their prime suspect: Emiko Queen.
  2. Is Green Arrow Going Up Against the Dakota Access Pipeline In March? (Date: 19 Dec 2016)
    As part of an effort to reach the widest possible audience, The New 52 had downplayed Oliver Queen's left-wing politics. When Rebirth came around, though, one of the things that Percy seemed to be saying was that being a political animal was so engrained in Oliver's persona that removing it left the character missing something that hadn't been replaced. On sale March 15, Green Arrow #19 sees the Emerald Archer and his former sidekick Arsenal going up against...well, it's not exactly explained, but without larger context? It sounds a lot like the Dakota Access Pipeline project. Here's the solicitation text: “Orphaned as an infant and raised on a Navajo reservation, the superhero Arsenal returns to his adopted home to defend it from a violent militia hired by…Queen Industries?! Oliver Queen’s company has been up to no good since his supposed death, but Green Arrow is on the scene to make things right. Unfortunately for Ollie, he’s the last person his former sidekick wants to see.”
  3. DC's REBIRTH Gets Its Own Trailer (Date: 20 DC 2016)
    Seven months into DC Comics' "Rebirth" era, the publisher has released a trailer highlighting it as the start of "the next big epic." The trailer, done to coincide with the release of the first collections from "Rebirth," can be seen here:
  4. Wonder Woman writer and artist dropped by DC over 'challenging relationship' (Date: 20 Dec 2016)
    The critically acclaimed, Eisner-nominated comic series The Legend of Wonder Woman has been cancelled by DC Comics, because of what a spokesperson for DC called “a challenging relationship” with the husband and wife team behind the series. Since the cancellation was announced, fans have been wondering whether it was due to poor sales, or studio sexism towards Wonder Woman. However, the DC spokesperson told the Guardian that though “we loved the book and we were very excited to work on the collected volume”, the studio was concerned about Dillon’s public comments about other teams at DC on social media. In a series of now-deleted tweets, preserved online on Bleeding Cool, Dillon criticised the writing in another DC series, Wonder Woman: Earth One, and complained when DC approved future volumes of Earth One while he was waiting to hear about the future of his own series. “It is an unfortunate situation. We tried hard to make it work,” the DC spokesperson said.



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