"Starling City"
Series Arrow
Season 8, Episode 1
Arrow 8x01 001.jpg
Air date October 15th, 2019
Writers Beth Schwartz; Marc Guggenheim
Director James Bamford
Producers Oscar Balderrama; James Bamford; Greg Berlanti; Jill Blankenship; Marc Guggenheim; Deric A. Hughes; Onalee Hunter Hughes; Jennifer Lence; Jordan Menn; Carl Ogawa; Emilio Ortega Aldrich; Todd Pittson; Benjamin Raab; Sarah Schechter; Beth Schwartz
Starring Stephen Amell; David Ramsey; Rick Gonzalez; Juliana Harkavy; Katherine McNamara; Ben Lewis; Joseph David-Jones; LaMonica Garrett
Episode guide
"You Have Saved This City"
"Welcome to Hong Kong"

"Starling City" is the first episode of season eight of the superhero action series Arrow and the 161st episode of the series overall. It was directed by James Bamford with a script written by Beth Schwartz and Marc Guggenheim. It first aired on the CW Network on Tuesday, October 15th, 2019.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Starring[edit | edit source]

Actor Role
Stephen Amell Green Arrow, Oliver Queen
David Ramsey John Diggle
Rick Gonzalez Rene Ramirez
Juliana Harkavy Dinah Drake
Katherine McNamara Mia Smoak
Ben Lewis William Clayton
Joseph David-Jones Connor Hawke
LaMonica Garrett Mar Novu

Guest Starring[edit | edit source]

Actor Role
Katie Cassidy Black Siren, Laurel Lance
John Barrowman Malcolm Merlyn
Josh Segarra Adrian Chase
Andrea Sixtos Zoe Ramirez
Charlie Barnett John Diggle, Jr.
Colin Donnell Tommy Merlyn

Co-Starring[edit | edit source]

Actor Role
Hugo Ateo Alberto Vazquez
Tegan Verheul Not Felicity

Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This episode is production code number T27.13951.
  • As of this episode, Emily Bett Rickards is no longer associated with the program. The character of Felicity Smoak is said to be living in a remote location raising baby Mia. A Felicity look-a-like makes a small appearance in this episode.
  • Actress Katie Cassidy is given a "Special appearance by..." credit in this episode.
  • Actress Susanna Thompson is given a "Special Guest Star" credit in this episode.
  • Actor John Barrowman is given a "Special Guest Star" credit in this episode.
  • Actor Josh Segarra is given a "Special Guest Star" credit in this episode.
  • Actor Colin Donnell is given a "Special Guest Star" credit during the end-credit sequence of this episode.

Allusions[edit | edit source]

  • The events of this episode are a build-up that leads into the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover event that airs December, 2019 to January, 2020.
  • Reference is made to Bruce Wayne in this episode. Bruce Wayne is also known as the caped superhero Batman. This episode establishes that there is a Bruce Wayne on Earth-2.
  • Oliver Queen tells Adrian Chase to change his code name from The Hood to Green Arrow. Queen was dubbed The Hood in the first three seasons of the series.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • Mar Novu: Among the many misconceptions that humanity holds dear is the fallacy that all beings are created equal. In truth, there are those who are greater. They are called heroes. But even among heroes, there are different echelons. The highest belong to those called the Paragons. And they are the only hope for all creation.

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