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"Okay, my point is that the same applies to us superhero kids. And we have to learn to share our parents and be a little selfless"
Connor Hawke
"Star City 2040" is the sixteenth episode of the seventh season of Arrow, and the one-hundred-fifty-fourth episode overall. It aired on March 18, 2019.

Synopsis

Mia and William venture into the Glades on a dangerous mission. There they run into Dinah, Roy and Zoe who deliver some devastating news. The flash forwards share highlights from Mia's childhood with Felicity.[1]

Trivia

  • The majority of this episode takes place in 2040, with the exception of bookend scenes which take place in 2019, and a brief sequence of Mia as a young child and teenager.
  • This episode marks Oliver Queen's shortest screen time in Arrow​​​​​'s history, being only 20 seconds long, surpassing episodes like "The Dragon" and "Left Behind".
    • This is also the only episode of the show where Oliver doesn't appear in the present day, as his appearance in the episode was in fact a flashforward.
  • The title is similar to the DC's Legends of Tomorrow​​​​​ episode "Star City 2046"​, which also takes place in the future.
  • A memorial dedication to Arrow​​ crew member Jack Wright, who passed on February 2, was shown following the conclusion of this episode.[2]
  • Talking about local acquaintance Seth, Felicity compares him to the Cowardly Lion from L. Frank Baum's Oz stories, but Mia suggests he is more like the Scarecrow - brainless.
  • When she finds her mother's secret room, Mia uses the expletive "frak" from the Battlestar Galactica franchise, much like her mother.
  • Eden Corps is revealed to be the organization behind the future bombing of Star City in this episode, with references to their previous attempts to nuke cities, such as Central City in The Flash​​​​​ episode "Enter Flashtime"​.
  • Connor attempts to get through to Mia with the phrase "with great power comes great responsibility", mentioning how he's referencing the Marvel superhero Spider-Man.
  • Mia going after a CEO during a party echoes her father Oliver going after Adam Hunt in "Pilot".
  • Stephen Amell was dealing with a stomach flu that got really bad, he went outside to throw up after shooting the cold open.[3]
  • James Bamford's daughter, Jade, makes an uncredited cameo as young Mia.[4]
  • This is the third episode of the series to not feature David Ramsey (John Diggle), the first two being Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2, and The Dragon.

References

  1. "Arrow - Episode 7.16 - Star City 2040 - Promotional Photos, Promo + Press Release" - SpoilerTV
  2. - Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) - Twitter
  3. - Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) - Twitter
  4. James Bamford (@james2bambamford) - Instagram