There are plenty of ways to earn your nerd credentials these days. One method is to develop a deep love and knowledge of comic book heroes. Another way is to know a thing or two about the original Star Trek series. As it turns out, Arrow's Marc Guggenheim can do both. The CW series' Executive Producer recently posted a photo to Twitter, and it seems to indicate that Arrow is about to pay some serious homage to Star Trek. Check it out below to see for yourself.
Arrow Executive Producer, Marc Guggenheim, recently posted a tweet announcing the production of Arrow's upcoming midseason premiere. The title of the episode is "Spectre of the Gun," which Trekkies will instantly recognize as the title of a classic Star Trek episode. During that episode, the crew of the Enterprise finds themselves transported to the old west to witness the shootout at the OK Corral -- because Star Trek.
How this will specifically factor into Arrow's current narrative remains to be seen. Perhaps Bratva era Oliver will also find himself cornered in a close-quarters shootout. Or perhaps another alien race will similarly send Team Arrow to a recreation of the old west. Only time will tell, but Guggenheim has clearly done his homework.
If this turns out to be a genuine Star Trek reference, then none of us will be surprised. Marc Guggenheim and the folks behind Arrow have definitely provided their fair share of Trek references in the past. In fact, the relationship between Slade Wilson and Oliver Queen is based in part on the relationship between Star Trek's Captain Kirk and Khan. Slade's "I'm gonna leave you kid," line from the third season of Arrow is apparently a direct homage to an exchange from Wrath of Khan.
If you consider yourself an avid Trekkie/Arrow fan, you can check out that scene below for yourself:
Of course, we have to acknowledge the fact that this episode of Arrow may not actually pay any sort of overt homage to Star Trek in the episode. The title is undoubtedly a reference to one of the more iconic Star Trek adventures, but it may simply be a reference in title alone. We will just have to wait until "Spectre of the Gun" airs to know for sure.
Until then we will bring you all of the latest and greatest Arrow news as more information becomes available to us. The Emerald Archer's solo series airs every Wednesday night at 8 p.m. EST on The CW. Check out our midseason premiere guide for more information concerning all of the most highly anticipated midseason television debuts!