‘Battlestar Galactica’ Alum James Callis Heads To Starling City In CW’s ‘Arrow’

Posted Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 12:20 pm GMT -4 by

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‘Arrow’ is becoming to be the series where sci-fi show alums gather to make a guest appearance. Not only have they snagged ‘Torchwood’ and ‘Doctor Who’ star John Barrowman to play the Dark Archer, Malcolm Merlyn, they have also signed on Ben Browder (‘Farscape,’ ‘Doctor Who,‘ ‘Stargate SG-1’), Seth Gabel (‘Fringe’), Colton Haynes (‘The Gates,’ ‘Teen Wolf’) and Tahmoh Penikett (‘Battlestar Galactica,’ ‘Dollhouse’) to appear on the show. Now add James Callis to that list.

‘BSG’ fans know Callis as Gaius Baltar, the one-time computer scientist who became President of New Caprica, but the actor has also had roles on the genre shows ‘Eureka’ (where he played Dr. Trevor Grant) and ‘Merlin’ (in the role of Borden).

On ‘Arrow,’ Callis will be playing ‘The Dodger,’ an “elusive international jewel thief who imposes his plans on the innocent, forcing them to carry out his crimes under duress.” When the Sherwood Ruby goes missing, Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Diggle’s(Dave Ramsey) investigation leads them straight to The Dodger, but they soon find out that catching him may not be as easy as they originally thought.

Fans of the DC comic books will recall another British thief named ‘The Dodger’ who had an encounter with Green Arrow and Black Canary while dealing with the League of Assassins. Now, whether or not the TV version of this “villain turned ally ” is an adaptation of the comic onehas not yet been confirmed by the network, but they sure do sound very similar.

We’ll soon see how similar they are when Callis’ episode airs sometime in 2013.

Arrow’ returns to the CW for the second half of its season beginning January 16th.


Source: TV Guide


  • As a sci-fi and comic nerd, I think it’s great to see
    familiar faces from one genre make it to the other. Arrow was a great
    replacement for Smallville—probably even better, according to most of my DISH
    coworkers. With all of the jam-packed action in each episode, I’m saving this
    entire first season to my DISH Hopper. Since it has a hard drive that lets me
    store up to 2,000 hours of entertainment, I can finally save my massive TV
    lineup—and a whole season when need be—instead of having to sacrifice a show by
    the time the midseason finales roll through. Cheers to the talent making its
    way to Starling City.