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Arrow Loves Its Sci-Fi Guys: Casts Battlestar Galactica’s Tahmoh Penikett
Arrow, the CW’s new superhero series – or as I like to call it, “Smallville’s Replacement” – has been keeping its casting of new characters on the nerdy side of things by bringing in well known sci-fi actors, such as Torchwood’s John Barrowman and now, Tahmoh Penikett of Battlestar Galactica fame. In fact, it’s Penikett’s casting that has brought me to writing this article. He has the potential to be a part of something quite large if his character sticks around, though he’ll likely be on the sidelines watching as the important stuff goes down. Being overshadowed is just what happens when you hold a connection to The Huntress.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Penikett will be playing Tom Salvati, the right-hand man to mob boss Frank Bertinelli (Jeffrey Nordling). If the Bertinelli name sounds familiar it’s because he is the father of Helena Bertinelli AKA The Huntress (Jessica De Gouw), one of DC Comics most famous characters. In the CW series, The Huntress has her eye on a single price: revenge against those responsible for killing her family. Oh, and she’ll probably get all wishy washy in love with Stephen Amell’s Oliver/Green Arrow. It’s basically inevitable. The Huntress first appears in Episode 6, but there’s no news on when Penikett will appear, or if it’s just a one-off guest appearance. Furthermore, if Frank Bertinelli is still alive then how can The Huntress be seeking revenge for his death?
The way I see it is either The Huntress doesn’t consider her father to be family, and thus he doesn’t need to be killed, or he will die at some point and his death will push his daughter onto her path of vengeance. Either is as just as likely as the other, but there’s always room for alternate ideas. I’m sure whatever the writers have planned will be more than satisfactory, that is, so long as the show itself doesn’t tank. Arrow still has to prove itself and won’t get a chance to do so until it premieres next month on Wednesday, Oct. 10.