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The Arrow-verse has often used its casting choices to pay homage to one of TV's most beloved science fiction series, Battlestar Galactica. And Season 4, The Flash has roped in one of Battlestar's biggest names, Katee Sackhoff, and the genre queen is taking on the villainous role of Amunet Black, also known as Blacksmith.

For the most celebratory element of this casting, Katee Sackhoff won't be joining The Flash in a one-and-done capacity, as Amunet Black will be a recurring role. And if it plays out anything like the comics, things are going to get quite interesting in Central City when Blacksmith is around. More on that in a sec.

Fans won't get to see Katee Sackhoff's Amunet Black until Episode 5, which is apparently titled "Girls Night Out," according to EW. But it will likely be worth the wait, as it serves as a mini-Arrow crossover, with Emily Bett Rickards showing up at some point. (It isn't expressly stated that she'll be playing Felicity, but we'll assume that this will be a "normal" cameo, as opposed to something involving a different Earth.) It's possible that the title could refer to Felicity and Iris (and maybe Caitlin?) getting together, but it's slightly more exciting to consider Blacksmith rounding up some female villains for an evening of destruction. Like, perhaps, the recently cast villain Hazard.

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In the comics, Amunet Black is the head honcho of The Network, which basically serves as a black market for metahumans and supervillains to buy and sell stolen goods, among other sought-after objects. As Blacksmith, Katee Sackhoff will utilize whatever she can to make sure that business stays booming on her side of the criminal underworld, and that's certainly helped along by having access to all of the baddies that use The Network. (It's unclear from this first description if she will have her meta-power of being able to fuse organic and inorganic matter together.)

Blacksmith has some very interesting ties in The Flash-verse that could very well be used within the show itself. For one, she became a ringleader of sorts for a new iteration of the Rogues, which led to a pretty badass attempt to take over Central City, with The Thinker interfering at some point; considering The Thinker is this season's big bad, that's not out of the question. Also, Black was married to Hunter Zolomon in earlier years, which could easily be a way to get former Zoom portrayer Teddy Sears back into the show, especially since his other gig, 24: Legacy, isn't happening anymore. Fingers crossed, since Earth-1's Hunter Zolomon has remained a mystery since his initial appearance in Season 2.

While it's been a while since we've seen Katee Sackhoff's Starbuck ruling the small screen, the actress has been winning fans of a different genre with Netflix's western-tinged drama Longmire, which will wrap up its six-season run this year. Sackhoff will also be returning to the Star Wars universe, in a way, as she'll be a part of the Season 4 premiere for Star Wars: Rebels, reprising her role of Bo-Katan. And as far as other Battlestar vets that have showed up The CW's DC-driven series, Aaron Douglas showed up on The Flash, while Arrow hosted Tahmoh Penikett, James Callis and Rekha Sharma.

With new hero Elongated Man joining the fun, The Flash will return to The CW for Season 4 on Tuesday, October 10, at 8:00 p.m. ET, while Katee Sackhoff will likely show up at some point in November, barring any weird early hiatuses. Check out what Flash comic characters we hope won't show up within The Network, and then discover what other shows will be taking over your TVs before and after that point with our summer premiere schedule and our fall TV schedule.

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