It looks like Starling City’s elusive vigilante on Arrow is about to come face-to-face with a Borg… well, a former Borg, anyway. It is being reported that Jeri Ryan, who once upon a time “assimilated” sex appeal and badassery into an ailing Star Trek: Voyager, will appear on the CW’s comic book mothership show for an intriguing appearance.
Ryan will guest star on Arrow in Season 4’s second episode, “The Candidate” as a character named Jessica Danforth. While the character does not seem to carry any immediately evident ties to the DC comic book canon on which the show is based, Access Hollywood reports she will become quite an alluring inconvenience for Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen, while the latter is busy reinventing himself as “Green Arrow” in the upcoming season.
Based on the information that has been provided about the character, Ryan’s Jessica Danforth will be introduced as a friend of the Queen family whose political ambitions will initially put her in the path of a mysterious enemy. While that is the extent of the info we've learned, the idea that Danforth is a politician and friend to the rich, waspy Queen family likely indicates that she is a character who also has similar riches and resources. However, it seems that her pursuit of prestige will end up forcing our heroes to play bodyguard to the individual who is likely the episode’s titular “candidate.”
The choice of Jeri Ryan for a role seems to be a solid, logical move, given her notable history in genres Arrow fans can likely appreciate (Star Trek being the most prominent). Yet, throughout Ryan’s vast history in the arena of television, she has shown herself capable of pulling off quite a number of other potent, non-Borg roles on recent shows like Leverage, Body of Proof, Helix and was even surprisingly believable as the ass-kicking iconic femme fatale, Sonya Blade on the web series video game adaptation, Mortal Kombat: Legacy. Thus, Ryan’s casting for this guest spot could incite a bit of curiosity regarding the possibility that there may be more to the Danforth role than what we’ve been hinted.
Of course, whatever evil that is brought to the table--barring for a ship full of Borg--will likely be handled by Oliver and his merry band of criminal-crushing cohorts, including David Ramsey’s John Diggle, Emily Bett Richards’ master hacker Felicity Smoak, Katie Cassidy’s Laurel Lance/Black Canary and now Oliver’s own kid sister in Willa Holland’s Thea Queen, a.k.a. Speedy. However, with the gang still feeling the tumultuous effects of Season 3’s League of Assassins-centric events, which saw the group divided over romantic entanglements in one case and serious line-crossing trust issues in another, there’s quite a lot of shit that will need to be effectively gotten together before the team can unify effectively to combat whatever new threats ultimately manifest.
DC Comics’ television universe is expanding ever quickly with the success of The Flash last season and the shared spinoff series, Legends of Tomorrow. Thus, the show that started it all in Arrow will certainly need to bring its compelling A-game when it returns for Season 4 on October 7 on The CW.