I heard the other day that Jamie Bamber, Apollo on Battlestar Galactica, is going to be on the final season (I assume final) of Dollhouse. Coupled with Helo, this is another BSG alum moving onto another geek show. I feel like Dollhouse is becoming a bastion for geek actors from canceled shows, as Summer Glau is making her way to the house straight from the terminator show, which she was on after The 4400, right after her Firefly days. Joss Whedon’ regulars, Ronald Moore’s people, various people from various Scyfy (or however they spell it now) programming and USA shows all work in the same geeky circle and continue to over and over. How does this happen? How does Katie Sackhoff end up on The Bionic Woman? How does Tricia Helfer end up everywhere? She was on Chuck, Supernatural, Burn Notice, and Warehouse 13 along with work in video games (Command & Conquer, Halo: ODST) and cartoons (The Spectacular Spider-man, Green Lantern: First Flight) in the last two years. I mean, who does this casting? How does this work?
Well, it probably has a logical answer. It seems in Hollywood, people get caught up doing the same kind of thing and have a hard time breaking from that mold. If someone becomes a fan-favorite on a geek show, that becomes the audience they can appeal to. Therefore, they end up doing similar types of shows or movies for years to come. While maybe Johnny Depp can get away with picking strange, eclectic roles to challenge his abilities, most mid-level, TV star celebrities don’t have that advantage. They happily take whatever work is there to make a good living. The funny thing must be those people whom have no interest in geekiness but keeping falling into those type of gigs. Is Summer Glau a geek? For her sake, I hope she has some interest in that kind of stuff because I see a long, Walter Koenig-like convention career when the world realizes she can’t act and her hotness (personally, not a big fan but I guess I’m in the minority) fades.
Another answer might be that some actors enjoy working on geek projects. The best example I can give for this is Christian Bale. Bale is considered a solid, respected actor with a resume of interesting, adult roles. So what does he keep doing? Equilibrium, Reign of Fire, Terminator: Salvation, Batman Begins. During the span in which he made these flicks, he has made plenty of non-geeky, perfectly respectable pieces of cinema. He clearly likes being in movies where he gets to wear outrageous outfits, wield bizarre weapons, and fight all kinds of science fiction adversaries. I say, good for him. I’m glad he keeps appearing in our type of flicks, though the Batman-voice is getting pretty goddamn old.
I’m glad that I see the same old faces when I watch geeky media. It’s always nice to see that Miles Dyson survived Terminator 2 and landed on Eureka. I’m always happy to see Jane in the Buy More. I just hope they enjoy being there as much I enjoy seeing them there. Hmm…yeah, they get to make millions working on television. I’m sure they’re fine, in retrospect.