Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 2 Episode 12

The Catwalk

5
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Dec 18, 2002 on UPN
8.2
out of 10
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When a lethal neutronic storm approaches faster than Enterprise can escape, the crew take shelter in the maintenance shafts inside the warp nacelles. They also provide refuge to a group of aliens, who aren't exactly honest about themselves.

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  • The crew face an interesting problem which actually drew me in.

    8.6
    This was one of the better episodes from the second season. The characters were put in a believable and interesting jam, one that actually drew me in and kept me hooked. It was one of those stories where I actually had no idea how the crew were going to get out of their mess, and the resolution was believable enough. Also, they managed to squeeze in each of the main cast into the story, which was nice (though Hoshi basically had a bit part). One of my favourites so far.moreless
  • great episode

    10
    When a lethal neutronic storm heads towards the enterprise, there's not enough time to avoid the storm. The only way for the enterprise to escape the storm is to fly through it, and control the starship from the warp nacelles where there is enough protection for the crew. The enterprise also provide shelter for a group of aliens who want to escape the storm. This is a really good episode, it's a space story. I enjoyed watching it. The space scenes were awesome. The aliens also played a big part in the episode. The writers came up with another exciting story.moreless
  • Dont hide from me Archer-entina (To the tune of Evita)

    8.0
    Ok excuse the bad summary. This is an episode that follows the previous selection from this season. There really is little in the way that happens that impacts what happens later on, at least with regard to any major storylines.



    However, this episode did surprise me in its complexion towards the latter half of its plot arc. If you can get past the slow pace of the initial act and buy into the way space vessels would deal with deal storm clouds then you will enjoy this episode, because the only way to avoid it would be to have a warp 7 capable craft.



    The Neutronic wave front just serves to herd all the crew into the area of the ship that can keep them alive from its lethal rays. The short time they have to get ready due to the warning of the alien crew serves to intensify the urgency of the situation. The whole cause of the plot is primarily to introduce another batch of character development as we see the senior officers interact with more members of the crew. This is something that has been missing from day one imo, and is the reason why Enterprise is rather one-dimensional as a show. More minor crew characters please!



    As you may expect the scenes for the initial part of the episode deal with the crew having to prepare for the forthcoming relocation to the nacelle catwalk. The only thing I wondered about this was how easy/difficult would it be to jury-rig a secondary bridge console to another location! Perhaps it would be do able and if you can get past it, there Im afraid to say that the best you can expect from the middle act is more character development. The alien crew adds another dynamic to the situation, but ultimately it is one of self-control and conflicts arising from the close-proximity of the situation.



    However, the pace does pick up towards the end. I wont spoil it, but you should be able to guess what conclusion is being plotted by what has gone on before. Its a bit of a no brainer, but at least it does have some action, if not ship-based in execution.



    Another very good episode, w/o much impact on future storylines.moreless
Dominic Keating

Dominic Keating

Lt. Malcolm Reed

John Billingsley

John Billingsley

Dr. Phlox

Jolene Blalock

Jolene Blalock

Sub-Commander T'Pol

Connor Trinneer

Connor Trinneer

Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III

Linda Park

Linda Park

Ensign Hoshi Sato

Anthony Montgomery

Anthony Montgomery

Ensign Travis Mayweather

Scott Burkholder

Scott Burkholder

Tagrim

Guest Star

Aaron Lustig

Aaron Lustig

Guri

Guest Star

Zach Grenier

Zach Grenier

Renth

Guest Star

Mark Correy

Mark Correy

Engineer Alex (uncredited)

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • An ensign was trying to figure out who was the first Vulcan ambassador to Earth for a crossword puzzle. Captain Archer helped her out by answering Solkar. Solkar was the grandfather of Spock as shown in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

    • Nitpick: The storm may be light-years wide, but every shot of it shows that it is very much thinner than it is wide, so why not fly up or down at maximum warp to avoid it? Archer doesn't even consider this option.

    • Mission Date: September 18, 2152

    • First Appearance: After being mentioned in many episodes, Chef (kind of) makes his first appearance of the series. Only his legs are shown as he, without speaking, delivers meals to the crew.

    • Nitpick: Why is Doctor Phlox so upset by his decision over which animals to take with him to the catwalk? He made it clear that crew members would survive in Sickbay for the duration, why wouldn't the animals? Surely some of them can survive for a week left to their own devices. If not, a group of people could easily camp out in Sickbay with them.

    • Goof: T'Pol says she has never been camping in a matter of speaking, but she went camping with Tucker and the others in "Strange New World."

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Trip: (watching a cowboy movie) Did that guy shoot one of his own men?
      Reed: It's hard to tell them apart in those ridiculous hats.

    • Reed: I assume I can depend on doctor-patient confidentiality?
      Phlox: This wouldn't have anything to do with gastrointestinal distress?
      Reed: Is it that obvious?

    • Hoshi: (whimsically) You're the captain, can't you order the storm to calm down a little?
      Archer: (smiling) I'll see what I can do.

    • Archer: You know, there is a bright side to all of this.
      T'pol: Really?
      Archer: It's bringing the crew closer together. If you forget about the storm outside, this is almost like going on a camping trip.
      T'pol: Perhaps we can sing a few songs later.

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