March 16, 2013
Enterprise: "The Catwalk"
"The Catwalk" is a nicely paced, well shot suspense thriller. It places the Enterprise in a unique situation, and then finds a clever way for the characters to work their way out of it. It also produces some solid character drama using the most tried-and-trusted technique in the book: shove some people into a confined situation and see what happens to them.
Danny Goldring has a wonderfully authoritative presence as the alien captain in charge of invading the Enterprise. He's on the hunt for three fugitives - who had already boarded the ship in advance on Archer's invitation. To be honest their alien make-up is a little silly: strange cheek bumps instead of the traditional forehead bumps Star Trek goes for, but that's a minor concern.
The episode's resolution is well thought-out and entertaining, and makes good use of the regular cast. As I mentioned, the episode is also a good one for developing character relationships: there's a great scene of T'Pol finally joining the bulk of the crew in their traditional weekly movie night. There are also few nicely placed continuity references for the hard-core, including one reference to Star Trek: The Animated Series.
Like much of Enterprise, this isn't groundbreaking stuff, but it's competently made, consistently entertaining and performed by a generally very appealing cast. This gives Season 2 seven good episodes out of 12, and a running score of 58%.