Shortly after picking up three alien refugees, the Enterprise is caught in the path of a violent neutronic storm, whose radiation will kill the crew within mere minutes of exposure. Sick bay looks like the only part of the Enterprise with enough shielding to protect the crew, but it can’t hold everyone. Then Trip remembers the radiation shielding of the ship’s warp engines – even though the warp reactor will have to be taken offline and there’s only a long, narrow crawlspace, the “catwalk” inside the warp nacelles can protect the ship’s crew, and their increasingly shifty visitors as well. But while Archer and his crew take shelter in the engine, they’re unaware when an alien spacecraft docks with the Enterprise, and powerless to stop the ship’s soldiers from taking over the bridge. The Enterprise’s new guests are in pursuit of the refugees – and they decide they’d like to steal the ship as well.
written by Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong
directed by Mike Vejar
music by Jay Chattaway
Guest Cast: Scott Burkholder (Tagrim), Zach Grenier (Renth), Aaron Lustig (Guri), Elizabeth Magness (Crewman #1), Danny Goldring (Alien Captain), Brian Cousins (Alien Lieutenant), Sean Smith (Alien Crewman), and Porthos
LogBook entry by Earl Green