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Charlie X (episode)

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A powerful teenage boy wreaks havoc aboard the Enterprise .

  • 1.2 Act One
  • 1.3 Act Two
  • 1.4 Act Three
  • 1.5 Act Four
  • 2 Log entries
  • 3 Memorable quotes
  • 4.1 Production timeline
  • 4.2 Story and production
  • 4.3 Performers
  • 4.5 Props and special effects
  • 4.6 Costumes
  • 4.7 Continuity
  • 4.8 Script vs. screen
  • 4.9 Preview
  • 4.10 Reception
  • 4.11 Syndication cuts
  • 4.12 Apocrypha
  • 4.13 Remastered information
  • 4.14 Video and DVD releases
  • 5.1 Starring
  • 5.2 Also starring
  • 5.3 Guest star
  • 5.4 Featuring
  • 5.5 Uncredited co-stars
  • 5.6 Stunt double
  • 5.7 Stand-ins
  • 5.8 References
  • 5.9 Unreferenced material
  • 6 External links

Summary [ ]

The USS Enterprise makes a rendezvous with the Antares , a small cargo ship . While investigating the planet Thasus , the Antares discovered an adolescent boy named Charles Evans , the sole survivor of a ship crash who has lived on his own since age three. Evans transfers to the Enterprise , which is on its way to Colony Alpha 5 , where Evans' only relatives live.

Captain Ramart and his navigator and first officer , Tom Nellis , are eager to be on their way after beaming aboard the Enterprise , even refusing Captain Kirk 's offer of Saurian brandy , as well as entertainment tapes . But they are also effusive in their praise of Charlie. Charlie interrupts Ramart and Nellis a couple of times, which prompts Kirk to say to him, " You keep interrupting, Mr. Evans. That's considered wrong. " Yeoman Janice Rand enters the transporter room and Kirk asks her to show Charlie to his quarters and to drop off his medical records at sickbay . Innocently, Charlie asks Captain Kirk if Yeoman Rand is a girl. " That's a girl, " the captain replies. Rand escorts Charlie out, much to Kirk's amusement.

Act One [ ]

Janice Rand, 2266 closeup

Charlie's first crush – Yeoman Janice Rand

After a routine check-up by Dr. McCoy , Charlie attempts to learn and integrate, demonstrating the effect of his years away from all Human contact. At the same time, strange incidents occur in his vicinity. Charlie is also struggling mightily with adolescence and with his first crush – the Captain's beautiful yeoman – Janice Rand. After observing Crewman Wilson and a sciences division crewman slapping each other casually, Charlie does the same to Yeoman Rand's behind in a corridor , shocking her. Afterward, Rand advises Charlie to tell Captain Kirk or Dr. McCoy what he had just done and ask them for advice. Afterwards, in the Enterprise 's recreation room on deck three, Uhura is singing " Oh, On the Starship Enterprise " to a rapt Rand and other crew members. When Rand ignores Charlie's card tricks; he secretly uses his power to silence Uhura's voice, as well as the sounds coming from Spock 's Vulcan lute , so that he can have Rand's undivided attention. Charlie then proceeds with a few card tricks – such as turning cards face down, and then turning them over again to reveal color photographs of Rand on the playing side. This amuses Rand and others in the crew lounge, who applaud Charlie appreciatively.

Later, in a corridor, Kirk is advising a galley chef that on Earth today it is Thanksgiving , and if the crew of the Enterprise has to eat synthetic meat loaf , he wants it to look like turkey . Just then, Charlie arrives and tells Kirk of the trouble he had interacting with Rand earlier. Kirk awkwardly attempts to explain that men and women do things differently, but before he can elaborate further to Charlie, Kirk is asked to come up to the bridge by Uhura.

At extreme range, Captain Ramart attempts to contact the Enterprise and speak to Captain Kirk, but before he can say more than " I've got to warn… ", his ship is destroyed. Charlie advises Kirk that " It wasn't very well constructed, " a strange comment, since it comes before Spock actually confirms the Antares 's destruction.

Kirk is then hailed by the Enterprise 's chef , who tells the captain that he had put meatloaf in the ovens , but there are turkeys in them now – real turkeys. Charlie laughs at hearing this, then leaves the bridge abruptly, leaving Kirk feeling that Charlie is hiding something.

Act Two [ ]

Kirk and Evans

" She's not the girl, Charlie "

Kirk and Spock are pondering the destruction of the Antares during a game of three-dimensional chess when Charlie walks in and asks to play. After defeating Spock in an "illogical approach" to the game, Kirk turns it over to Charlie, during which Spock easily beats him in two moves. When Charlie gets angry, Spock leaves and then Charlie uses his powers to melt the white chess pieces. Afterwards, Rand introduces Charlie to Yeoman Tina Lawton , who is near Charlie's age. Charlie ignores Lawton, hurting her feelings, after which Rand tells Charlie that he was rude to her. Charlie then makes his feelings known to Rand that he wants her and only her, which makes the yeoman feel very uneasy. Rand goes to the bridge and wants Kirk to have a talk with Charlie before she asks the young man to leave her alone, which will hurt his feelings. Calling Charlie to his quarters , Kirk takes pity on the young man and attempts to befriend him, taking him to the physical training room for some light sparring. Initially refusing to participate, Charlie falls awkwardly and prompts laughter from Sam , Kirk's sparring partner. Humiliated and angry, Charlie makes Sam disappear, revealing his powers.

Act Three [ ]

Kirk immediately calls for security to escort Charlie back to his quarters. But Charlie resists, knocking down the two security officers with his powers. One of them draws his phaser , but Charlie makes it disappear. However, he finally agrees to go to his quarters after Kirk tells the young man that he will personally pick him up and take him there himself if he does not. After Charlie and security leaves Kirk is informed by Uhura that all phasers on board the Enterprise have disappeared. Later, in the briefing room discussing Charlie to McCoy and Spock following the incident in the gymnasium, Kirk speculates that Charlie might be a Thasian , but McCoy doubts this based on his medical analysis results.

Uhura's communication console explodes

Uhura's communication console explodes

Charlie then enters and Kirk asks him outright if he was responsible for the Antares ' destruction. Confronted, Charlie admits to destroying the Antares by making a warped baffle plate in its energy pile "go away". He defends his action by claiming that the ship would have blown up anyway, and that the crew weren't nice to him and tried to get rid of him. He leaves and Spock tells Kirk and McCoy, " We're in the hands of an adolescent. "

Tina as iguana

Yeoman Lawton turned into an iguana

Charlie, his powers now common knowledge, takes over control of the Enterprise , starting with Charlie causing Uhura's communications console to explode, preventing Kirk from sending a distress signal and causing Uhura second-degree burns on her hands. He wants to go to Colony 5; Kirk knows that the mayhem he would create in that unstructured setting would be far worse than what he's done so far on the Enterprise . Charlie then begins his reign of terror. Passing Yeoman Lawton in the corridor, he turns her into an iguana . When he enters Rand's quarters with a pink rose (because he found out that pink was the yeoman's favorite color), Rand is in her nightdress and is shocked and angry that Charlie came in her room without knocking. When Rand asks Charlie what he wants, he says he only wants her. Rand is able to activate a communication device in her room. On the bridge, Kirk and Spock hear the conversation and leave the bridge to rescue Yeoman Rand.

Act Four [ ]

USS Enterprise sciences crew woman 8

Crew woman loses her face

Kirk and Spock rush to Rand's quarters and try to stop Charlie, but the teenager throws them against the wall, and breaks Spock's legs in the process. A shocked Rand slaps Charlie across the face, to which he responds by making her disappear. Charlie refuses to tell Kirk what he did to her. He then releases both Kirk and Spock after he realizes that he needs Kirk's help to run the Enterprise . Rigging a force field , the crew attempt to trap and hold Charlie in his own quarters, but once he realizes an attempt has been made to confine him, Charlie makes the force field/wall disappear. He then goes on a rampage: turning a young crewmember into an old lady; ordering a group of crew members to stop laughing by removing their faces – one, a woman, comes out into the corridor, groping the wall and still able to make vocal sounds; and a third crewwoman he freezes as he walks past her.

Thasian

A Thasian appearing on the bridge

Determined to stop Charlie before he can reach Colony 5, Kirk speculates that in taking over the ship, Charlie may have reached his limit. He therefore attempts, with the help of Spock and McCoy, to overload the boy's abilities, ordering all of the ship's systems to be activated. In the midst of the struggle, a ship from Thasus appears. It is at this point that Charlie begs to stay with the Enterprise crew. The Thasians restore the Enterprise back to normal and return Yeoman Rand, who reappears on the bridge – still wearing her nightdress and looking startled and confused. The Thasian explains to the bridge crew that they granted Charlie immense powers so he could live; powers that they cannot – or will not – remove, never explaining why. The Thasian expresses regret at the loss of the Antares , but at least can assure Kirk that his own crew and ship have been fully restored to him. The Thasian also tells Kirk it would be impossible for Charlie to live a normal life with his own people, and despite Charlie's pleas to stay with the crew, the Thasians return him to their vessel and depart. Rand – with tears in her eyes – moves instinctively close to Kirk, seated in his captain's chair . As she leans on the chair, Kirk laments, " It's all right, Yeoman. It's all over now. " McCoy leads Rand from the bridge as the Enterprise moves on in space .

Log entries [ ]

  • Captain's log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), 2266

Memorable quotes [ ]

" You keep interrupting, Mr. Evans. That's considered wrong. "

" Is that a girl? " " That's a girl. "

" There's no right way to hit a woman. "

" If I had the whole universe, I'd give it to you. When I see you, I feel like I'm hungry all over. Hungry. Do you know how that feels? "

" Charlie, there are a million things in this universe you can have and there are a million things you can't have. It's no fun facing that, but that's the way things are. "

" Sir, I put meatloaf in the ovens. There's turkeys in there now. Real turkeys. "

" He's a boy in a man's body, trying to be an adult with the adolescence in him getting in the way. "

" There's a – Tyger, tyger, burning bright, in the forest of the night. "

" I'm trying to – Saturn rings around my head, don a robe that's Martian red. "

" Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary. " " Very nice, Mister Ears. "

" Growing up isn't so much. I'm not a man, and I can do anything! You can't. "

" Yeoman Rand? Is she dead, gone, destroyed?" " I won't tell you."

" I've waited long enough. I'm going to take him on! "

" I can make you all go away… anytime I want to! "

" Don't let them take me… I – I can't even TOUCH them! "

" I want to stay…stay…stay…stay… "

Background information [ ]

Production timeline [ ].

  • Original story premise in Star Trek is... : 11 March 1964
  • Story outline "Charlie Is God" by Gene Roddenberry : 23 April 1964
  • Revised story outline: 28 August 1964
  • Story outline "Charlie X" by Gene Roddenberry: 14 April 1966
  • Story outline by Gene Roddenberry: 23 April 1966
  • Story outline by D.C. Fontana : 27 April 1966
  • Revised outline: 9 May 1966
  • First draft teleplay by Fontana: 6 June 1966
  • Second draft teleplay: 27 June 1966
  • Staff rewrite: 30 June 1966
  • Final draft teleplay by Gene Roddenberry : 5 July 1966
  • Additional revisions: 11 July 1966 , 13 July 1966
  • Day 1 – 11 July 1966 , Monday (Half Day) – Desilu Stage 9 : Int. Sickbay , Kirk's quarters
  • Day 2 – 12 July 1966 , Tuesday – Desilu Stage 9 : Int. Corridors , Bridge
  • Day 3 – 13 July 1966 , Wednesday – Desilu Stage 9 : Int. Bridge
  • Day 4 – 14 July 1966 , Thursday – Desilu Stage 9 : Int. Recreation room (redress of Briefing room )
  • Day 5 – 15 July 1966 , Friday – Desilu Stage 9 : Int. Transporter room , Janice Rand's quarters
  • Day 6 – 18 July 1966 , Monday – Desilu Stage 9 : Int. Briefing room , Gymnasium (redress of Engineering )
  • Day 7 – 19 July 1966 , Tuesday – Desilu Stage 9 : Int. Corridors (including Brig ), Tie-down vfx shot of Abraham Sofaer
  • Score recording: 29 August 1966
  • Original airdate: 15 September 1966
  • Repeated: 1 June 1967
  • First UK airdate (on BBC1 ): 13 September 1969
  • First UK airdate (on ITV ): 13 September 1981

Story and production [ ]

  • Gene Roddenberry had written a one-sentence synopsis of this episode on the first page of his original series outline for Star Trek under the title "The Day Charlie Became God." The page is reproduced in the Herbert F. Solow / Robert H. Justman volume Inside Star Trek: The Real Story , p. 125. Writer Dorothy Fontana also confirmed that the episode was based on that story idea. Fontana developed the story and wrote the teleplay, but Roddenberry received story credit. [1]
  • This episode was originally scheduled to air further into the season, as all action took place aboard the Enterprise , and it was basically a teenage melodrama set in the space age, both of which elements NBC disliked. However, as it required no new outer space visual effects shots (actually all Enterprise shots are recycled from the two pilots), its post-production took less time than other episodes. It was chosen to be the second episode to air, out of necessity, as no other episodes were ready for the deadline. The Antares was originally to be shown on screen, but when the early airdate was commissioned, this was eliminated. ( These Are the Voyages: TOS Season One , p. 201)
  • "Charlie X" was adapted for a novelization by James Blish . It was published in the first Bantam Books Star Trek novelization collection in 1967 under the name "Charlie's Law". (This name is a pun on Charles' Law , a law of physics dealing with how changes in temperature affect the volume of a gas. ( citation needed • edit ) )
  • The opening credits of this episode are the same as those used in " The Man Trap ", which included a "Created by Gene Roddenberry" credit. The credits at the close of the episode only list Roddenberry as Producer. Also, the credits for William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy are missing the "starring" and "also starring" designations. This episode followed "The Man Trap" in airdate order. The main titles were standardized for syndication, however the DVD prints restore the titles to their original configuration.
  • During the first-season episodes, cinematographer Jerry Finnerman was encouraged to maximize placement of colored background lighting to add exotic warmth to the gray walls of the Enterprise set. This was a major promotional point for NBC, as Star Trek was a selling point for color televisions. But as pressure to complete episodes grew, this touch gradually faded from the series. NBC was owned at the time by RCA, a major manufacturer of color television sets. ( Inside Star Trek , p. 113)
  • This episode was directed by Lawrence Dobkin , who later guest-starred as Ambassador Kell in TNG : " The Mind's Eye ".
  • DS9 writer/producer Ira Steven Behr says that this is the episode that "won him over." ( AOL chat , 1997 )

Performers [ ]

  • James Doohan ( Scott ) and George Takei ( Sulu ) do not appear in this episode, although two words of Takei's dialogue from " The Man Trap " are dubbed in when Kirk calls the bridge from the gymnasium.
  • The galley chef was voiced by Gene Roddenberry , in his first and only acting role in Star Trek . Despite having dialogue, Roddenberry remained uncredited on-screen.
  • In her autobiography, Grace Lee Whitney mentions that Robert Walker , (a method actor), completely avoided the cast on the set, trying to stay alone and "in character". " He explained to us when he arrived to the set that he wanted to remain alien and apart from us – and it worked. You can see it in his performance, a subtle yet persistent air of estrangement from the Enterprise crew, and indeed from the rest of humanity. His careful effort to stay in character added a convincing dimension to his performance. " Furthermore, she added, " It's impossible to imagine anyone else in the role – he captured the perfect balance, projecting vulnerability, innocence and horrifying menace all the same time. A lesser actor could not have handled the range and depth of the character. " ( The Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galaxy , pp. 98-99)
  • Fontana also praised Walker's performance, " [He] was excellent as Charlie. And he was quite a young man, he was in his twenties, but playing a teenager, he looked young enough to pull it off." [2]
  • Allan Asherman , in The Star Trek Compendium , also mentions that Walker " turns in a powerful and fascinating performance ". (p. 39)
  • The role of Sam was to be initially played by Beau Vandenecker , but it was eventually recast to Robert Herron . ( Per casting sheet ) Herron was a stuntman, so it was cheaper to hire him as an actor/stuntman.
  • Although it may not canonically represent the creative staff's intentions, the novelization by James Blish in Star Trek 1 identifies the unnamed crewman named Sam (whom Charlie "disposes" of) as Sam Ellis, an officer on McCoy's medical staff. The episode novelization made it clear that he, along with all of the officers who were disfigured of by Charlie, were "restored" along with Rand when the Thasians intervened. However, the USS Antares could not be saved because, as the Thasian explained, it was destroyed "in this frame" whereas the zapped Enterprise personnel were "kept intact in the next frame."
  • This was one of only three episodes of the first season that didn't show Vina in the last closing still. The other two episodes were " What Are Little Girls Made Of? " and " Dagger of the Mind ".
  • This is the first of six original series episodes that takes place entirely aboard the Enterprise . The others are " The Changeling ", " Journey to Babel " (Babel itself is never seen), " Elaan of Troyius ", " Is There in Truth No Beauty? ", and " Let That Be Your Last Battlefield ". " The Doomsday Machine ", " The Ultimate Computer ", " The Immunity Syndrome ", and " The Tholian Web " were also filmed using only the Enterprise sets, including that of the shuttlecraft interior, but some of the action in these episodes took place on other Constitution -class starships. By any reasonable definition, each of these entries qualifies as a bottle show .
  • The grates in the floors of the corridors disappeared in later episodes. In one scene, Charlie takes great delight in watching a technician lower some tubing into one of these floor grates.
  • During the scene in Rand's quarters, when Charlie flings Kirk and Spock against the wall, the wall clearly has a hole punched in it. On an earlier take, Leonard Nimoy had struck the wall too forcefully.
  • When Kirk and Charlie have their final confrontation, the camera moves to a rare floor-level view of the bridge. This close-up shows that the set is carpeted. This was probably done as a noise-absorber, given the propensity of the set to pick up noises like plumbing and squeaking floors. The material itself is Ozite, a portion of which was sold at the Profiles in History Star Trek auction in June 2002.
  • The ship's gymnasium makes its first and only appearance in the series. It was originally intended to be seen in more episodes, as some of the shots showing acrobatics and gymnastics there were filmed as intended stock footage for reuse later. The gymnasium was a redress of the engineering set. The room where the gymnasts are tumbling is the redecorated briefing room .
  • The bench on which Sam was sitting when he was zapped turned up later in other episodes. In " Court Martial ", it held the wrench that Benjamin Finney snatched in his attempt to club Kirk. In " This Side of Paradise ", it was topped off by the metal tray that Spock grabs during his fight with Kirk in the transporter room.

Props and special effects [ ]

  • This is the only episode shot after the pilots to have no exterior views of the Enterprise using the updated "series" model. All of the shots are footage from " The Cage " and " Where No Man Has Gone Before " (see: above).
  • Publicity stills of Grace Lee Whitney were used on the playing cards Charlie modifies. ( The Star Trek Compendium , p. 39)
  • After Charlie transforms Tina Lawton into an iguana, the noise the reptile makes was that of the sound made by Sylvia and Korob when they returned to their true forms at the end of " Catspaw ".
  • Spock's scanners in this episode make the same sound the Metron transmission does in " Arena ".
  • Like Trelane , Apollo , and the Gorgan , (other advanced beings whose powers threatened the crew) Charlie makes his exit with fading repetition of his final words.
  • The music accompanying Charlie's disappearance at the end of this episode, highlighted by a mournful bassoon dirge, was re-used effectively in " Space Seed " as the landing party beams onto the Botany Bay ; in " Patterns of Force " for the death of John Gill; in " The Tholian Web " as Chekov witnesses the dead engineering crew on the Defiant ; as Kirk wanders the empty corridors of the faux- Enterprise early in " The Mark of Gideon "; and in " The Ultimate Computer " during Daystrom's final conversation with his M-5 computer.

Costumes [ ]

  • Charlie comes on board the Enterprise wearing a patched cloak; he later leaves it on the floor beside a Jefferies tube.
  • Charlie and the crew of the Antares are wearing old turtleneck uniforms left over from the two pilots. Also, when Charlie is causing panic on the corridors, crewmen can be seen wearing the new series shirts with old, pilot version trousers and boots. ( The Star Trek Compendium , p. 39)
  • For most of the episode, Charlie wears a gold wraparound jacket, which appears to be an unused, early version of Kirk's green tunic made for " The Enemy Within ". It is apparently too big for him. ( The Star Trek Compendium , p. 39)
  • After this episode William Shatner only wore tights once more, in " Errand of Mercy ". He later poked fun at his costume in this episode when clips of it were shown as part of the History Channel show, How William Shatner Changed the World .

Continuity [ ]

  • According to Kirk's line " On Earth today it's Thanksgiving ", the beginning of this episode takes place on 22 November 2266 (assuming American Thanksgiving is meant). The reference to Thanksgiving was included in the script because originally the episode was supposed to air in late-November. ( These Are the Voyages: TOS Season One [ page number? • edit ] )
  • Still not firmly set in his characterization in this early episode, Spock shows both irritation and amusement as Uhura makes fun of him. It seems that he has learned how to express irritation (" Ah yes, one of your Earth emotions ") fairly quickly since the events of " Where No Man Has Gone Before ".
  • The United Earth Space Probe Agency is referenced for the first time in this episode, with the acronym "UESPA". It was mentioned again in episode " Tomorrow is Yesterday ". Years later, Star Trek: Enterprise referenced UESPA in several episodes, including " Demons ".
  • The line " Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary " spoken by Spock while under Charlie's influence is the first line of the poem " The Raven ", by Edgar Allan Poe . Spock is also forced to quote some lines from " The Tyger " by William Blake when he shouts that there is a " Tyger, Tyger burning bright, in the forests of the night ". [3] . In a later episode " Plato's Stepchildren " Spock is again forced to show emotion and sing " Maiden Wine " by powerful mind power aliens.
  • The song that Uhura sings to Spock and then Charlie may have been taken from an old Scottish folk song penned by Robert Burns called "Charlie, He's My Darling". The chorus in that song is almost identical to what Uhura sings. [4]
  • The crew compliment of the Enterprise is stated as 428.

Script vs. screen [ ]

  • The first-draft script featured Uhura as a trained mimic, who amused crewmembers by parodying her fellow officers in the recreation room. It was later turned into her performing a song, to fit Nichelle Nichols ' musical talents. ( The Star Trek Compendium , p. 38)
  • The second draft of this episode's script was completed on 27 June 1966 , with the final draft coming in on 5 July . The episode itself was filmed in mid- July .
  • The final draft script called for the Antares to be seen, dwarfed by the Enterprise . [5]
  • A strange bit of dialogue present in the teleplay was cut from the episode: when discussing the possible existence of Thasians , and Kirk's possible father-figure behavior to Charlie, Spock satirically asked McCoy, " Shall I schedule you to give him voodoo and superstition lessons, doctor? " McCoy replied, " You can if he provides his own chicken 's teeth and penguin feathers , " to which Spock told him, " I'll see to it, doctor. " [6]
  • In the final draft script, a remnant of Uhura's mimicking of other crewmembers still remained; just before she sang, Rand suggested to her, " Do someone. Do the Captain, " but Uhura replied, " No, I've done him. Someone else… let's see… " It was then that Uhura started singing about Spock.
  • In the final draft script, the card trick Charlie plays with Janice, which reveals her photograph on the cards, was not specified. The script simply stated that Charlie performed a variety of card tricks which amazed Janice and the onlookers. [7]
  • Writer Dorothy Fontana recalled that the filmed episode was basically the same as her screenplay, " There were a few line changes, not much. The images of how Charlie affected people, you know, no face so a woman couldn't talk, things like that, those were all there […] I noticed there really wasn't that much that was changed, it was pretty much the way I wrote it. " [8]

Preview [ ]

  • The preview contains an edited Captain's Log from the finished episode: " Captain's log, stardate 1533.7. We have taken aboard an unusual passenger… the sole survivor of a transport crash fourteen years ago. "
  • An alternate take of Charlie throwing Spock and Kirk against the wall in Yeoman Rand's quarters is included. The hole in the wall is still visible (Nimoy apparently hitting it too hard on a prior take or rehearsal), but while the final episode shows the start of the throw from the side, the preview shows it from the front.

Reception [ ]

  • Actress Grace Lee Whitney listed this episode as one of her three favorites. " 'Charlie X' brought out another side of me, the woman looking at a younger man. That was also wonderful because I felt an allegiance to Captain Kirk. " ( Starlog #105, April 1986 , p. 49)

Syndication cuts [ ]

During the syndication run of Star Trek , the following scenes were typically cut from broadcast. The remastered version of the episode contained all scenes from the original unsyndicated version.

  • Extended scenes from Charlie's beam-in to the Enterprise .
  • Scenes of crewmen working in the corridor, including a scene where Charlie observes two men saying "You've got a deal, friend". In the syndicated version, this was never explained where Charlie learned the expression or why he smacked Janice Rand on her rear when repeating.
  • Spock smiling while Uhura talks to him just before the musical session in the crewmen's lounge.
  • Kirk talking to Charlie in his cabin.
  • Women exercising in leotards when Charlie and Kirk enter the ship's gym. At the end of the gym scene, several additional tense moments were cut of Kirk demanding Charlie go to his quarters.
  • Extended briefing room discussion about Charlie and his abilities.
  • Additional scenes of Charlie angrily moving through the ship's corridor where he freezes a female crewman and shoves past three men; he also turns a young female crewman into an old woman.
  • Extended scenes on the bridge with Charlie pleading not to be returned to Thasia.
  • Extended scenes in Kirk's cabin where Kirk askes Charlie about the melted Chess pieces.

Apocrypha [ ]

  • A cat version of "Charlie X" was featured in Jenny Parks ' 2017 book Star Trek Cats .

Remastered information [ ]

The remastered version of "Charlie X" aired in many North American markets during the weekend of 14 July 2007 . The episode included new effects shots of the Thasian ship, replacing the blob-like object seen on-screen with a torpedo-shaped vessel. Most notably, the remastered episode opens with a shot featuring the Antares , a new design based upon the robot grain ships seen in the Star Trek: The Animated Series episode " More Tribbles, More Troubles ".

The Enterprise and the Antares rendezvous

Video and DVD releases [ ]

  • Original US Betamax/VHS release: 28 February 1985
  • Original UK VHS release (two-episode tapes, CIC Video ): Volume 5 , catalog number VHR 2250, release date unknown
  • US VHS release: 15 April 1994
  • UK re-release (three-episode tapes, CIC Video): Volume 1.3, 8 July 1996
  • Original US DVD release (single-disc): Volume 4, 19 October 1999
  • As part of the TOS Season 1 DVD collection
  • As part of the TOS Season 1 HD DVD collection
  • As part of the TOS Season 1 Blu-ray collection

Links and references [ ]

Starring [ ].

  • William Shatner as Capt. Kirk

Also starring [ ]

  • Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock

Guest star [ ]

  • Robert Walker as Charles Evans

Featuring [ ]

  • DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy
  • Grace Lee Whitney as Yeoman Rand
  • Nichelle Nichols as Uhura
  • Charles J. Stewart as Captain Ramart
  • Dallas Mitchell as Nellis
  • Don Eitner as the Navigator
  • Patricia McNulty as Tina Lawton
  • John Bellah as Crewman I
  • Garland Thompson as Crewman II
  • Abraham Sofaer as " The Thasian "

Uncredited co-stars [ ]

  • William Blackburn as Hadley
  • Vinci (aka "Guard II")
  • Bobby Herron as Sam
  • John Lindesmith as the Helmsman
  • Robert Metz as Sciences crewman 2
  • Eddie Paskey as Leslie
  • Gene Roddenberry as the voice  file info of the galley chef
  • George Takei as Sulu (voice only; recycled audio)
  • Ron Veto as Harrison (aka "Engineer")
  • Laura Wood as a Command crew woman 1 (old)
  • Command crewman 1
  • Command crewman 2
  • Command crewman 3
  • Command lieutenant 1
  • galley chef
  • Sciences crewman 1
  • Two crewmen in gymnasium
  • Command crew woman 1
  • Command crew woman 2 (young)
  • Command crew woman 3
  • Command crew woman 4
  • Command crew woman 5
  • Command lieutenant 2
  • Command lieutenant 3
  • Command officer (gymnast)
  • Sciences crew woman 1
  • Sciences crew woman 2
  • Sciences crew woman 3
  • Two gymnasts

Stunt double [ ]

  • Loren Janes as the stunt double for William Shatner

Stand-ins [ ]

  • William Blackburn as the stand-in for DeForest Kelley
  • Frank da Vinci as the stand-in for Leonard Nimoy
  • Jeannie Malone as the stand-in for Grace Lee Whitney
  • Eddie Paskey as the stand-in for William Shatner

References [ ]

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The USS Enterprise meets the Antares to take charge of Charlie Evans sole survivor of a transport ship that crashed on the planet Thasus. For 14 years, Charlie grew up there alone, stranded in the wreckage, learning how to talk from the ship's computer systems which remained intact.

He is to be transported to his nearest relatives on the colony Alpha V. Crew members of the Antares speak praises about Charlie, but seem pleased to see the boy removed from their ship. After the transfer, they bid the Enterprise an unusually hasty goodbye and depart. Charlie undergoes a medical examination by Dr. McCoy. He tells the doctor the crew of the Antares did not like him very much, and that all he wants is for people to like him.

When the Antares gets nearly out of sensor range, it transmits a warning message to the Enterprise , but the message gets cut off before it can give the warning. Shortly after, Spock determines that the Antares has blown up.

Charlie quickly becomes obnoxious and shows signs that he possesses strange powers. First, he develops an infatuation with Yeoman Janice Rand. He presents her with a bottle of perfume, which turns out to be her favorite scent. Having observed a man in engineering seal an agreement to go to the recreation room with a slap on the rear, he does the same to Rand.

Charlie meets Rand later in the rec room, where Mr. Spock plays a Vulcan lyrette and Lt. Uhura sings. Charlie is annoyed with being a subject in Uhura's performance as well as with Rand paying more attention to the song than to him, so he causes Uhura to temporarily lose her voice.

In an attempt to get Charlie interested in a woman his own age, Rand introduces him to Yeoman Tina Lawton, but Charlie only has eyes for Rand and brushes her off. Later, Kirk tries to teach the young man how to fight. Sam, Kirk's training partner, laughs at one of Charlie's falls, and Charlie makes him vanish before Kirk's eyes. Shocked, Kirk calls for security guards to escort Charlie to his quarters, but Charlie says he will not let them hurt him; he then makes their phasers disappear. Charlie admits he used his powers to destroy the Antares , but says the ship would have blown up on its own sooner or later and insists, "They weren't nice to me."

Charlie discovers Kirk's plans to divert from Alpha V, and takes control of the Enterprise . He forces Spock to recite Earth poetry, turns Tina into a lizard, and chases down Rand. When she resists his advances, he makes her disappear. Charlie then goes on a rampage, hideously transforming or vanishing crew members at will.

Meanwhile, a Thasian ship approaches the Enterprise . The Thasian commander appears on the bridge, saying that his race gave Charlie his powers to help him to survive on their world, but these powers render him too dangerous to live among humans. The Thasians return Yeoman Rand and repair the damage Charlie has done, apart from the Antares . They promise to take Charlie to live with them. Charlie begs Kirk for forgiveness and pleads with him to not let the aliens have him, that they don't feel anything. Despite Kirk's statement that Charlie belongs with his own kind, the aliens take him.

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Kirk tries to console Charlie

So, the first episode of Star Trek was a monster-of-the-week horror story featuring a tragic villain and a melancholy ending. How did they follow that up in the second episode? With a monster-of-the-week horror story featuring a tragic villain and a melancholy ending. I can’t help but wonder what impression people had of Star Trek after seeing just these two episodes - they may have thought it was similar to contemporaries like The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits , just with a persistent cast and setting. Surely it doesn’t help that the plot of “Charlie X” feels like a twist on the plot of “It’s a Good Life” , a highly-regarded episode of The Twilight Zone that had aired five years earlier.

But unlike “The Man Trap” , “Charlie X” doesn’t really live up to its premise’s potential even as a horror story. It is properly creepy straight away, with Robert Walker turning out an amazing performance as the human-yet-alien Charlie Evans who is by turns sympathetic and terrifying. But the story can’t quite decide on its throughline.

The episode’s dialog seems to position it as “What if an adolescent male had godlike powers?” (This is analogous to “It’s a Good Life” ’s “What if a child had godlike powers?") But the story’s events are much more “What if someone who grew up alone without learning social skills, empathy, or moral responsibility and was very lonely had godlike powers?” Both questions have potential, but the two interfere with each other and neither is fully dealt with.

The main way in which Charlie’s adolescence is relevant is that he has a crush on Rand which is implied to be at least partially sexual in nature. But the reason he struggles to interact with Rand is the same reason he struggles to relate to everyone else in every other context: his complete lack of social development.

Charlie gives Rand a gift

Kirk responds to this situation by treating Charlie as just another confused teenager and tries to teach him to fight. He doesn’t explain why he chooses this approach, but presumably it’s intended as a healthier outlet for Charlie’s frustration and a more socially-acceptable way to experience physical contact. (It feels like such a 1960s dad move.) This immediately fails due to Charlie’s complete lack of experience persevering through difficulty - and when a crewman laughs while Charlie is already frustrated and self-conscious, Charlie gets mad and disappears him right in front of Kirk.

Now, more than halfway through the episode, Kirk finally sees the threat that Charlie represents. But he doesn’t engage with Charlie as someone who doesn’t understand what he’s doing or why it’s wrong - he immediately tries to assert his dominance and intimidate Charlie into obedience, as though he sees Charlie as a rebellious teenager in need of structure and discipline. This results in the situation rapidly escalating and Charlie becoming radicalized. He quickly goes from trying to be likable to commandeering the ship and freely tormenting anyone who slights him (or whom he imagines slights him). There is no reasoning with Charlie once these lines have been crossed and the story is now about the crew trying to figure out how to deal with a powerful monster. The episode never really engages with the problem of a godlike teenager or a godlike person with no social or moral development, except to show that treating the latter as a normal teenager is probably not a good strategy.

Charlie in Kirk's chair

The ending then comes as a bit of a deus ex machina. The Thasians had been set up and are a good explanation for why Charlie has his powers, but their arrival comes mostly out of nowhere and renders irrelevant the events on the ship and Kirk’s plan to defeat Charlie by overextending his powers. The Thasians hit the reset button on all the havoc Charlie has wreaked on the Enterprise , though they cannot undo the destruction of the Antares and the offscreen death of its crew. They then take Charlie away, removing the problem entirely.

But even though Charlie has murdered twenty people (and terrorized more), this ending doesn’t feel like justice. Charlie is clearly not emotionally or socially mature and it’s equally clear that this is a consequence of his tragic circumstances rather than any fault of his own. When he pleads desperately to be allowed to stay with humans instead of the Thasians whom he cannot touch and who do not love, it doesn’t feel like a dastardly villain is about to receive their just deserts. Even Kirk is moved to argue that Charlie should be with his own kind.

The best outcome would be the Thasians removing Charlie’s powers and leaving him with the humans for rehabilitation, but no one even brings up this possibility. The closest is Kirk suggesting that Charlie could be trained not to use his powers (which the Thasian says is impossible) and then asking, “Is there nothing you can do?” In response, the Thasian says they can take Charlie away - and then does so, with Charlie’s chilling “I want to stay…” echoing as he disappears.

Charlie fading away

It’s hard to find anything satisfying about this ending. The crew don’t win through clever heroism. The status quo hasn’t been changed in any consequential way. Justice hasn’t been served. The lack of engagement with the premise’s apparent questions means there isn’t a clear takeaway or moral. We just felt sad for Charlie, then scared for the crew, and then sad for Charlie again, and now everything’s back to normal but nobody is happy and nothing was learned.

It’s dark, but also toothless - even viewed strictly as a horror story, it compares unfavorably to “It’s a Good Life” which engages better with its similar-but-less-conflicted premise and doesn’t need to pull its punches via a status quo reset at the end.

And so I can’t recommend this episode as either a starting point for Star Trek or as a horror story.

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I find the crew’s treatment of Charlie frustrating through most of the episode. Right away they act like they haven’t been properly briefed on his situation (or like the lack-of-social-development angle was written in later and the rest of the script wasn’t fully updated to account for it, which could also explain the disjoint premise) and only McCoy is nice to him. They also just… let him wander around the ship with no escort, including letting him closely observe working crew members. Particularly strange is that Spock just walks away from him after beating him at chess (instead of asking about his suspicions about the Thasians) and that letting Charlie walk around freely and alone continues after his powers are discovered. At first, Kirk convinces him to go to his quarters, but then after summoning him to ask about the Antares and confirming that he destroyed it, they just let him walk away, resulting in him causing increasingly serious problems. It’s hard not to feel like the crew mismanaged the situation every step of the way and could have avoided most of the trouble with a bit more care.

The rec room scene is deeply strange, with Uhura singing a racist and sexist song about Spock having “Satan’s guise” and how “female astronauts” need “be wary” of him. Like her scene with him in “The Man Trap” , this seems likely to have been intended to show off Spock’s alien nature but today mostly reads as Uhura having a thing for Spock and being weird about it. And before you have a chance to wrap your head around this moment, Uhura sings a song teasing Charlie for being a virgin and having a crush on Rand. It hardly even seems worth pointing out Spock’s uncharacteristic grin during this scene compared with the incredibly rude and unprofessional behavior Uhura is displaying. I mostly just pretend this scene, in its entirety, never happened.

Uhura sings about Spock

The establishing shots of the ship’s gymnasium are also distractingly goofy. With no lead-up, we are shown two men sparring with pugil sticks, a series of women tumbling in leotards, and then a shirtless Kirk falling onto a mat and pointing his rear at the camera. Only after this is there any dialog clarifying that Kirk has brought Charlie to the gym to teach him to wrestle.

Kirk's butt

After the Antares is destroyed, Kirk makes a log entry noting that he has informed “UESPA headquarters” of the loss. That’s the U nited E arth S pace P robe A gency - an early version of what the writers would eventually retcon into Starfleet. At this point in the series' production, neither Starfleet nor the Federation had been conceived of and any references to the Enterprise ’s affiliation or origin suggest it is an Earth ship. Just pretend Kirk said “Starfleet command” here.

The episode does have a couple decent character-establishing scenes. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy discussing the legends of Thasians on the bridge and Spock accusing McCoy of thinking emotionally rather than logically for dismissing a hard-to-believe explanation for otherwise unaccountable evidence is a solid early example of the nature of their relationship. Similarly, Kirk beating Spock at chess (in the franchise’s first broadcast appearance of 3D chess) and Spock calling Kirk’s approach “illogical” and Kirk countering that it is “inspired” encapsulates their relationship and Kirk’s pattern of finding clever, unanticipated solutions to the problems he encounters.

Kirk's butt

What’s disappointing about this latter example, though, is that in this episode it’s largely a case of telling rather than showing. It would land much more strongly if Kirk saved the day in the main plot through the use of illogical/inspired tactics. And he almost does. His plan to spread Charlie’s powers too thin such that he can safely distract Charlie while McCoy sedates him is clever and bold (and I love the way Spock and McCoy TURN ON ALL THE THINGS and then, in unison, turn and stare defiantly at Charlie - three times ).

Spock and McCoy TURN ON ALL THE THINGS

But then McCoy makes no move to sedate Charlie, and before the stalemate is resolved the Thasians show up and assume full control of the plot, leaving Kirk’s plan pointless.

Also, the Thasians quickly return Rand to the bridge - but only Rand. She’s one of several disappeared crew members, none of whom were disappeared from the bridge. Why is Rand brought back to the bridge and no one else? I suppose the Thasians read the show’s credits and realized that out of all the disappeared characters, she was the only one who was a recurring cast member and thus the only one worth caring about.

TOS: S1 – E2: Charlie X

STARDATE: 1533.6

The second episode of the new series (released the show after an encounter with an alien creature that must have salt — and she will kill to get it ) featured another exploration of a unique individual versus the crew of the Enterprise . It will not be the last time in which the crew of the Enterprise must face a life form that operates outside of the rules of humanoids.

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Robert Walker as Charlie X with the legendary William Shatner as Captain James Kirk. Courtesy of CBS / Paramount

The story begins with the ship pulling alongside the cargo ship Antares , and their commander, Captain Ramart and navigator, Tom Ellis beam aboard. They are accompanying a young passenger, named Charles Evans. The young man was catching a ride with the Enterprise on his way to Colony Alpha 5, which is where his relatives are. We learn later that Charlie was the sole survivor of a transport crash 14 years ago, and he was alone from age 3.

It is unclear if the Antares is part of Starfleet, as the insignia on Ramart and Ellis are not the usual golden delta. Meanwhile, Kirk wears his greenish wraparound tunic for the start of the mission.

Kirk greeted the three in the transporter room, and Charlie displayed an unusual ability to manipulate the crewmen of the Antares… as he rolled his eyes, Ramart and Ellis could not stop praising the young passenger. Kirk does now seem to catch this trick.

The captain assigns Yeoman Rand to escort Mr. Evans to his quarters. Charlie seems to have never met a female before because he is dumbstruck when she speaks to him. Charlie turns to Kirk to ask if this is “a girl.” Interesting that the young Charlie has the intergalactic womanizer himself to help him understand what a woman is. Ha!

Interesting that the young Charlie has the intergalactic womanizer himself to help him understand what a woman is.

While under examination in sickbay, things get a bit awkward between Charlie and McCoy. Evans asks McCoy if he “likes” him. McCoy responds that he did. Charlie reported that the crew of the Antares did not care for him and that he was trying hard to make people like him.

Charlie observes one crewman slap the other on the butt and remembers that move when he sees Yeoman Rand later. He offers her a gift which happens to be her favorite. She must run as she’s on duty. But Charlie gives her a whack on her bottom, which she does not approve of. She instructs him to tell the captain what he did and why it was a bad idea.

On the bridge, Kirk notes that Charlie is having trouble with adolescent issues. Spock then asks McCoy if Charlie mentioned the Thasians while in sickbay. The Thasians, who were thought to be an extinct species, must have been around to assist Charlie in survival, as he was alone, the Vulcan argued. McCoy argued that Charlie could have survived from fruits and other native plants on the planet. This disagreement would eventually cause Spock to charge that McCoy was speaking emotionally and not scientifically. One of the many disputes that they would have through the series and later films.

Later in one of the recreational lounges, Spock and Uhura teamed up on an impromptu musical number. Charlie enters, and Uhura changes her lyrics to be about Evans, which embarrasses the young man. Charlie then uses his powers to choke Uhura. Charlie then entertains all in the lounge with some playing card tricks, which clearly infringe on the known laws of physics.

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Members of the Enterprise’s crew enjoy a song performed live by Mr. Spock and Lt. Uhura. Courtesy of CBS / Paramount

Charlie asked Kirk to explain why it was not a good thing when he slapped Yeoman Rand. Kirk sputtered and was not able to come up with a satisfactory reason, and Charlie was left confused. Kirk was then interrupted by a call from the bridge. It turns out Captain Ramart from the Antares was calling to speak to Kirk. As soon as Ramart started to transmit, his transmission was stopped. “It wasn’t very well constructed,” Charlie said. Kirk turned to Charlie and asked if he thought something happened to the Antares. Spock detected debris on the scanners, which he determined was all that was left of the Antares.

Strangely, the mess hall contacted Kirk moments later to report that the meatloaf in the ovens had turned into real turkeys. Charlie stifled a laugh and walked into the turbolift.

Later, as Kirk and Spock played chess, Spock poses that Charlie is somehow responsible for the destruction of the Antares . Kirk then leaves the room as Charlie enters, who then engages Mr. Spock in a game. Spock crushes Charlie after just three moves. But then Charlie uses his powers to melt the chess pieces.

After that, Charlie runs into Rand, who attempts to introduce him to a younger crewman, Tina Lawton, Yeoman Third Class. Rand wanted to introduce him to someone his own age. Charlie does not accept this switch attempt and tells Rand that he does not want a girl, he wants to be with Rand. Charlie tells her that when he is around her, he feels “hungry all over.” Rand looks puzzled and a bit disturbed.

Rand goes to Kirk and says that she will soon tell Charlie to leave him alone, which would not be good for the boy. Kirk then pulls Charlie aside to discuss the melted chess pieces, which he uses to transition to a talk about being 17 and growing up. The captain tells Charlie that there are a million things he can have in the universe and a million things he cannot.

To help Charlie, Kirk then takes his shirt off and shows the young man some fighting techniques in the gym. Kirk shows Charlie a wrestling throw on a crewman, Sam. Then Kirk throws Charlie in the same way… but when Charlie is thrown, Sam laughs. Charlie then makes Sam vanish with his powers. “It’s not nice to laugh at people,” Charlie said. Kirk asks where Sam is, and Charlie replied simply that Sam is “gone.” Kirk summons security, who Charlie pushes back with the power of his mind. He also makes a phaser disappear. Kirk then bluffs and tells Charlie that if he does not go to his quarters, then the captain will be forced to carry him there.

Uhura then reports that all phasers have disappeared from the entire ship.

In the briefing room, Spock speculates that Charlie is a Thasian, who, according to legend, can use their powers to phase items out of existence. McCoy disagrees, citing the human physiology, which makes up Charlie’s body. Kirk then decides that they cannot take him to the colony as he might destroy the entire place and all inhabitants. Kirk summoned Charlie and asked him if he was responsible for destroying the Antares. Charlie said that he was.

Kirk then decides that they are not going to take Charlie to the colony. As this order is given, Uhura’s station explodes, and navigation no longer can enter instructions into their instruments. Just then, Charlie appears on the bridge and forces Spock to recite poetry. Charlie tells Kirk that they cannot change course and that he must get to Colony 5 as soon as possible.

Kirk then forces Charlie to release control over Spock. He then leaves the bridge and turns Yeoman Lawton into an iguana on his way to see Rand. He bursts into Rand’s cabin, and she tells him to not enter her room without knocking. He then says her never to lock the door again. He then tells her that she wants “her.” Spock and Kirk respond to the scene as Charlie starts to get aggressive. Rand slaps Charlie, and he blinks her out of existence.

“Why did she do that?” Charlie asks. He turns to Kirk and Spock, who he then tells, he still needs Kirk, because he needs Kirk to run the Enterprise. But Spock’s legs are broken. Kirk orders Charlie to let Spock go as well, which he does. Kirk then asks about Rand, but Charlie refuses to tell him where she is.

Kirk then escorts Charlie to a room with a force field protecting the door. To retaliate, Charlie removed the entire wall from the cell with his powers. Then Charlie goes from level to level wreaking havoc among the crew. Charlie then takes over control of the ship directly.

Kirk speculates that he might be vulnerable since he’s now running the ship entirely. His powers might be at their maximum, he supposes. Kirk attacks him physically, which allows the crew to regain control of the ship. Suddenly, Rand reappears, and Uhura reports an object off the ship’s bow.

A Thasian being appears on the bridge… a hologram of an old human’s face. The being returned all Enterprise crew to their former states. Charlie grovels and pleads with Kirk to let him stay with humanity. The being agrees to take Charlie from the Enterprise.

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This episode moves quickly and is paced well, but I am not sure if it’s just me, but the story is “old.” We’ve seen the young person rebel against their parents, which is essentially what this is.

Also, I found it a bit strange that the producers chose another fantastic being to be the subject of this second episode, rather than something more “science-y.” We have no scientific explanation for the powers behind the Thasians or where they have been or … anything. I also noted that the writer seems to have not decided exactly what they wanted the Antares to be.

At the start, the Antares is a “cargo ship;” later it’s a “science probe vessel,” and later still, the Antares is a “survey ship.” Perhaps it was all of these things — a particular class of Starfleet ships that can do it all. In the end, this episode was enjoyable and had a lot of highlights, most notably the friction between Spock and McCoy and Uhura’s singing.

RATING: 3 out of 5

Associate Producers: Robert H. Justman, John D. F. Black Director of Photography: Jerry Finnerman Production Designer: Walter M. Jefferies Theme music by: Alexander Courage Music composed and conducted by: Fred Steiner

William Shatner as Kirk Leonard Nimoy as Spock

GUEST STAR Robert Walker

DeForest Kelley  as Dr. McCoy Grace Lee Whitney as Yeoman Rand

Nichelle Nichols … Uhura Charles J. Stewart … Captain Ramart Dallas Mitchell … Nellis Don Eitner …Navagator Patricia McNulty … Tina Lawton John Bellah … Crewman I Garland Thompson … Crewman II Abraham Sofaer … The Thasian

Art Director … Rolland M. Brooks Film Editor … Fabien Tordjmann Assistant Director … Michael S. Glick Set Decorator … Carl F. Biddiscombe Costumes created by … William Theiss Post Production Executive … Bill Heath Music Editor … Robert H. Raff Sound Editor … Joseph G. Sorokin Sound Mixer … Jack F. Lilly Photographic Effects … Howard Anderson Co. Script Supervisor … George A. Rutter Music Consultant … Wilbur Hatch Music Coordinator … Julian Davidson Special Effects … Jim Rugg Property Master … Irving A. Fenberg Gaffer … George H. Merhoff Head Grip … George Rader Production Supervisor … Bernard A. Windin Makeup Artist … Fred B. Phillips, S.M.A. Hair Styles by … Virginia Darcy, C.H.S. Wardrobe Mistress … Margaret Makau Casting … Joseph D’Agosta Sound … Glen Glenn Sound Co.

Executive in Charge of Production … Herbert F. Solow

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Original Air Date: September 15, 1966_x000D_ _x000D_ Episode Title: “Charlie X”_x000D_ _x000D_ In the second episode of “Star Trek: The Original Series,” the USS Enterprise, captained by James T. Kirk, intercepts the cargo vessel Antares which has picked up a 17-year-old boy named Charlie Evans from the planet Thasus. Charlie is the sole survivor of a transport ship that crashed thirteen years earlier. He was raised alone on Thasus, a desolate planet with little resources, and the crew of the Antares is grateful to hand over responsibility for him to the Enterprise, which is heading to the nearest Starbase._x000D_ _x000D_ From the outset, it’s clear that Charlie is socially inept and has difficulty relating to others, having never interacted with other humans since he was a small child. He becomes infatuated with the ship’s yeoman, Janice Rand, and misunderstands her polite friendliness for romantic interest. His attempts to court her are clumsy and inappropriate, leading to uncomfortable situations._x000D_ _x000D_ However, soon after Charlie comes on board, the Antares is mysteriously destroyed, and it becomes apparent that Charlie has powers beyond human comprehension. He is able to control matter, energy, and even people with mere thought and a flick of his fingers. He confesses to destroying the Antares because its crew had realized he was dangerous and were trying to warn the Enterprise._x000D_ _x000D_ Charlie’s inability to understand human relationships and morality combined with his immense power causes havoc aboard the Enterprise. After numerous incidents that include the altering of crew members‚Äô physical appearances, removal of a crew member’s face, and taking control of the Enterprise, Captain Kirk confronts Charlie, trying to teach him about human nature, responsibility, and the importance of not abusing power._x000D_ _x000D_ But, Charlie’s powers are beyond his own control and understanding. When he threatens the entire ship, the mysterious Thasians, powerful noncorporeal beings who had given Charlie his powers so he could survive on their world, intervene. They decide to take Charlie back, apologizing to the Enterprise for the havoc he wrought and promising to contain him. Despite everything, Charlie pleads not to be taken back to the loneliness of Thasus, highlighting the tragedy of his character: a powerful but lonely boy who never learned how to be human.

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Now from a planet out in space There comes a lad not commonplace A’ seeking out his first embrace. He’s saving it for you. Oh, Charlie’s our new darling, Our darling, our darling. Charlie’s our new darling. We know not what he’ll do.

– Uhura’s Song

What happened?

The Enterprise brings aboard an unfortunate passenger: Charlie Evans (Robert Walker), who spent almost his entire life alone on a planet. However, as Charlie tries to figure out who he is as a member of a community, it becomes clear just how Charlie survived for so long on the planet. The indigenous creatures of the planet have bestowed near godlike powers upon the boy, but he may not be mature enough to control them.

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Let’s Dig Deeper

It’s not 90 seconds into “Charlie X” that we see that there’s something wrong with Charlie Evans. Yes, he’s a bit awkward, but the way the Antares captain dumps him off, sweaty palms and all, on Kirk, then suddenly changes his tune, boasts a subtlety I didn’t remember. I thought it would take a while before getting to Charlie’s creepy eyeroll powers, but no: just a minute in and it’s there in full force.

One thing Star Trek does best is speaking about the human condition. Charlie is a frightfully embarrassing teenager, compounded by the fact that he’s had no real human contact for fourteen years. He has no context for how to be a person, but he’s trying and growing more frustrated:

CHARLIE: Everything I do or say is wrong. I’m in the way, I don’t know the rules, and when I learn something and try to do it, suddenly I’m wrong! KIRK: Now wait, wait. CHARLIE: I don’t know what I am or what I’m supposed to be, or even who. I don’t know why I hurt so much inside all the time. KIRK: You’ll live, believe me. There’s nothing wrong with you that hasn’t gone wrong with every other human male since the model first came up. CHARLIE: What if you care for someone? What do you do? KIRK: You go slow. You be gentle. I mean, it’s not a one-way street, you know, how you feel and that’s all. It’s how the girl feels, too. Don’t press, Charlie. If the girl feels anything for you at all, you’ll know it. Do you understand? … KIRK: Charlie, there are a million things in this universe you can have and there are a million things you can’t have. It’s no fun facing that, but that’s the way things are. CHARLIE: Then what am I going to do? KIRK: Hang on tight and survive. Everybody does. CHARLIE: You don’t. KIRK: Everybody, Charlie. Me, too. CHARLIE: I’m trying, but I don’t know how.

If this isn’t something universal about the human condition (not just to males, but we do pretty well on our own here…), I don’t know what is. “He’s a boy in a man’s body, trying to be an adult with the adolescence in him getting in the way.” Charlie is sorting out his humanity, as are we all, and he thinks that Kirk has it all figured out. We all look to others and just assume their lives are sorted out, that they’ve hacked life and know how to level up faster than we do. But we’re all just faking it because it’s each of our first times.

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Charlie awkwardly interrupts, doesn’t know how to talk to girls, slaps Yeoman Rand on the backside after seeing two male colleagues do so. He messes up – but don’t we all? He’s “got to live with people…[he’s] not alone anymore,” as Rand chastises Charlie. What’s even funnier is the fact that Kirk, Spock, and McCoy debate how to talk to Charlie about the birds and the bees, about who will be the boy’s best role model.

Charlie is just learning to be a person, but he’s had no context, and his powers have taught him that wishing will give him everything he can hope for. He does card tricks, makes turkeys for Thanksgiving (a noble move), gives gifts of perfume – all innocuous events. It’s when he starts taking away Uhura’s voice, removing a crew member’s face, turning Tina into an iguana, and zapping people away that he gets himself into real trouble, and everything spirals out of control from there.

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Check another box for another trope that we’ll see repeatedly in the Star Trek franchise: people with superhuman powers who can’t handle them (we’ll see them again very soon, in an episode filmed before this one – it’s at the heart of Star Trek ), and the message doesn’t change: our human foibles remain, and no amount of power or technology can change that.

However, the deus ex machina of this episode leaves me deeply unsatisfied. While some episodes deal with the godlike human by killing the problem (“Where No Man Has Gone Before”), outwitting it (about 3/4 of the Q episodes, as well as “The Squire of Gothos”), or arguing that humanity is worth not squashing like puny insects (all the rest of the Q episodes) – this episode just takes the problem out of the Enterprise crew’s hands. They just survive the episode until Charlie’s adoptive green space mist parents come to collect him. There’s no humanity left for Charlie – it’s taken from him.

Earlier, I talked about the wonderfully uncomfortable debate about who will talk to Charlie about the ways of the world (obviously, it should be Kirk). However, the more important revelation in this conversation is the solidification of the dynamic between Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. In short, they are ethos , logos , and pathos. Kirk represents all the nobility and philosophy of the Federation – its ethos , its moral center. McCoy pushes forward with his pathos , often speaking out of turn, commenting on situations from an emotional standpoint, or providing a counterpoint to Spock’s logos . In all things, Spock must look from an utterly logical perspective, which Kirk needs and so does McCoy. The three balance one another out (at times throughout the series, Kirk and McCoy switch categories, but generally this remains).

This is an uneven episode in many ways, as the show was still trying to figure itself out. However, the main point takeaway for me is the burgeoning relationship between Kirk, Spock, and McCoy: it’ll become the core of the show, after all.

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This is an episode I often skip when I rewatch. As a result, I haven’t seen it in a long time. I’ve always found Robert Walker’s Charlie to be just painfully awkward. Maybe it was a reflection of myself that I shied away from. I was a terribly awkward teenager (but who wasn’t, right? Don’t tell me if you weren’t…), and so it’s possible that I just didn’t want that mirror held up to myself. Or maybe it’s his daggone creepy eyes. Seriously, they still skeeve me out. His eyes are highlighted just about as much as Bela Lugosi’s Dracula , and I’m wondering who’s job that was on the Enterprise . Probably the same guy who puts vaseline on everyone’s eyes when Kirk has his shirt off, to make Kirk look extra dreamy. Perks of having your own starship, I guess.

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I enjoy the belowdecks exploration of the Enterprise here: we see maintenance tubes (not Jeffries Tubes yet), the gym, the rec room, lots of the crew doing their job, not just the bridge crew. It builds this world nicely, especially seeing Spock there, who’s the last person we would expect.

Last week I mentioned that “The Man Trap” was the only source of the Abramsverse Spock-Uhura relationship, but Spock alluringly plays the Vulcan lyre while Uhura  sings  about his pointy ears. Seriously, get a room, guys!

D.C. Fontana’s immense contribution as a writer and producer for  Star Trek (and therefore science fiction in general) cannot be ignored. She ran the first season of Star Trek: The Animated Series , helped kick off and run Star Trek: The Next Generation , and therefore was instrumental, second only to Gene Roddenberry, in ensuring the longevity of Star Trek through the decade-long desert after its cancellation in 1969. Her episodes are among the best in the entire franchise. Particularly “Yesteryear,” “Journey to Babel,” and “The Enterprise Incident,” in The Original Series .

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We’ve got some great costume choices here: our first shirtless Kirk (don’t worry, it’s not the last!) and our first glimpse of Kirk’s informal, casual uniform shirt . It’s so strange and out of place. Still, I’d wear it.

Memorable Quotes from Charlie X

“is that a girl” “that’s a girl.”.

– Charlie asking Kirk about Yeoman Rand (that Antares crew has no women aboard – that’s definitely not very enlightened of them!)

“There’s no right way to hit a woman.”

– Kirk telling Charlie not to slap Yeoman Rand’s backside. (Apparently ignoring the fact that there’s an Orion Slave Girl trafficking ring going on under the Federation’s watch, but yeah, worry about that…)

“Captain Kirk is one of a kind, Charlie.”

– Dr. McCoy, just bromancing a bit.

Keep Watching?

Yes! Brace yourselves. Next week’s episode is a little rougher around the edges, production-wise, but it deals with very similar issues from a different angle. It’s really one of the best-written episodes of  The Original Series . If you like good science fiction that talks about issues of who we are as humans – this is your place!

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"Charlie X" was the 7th episode of Star Trek: The Original Series , in the show's first season , first aired on 15 September 1966 . The episode was written by Gene Roddenberry and D.C. Fontana , directed by Lawrence Dobkin MA and novelized under the title "Charlie's Law" in Star Trek 1 by James Blish .

The cargo ship USS Antares transfers 17- year old Charles ("Charlie") Evans to the USS Enterprise on his way to Colony 5 from the planet Thasus . The Antares is mysteriously destroyed and Enterprise crew members disappear. Captain James T. Kirk realizes that Charlie is responsible but has no control over his deadly god -like powers.

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The Enterprise is meeting the cargo ship USS Antares so they can transport a young teenage boy, Charles "Charlie" Evans , whom they discovered while surveying the planet Thasus . Charlie beams over to the Enterprise with Captain Ramart of the Antares , and the ship's navigator and first officer , Tom Nellis . Unknown to the Enterprise crew , Charlie has god -like powers. He does not inform Captain Kirk of his powers and is also influencing Ramart and Nellis, preventing them from informing Kirk of this. Charlie is supposed to transfer to the Enterprise , which is on route to Colony 5 , where, ultimately, he will stay with relatives.

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Nyota Uhura .

After being away from all Human contact for so many years, Charlie begins to learn and integrate. Being a teenager, Charlie is also struggling with puberty and develops his first crush on the beautiful Yeoman Janice Rand . In one of the ship's recreation rooms , he secretly silences Lieutenant Nyota Uhura , who is singing, so that he can have all of Rand's undivided attention.

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Later, when Charlie is on the bridge , Captain Ramart tries to contact the Enterprise to warn them of Charlie's dangerous powers, but the Antares is secretly destroyed by Charlie before they can get a message off.

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Yeoman Rand eventually introduces Charlie to a girl his own age— Yeoman Third Class Tina Lawton . Charlie immediately snubs Tina and confides to Rand his feelings for her. Rand realizes Charlie's crush is becoming difficult for her and discusses the issue with Captain Kirk, who takes pity on Charlie and attempts to befriend him. Kirk takes Charlie to the gym for some self-defense exercises. After sparring with Kirk, Charlie falls down, which prompts laughter from Sam , one of Kirk's sparring partners. Feeling hurt and humiliated, Charlie makes Sam "disappear"—finally revealing his god-like powers. Ultimately, Charlie admits to destroying the Antares . Soon, Spock suspects that Charlie might be a Thasian , a race of non-corporeal , psionically -powerful beings, rumored to have lived on the planet ages ago.

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Charlie begins to take control of the Enterprise at different levels. Attempts to stop him fail, so he wreaks mayhem on some of the crew. He turns Tina Lawton into an iguana , a young female crewwoman into an old lady, and makes Yeoman Rand "disappear" after Kirk and Spock try to rescue her from Charlie's influences.

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Determined to stop Charlie before they reach Colony 5, Kirk tries to overload his powers by activating different systems on the ship all at once. Then, he attempts to physically subdue Charlie. During the midst of this struggle with Charlie, an object suddenly appears alongside the ship. A translucent, floating human-like face appears on the bridge. The voice from the face informs the bridge that it is a Thasian, the powerful psionic beings Spock believed still existed. The Thasian states that it had taken its form from centuries ago so that it might communicate with Humans . The Thasians provided Charlie with psionic powers so he could survive. Thasians have the power to transfer psionic ability to other beings. Once they have done this, they either cannot or will not remove this power. Captain Kirk then suggests that Charlie belongs with humans and recommends that he might be trained not to use his psionic powers. The Thasian replies that " We gave him the power so he could live. He will use it—always ". Since it would be impossible for Charlie to live a normal life amongst humans, the Thasians "transport" him to their ship and inform the Enterprise bridge that they will continue to care for him. The Thasians depart peacefully without incident.

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  • The scenes where Nyota Uhura sings in the recreation room and where James T. Kirk disputes with Charlie Evans on the bridge are replayed, as dreamlike scenery from Janice Rand 's memory, in the TOS comic : " The Dream Walkers ".
  • A flashback adapting scenes from this episode was included in SA comic : " X2 ", the continuation of Charlie's story.

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  • In James Blish 's novelization this episode was titled Charlie's Law .
  • The Antares was not seen in the original version of this episode; however, it is pictured in the 2007 remastered edition, the design strongly resembling that of the Federation drone ships of the TAS episode " More Tribbles, More Troubles ".

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  • " Charlie X " article at Memory Alpha , the wiki for canon Star Trek .
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  • ↑ The character of Clifford Brent was not named in the episode but the same actor, wearing an officer 's Starfleet uniform , was addressed as Brent in TOS episode : " The Naked Time ". The same actor also played the character of Vinci .
  • ↑ The character Vinci was not named in the episode but the same actor, wearing the same operations division Starfleet uniform , was addressed as Vinci in TOS episode : " The Devil in the Dark ". The same actor also played the character of Clifford Brent .
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Original air date: September 15, 1966

The Enterprise takes on a passenger, being that they are commonly in the habit of ferrying civilians . The boy is Charlie, an orphan with a Mysterious Past and really bad social skills. The people dropping him off seem in quite a hurry to leave.

Charlie becomes infatuated with Yeoman Rand, stalking her and delivering presents she doesn't want. In the rec room we get to see Spock and Uhura make music together, which annoys Charlie because it distracts everyone (and especially Yeoman Rand) from him.

The ship Charlie arrived on blows up mid-transmission, with Charlie making a snide remark. Everyone is somewhat concerned, especially as odd things continue to happen upon the ship. For instance, Charlie loses chess and causes the chess pieces to melt. Nobody connects this to him (yet). Kirk is given the responsibility of talking to the boy and attempting to explain how to be normal.

Which he does by teaching him to wrestle . (Obviously.) When Kirk's training partner laughs at Charlie, Charlie makes him disappear. Kirk is upset and orders him to his quarters, where he goes after making several threats. Charlie goes on a rampage when Kirk refuses to bring him to the human colony he was planning on going to. The aliens that taught Charlie his powers appear to take him back, apologizing for the damage he's caused. He is brought back to live with them and the people that were attacked are brought back to normal .

  • Adaptation Title Change : When James Blish adapted it as a short story, the title was "Charlie's Law", as he adapted it from an earlier version of the script, with that name.
  • Alas, Poor Villain : Charlie doesn't want to go back with the Thasians, as they aren't physically present like Kirk or Rand. Kirk even argues for a chance for Charlie to stay if he can be rehabilitated. However, the Thasians point out they can't undo the talents they'd given Charlie to survive on their world, and he's returned to them despite his desperate begging to stay.
  • Artificial Meat : Kirk orders the food workers to at least make the synthetic meatloaf the crew is having for Thanksgiving look like turkey. Charlie obliges by putting real turkeys in the oven.
  • Berserk Button : Never laugh at Charlie if you value your life.
  • Big "NO!" : Charlie screams it when a Thasian ship arrives to take him home to his kind.

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  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You : Charlies says he needs Kirk alive to help him run the Enterprise , as it's a lot bigger and more complicated than the Antares .

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  • Chiaroscuro : In the gym when Kirk and Charlie are facing off, the lighting somehow changes mid-scene to make both Charlie and Kirk appear as though they are in a typical Film Noir scene with Venetian blinds. Also, their eye areas are highlighted to emphasize the drama and tension.
  • Continuity Nod : This happens after "The Enemy Within", so Kirk's "romance has to be two-sided" also serves as guilt for what his evil half did to Janice.
  • Creator Cameo : Gene Roddenberry provides the voice of the Galley Chief amazed at the appearance of real turkeys.
  • Cut Phone Lines : Charlie cross-circuits Uhura's instrument panel when she tries to send a warning to Colony Five.
  • Death Glare : Charlie has one using his powers. Kirk gives him one of his own after he breaks Spock's legs.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu? : Kirk grabs the sociopathic man-child with superhuman powers and throws him out of his chair. Moral: Do not take the captain's chair!
  • Dirty Coward : Charlie, after smugly tormenting the crew with his psychic abilities, freaks out when the Thasians appear to collect him, with his fear mostly based around how his abilities do nothing to them and they can easily undo the harm he's done.
  • Disconnected by Death : The Antares ceases transmitting to the Enterprise when Charlie destroys it.
  • Disproportionate Retribution : Due to his uncontrollable temper, Charlie uses his powers on people who did harmless things to him. He makes a crewmember in the gym disappear because he laughed at him getting thrown on his ass by Kirk. A gaggle of anonymous crewmembers are rendered faceless because they just happened to be laughing when Charlie stormed past. One female crewmember is turned into a lizard after expressing genuine concern for him. And Charlie wonders why nobody likes him.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You : Charlie seems genuinely reluctant to vanish Kirk, even though by that stage Kirk is deliberately provoking and even assaulting Charlie. Fortunately, the Thasians intervene before he overcomes this reluctance.
  • Downer Ending : Charlie only wanted to be liked and accepted by the crew. His temper and "talent" make it impossible, but it's not his fault (entirely) since he'd been alone since age three.
  • Dub Name Change : Charlie's name in the Japanese dub is Peter as Scotty's name was changed to Charlie. One-Steve Limit is to blame.
  • The Antares crew's tan, ribbed-collar tunics, which were reused from the two pilot episodes.
  • Kirk & Co. work for the United Earth Space Probe Agency.
  • The rank insignia on Kirk's green tunic are on his shoulders instead of around his wrists, where they would appear later in the series.
  • The destination is alternatively referred to as Colony Alpha 5 and Earth Colony 5. As the show progressed, Federation colonies would receive proper names.
  • Having to convert meatloaf to turkey for Thanksgiving. This suggests that they didn't have food synthesizers and their onboard food wasn't far ahead of astronaut food of The '60s . Accordingly, this is also the only episode that features or makes mention of a galley chef.
  • Spock smiles while he's with Lt. Uhura in the crew lounge. This contradicts his characterization throughout the rest of the series, during which he almost always acts in a completely emotionless manner.
  • Eldritch Starship : The Thasians' ship resembles a nebulous mobile cloud of glowing green gas (in the original version); in the Remastered episode, it is similar looking, but with some kind of lighted tubes inside the gas cloud. The Thasians themselves are noncorporeal aliens who appeared to the Enterprise crew as floating, ghostly green humanoid heads .
  • Explosive Instrumentation : The communication console emits a shower of sparks and burns Uhura's hand. Justified in this case because it's Charlie using his powers to prevent communications with anyone outside the ship; Uhura states that there wouldn't normally be any reason for it to do that.
  • Many have compared Charlie to Anthony Fremont from The Twilight Zone (1959) episode " It's a Good Life ", which is based on the short story of the same name .
  • To Valentine Smith from the novel Stranger in a Strange Land , as both are superpowered individuals attempting to reintegrate to normal human society. Valentine manages to make a good life for himself, Charles...doesn't.
  • Some may have noticed the title "Charlie X" and a connection to a certain Charles Xavier . The debut of the comic book X-Men does predate this episode by three years, but Professor X (who rarely if ever goes by "Charlie") is of course a mature man with telepathic (not telekinetic) powers that he only uses for the good of mankind. Also, at the time of this episode, the X-Men were one of the more obscure Marvel titles. It's most probable that any similarities were coincidental.
  • Also might be an expy of Charlie Gordon, in Flowers for Algernon , as a young man unable to cope with the powers he has been given.
  • Famous, Famous, Fictional : When Charlie forces Spock to recite poetry, he quotes from William Blake 's The Tyger , Poe's The Raven , and what appears to be a future poem. Spock: I'm trying to— Saturn rings around my head, down a road that's Martian red.
  • Flirtatious Smack on the Ass : Charlie slaps Janice on the rear after seeing one crewman playfully do it to another (not realizing it has different connotations when one of the people is female), but he is so horrified at her offended reaction that she just mildly reprimands him.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With : The Thasian who speaks to the Enterprise takes on a copy of the physical form he had centuries ago in order to better communicate with the crew.
  • Fully-Clothed Nudity : Rand appears embarrassed that the Thasians' Reset Button put her on the bridge in her nightgown, even though it fully covers her.
  • Yeoman Rand gets the fuzzy treatment in all her close-ups (and not just the ones that are representing the infatuated Charlie's point of view).
  • So, for some reason, does William Shatner.
  • Go to Your Room! : After Charlie causes Sam to vanish in the gymnasium, Kirk orders him "confined to quarters", which is an actual punishment in military and naval settings.
  • His Name Is... : The Antares tries to contact the Enterprise to warn them about Charlie (presumably after they felt they were a safe distance away), but Charlie destroys their ship, trying to pass it off as being a result of the ship being poorly built. Nobody buys it at this point.
  • Impractically Fancy Outfit : Rand's ridiculous one-shouldered hot pink nightdress, which is definitely more seduction wear than practical sleepwear.
  • Instant Costume Change : While Kirk fumbles his way through The Talk with Charlie, he is wearing his command gold tunic. When he responds to an urgent call from the bridge in the next scene, he's back in the green tunic. The most likely explanation is that Kirk had so many shirtless scenes they couldn't fit them all into the show.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved : Charlie wants to make friends and to be loved. Unfortunately, his lack of social skills and his violent temper make him quite dangerous. Based on how he reacts when the Thasians take him back, it seems like he didn’t receive the love that he’s so desperate to have.
  • It's the Only Way : Charlie is steering the Enterprise to an inhabited planet, and Kirk's hold over him is growing increasingly tenuous, so he forces a final confrontation despite both McCoy and Spock advising him against it.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence : The captain of the Antares (along with his entire crew).
  • Kubrick Stare : Charlie does one when he's angry, and an exaggerated version with his eyes rolled up into his head when he uses his powers.
  • Logic Bomb : Realizing that Charlie may be at the limit of his power, the bridge crew turn on every system in an attempt to drain him.
  • Mind Rape : There's a bit where Charlie is making Spock recite poetry instead of say what he wants to say on the intercom. Charlie comments that he could make Spock spin around, dance, or laugh . A couple of seasons later, the Platonians do just that .
  • Mood Whiplash : In-Universe during the wrestling scene; the moment Charlie makes someone vanish in front of Kirk he realizes he's not just dealing with a Hormone-Addled Teenager but an Outside-Context Problem .
  • Mr. Fanservice : Kirk has an extended scene where he wears nothing but a pair of tights.
  • Never My Fault : Charlie's reasoning is exactly like a child's, with the reality warping powers of a Thasian behind it. "No, it wasn't Charlie who made Sam disappear, Sam laughed at Charlie - Sam MADE Charlie make Sam disappear!"
  • Nightmare Face : How do you know Charlie's about to ruin somebody's day? He tilts his head down and his eyes roll up to fixate on his target, making him look like he has Blank White Eyes , with that "that wasn't very nice..." frown on his face. There's a Scare Chord and a dramatic zoom-in as well, to heighten the effect.
  • Not So Above It All : When Uhura interrupts Spock's lute-playing with her singing, he plays the lute for her instead, and has a wry smile as she teases him with the lyrics.
  • No Social Skills : Charlie, having lived with no human contact since he was three years old (and is now 17), has insufferably poor social skills.
  • Oh, Crap! : When Kirk first sees evidence of Charlie's supernatural ability, making Crewman Sam disappear for laughing at him - he suddenly recognizes that he, and the Enterprise, could be dealing with an exceptionally powerful being with the body and temperament of a child. He recovers after a few seconds.
  • Out-of-Character Alert : The crew of the Antares leave as quickly as possible, refusing an offer to take on supplies from Kirk's Starship Luxurious , which he muses is unprecedented.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business : When the Thasians show up to take Charlie away, Charlie begs the crew not to let them. Seeing the Spoiled Brat who'd been nothing but arrogant and cocky throughout the whole episode completely break down at the sight of his foster parents is jarring, to say the least. Charlie: Oh, please, don't let them take me. I can't even touch them! Janice, they can't feel. Not like you! They don't love!
  • Parental Substitute : McCoy suggests that Kirk would make a good father figure for Charlie. Kirk tries to shove the task back onto McCoy , but when Rand approaches him about Charlie's behavior Kirk realizes he can't just let things lie. After Charlie reveals his powers, this is the only hold that Kirk has over him, though they all know Charlie will reach a point where he'll refuse to submit to Kirk's authority.
  • Percussive Therapy : Realizing Charlie is suffering from an excess of teenage hormones , Kirk helps him burn some off by teaching him wrestling. It's working well enough until Charlie makes a nearby crewman who laughed at him vanish .
  • Charlie can do lots of things, including transmogrification and making people involuntarily recite poetry.
  • He can also reach into Yeoman Rand's head and discover her favorite perfume. Ew.
  • Psychopathic Man Child : Charlie, an impulsive and unhealthily needy teenager with an ability to make people vanish.
  • Rapid Aging : Charlie does this to a pretty crewmember in retribution for Kirk trying to trap him behind a forcefield .
  • Reality Warper : From affecting people and objects close to him, to those far away in space, Charlie definitely has some dangerous powers - fortunately, their effects (when directly caused by his powers) can be reversed, and are at the end .
  • Red Shirt : The one guy in the gym that laughs at Charlie. Charlie starts his rampage by making him disappear. Interestingly, he's wearing a red dogi. Other crewmembers of all uniform colors suffer in some way or another for offenses both great and small.
  • Reset Button : The Thasians undo everything Charlie did on the Enterprise , but are unable to do anything for the crew of the Antares , who were killed by a warp core breach (caused by Charlie) rather than merely being transformed or disappeared.
  • Replacement Goldfish : Rand attempts to invoke this by setting Charlie up with a cute blonde crewmember closer to his age, but Charlie is utterly disinterested.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers! : Charlie Evans was given superpowers by the Thasians after his ship crashed and everyone else was killed. When the Enterprise picks him up, he has an obsession with being liked and "removes" people from reality if they piss him off. Eventually, the Thasians show up to take him back and repair the damage, but they're too late for a ship he destroyed that was trying to warn the Enterprise . While Charlie repents in the end and promises never to use the powers again, Kirk and the Thasians agree that it's too much of a temptation.
  • Shipper on Deck : The latter part of Uhura's song comes a bit across as if she is this for Charlie and Rand. But maybe she, like everyone else at first, merely considers this amusing without taking it all too seriously.
  • Significant Reference Date : The episode was initially intended to air around Thanksgiving, hence the turkeys reference. However it ended up airing earlier due to it being the only completed episode at the time.
  • Sore Loser : Spock crushes Charlie at chess, so Charlie uses his creepy mental powers to melt the pieces.
  • Spiritual Antithesis : The episode can be seen as an antithesis of Robert A. Heinlein 's novel Stranger in a Strange Land , which was published just five years before that episode aired. The plots of both works are essentially the same: an orphaned young man with nigh-omnipotent psychic powers is forced to adjust to human society after living his entire life among aliens, and finds himself entranced by the mysteries of human women. But while Heinlein's Valentine Michael Smith is a blissfully innocent figure who tries to use his powers to rid the human race of everything holding it back, Star Trek 's Charlie Evans is a chillingly amoral figure whose alien upbringing leaves him incapable of using his powers responsibly. While Mike ends up successfully founding his own religion and social movement, Charlie is forcibly banished from human society for life.
  • Stalker with a Crush : Charlie is one to Janice. He follows her around on the ship and drops by her room to confess his love for her only to be rejected by her. He also reads her mind so he knows what she likes.
  • Stalking is Love : That's what Charlie thinks, anyway. Kirk admirably attempts to explain why this is not the case.
  • Stepford Smiler : The captain of the Antares and his navigator, though eager to leave as soon as possible, are otherwise acting as if everything is fine. This may be partly so that Kirk doesn't get suspicious, but maybe also out of fear that Charlie will make them vanish too if they don't keep up a good mood.
  • The Stoic : Spock doesn't think having his legs broken is worthy of mention until Kirk asks him to stand up.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Aliens : The Thasians, who put everything right — except for the fate of the Antares — in about two minutes.
  • Sympathy for the Devil : Charlie begs not to go, and while none of the crew likes him, they're all pretty tearful at his fate.
  • The Talk : Charlie's social awkwardness around girls is bad enough that Bones decides the boy needs to learn the rules. So he convinces Kirk to give it. And Kirk , despite his experience with women, gets too embarrassed to give it straight at all. Kirk: There's no right way to hit a woman.
  • Teens Are Monsters : Charlie is a teenager, with all the insistence that he's old and mature enough and the frustration at not getting what he wants that entails. With his power to mutilate other objects and people, he becomes a threat to entire ships.
  • Thanksgiving Episode : According to Kirk's line "On Earth today it's Thanksgiving", the beginning of this episode takes place on 22 November 2266 (assuming American Thanksgiving is meant). The reference to Thanksgiving was included in the script because originally the episode was supposed to air in late-November.
  • There Was a Door : Spock tries to trap Charlie behind a Forcefield Door , but he simply vanishes the entire surrounding wall.
  • To the Tune of... : Uhura's song is the public domain tune "Charlie Is My Darling" with new lyrics.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll : Kirk demonstrates it for Charlie, and insists it's important when Charlie just wants to learn how to fight. Justified because Kirk is actually showing him how to fall safely when hit, which is just as important as being able to return the blow.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment : Charlie shows Yeoman Rand a "card trick" in which he tosses a card aside and makes it reappear down the front of her low-cut uniform. She's understandably startled and perhaps annoyed, given that the crew doesn't yet know about Charlie's powers and she can only assume that he pulled a rather naughty bit of sleight-of-hand.
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You? : Whenever Charlie makes someone vanish it's Never My Fault , but theirs for provoking him. When called out on what happened to the Antares , Charlie says that a baffle plate on the warp drive was buckled and would have destroyed the ship anyway. "I just made it vanish."
  • Wild Child : Everyone assumed Charlie took care of himself from a very early age, explaining his horrible social conduct. Well, he did indeed have no human contact, so that does basically explain it.
  • Wolf in Sheep's Clothing : Shown in the scene where Uhura jokes about Spock's devilish appearance and pretends he's someone female astronauts have to be afraid of , while being ignorant of the actual danger in the room. On singing about Charlie and getting to the verse, " We know not what he'll do-- " , Charlie abruptly mutes her voice.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds : Charlie has No Social Skills , desperately wants to be liked and have friends, and has no sense of proportion when people don't treat him the way he wishes them to. Oh, and he is omnipotent. Picture a corporeal version of Q with No Sense of Humor and you have Charlie in a nutshell. The result is a maladjusted teenager who everyone is afraid of, who tries to make people like him by punishing them whenever they make him unhappy.
  • Your Favourite : Charlie gives Rand a bottle of her favorite perfume, despite there not being any in the ship's stores. And how did he know what perfume Rand liked most anyway?

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Spock seems to get irritated a few times in this episode. I wonder if they had really ironed out his character

Looks like things are about to get goofy

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There is a lot of Janice in this episode, with her crazy basket hair

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Charlie has to ask Kirk why you don’t slap girls. This seems to be a really tough question for Kirk. It’s hard to believe this episode was mostly written by a woman.

File under: D.C. Fontana

“we see Kirk beating Spock at chess through his ‘illogical’ strategy. I’m not a master, but I’m pretty sure chess doesn’t work like that.” -Zack Handlen (of A.V. Club)

The first time he did the eye ball thing it was a little creepy. Then it happened ten more times.

What kind of friend is Janice, trying to hook up Charlie with this girl? What exactly could she have told her friend about Charlie? “I’ve only really run into him twice, but he slapped my butt, somehow got creepy pictures of me, and then snuck a card down my shirt. Do you think you’d be interested in him?”

“You smell like a girl” – Charlie

Kirk comes up with an incredibly risky plan that no one would have any reason to think would work.

It worked out!

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Star Trek Just Doubled Down on Its Wildest Body-Switching Concept

Welcome back to Trill.

Star Trek: Discovery Season 5, Episode 3.

Body switching is a classic sci-fi trope. From Freaky Friday to Farscape , and of course, most of Quantum Leap, the idea of the consciousness from one person inhabiting the body of a different person will never stop being the fuel for speculative stories that are both hilarious and profound. But, when Star Trek invented the “joined” species of the Trill in 1991, it took the body-switching/body-surfing trope to a new level. While a specific Trill symbiont might live for several hundreds of years, this slug-like creature generally inhabited a humanoid host. This “joining” often created a new hybrid personality each time, sort of like Time Lord regeneration from Doctor Who mashed up with internal alien parasites from Alien; a chest-burster that never burst, but just stayed in you forever.

And if all of that wasn’t wild enough, on June 12, in the episode “Facets,” 1995, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine added a new wrinkle to Trill canon. Not only were the memories of all the previous hosts alive and well in the current symbiont, but, through a process called “zhian’tara,” a specific host’s personality could leave the symbiont and enter into the body of... anyone! Basically, this was Trill joining via spacey magic, and now, 29 years after “Facets,” Star Trek: Discovery is doubling down (tripling down?) on this very specific form of consciousness transfer in the Season 5 episode “Jinaal.” Spoilers ahead.

The Trill host trick

Dax and Odo in 'Deep Space Nine.'

Dax and Odo discuss sharing memories in “Facets.”

Although the Trill were established in The Next Generation episode “The Host,” the vast majority of Trill canon comes from Deep Space Nine , thanks to the presence of Jadzia Dax, who later, in Season 7, switched hosts and became Ezri Dax. But, in the memorable Season 3 episode “Facets,” Jadzia’s previous host, Curzon, left her body through the zhian’tara process and settled in the body of the station’s resident shapeshifter, Odo. From that point, Odo’s entire personality was merged with Curzon’s, which put everyone on the station in a deeply uncomfortable position.

As a stand-alone episode of DS9 , “Facets” remains a fantastic story about memory, regret, and what one generation owes the next. But, the legacy of “Facets” is easily the concept of zhian’tara, which was used to save Gray Tal’s consciousness in Discovery Season 4, and now, in Season 5, is being employed again to unravel an 800-year-old mystery.

Discovery’s return to Trill

Culber and Gray in 'Discovery' Season 5.

Cubler (Wilson Cruz) takes on an ancient Trill tradition in Discovery Season 5.

The planet Trill was first seen in DS9 in the episode “Equilibrium,” but Discovery has actually visited the planet more times, starting in the Season 3 episode “Forget Me Not,” and now again, in “Jinaal.” This time the need to transfer the memories of one previous Trill host into someone else is all connected to the secrets Jinaal Bix has about researcher of the Progenitors in the 24th century.

After transferring Jinaal’s consciousness into Culber, the entire personality of our stalwart Starfleet doctor changes, and, just like “Facets,” he suddenly becomes cockier, and more evasive. If you watch “Facets” right after watching “Jinaal,” the parallels are clear. While Curzon’s secret was connected to something personal, Jinaal’s secret has broader implications. Turns out, Federation scientists were working on cracking the Progenitor tech during the era of the Dominion War, and so they decided to bury any knowledge of the technology to prevent any planet or government from weaponizing their research.

Interestingly, this detail dovetails with Picard Season 3 a bit, in which we learned that Section 31 was pushing different Federation scientists to weaponize the organic nature of Changelings. Basically, the Dominion War created a lot of corrupt scientific research within the Federation, making the top-secret Daystrom labs that Riker, Raffi, and Worf raided perhaps just a small sample of the horrible top-secret weapons the Federation has developed.

What Discovery does is make it clear that Jinaal did the right thing at the time by hiding the research — even if that doesn’t help our heroes at the moment.

A classic Original Series nod

Kirk and Sargon in 'Star Trek: The Original Series.'

Sargon enters Kirk’s body in “Return to Tomorrow.”

Of course, within the canon of Trek, the Trill weren’t the first time the franchise explored the concept of sharing consciousness. Spock transferred his katra to Bones in The Wrath of Khan , and Kirk switched bodies with Janice Lester in the controversial final TOS episode “Turnabout Intruder.”

But, one wonderful 1968 episode from TOS Season 2 — “Return to Tomorrow” — featured ancient beings borrowing the bodies of Kirk, Spock, and Dr. Ann Mulhall in order to build more permanent, android bodies. When the ancient being of Sargon enters Kirk’s body, one of the first things he says is: “Your captain has an excellent body.”

Now, 56 years later, when Jinaal finds himself in Culber’s body, he says something similar: “Wow, this guy really works out!”

Across decades of internal canon, Star Trek can make the same body-switching joke, and make it work, in any century.

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  1. Charlie X

    "Charlie X" is the second episode of the first season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek. Written by Dorothy C. Fontana from a story by Gene Roddenberry, and directed by Lawrence Dobkin, it first aired on September 15, 1966.. In the episode, the Enterprise picks up an unstable 17-year-old boy who spent 14 years alone on a deserted planet and lacks the training and ...

  2. "Star Trek" Charlie X (TV Episode 1966)

    Charlie X: Directed by Lawrence Dobkin. With William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Walker Jr., DeForest Kelley. Captain Kirk must learn the limits to the power of a 17-year-old boy with the psionic ability to create anything and destroy anyone.

  3. Charlie X (episode)

    A cat version of "Charlie X" was featured in Jenny Parks' 2017 book Star Trek Cats. Remastered information [] The remastered version of "Charlie X" aired in many North American markets during the weekend of 14 July 2007. The episode included new effects shots of the Thasian ship, replacing the blob-like object seen on-screen with a torpedo ...

  4. "Star Trek" Charlie X (TV Episode 1966)

    "Star Trek" Charlie X (TV Episode 1966) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Menu. ... BEST STAR TREK EPISODES (The Original Series) a list of 34 titles created 19 Mar 2013 Star Trek: The Original Series Season 1 (1966-67) (Average: 7.90) a list of 29 titles ...

  5. Charlie X (Episode)

    Charlie X (Episode) The USS Enterprise meets the Antares to take charge of Charlie Evans sole survivor of a transport ship that crashed on the planet Thasus. For 14 years, Charlie grew up there alone, stranded in the wreckage, learning how to talk from the ship's computer systems which remained intact. He is to be transported to his nearest ...

  6. "Charlie X"

    Review Text. The Enterprise provides transport for 17-year-old Charlie Evans (Robert Walker Jr.), an adolescent who grew up alone on an uninhabited planet after being the sole survivor of a crash 14 years before. Initially unbeknownst to Kirk & Co., Charlie holds powerful abilities that were given to him by an alien race so he could survive his ...

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    Home > Series Guides > Star Trek: The Original Series > Charlie X Charlie X Charlie X Skip. ← TOS 1x07 → ← 15 Sep 1966 →. On Memory Alpha. Review. So, the first episode of Star Trek was a monster-of-the-week horror story featuring a tragic villain and a melancholy ending. How did they follow that up in the second episode?

  8. Star Trek: The Original Series S1E2: Charlie X Recap & Review

    The crew of the Enterprise find themselves at the mercy of a powerful young passenger in Star Trek: The Original Series' first season, second episode 'Charli...

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    Robert Walker as Charlie X with the legendary William Shatner as Captain James Kirk. Courtesy of CBS / Paramount. The story begins with the ship pulling alongside the cargo ship , and their commander, Captain Ramart and navigator, Tom Ellis beam aboard. They are accompanying a young passenger, named Charles Evans.

  10. Charlie X

    Original Air Date: September 15, 1966_x000D_ _x000D_ Episode Title: "Charlie X"_x000D_ _x000D_ In the second episode of "Star Trek: The Original Series," the USS Enterprise, captained by James T. Kirk, intercepts the cargo vessel Antares which has picked up a 17-year-old boy named Charlie Evans from the planet Thasus.

  11. "Charlie X" Review: An In-depth Analysis of Star Trek story no. 8

    Charlie X. Here we are at one of the best episodes of Star Trek's early batch. There are clear signs here that the concept was probably inspired in part by Robert A. Heinlein's classic 1961 sci-fi novel "Stranger in a Strange Land" which would've been fairly new and considered groundbreaking at the time when this episode was created.

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    Now from a planet out in space. There comes a lad not commonplace. A' seeking out his first embrace. He's saving it for you. Oh, Charlie's our new darling, Our darling, our darling. Charlie's our new darling. We know not what he'll do. - Uhura's Song.

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    What happens when teen angst and awkwardness gets the power of the Q? Join Possum Rob as he takes you through the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Cha...

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    "Charlie X" was the 7th episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, in the show's first season, first aired on 15 September 1966. The episode was written by Gene Roddenberry and D.C. Fontana, directed by Lawrence DobkinMA and novelized under the title "Charlie's Law" in Star Trek 1 by James Blish. The cargo ship USS Antares transfers 17-year old Charles ("Charlie") Evans to the USS Enterprise ...

  15. Charlie "X"

    Charlie "X". S1 E2: Raised from infancy by noncorporeal beings, 17-year-old Charles Evans is ferried by an Enterprise crew unaware of his true nature. Once aboard, the teenager develops a crush on Yeoman Rand and proves dangerously unable to wield his enormous psionic powers with maturity until higher authorities intervene.

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    In this episode, we discuss "Charlie X". We explain how Charlie gets his powers, why he turns a perfectly fine yeoman (3rd class) into a lizard (or is it an ...

  17. Weekly Episode Discussion: TOS 1x02 "Charlie X" : r/startrek

    Despite these minor issues, I find "Charlie X" to be a charming, frustrating, intriguing, engaging, depressing, and ultimately very human story: the very essence of what makes great Star Trek. EDIT: Just wanted to add, that you can watch the episode, and all the classic Trek episodes, on CBS.com if you are so inclined.

  18. Star Trek S1 E2 "Charlie X" / Recap

    Original air date: September 15, 1966. The Enterprise takes on a passenger, being that they are commonly in the habit of ferrying civilians. The boy is Charlie, an orphan with a Mysterious Past and really bad social skills. The people dropping him off seem in quite a hurry to leave. Charlie becomes infatuated with Yeoman Rand, stalking her and ...

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    TOS Season 1, Episode 2 (Netflix: S1 E3): Charlie X. Rating: 1. It's hard not to compare the main theme of this episode with Where No Man Has Gone Before, and Charlie X isn't nearly as good. It's comprised of mostly awkward, unintentionally funny scenes, and most of the time leaves you feeling awful, mostly for Janice, but also for the ...

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