Star Trek

Charlie X

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 9/15/66
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  • Episode Description
  • The Enterprise's newest passenger is a young man - what they don't know is that he has the power to make anything he thinks of happen.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Leonard Nimoy

    Mr. Spock

  • William Shatner

    Captain James Tiberius Kirk

  • D.C. Fontana

    Teleplay

  • Gene Roddenberry

  • Lawrence Dobkin

  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • A young man copes with his special mental powers on board the Enterprise.

    By Celedorian, Jul 10, 2010

  • A young man tries to find love in a cold, unforgiving world.

    By belial_77, Sep 20, 2007

  • A terrific Trek outing....

    By uk6strings, May 29, 2009

  • A young teenager comes aboard the Enterprise, who, it transpires, has dangerous metal powers to make anything that he thinks of happen. Although I don't always like totally ship-bound episodes, I liked this one...

    By Jay-Spacedust, Oct 19, 2008

  • A boy with the ability to do anything he wants can be quite dangerous.

    By Deo13, Sep 04, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Charlie: Growing up isn't so much. I'm not a man, and I can do anything!

    • Charlie: (to Rand) She's not the same... not like you. She's... she's just a girl. You're... you smell like a girl.

    • Spock: Check. Kirk: Checkmate. Spock: Your illogical approach to chess does have its advantages on occasion, Captain. Kirk: I'd prefer to call it inspired. Spock: As you wish.

    • Spock: We are in the hands of an adolescent.

    • Uhura: (singing) Oh, on the starship Enterprise, there's someone who's in Satan's guise, whose devil's ears and devil's eyes could rip your heart from you. At first his look could hypnotize and then his touch could barbarize. His alien love could victimize and rip your heart from you. And that's why female astronauts, oh very female astronauts, wait terrified and overwrought, to find what he will do. Oh fools in space, be wary, be wary, be wary. Fools in space be wary, we know not what he'll do. 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.

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    Notes (10)

    • At the beginning of the show, Kirk states in his log that they are pulling alongside the Antares, but the 1960s version reuses the opening flying shot of the Enterprise from "The Cage" which doesn't include the Antares. In 2007, when the episode was remastered, the Antares was included, and was based on cargo vessel designs from the Animated Star Trek.

    • During the shooting of this episode, actor Robert Walker (Charlie Evans) never came out of his dressing room to interact with the rest of the cast or crew except to film his scenes, because he felt his character was supposed to appear to act strangely, and be alienated from other people.

    • This episode was based on the very first script accepted from D.C. Fontana, who would go on to become the original series Story Editor, and later pen several episodes in this and other Star Trek series.

    • This episode features a debate between Spock and McCoy regarding the existence of the Thasians, during which Spock implies that McCoy is allowing his emotions to interfere with his objective, scientific thinking. This marks the beginning of the myriad famous arguments between Spock and McCoy, which are one of the landmarks of the Star Trek legend.

    • Robert Walker was actually 26 years old when he played the 17-year-old Charlie Evans.

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    Trivia (13)

    • When Charlie arrives on the Enterprise, Kirk instructs Yeoman Rand to show him to his quarters. Then later, he is in Sickbay and McCoy says that he will show Charlie to his quarters, which Rand should have already done.

    • Trivia: We learn that Thanksgiving is still practiced in the 2260s.

    • Spock blinks when he is frozen by Charlie.

    • As this is an early episode, established characteristics are a bit off. When Spock plays his lyre so that Uhura may sing, he can be seen smiling. Spock is a Vulcan. Since Vulcans don't express their emotions, he shouldn't be smiling.

    • Charlie is being examined by Bones, but when we cut to a close-up on the display screen, we see a reflection of Charlie standing up staring at something off camera.

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