Star Trek

Season 1 Episode 2

Charlie X

Aired Unknown Sep 15, 1966 on NBC

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  • The Enterprise crew encounters <i>another</i> god-like being who threatens the wellfare of the ship.

    Even though it would seem like another tired plot, this was a pretty good episode. Kind of reminded me of the classic Twilight Zone where Billy Mummy plays the kid with power over everything.

    Kirk and crew meet up with a ship who have recently picked up a stranded teenage male, Charlie, who crashed on the planet when he was a child. Miraculously, Charlie has learned to talk and survive while being all alone.

    Soon it become evident Charlie has power to do almost anything he wants, though it can be temporarily drained if he's doing several things at once. Charlie has the patience, or lack thereof, of a child. He can't get everything he wants fast enough, and when people stand in his way, he either makes them disappear, or changes them horribly.

    Eventually, the species who gave him the power arrive and take him back, telling Kirk if Charlie was to stay, he'd destroy mankind or they'd be forced to destroy Charlie.
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