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Star Trek: Charlie X

Another ship drops off a teenager that they found stranded on a planet, and Enterprise will deliver the boy, “Charlie,” to the next Starbase. Charlie has been without human contact for many years, and doesn’t have a normal teen’s social skills. This leads to his mishandling several encounters with the female crew. Although Kirk tries to take the boy under his wing, strange events continue to occur, including the destruction of the earlier ship. Charlie appears to be connected in some way, and Kirk must learn Charlie’s secret before the Enterprise is lost, too.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 6149-08
Airdate: Thursday September 15th, 1966



  • Currently 6.8/10
6.8/10 (6 Votes cast)
Starring Roles
DeForest Kelley
As Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy
Recurring
Grace Lee Whitney
As Yeoman Janice Rand
Recurring
Nichelle Nichols
As Lt. Nyota Uhura
Recurring

Guest Stars
Robert Walker, Jr.
As Charlie Evans

Co-Guest Stars
Don Eitner
As Navigator
Recurring
John Bellah
As Crewman I
Recurring
Garland Thompson
As Crewman II
Recurring
Abraham Sofaer
As "The Thasian"
Recurring
Charles J. Stewart
As Captain Ramart
Patricia McNulty
As Tina Lawton

Uncredited
Bob Herron
As Crewman
Recurring
Frank Da Vinci
As Security Guard
Recurring
Gene Roddenberry
voiced Galley Chef
Recurring
John Lindesmith
As Helmsman
Recurring
Laura Wood
As Old Lady
Recurring
Main Cast
William Shatner
As Captain James Tiberius Kirk
Leonard Nimoy
As Commander Spock

Recap

The survey ship Antares meets with the Enterprise to drop off a passenger: castaway Charlie Evans, whose ship crashlanded on the planet Thasus when he was only 3. Everyone else was killed and he survived for 14 year son his own. The Antares crew are suspiciously eager to get rid of Charlie and leave as soon as they can, raising Kirk’s suspicions. Charlie is clearly awkward and unaccustomed to humans, interrupting, and is puzzled when he sees Rand, wondering if she’s a girl...

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

Gene Roddenberry provides the voice of the galley chef in this episode. This is the only Star Trek episode in which he appears.

Charlie is wearing one of the old turtleneck shirts from "Where No Man Has Gone Before".

Like Trelane, Apollo and the Gorgan, Charlie makes his exit with fading repetition of his final words.

The Thasians are the first non-corporeal species shown on Star Trek.

As certain character aspects were not yet finalised, Spock both shows irritation and smiles at Uhura as she teases him.

The Antares is never seen in this episode. (The remastered 2007 version includes a shot of the Enterprise meeting with it.)



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Wilbur Hatch & Gene L. CoonBeyond Antares 


Episode Quotes
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.

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

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: What am I going to do?
Kirk: Hang on tight and survive. Everybody does.
Charlie: You don't!
Kirk: Everybody, Charlie. Me too.

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

Charlie: I can make you all go away... any time I want to!

Charlie: I won't do it again. Please... I'll be good, I won't ever do it again! I'm sorry about the Antares! (faces the Thasian) I'm sorry!! When I came aboard... Please... I wanna go with you. Help me!
Kirk: The boy belongs with his own kind.
Thasian: That would be impossible.
Kirk: With training we can teach him to live in our society. If he can be taught not use his power...
Thasian: We gave him the power so he could live. He will use it, always. And he would destroy you and your kind. Or, you would be forced to destroy him to save yourselves.
Kirk: Is there nothing you can do?
Thasian: We offer him life--and we will take care of him. Come, Charles.

Charlie: I wanna stay...stay...tay...tay...ay...ay... {fades}



Analysis
What Changed in the Remastered Version
General improvements cited on the main series page. The Antares is inserted into the opening shot (it was absent in the original) and here resembles the cargo drone ships from the animated series. The Thasian's face is digitally enhanced to be more clearly human-looking and their ship is a bit more detailed.




Other Episode Crew

CreatorGene Roddenberry
CastingJoseph D'Agosta
Costume DesignerWilliam Ware Theiss
Make-upFred B. Phillips
GripGeorge Rader
Property MasterIrving A. Feinberg
GafferGeorge H. Merhoff
OtherHerbert F. Solow (Executive in Charge of Production)
Special EffectsJames Rugg
Main Title ThemeAlexander Courage
 
Warning: Star Trek season 1 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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