Star Trek: Season 1, Episode 2

Charlie X (15 Sep. 1966)

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Captain Kirk must learn the limits to the power of a 17-year-old boy with the psychic ability to create anything and destroy anyone.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Charlie Evans (as Robert Walker)
Charles Stewart ...
Captain Ramart (as Charles J. Stewart)
Dallas Mitchell ...
Tom Nellis
Don Eitner ...
Pat McNulty ...
Tina Lawton (as Patricia McNulty)
John Bellah ...
Crewman I
Garland Thompson ...
Crewman II
The Thasian


The space vessel Antares rescues Charles Evans from the forbidding surface of the planet Thasus, and then hurriedly hands him off to the Enterprise. Soon, mysterious happenings dog the boy, who cannot seem to learn certain vital lessons of adulthood. Finally the humiliated teen reveals prodigious psionic powers that could even threaten the survival of the Federation. Who is Charlie, really, and where did he get these abilities? Written by CommanderBalok

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Did You Know?


Some of the things now considered everyday items in Star Trek are missing during the early episodes. In this one, the Enterprise has a cook who prepares meals for the crew. The use of food replicators had not yet been conceived of but would become commonplace by Star Trek: Tomorrow Is Yesterday (1967). See more »


McCoy refers to Spock as "Doctor Spock" (not Mister). See more »


Charlie Evans: 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?
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Featured in William Shatner's Star Trek Memories (1995) See more »


Charlie is My Darling
Lyrics adapted from those by Robert Burns
Sung by Nichelle Nichols
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Why this is a great episode
7 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pacing. Yes Pacing. That is what makes this and other first year Trex episodes seem real. Yeah! Real! Like you are really there. Like, You are a person in our time privileged to see into the future. It may seem trivial, but that is what so many of the modern Treks lack. They don't give you the feeling you are in the future or in space or anything. Just a PC college campus at Halloween. The right pacing makes the people come alive as real - like me and you. Makes Charlie seem like any other teenager until his -well- quirks show up. And it makes it a real tragedy when they have to get rid of him. A real boy, one of me and you, has to get sent to hell. And we really don't want to do it. And it makes us ask were we like Charlie when we were teenagers? This is a great episode and it is why Star Trek lives forty years later.

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