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
Did You Know?
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". See more
When Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are discussing the possibility of intelligent life on Thasus helping Charlie to survive after his ship's food supply had been exhausted, even without Spock calculating the odds (which he had not yet begun to do in the series), McCoy should know how improbable it would be that Charlie could survive on native flora for thirteen years without making a single mistake and ingesting something poisonous. See more
Lt. Cmdr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy, M.D.
What's going on here? Spock calls me to the bridge and then goes into some kind of poetry!
Captain James T. Kirk
[referring to the wounded Uhura
See to her, Doctor.
Once upon a midnight dreary while I pondered, weak and weary.
Very nice, Mr. Ears.
Referenced in Star Trek: Of Gods and Men
Charlie is My Darling
Lyrics adapted from those by Robert Burns
Sung by Nichelle Nichols See more