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
Pat McNulty ...
Tina Lawton (as Patricia McNulty)
John Bellah ...
Crewman I
Garland Thompson ...
Crewman II


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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15 September 1966 (USA)  »

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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.
Mr. Spock: Once upon a midnight dreary while I pondered, weak and weary.
Charlie Evans: Very nice, Mr. Ears.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Of Gods and Men (2007) See more »


Charlie is My Darling
Lyrics adapted from those by Robert Burns
Sung by Nichelle Nichols
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Strange Charlie
19 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

1st season, 2nd episode. The Antares spaceship rescues a 17-year old survivor named Charlie. Charlie was left alone on planet Thasus at the age of 3 years old and when the Antares finds him they quickly pass him off onto the crew of the Enterprise. Charlie is a psychic boy with a gift - to transmute objects. What happens next are some very strange occurrences when Charlie X gets angry or upset. What are Kirk, Spock and McCoy to do with a boy of such destructive power? What Charlie really needs is a father image but can Captain Kirk handle it?

A really interesting episode with Yeoman Janis Rand given a lot of screen time with Charlie very interested in her as a girlfriend. Kirk gets a chance to reluctantly play the role of Charlie's "adoptive father".


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