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Charlie X 

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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Charlie Evans (as Robert Walker)
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Charles Stewart ...
Captain Ramart (as Charles J. Stewart)
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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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It is possible that "Charlie X" was inspired by Jerome Bixby's 1953 short fiction "It's a Good Life," which had been filmed as The Twilight Zone: It's a Good Life (1961) five years before this one. See more »

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Charlie is being examined by Bones, but when we cut to a close-up on the display screen, we see a reflection of Charlie standing up staring at something off camera. See more »

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Captain James T. 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.
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Theme from Star Trek
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Written by Alexander Courage
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A Psychotic Adolescent Run Amok
23 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

A strange young man is dropped off on the Enterprise. At first, he is just rude and childish. As time goes along, he begins to alienate the crew. The ship that left him off is destroyed. Signs are pointing to this kid having something to do with these things. As things play out, he becomes more and more impatient and reactionary. When laughed at during judo training, he makes his teacher disappear. He terrorizes the crew and needs to be controlled. Robert Walker, Jr. is startlingly spooky as Charlie. If one wants to find a bit of a comparison, think of the Twilight Zone episode where the little boy can send people off to a cornfield. People begin to speak to him differently because they are frightened. The use of creatures who know no bounds creates issues. The petulance of this person makes him ten times more terrifying. While it's an interesting episode, it depends on forces beyond the scope of the crew and the ship.


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