Star Trek (1966–1969)
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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.


Lawrence Dobkin


D.C. Fontana (teleplay by), Gene Roddenberry (story by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
Robert Walker Jr. ... Charlie Evans (as Robert Walker)
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Grace Lee Whitney ... Yeoman Janice Rand
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Charles Stewart Charles Stewart ... Captain Ramart (as Charles J. Stewart)
Dallas Mitchell Dallas Mitchell ... Tom Nellis
Don Eitner ... Navigator
Pat McNulty Pat McNulty ... Tina Lawton (as Patricia McNulty)
John Bellah John Bellah ... Crewman I
Garland Thompson Garland Thompson ... Crewman II
Abraham Sofaer ... 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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15 September 1966 (USA) See more »

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In the original outline, Gene Roddenberry's working titles were The Day Charlie Became God, or Charlie Is God. These would almost certainly have been problematic to the network censors, so the title was changed to Charlie's Law, then settled on Charlie X, as X denotes the unknown. However, the title Charlie's Law was retained in the book-form tie-in, novelized by James Blish. See more »


At the end, Charlie shouts "When I came aboard!" This was in regard to the Enterprise liking him initially. Then a couple minutes later, while stating he didn't want to leave with the aliens, you hear him shout again "When I came aboard!" and makes absolutely no sense the second time. An audio overdub in the wrong place. See more »


[gradually fading]
Charlie Evans: I wanna stay... stay... stay... stay... sta...
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Alternate Versions

Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song. A highlight of the new special effects is the Antares, which was never seen in the original version. See more »


Edited into Galaktische Grüße (1996) See more »


Oh, On the Starship Enterprise
Performed by Nichelle Nichols
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A Psychotic Adolescent Run Amok
23 April 2014 | by HitchcocSee 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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