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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A strange bit of dialog present in the teleplay was cut from the episode: when discussing the possible existence of Thasians, and Kirk's possible father-figure behavior to Charlie, Spock satirically asks McCoy, "Shall I schedule you to give him voodoo and superstition lessons, doctor?" McCoy replies, "You can if he provides his own chicken's teeth and penguin feathers.", and Spock tells him, "I'll see to it, doctor." See more »


When Charlie arrives on the Enterprise, Kirk instructs Yeoman Rand to show him to his quarters. Then later, he is in Sickbay and McCoy says that he will show Charlie to his quarters, which Rand should have already done. 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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Strange Charlie
19 December 2016 | by Rainey-DawnSee 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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