Star Trek - The Original Series, Episode 8: Charlie X
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Broadcast episode 2 of the originalStar Trekseries, the memorable "Charlie X," stars Robert Walker Jr. as a troubled teen presenting two big problems: pathological immaturity and powerful telekinetic powers. After he wills the destruction of a starship … see full wiki
Teenage adolescence is both awesome and horrifying. You start to have sexual feelings, think about the future and enjoy those times with your friends before they leave for school and maybe even a job. The other side of the coin can include some alienation to older people who may not take you seriously cause you are still "just a kid" your body changes in odd ways and it IS the first sign of growing up where you gotta let go of those days of being a kid and start taking life … more
Teenager from hell comes aboard the Enterprise and bonds to Kirk as a father figure and Rand as someone to fawn over. Couple this with deadly mind powers and this is one kid you don't mess with when he asks for keys to the starship or wants to have a party on board. Kirk manages to not look weak to the kid and must find a way to outsmart him.
This episode has my favorite line in the original series, "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." Every teenager has to hear those words, but none needs to hear them more than Charlie Evans does. He was marooned on a planet as a young child and grew to adolescence in isolation. Recently rescued, he combines the emotional instability of a teenager with the great power … more
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