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"Dad, let me take the Enterprise to the Pearl Jam concert, or I'll make Spock dissapear!"

  • Dec 26, 2011

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 seriously.  No one taught this to Charlie Evans, the title character of this episode and when you learn he has been abandoned for most of his life, and is a teenager.  He has feelings that are developing but his mounting frustration makes him lash out in lethal ways.

The Enterprise has met up with a cargo ship that found young Charlie living among himself.  Charlie seems out of place having been living alone so long but sees Kirk like a dad to give him advice.  His first sight of a woman is the lovely Janice Rand and is instantly smitten with her.  Ol' Charlie needs to ask Jim why it's impolite to slap Rand on the ass at one point.

Slowly but surely as anything else, Kirk and Spock get to sense that Charlie is dangerous.  It's hinted at when they learn the ship that delivered Charlie suddenly is destroyed but further hammered home when Charlie makes a crew member dissapear solely for laughing at him when Kirk and Charlie work out.  Charlie's emotions are in full teenager swing and angst and anyone who starts to upset him can meet an end.  Kirk can't simply shoot Charlie, a danger to his ship cause Charlie made the phasers dissapear and attempts to trap him fail since Charlie can immobilize anyone arround him.  Sending him to an Earth colony will not only endanger the inhabitants but the Enterprise could meet a fate similar to the ship that previously brought Charlie.  It looks like Kirk is stuck with this teenage brat and will have to wheather his tantrums and outbursts.  Or will he?

I may not have a child, let alone one who is a teenager but as much as I did want to see Kirk outsmart this kid, you do feel for Charlie at the same time.  He's not mean so much as he is misunderstood and being thrust into civilization after so long is hard.

It's hard for all of us Charlie, and if you think about it:  Star Trek back in 1966 predicted the High School shooting.


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December 28, 2011
I am waiting for you to do a write up on the planet eater.... ;)
December 28, 2011
"There WAS!! But NOT 'NYMORE!" Oh it's coming, it's one of my favorites.
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Quick Tip by . December 26, 2011
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.
review by . January 24, 2005
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 …
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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 that drops him off with theEnterprise, the titular delinquent stalks a female member of the crew and creates havoc using his terrifying ability to make people, in his own words, "go away."--Tom Keogh
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