Charlie X (Episode)

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Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 07
Star Trek
Executive Producer Gene Roddenberry
Producer Gene Coon
Associate Producers Robert Justman and John D.F. Black
Created by Gene Roddenberry
"Charlie X"
Episode Number 07
Release Date 15 September 1966
Director Lawrence Dobkin
Story Gene Roddenberry
Writer D.C. Fontana

A powerful teenage boy wreaks havoc aboard the Enterprise.

The cargo ship Antares docks with the Enterprise to deliver young Charlie Evans, the lone survivor of a crash on the planet Thasus 14 years earlier. The personnel of the AntaresCaptain Ramart and his first officer and navigator, Tom Nellis—seem unusually eager to leave—and when the Antares is destroyed, suspicion falls on Charlie.

Aboard the Enterprise, Charlie begins to work "miracles." At first these are harmless pranks, kept in check by Captain Kirk, whom Charlie comes to regard as a father figure, but when Yeoman Rand spurns his advances, she is erased from existence. Several other ship personnel are victimized, and in his eagerness to arrive at Colony Alpha V, Charlie assumes control of the Enterprise.

In an attempt to tax Charlie's control abilities, Kirk switches on the starship's interior systems to their fullest extent. Then a shimmering alien face materializes on the Enterprise bridge and identifies itself as a Thasian, come to take Charlie back. Despite Charlie's pleas, he vanishes along with the alien, doomed to spend the rest of his life alone on the bleak planet Thasus.


Related Data

Astrometrics: Colony Alpha V; Earth; Mars; Saturn; Thasus
Cast & Crew: Bellah, John; da Vinci, Frank; Dobkin, Lawrence; Doohan, James; Eitner, Don; Fontana, D.C.; Kelley, DeForest; McNulty, Patricia; Mitchell, Dallas; Nichols, Nichelle; Nimoy, Leonard; Roddenberry, Gene; Shatner, William; Sofaer, Abraham; Stewart, Charles; Takei, George; Thompson, Garland; Walker, Robert Jr.; Whitney, Grace Lee
Chronology: Stardate 1533.6-1535.8; 2251; 23 November 2265
Culture: chess, three-dimensional; music; Thanksgiving
Education: doctor
Food: meatloaf; Saurian brandy; turkey
People: Chef; Evans, Charlie; Kirk, James T.; Lawton, Tina; McCoy, Leonard; Nellis, Tom; Ramart; Rand, Janice; Sam Scott, Montgomery; Spock; Sulu, Hikaru; Thasian; Uhura, Nyota
Politics: governor; Starfleet; Starfleet Ranks; UESPA; United Federation of Planets; Yeoman
Science & Technology: baffle plate; computer; impulse drive; phaser; subspace; subspace radio; transporter; tricorder; warp drive; warp nacelle
Ships & Vehicles: U.S.S. Antares NCC-501; Constitution class; U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701; Thasian ship
Xenology: Humans; iguanas; roses; Thasians; turkeys; Vulcans
Miscellaneous: perfume; Vulcan lyre
Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 07