Star trek: The original series 1.03a - Charlie X
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At the time of the old North American holiday, Thanksgiving, the Enterprise picks up Charlie Evans (Robert Walker Junior) a young man who has lived his whole life as the sole Human on an alien world, from the cargo ship Antares on the way to Alpha 5 colony. Although he has taught himself language and the rudiments of human behaviour, Charlie has a lot to learn about being human. The aliens have developed in him other talents...
Persons of interest
- William Shatner .... Captain James Tiberius Kirk
- Leonard Nimoy .... Commander Spock
- Deforest Kelley .... Doctor Leonard H McCoy
- James Doohan .... Lieutenant Montgomery Scott
- Nichelle Nichols .... Lieutenant Uhura
- George Takei .... Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu
- Walter Koenig .... Ensign Pavel Andreievich Chekov
- Majel Barrett .... Nurse Christine Chapel
- Grace Lee Whitney .... Yeoman Janice Rand
- Charles J Stewart .... Captain Ramart
- Gene Roddenberry .... Storywriter
- DC Fontana .... Screenwriter
- Lawrence Dobkin .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- Studios and distributors:
Special Agent Matti
A brat of a teenager who has the power of a god, and is in desperate need of a slap around the ears. Of course, you'd disappear if you did so, but it would still be wonderfully satisfying.
Equally as annoying as Charlie's personality are the politics of gender and sex, and the 60s USAmerican values which are caught in the echo of their puritan origins. The pedastalisation of women as the weaker sex is really politically incorrect and pretty darned patronising (I know Star trek is a product of its environment, but I'm still going to insert a Marge Simpson grumble noise here). It's a good thing that we are now in the enlightened 90s.
While Charlie is not the first (nor the last) god-like being to confront the Enterprise, he is certainly one of its saddest, as his final and just desserts will attest. An episode worth watching, but not without cost in its annoyance factor.
Special events which occur are Spock playing the lyre and Uhura improvising a cutting song about crewmembers.
Security censorship classification
PG (Low level violence)
Not for public release in Australia before date
DVD retail: 9 September2004