Series: Star Trek: The Original Series
Season 1, Episode 2
Original Air Date: September 15, 1966
In "Charlie X," the crew takes on Charlie Evans as a passenger. Charlie has been stranded, apparently alone, on the planet Thasus since the age of three. Now a teenager, Charlie has developed telekinetic abilities which ultimately present great danger to the Enterprise. It is a storyline which the franchise has mined frequently over the decades - a powerful entity gains control of the ship. The original idea for this particular episode came from the short story "It's a Good Life" by Jerome Bixby, which also served as the basis for a Twilight Zone installment in 1961.
A few points of Trek-culture interest in "Charlie X":
- In an early scene, Spock sits in the briefing lounge strumming a Vulcan lute, a 12-stringed instrument tuned to a diatonic scale. The lute has been featured in later series as well, most recently in the Voyager episode "Riddles."
- Three-dimensional chess is a pastime frequently seen in Star Trek series, the first-aired appearance in "Charlie X." 3D chess concepts predate Trek by at least a century, though the board used in the show was designed especially for the series. While game parameters were never defined within the show, Andrew Bartmess published standard rules for the Trek board in 1976.
There are far too many great pictures of the young Nimoy to limit ourselves to just one. The following is My Wife's favorite:
The Trek BBS
This one's mine:
A few more gems for good measure: