Title: Star Trek: “Charlie X”
Episode: the second (of twenty-nine) from season one; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: Lawrence Dobkin
Writer: D.C. Fontana, story by Roddenberry
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Robert Walker Jr., Grace Lee Whitney
Music: Alexander Courage (theme); Fred Steiner
I saw it: on video and TV several times, most recently a few days ago (have on DVD)
Synopsis: a teenager has mind powers
Concept: I don’t think I’ll ever understand the obsession certain classic science fiction writers had with god-like powers. The dramatic possibilities are pretty damned few.
Story: It starts out with a lot of potential: a boy is found at a dead space colony, apparently alone since a very young age. But the magical wizard powers show up pretty quickly: the crew is helpless, the boy is omnipotent, and we’re pretty much just waiting around for the deus ex machina to show up and set things back to normal for next week.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, ). Dumb plot aside, there’s still enough to like about the episode, if you like this sort of thing.
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