Star Trek (1966–1969): Season 1, Episode 2 - Charlie X - full transcript

The space vessel Antares rescues Charles Evans from the forbidding surface of the planet Thasus, and then hurriedly hands him off to the Enterprise. Soon, mysterious happenings dog the boy, who cannot seem to learn certain vital lessons of adulthood. Finally the humiliated teen reveals prodigious psionic powers that could even threaten the survival of the Federation. Who is Charlie, really, and where did he get these abilities?

Captain's Log,
star date 1533.6.

Now maneuvering
to come alongside

cargo vessel Antares.

Its captain
and first officer

are beaming over to us
with an unusual passenger.

All right, Chief,
begin materialization.

Captain Ramart,
I'm Captain Kirk.

This is my navigator
Tom Nellis.

How do you do?

And this is our
young castaway Charlie,

Charlie Evans,
his dossier.

Mr. Evans.

We've heard
a great deal about you.

Welcome aboard.

Wonderful boy, Charlie.

It's been a great pleasure
having him aboard with us.

The things
that he's learned...


To think he spent practically
his whole life

alone on that planet.

How many humans
like me on this ship?

Like a whole city
in space, Charlie.

Over 400 in the crew
of a starship,

aren't there,

428, to be exact.

Anything we can do
for you, Captain?

Medical supplies,


All human, like me.

That's exciting.

Is that the right word?

That's perfect,
the exact word.

We'd like to keep
Charlie with us.

But with his closest
living relatives on Colony 5

and your vessel
going that way--

I'd like to see
your ship now.

The people
and everything.

You keep interrupting,
Mr. Evans.

That's considered wrong.

I'm sorry.

We have a large supply
of entertainment tapes.

No. We've a tight schedule
to make, Captain.

Just 20 of us, we're
making out fine.

This must be
a space first.

A transport ship
that doesn't need anything?


Not even Sarian brandy?

We're fine, thank you.

Pleasant journey, Captain.

Thank you.

Yeoman Rand,
this is Charles Evans.

Show him to his quarters

and drop his records off
at Dr. McCoy's office.

Yes, sir.

Come with me, please.

A-Are you a girl?

Is that a girl?

That's a girl.

Space--the final frontier.

These are the voyages
of the starship Enterprise.

Its five-year mission--

to explore
strange new worlds,

to seek out new life
and new civilizations,

to boldly go where no man
has gone before.

Captain's Log,
star date 1533.7.

We have taken aboard
an unusual passenger

for transport
to Colony Alpha 5--

Charles Evans,

the sole survivor
of a transport crash 14 years ago.

The child,
alone from age 3,

has not only survived,

but has grown to intelligent,
healthy adolescence.

Tell me, um, the, uh, ship's supply
of food concentrates

couldn't have lasted 14 years.

After that I found
other things to eat,

just...growing around.

And you learned to talk

by just listening
to the ship's tapes?

The memory banks
still worked.

They talked to me,
and I talked back.

You're a 4-0.

A what?

4-0, 100%, sound of
wind and limb.



Why does he call me Mr. Evans?

'Cause that's your name.

He's not...

He isn't like
Captain Ramart.

Well, no.

Captain Kirk is
one of a kind, Charlie.

Do you like me?

Why not?


The other ship,
they didn't like me.

I tried.

I'm trying to make
people like me.

I want them to like me.

Most 17-year-olds do.

Come on. Let's go.

I'll show you
to your quarters.

Hey, I'll put
the equipment away.

See you in the rec room, huh?

You got a deal.

All right.


I brought you a present.

Oh, thank you.

I really appreciate it,
but...but I have to go.

I-l'm on duty.

Do you like that kind?

Yes, l...

It's my favorite!

Where did you get it?

They don't have any
in the ship's stores.

It's a present.

I know,

but where did...

Gee, I'm late, Charlie.

I--I really have to go.

Can't you stay and talk?

Look, I'm off duty at 1400.

Why don't you join me

in recreation room 6, deck 3.

You got a deal.


Oh, I thought...

Don't be angry. I didn't...

I wanted...

Charlie, you--you...

You just don't go around
slapping girls on the...

It's okay, but, uh,
just don't do it again.

Don't be angry.

Look, why don't you
tell Captain Kirk

or Dr. McCoy what you did.

They'll explain it
to you, okay?

I will.


But tell me, what reason
would he have to lie

if there are Thasians?

That is a very intriguing question.

Scanners show no disturbances

in this quadrant, Captain.


Dr. McCoy, Mr. Spock
is working out--

Excuse me, Captain.
Status report.

Thank you.

He's working out a training program
for Charlie Evans--

Earth history, his own background,
that sort of thing.

I'd like you to give him

the necessary medical orientation

on the problems of, um...uh...


Wouldn't it be better
for a father image?

He already looks up to you.

The job is yours.

Flattery will get you nowhere.

Didn't the boy make
any reference to Thasians?

Do you believe
the legend, Mr. Spock,

that Thasians still exist
on that planet?

Charlie's existence
proves there must be

some intelligent
form of life on Thasus.

He could not possibly
have survived alone.

The ship's food would have
been exhausted in a year.

He would have eaten
fruits, vegetables.

Probes of Thasus indicate
very little edible life.

Probes have been wrong.

Doctor, are you speaking

scientifically or emotionally?

Gentlemen, the fact
is the boy is here

and he's alive
and he needs our help.

And he needs a guide
and father image, Jim.


I'll depend on
your astute abilities

to supply him with that...

or find him one.

[Music Plays]

[Uhura Hums]

I'm sorry.

I did it again,
didn't l?

[Music Plays]

Oh, on the starship

There's someone
who's in Satan's guise

Whose devil ears
and devil eyes

Could rip your heart from you

[Crew Laughs]

At first, his look
could hypnotize

And then his touch
would barbarize

His alien love
could victimize

And rip your heart from you

And that's why female astronauts

Oh, very female astronauts

Wait terrified and overwrought

To find what he will do

Oh, girls in space, be wary

Be wary, be wary

Girls in space, be wary

We know not what he'll do

One more time!

Now from a planet out in space

There comes a lad, not commonplace

A-seeking out his first embrace

He's saving it for you

Oh, Charlie's our new darling

Our darling, our darling

Charlie's our new darling

We know not what he'll do

Want to see something?

Turn them over.

Well, how did you do that?

I can do a lot of card tricks.

One of the men
on the Antares showed me.

I don't believe it!

On Earth today,
it's Thanksgiving.

If the crew has to eat
synthetic meat loaf,

I want it to look like turkey.



I'm supposed to ask you something.

Why shouldn't l...

I don't know how to explain it.

Say it right out.
That usually works.

Well, in the corridor I saw...

When Janice...

When Yeoman Rand was...

Well, I did that to her.

She didn't like it.

She said you'd explain it to me.


I see, well, um...

Uh, there are things
you can do with a lady,

uh, Charlie, that you...

Uh, there's no right way
to hit a woman.

I mean, man to man
is one thing,

but, um, man and woman,
uh, it's, uh...

is, uh...

Well, it's, uh, another thing.

Do you understand?

- I don't know.
- [Intercom Whistles]

Captain Kirk.

Excuse me.

Kirk here.

Captain Ramart of the Antares
is on ''D'' channel.

I'm on my way to the bridge.

Can I come?

I don't think so.

I won't get in the way.

Can you boost
your power, Antares?

We're barely reading
your transmission.

We are at full power, Enterprise.

I must speak to Captain Kirk.

Kirk here, Captain Ramart.

Captain, we're just
barely in range.

I've got to warn--

Re-establish contact.

They're not transmitting.

Keep trying.

It wasn't very well constructed.

Sweep the area
of the Antares transmission

with our probe
scanners, Mr. Spock.

Affirmative, Captain.

You think something happened
to the Antares, Charlie?

I--I don't know.

Picking up some debris
on our scanners, Captain.

What about the Antares?

The debris is what's left
of the Antares.

Captain Kirk from ship's galley.

Kirk here.

Sir, I put meat loaf
in the ovens.

There's turkeys in there now,

real turkeys.

Chief, have you--

Captain's Log,
star date 1535.8.

USFA headquarters notified
of the mysterious loss

of science probe vessel Antares.

Your mind is not
on the game, Captain.


The Antares?

A survey ship with
20 men aboard lost.

No reason.

Obviously, Captain Ramart

was not aware of any trouble.

I can't figure it.

My own concern is more immediate--

the boy.

I can usually follow you,
Mr. Spock,

but this time...

he seemed to know what happened
to the Antares

before we did.

I'd call it a pretty long reach
for evidence.

Come in, Charlie.

And again.



Your illogical approach to chess

does have its advantages

on occasion, Captain.

I'd prefer to call it inspired.

As you wish.

At any rate, the game is yours.

You play chess, Charlie?

Oh, l... I watched them play
on the Antares.

Can I try?

I place you in the hands
of our chess master.

The principles of
three-dimensional chess

are basically mathematic, Charlie.

You put the white here

and the black
on the secondary level.

I know what it is.
Let's play.

Very well.

That was a mistake, Charlie.

No, it wasn't.


No, it isn't.

If you'll excuse me.

Oh, Charlie.

I was looking for you.

I'd like you to meet Tina Lawton,
Yeoman Third Class.

Charlie Evans.

Hello, Charlie.

I thought you might enjoy meeting
someone your own age.

Can I talk to you...alone?

Charlie, Tina's...

Excuse me.

I must be wanted somewhere.

That was...

That was rude and
completely uncalled-for.

But I want to talk to you.

That's no excuse.

Better learn that right now.

You have to live
with people, Charlie.

You're not alone anymore.

But she's not as...

She doesn't...

She's not the same...

Not like you.

She's just a girl.


You smell like a girl.

All the other girls
on the ship, they...

they look just like Tina.

You're the only one...

who looks like you.

You can understand, can't you?

You know about...
being with somebody?

Wanting to be?

If I had the whole universe...

I'd give it to you.

When I see you, l...

I feel like I'm hungry...

all over.


Do you know how that feels?


I wasn't sure I should, uh,

talk to you about this.

Charlie's 17 years old.

Exactly, and he's--

I talked to him
about the swat.

It's not that.

Captain, I've seen the look before,

and if something isn't done,

sooner or later I'm going
to have to hurt him.

Tell him to leave me alone.


That wouldn't be good
for him right now.

You see, I'm his first crush,

his first love,

and his first--

Yes, Yeoman,
I'll talk to him.

I'll look into it.

Thank you, sir.

Come in, Charlie.

Uh, Charlie...

Charlie, do you know, uh...

anything about
this chess piece.

Do you notice anything
peculiar in them...

when you were using them
this afternoon?

No, sir. Is that all?


Sit down.

Charlie, being 17

is more than how many
years you've lived.

It's a whole other thing.

Dr. McCoy could probably

explain the biological conditions.

Well, let's--Iet's
use a specific.

Yeoman Rand is a woman.

Oh, I won't hit her
like that anymore.

There's more to it
than that.

Everything I do or say is wrong.

I'm in the way,
I don't know the rules,

and when I learn something
and try to do it,

suddenly I'm wrong!

Now wait...

I don't know what I am...

or what I'm supposed to be

or even who.

I don't know why
I hurt so much inside.

You'll live, believe me.

There's nothing wrong with you

that hasn't gone wrong
with every other human male

since the model first came up.

What if you care for someone?

What do you do?

You go slow.

Give it a while.

You'll be gentle.

I mean, it's not
a one-way street, you know,

how you feel
and that's all.

It's how the girl
feels, too.

Don't press, Charlie.

If the girl feels...

anything for you at all,

you'll know it.

You understand?

You don't think Janice...


She could love me!

She's not the girl, Charlie.

The years are wrong,
for one thing,

and there are other things.

She can.

No, Charlie.

- She is.
- No.

But if I did what you said!

There are a million things
in this universe you can have

and a million things
you can't have.

It's no fun facing that,

but that's the way things are.

Then what am I going to do?

Hang on tight and survive.

Everybody does.

You don't.

Everybody, Charlie. Me, too.

I'm trying...

but I don't know how.

[Intercom Whistles]

Kirk, here.

You asked to be notified

when we were to make our
course adjustments, sir.

Ask Mr. Spock to see to it.


Charlie, come on with me.

You've got to slap the floor

to absorb the energy when you fall.

Go ahead. Try it.

Like everything else,
it takes practice.

Try again.

Good. That's much better.

Now I'll show you
a shoulder roll.

Try that.

I don't want to do that.

It makes it hard to teach you--

I don't want to do that.

All right, Charlie.
Lesson's over for today.

You were going to teach me
how to fight.

You have to learn to protect yourself
in a fall first.

It's more than teaching you
to defend yourself.

Charlie, I want you
to learn...


Hey, Sam,
let me borrow you

for a couple easy throws,
all right?

Watch this, Charlie.

That wasn't so bad, was it?

Now I'll throw him.

Here we go, Sam.

That looks hard.


Come on, Charlie.
Try it.

Attaboy. Let's get over.


[Sam Laughs]

That wasn't so bad, was it?

Don't laugh at me.

Don't laugh at me!


He shouldn't have done that.

It's not nice
to laugh at people.

What happened to him, Charlie?

He's gone.

That's no answer.

He's gone!

I didn't mean to do that.

He made me do it!

He laughed at me.


Kirk here.
Two men from security, on the double.


What are you
going to do to me?

I'm confining you
to quarters.

You stay there.

I won't let them hurt me.

I'll make them go away, too.

They won't hurt you, Charlie.

They'll take you to your quarters.
Go with them.


Go to your quarters.

He was going to hurt me.

Go to your quarters

or I'll pick you up
and carry you there.

I won't let you.

That's your choice, Charlie.

I won't let them hurt me.

They won't hurt you.

[Intercom Whistles]

Captain Kirk.

Kirk here.

Security reports that
all phaser weapons have disappeared.

Shall I repeat, Captain?

No, I heard you.

Have Dr. McCoy and Mr. Spock
meet me in the briefing room.

Thasians have been
referred to in our records

as having the power
to transmute objects

or render substances

It's generally
been regarded as legend,

but Charlie seems
to possess this power.

What are chances
Charlie's not an Earthling

but a Thasian?

No, I don't think so,

unless they're exactly
like Earthlings.

The development
of his fingers and toes

exactly matches present
development of man.

Well, whatever he is,

we've some idea of his power.

I know what I saw
in the gymnasium.

Considering the effect

normal adolescents have
on a home, Charlie...

because he doesn't understand.

He needs, he wants.
Nothing happens fast enough.

The probability is
he's responsible

for the destruction
of the Antares,

which indicates total disregard
for human life.

He doesn't understand
what life is.

He's a boy.

Well, what do we do
with this boy, Jim?

How do we keep him caged up?

It goes even further, Doctor.

We can't take him
to Earth Colony 5.

Imagine what he'd do
in an open, normal environment.

I've talked with him,

He's a boy in a man's body
trying to be adult,

adolescence getting in the way.

With a weapon in him,

which could destroy
you or anyone

anywhere on this ship.

Well, for the moment
he's stopped.

You're an authority
he respects, Jim.


The struggle must remain
between you and him.

Should any of us

You wanted to ask me
something he said.

Are you responsible
for what happened

to the Antares, Charlie?


Answer me.


There was a warped baffle-plate

on their energy pile shield.

I made it go away.

It would've blown up anyway.

Well, they weren't nice to me!

They wanted to get rid of me.

They don't now.

What about us, Charlie?

I don't know.

We're in the hands
of an adolescent.

raise Colony 5.

I want to speak directly
to the governor.

Navigator, lay a course
away from Colony 5.

Buy me some time.


Spock, get the doctor
up here on the double.

How bad is it?

I think
it's all right, sir.

There's no reason
for that panel

to cross-circuit like that.

I checked it over myself
not 15 minutes ago.

Captain, I can't feed
any course coordinates

into the panel, sir.

It rejects the course change.

Helm doesn't respond either, sir.

Mr. Spock, you getting
any instrument readings?

Yes, sir. There's a--

''Tiger, tiger, burning bright

in the forest of the night.''

Mr. Spock.

I'm trying to--

''Saturn rings around my head,

down a road that's Martian red.''

You're trying
to change course, Captain.

You can't.

I want to get to Colony 5
as soon as we can.

Release the transmitter.

You don't need all that
subspace chatter.

What's going on here?

Spock calls me to the bridge

and goes into some
kind of poetry.

See to her, Doctor.

''Once upon a midnight dreary

while I pondered,
weak and weary...''

Very nice, Mr. Ears.

I can make him
do anything--

whirl around, laugh, anything.

That's enough, Charlie.

Don't you think he's funny?

I think he's funny.

Leave my crew alone.

Jim, he'll soon reach a point

where he won't back down.

I know.

Charlie, what's wrong?

I have something for you.

Pink is your favorite,
isn't it?

You don't walk into a room
without knocking.

Don't ever lock your door
on me again, Janice.

I love you.

I'll lock it when I please.

What is it you want, anyway?


I only want
to be nice to you.

I can give you anything.

Just--Just tell me.

I want you to get out.

But I only want
to be nice to you.

Get out, Charlie.

I can't make it
any plainer than that.

I love you.

You don't know
what the word means.

Then show me.



Why did she do that?

I loved her,

but she wasn't nice at all.

What you did
wasn't nice either,

but I still need you, Captain.

The Enterprise isn't
quite like the Antares.

Running the Antares was easy.

You have to be nice.

All right?

Mr. Spock?

My legs--

They're broken.

Let him go, too, Charlie.


Because I'm telling you to.

You need me to run the ship,
and I need him.

If you try
to hurt me again,

I'll make lots of people go away.

And what about Yeoman Janice?

Is she dead?

Gone? Destroyed?

I won't tell you.

Growing up isn't so much.

I'm not a man,
and I can do anything!

You can't.

I'll activate
the force field myself.

You can return to your section.

He had a mean look.

I had to freeze him.

I like happy looks.

Aren't you coming in?

That wasn't nice.

You'll be sorry.

You wait. You'll see.

You'll be sorry you did that.

You will.




No laughing!



Aah! Aah!


Captain Kirk...

my instruments show
we're receiving a message

on subspace frequency 3,

I can't hear it, sir.

You're creating
that message, Charlie,

or you're blocking one
that's coming in.

It's my game, Captain.

You have to find out.

Like you said,
that's how the game's played.

You can have it now.

I've locked on course
for Colony 5 again.

I've waited long enough.

I'm going to take him on.

You don't have
any special immunity.

Not anymore.

Push far enough,

he'd send you to oblivion, too.

Mr. Spock?

Out of the question.

Wait a minute.

Does Charlie...

Now, wait...

Spock, has he done away with anybody

since he took over?

Not so far as we know.

Then maybe he can't.

Could be
he's overreached himself.

It's a big ship.
He's taken full control.

If we could tax his power--

turn on every
device on the ship,

every circuit,
every light, all of it--

and while
he's fighting that,

if I could distract him,

maybe you could tranquilize him,

keep him under,

until we reach Colony 5.

Risky, Jim.

If we don't try, Doctor,

he'll get rid of us anyway.

There's no choice, gentlemen,

none at all.

I can make you all go away...

anytime I want to.

Get out of my chair
and get out now.

I've got your ship, Captain.

Maybe, Charlie,

but I don't think
you can handle any more.

I think you've
reached your limit

and can't take on
one more thing.

But you're going to have to.

I could've sent you away before,
but I didn't.

You're going to have
to take me on.

Don't make me do it.

You've got my ship,
and I want it back.

I want my crew back whole,

if I have to break
your neck to do it!

Don't push me.


Aah! Aah!



I'm sorry...



[Receiver Crackles]

Stop that.

I said stop it!

Captain, the navigation console
is clear now.

The ship is answering the helm.

Sir, something off
our starboard bow.

The message says
they're from Thasus.


Captain, how did l--

It's all right, Yeoman.

Sensors show something's there.

Deflectors indicate
no solid substance.


Oh, no, please...

don't let them take me.

I can't live with them anymore!

You're my friends.

You said you were my friends.

When I came aboard!


I want to go home.

Take me home.

I have taken my form
centuries ago,

so that I may
communicate with you.

We did not realize
until too late

that the boy had gone.

We are saddened
that his escape

cost the lives
of the first ship.

We could not help them,

but we have returned your people

and your ship to you.

Everything is as it was.

Oh, I won't do it again.

Please, I'll be good.

I won't ever do it again.

I'm sorry about the Antares.

I'm sorry!

When I came aboard!


I want to go with you.

Help me!

The boy belongs
with his own kind.

That would be impossible.

We can teach him to live
in our society.

If he can be taught
not to use his power...

We gave him power
so he could live.

He will use it always,

and he would destroy you
and your kind,

or you would be forced
to destroy him

to save yourselves.

Is there nothing you can do?

We offer him life,

and we will take care of him.

Come, Charles.

Oh, please...

Don't let them take me.

I can't even touch them!


They can't feel.

Not like you!

They don't love!


I want to stay...







[Uhura] Charlie's back on board
the Thasian ship, sir.

They signaled they're leaving.

It's all right, Yeoman.

It's all over now.