Series: The Original Series
Air Date: September 15, 1966
Written by: D. C. Fontana
Directed by: Lawrence Dobkin
What's worse than a teenager? A teenager with superpowers. Worse still: a teenager with superpowers and absolutely no social skills.
The U.S.S. Antares is a
Once on board, Charlie meets his true love!
|And basically the true love of everyone on the ship|
Oh, yeah, did I mention that Charlie has superpowers? That's probably what the Antares called back to warn the Enterprise about, but before they could say anything, they were destroyed. "It wasn't very well constructed," says Charlie, which was an odd thing to say since no one was sure that it was destroyed at the time he said it.
Well, now it's time for Charlie to figure out what else he likes to do besides look at Janice creepily, so he tries some three-level chess with Spock. When he loses in two moves, he melts all of Spock's pieces. Kirk tries to befriend him and takes him to the gym for some light sparring, but when Charlie gets annoyed by another man in the gym he activates his magical teenage powers and makes him "go away." Well, that's when Kirk really gets alarmed about Charlie.
|It wasn't when he stole the pajamas right off of Kirk's back.|
In the mean time, Charlie wanders the corridors, turns Janice's younger friend into a lizard, visits Janice in her quarters, almost attempts to rape her, but instead makes her "go away". Kirk and Spock try to lock him up in the brig, but Charlie makes the force field and half of the wall "go away".
|It wasn't very well constructed.|
|A WILD THASIAN APPEARS!|
And the crew is left sitting on the bridge... to contemplate... the meaning of life.
The rise and fall of a teenage god. This was a pretty great episode. It kind of drives home Gene Roddenberry's theme of power without responsibility. So far we've had two of these kinds of episodes in four, though. I hope he doesn't wear the idea thin.