Charlie X

I’m sure Charlie X is supposed to be about teen angst, or growing up, or something. There’s probably a coming-of-age story behind Charlie Evans’ awkward, slightly creepy vibe. His story is a sad one- he has never know the touch of another human; he was raised by incorporeal beings, so he has no concept of humanity. Charlie’s situation is Kirk’s first encounter with a no-win scenario.

I could talk about how desperate Charlie’s escape from the life he hates is, or how heart-wrenching it is to hear him sob about not wanting to go back to live with the bodyless beings that raised him, or how this is the first (but not last) time that Star Trek deals with starship captains being unwilling father figures to rebellious teenagers, or any number of nice little moments of Kirk/Charlie interplay.

But I just keep getting stuck on

Charlie face 1

That Face

Charlie Face 2

That Face some more

Seriously, I’m sure this episode has some poignant moments, but I just can’t get past the ridiculousness. Spock’s playing this weird harp thing and Uhura’s kinda flirting with Spock. And that’s kinda weird.

Spock and Uhura

Spock and Uhura – Didn’t come out of nowhere after all!

Oh yeah, and we see Spock smiling again. Don’t get used to it.

Spock smiling

Hello, ladies

 

I’ll leave you with this absurd, out-of-context quote:

“There’s no right way to hit a woman!”
– Captain Kirk

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2 thoughts on “Charlie X

  1. “There’s no right way to hit a woman!”
    – Captain Kirk

    LOL, need a T-Shirt with that.

    I remember, as a child, being totally creeped-out by the girl he turns “faceless”. Don’t know why, it kind of looks silly now, but back then it freaked me out.

  2. It’s neat that you should mention the no-win situation, as I think that Kirk’s denial of the possibility of that kind of thing is part of what makes him who he is. Even more so since that sentiment was expressed in the second movie, so this is a considerably earlier point in his history, while the Starfleet test he cheated on was earlier still. makes me wonder about how clearly Roddenberry had reckoned Kirk’s character by this point versus later. But, I guess that’s just the way real time works on fiction.

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