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
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.
Oh yeah, and we see Spock smiling again. Don’t get used to it.
I’ll leave you with this absurd, out-of-context quote:
“There’s no right way to hit a woman!”
– Captain Kirk