It’s a Good Life, “Charlie X”

Television Series: Star Trek
Episode #8: “Charlie X”
USA Airdate: September 15, 1966 (#2)
Written By: D.C. Fontana (Teleplay) and Gene Roddenberry (Story)
Music Composed By: Fred Steiner
Directed By: Lawrence Dobkin
Running Time: 50 Minutes


In one of the most frightening moments from all of STAR TREK, an ensign suffers when her facial features are removed by the power of Charles Evans in "Charlie X" (Desilu, 1966)

In one of the most frightening moments from all of STAR TREK, an ensign suffers when her facial features are removed by the power of Charles Evans in “Charlie X” (Desilu, 1966)

Rapid Reviewpoints

Story: 8 (out of 10)
Performances: 10
Visual Style: 10
Music: 9
Overall: 9
Verdict: Must See
Comments: In many ways, “Charlie X” is but a new spin on the second Star Trek pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before.” Rather than an adult used to living among humans having to cope with the sudden onset of godlike abilities, this time it is a teenager with godlike abilities having to cope with the sudden onset of living among humans. Portions of this story are also reminscent of “It’s A Good Life,” a 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone that featured a child with godlike abilities controlling and terrorizing a small town. “Charlie X” is great drama in its own right, though, with a standout performance by Robert Walker Jr. as the tragic title character. Meanwhile, the primary Star Trek cast members continue to grow stronger in their roles.


Best Quote

“There are a million things in this universe you can have, and there are a million things you can’t have. It’s no fun facing that, but that’s the way things are.” –Captain James T. Kirk