What's this? Another episode so soon? Didn't I just review The Man Trap? Well, you get a two-fer tonight because I couldn't sleep! Anyway, another Episode another person with poorly defined reality altering powers. Can't trust those eyes in Star Trek, I'm telling ya.
TOS Season 1: Episode 3 - "Charlie X"
Okay Star Trek. First 3 Episodes all involve not being able to trust some human looking alien/projection person thing. If it didn't exist before, then they established the trope and it has already gotten old. Charlie, the boy of a thousand faces, was orphaned when he was 3 on an alien planet and somehow survived 14 years. So as you can imagine, he turned out pretty normal.
Also, I like this episode's costuming. Bones has a pretty comfy looking shiny shirt, Spock sports a standard uniform, and Kirk is styling it up with a casual green tunic with golden leafing. We also get a look at whatever TOS's equivalent of 10-Forward is. Spock goes to town being all flirty with Uhura again leading to a really actually pretty good musical number. I want more of Singing Uhura. Charlie is not amused.
|He might have better luck with the ladies
if he didn't wear ski goggles at the tanning salon
Kirk's plan to overload Charlie is a good one, but I don't see why he needs to control everything on the ship... I guess he can't be selective? Then floating green head ex machina takes him away and returns everything to normal. Kind of a cop-out ending actually... but there's actually a pretty decent bit of acting right at the end that made me feel pretty bad for the kid if he wasn't such a douche bag earlier.
|This is not that moment of decent acting.
428 people on the Enterprise crew it seems.
Apparently the Enterprise has many "entertainment tapes" .... lol.