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Peter Hicks
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Posted: 28 November 2018 at 10:47am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

i recently rewatched Charlie X for the first time in years.   As we start the last act of the episode, Charlie comes to the bridge, in control of the Enterprise through mental powers.  As Kirk stares him down, I imagined Kirk thinking " We have a little planet called Delta Vega just for stranding people like you.."

In retrospect, do you think Charlie X is too similar in theme to Where No Man Has Gone Before to have been green lit so early in the series?
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Posted: 28 November 2018 at 10:57am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Nope.
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Posted: 28 November 2018 at 12:11pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Was Gary Mitchell in any way in your mind, JB, when you worked on Dark Phoenix?
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Posted: 28 November 2018 at 1:36pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Was Gary Mitchell in any way in your mind, JB, when you worked on Dark Phoenix?

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Now that actually rings a dim bell. Hmmmmm.....

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Brandon Frye
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Posted: 02 December 2018 at 10:12am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I always felt Charlie X was closer to Trelane of Gothos than Gary Mitchell.


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Posted: 02 December 2018 at 11:02am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

That Gary and Charlie are both human puts them closer to each other than to Trelane—tho still a long way apart.
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Posted: 02 December 2018 at 11:11am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

That's a fair point. 

I was thinking more in terms of their personalities. Both child-like minds made dangerous by massive powers. (Makes me wonder if either character was influenced by the It's a Good Life Twilight Zone episode). 




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Posted: 02 December 2018 at 12:23pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Not entirely fair to call Charlie “childlike”. The central point of the story was that he was confused by encroaching adult thoughts and feelings—which, of course, Trelane was not.
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Gary Mitchell was an adult who was overwhelmed by the sudden gift of godlike powers (...not unlike a certain redheaded mutant).

Charlie Evans was a young man with godlike powers who was overwhelmed by the confusing emotions of adolescence.

Trelane was a child with godlike powers who didn't understand how to use them like an adult.



Three different-yet-fascinating examinations of the classic "absolute power corrupts" theme.
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