On to the show. The Enterprise meets up with the starship Antares. They beam over Charlie Evans, the sole survivor of a transport ship that crashed on the planet Thasus fourteen years ago. Although there are rumors that Thasians actually exist, none have been seen and Charley has apparently been on his own since the age of three.
|"Is that a girl?"|
|"Do you like me?"|
Meanwhile, Charlie joins the fun in the Rec Hall where Spock is jammin' on the Vulcan Lyre and Uhrua sings along - first about Spock and then about Charlie. Everyone has fun in the Rec Hall.
Naturally the place to give Charlie an lesson on how to better fit in is the ship's gym, because everybody likes gym class, right?
The activity above left is dangerously close to Anbo-jytsu,one of ST:TNG's sadder moments. Thankfully, at this point ST:TNG hasn't been invented yet.
Things go well until the Gym teacher shows up....
I have taken my form from centuries ago, so that I may communicate with you. We did not realize until too late that the boy had gone, and we are saddened that his escape cost the lives of the first ship.So he knew centuries ago that he would have to become a giant, transparent floating green head to communicate with Kirk about Charlie, but didn't see it coming that Charlie would escape from the Thasians? I don't get it. At all.
He explains that they have to take Charles back because the power they gave him to survive makes him too dangerous to be among humans. Even in the face of what Charlie has done, Kirk makes an appeal for Charlie to stay with them. He's just that sort of guy, but his plea is to no avail.
Charlie is taken away and for some reason everyone is sad.
Charlie, played by actor Robert Walker, is properly annoying in this episode, but it isn't one of my favorites. There are some good things here though. For me the big Rec Hall scene is the standout, which I guess says a lot. Also, there's the wonderful score contributed by Fred Steiner, who wrote some 24 minutes of music for this episode. Be sure to check out this cue, Zap the Spaceship, over at La-La Land Records.
Want to watch the episode online? Star Trek.com serves it up here.
Next time Trek takes it up a notch with Balance of Terror.