Date: 06/23/2018 4:23 PM Title: Chapter 7: "Charlie X"
I am enjoying this series and the documentation that you've offered. I find it pretty spot on. However, there was one thing in this that I disagreed with. You said that Charlie X was probably named that b/c he couldn't write. I suspect that it is an entirely different reason. There was a group called the Black Muslims who rose to prominence in the 1960s (same decade as Trek) during the civil rights movement. One of the things their members did was to reject their given surname such as Smith or whatever and use X instead b/c their original name had been lost in slavery. One of the most prominent members, Malcolm X, was shot to death in 1965 after he left the movement. Malcolm X's death was highly publicized and at the time so I think it's reasonable that Charlie X may reflect that movement. What do you think?
Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed the story.
I think you must have been reading quickly, so you missed the attribution, but it isn't MY idea that the episode was named "Charlie X" to show that Charlie had no formal education. GENE RODDENBERRY said that in an interview with Marc Cushman, when Cushman asked him why the episode was named as it was.
While it's true that the Black Muslims replaced their original surname with X and that Malcom X was quite famous at about the time this episode was made, that isn't the reason Roddenberry gave when Cushman asked him about the name of the episode. I think it's unlikely that a group of white writers and producers would name a character in homage to Malcom X in 1966, when white attitudes towards Malcom X were mostly negative, but it's certainly true that the news about Malcom X could have had an unconscious influence. Still, when asked directly about the name of the episode, Roddenberry gave the reason I reported.
Date: 06/23/2018 2:27 AM Title: Chapter 7: "Charlie X"
I totally agree that this might be a whole lot more believable if Charlie had been a pre-teen when he crashed. Admittedly none of the people on the ship had children, but I am sure they had observed three year olds and were well aware they would not survivie. That said, I do have a soft spot for this episode, just for the final moments. Even now I feel for Charlie when he is called away.
Love the Bob Justman memo. Thanks for sharing it.
Your notes end notes are such highlights!
Date: 05/29/2017 7:47 PM Title: Chapter 7: "Charlie X"
YAY YOURE BACK!!!!!!! I loved this. But unfortunately children have been raised by dogs.
Thanks for the warm welcome! I'm glad to be back, and I'm glad you liked the latest episode.
It's certainly true that there have been reports of children's being raised by dogs. Since other cases have turned out to be either awful-but-human child abuse or hoaxes, I assumed that by the 23rd century, those cases would be found to also have been either abuse or hoaxes. But since it's an imaginary future, you can certainly disagree! :-)