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|1||8||1.1||Charlie X||Kirk's stunt double||The Enterprise has rendezvoused with the Antares, a small cargo ship. They are there to pick up Charlie Evans, a teenaged boy who was stranded on an uninhabited planet alone when his ship crashed there. Having lived his whole life alone, Evans is attempting to assimilate back into Human culture as he goes to Colony 5 to live with some relatives. The Antares crew, Captain Ramart and Tom Nellis, seem extremely eager to leave once Evans is dropped off, refusing all offers of help and supplies from Kirk - an unusual procedure as Starships generally have a few luxuries to hand out when they meet a cargo ship.
Charlie finds life on the Enterprise very strange. He's only met a handful of people since leaving Thasus, all of them male, so seeing the female crew of the Enterprise is quite a shock for him. He quickly develops a crush on Janice Rand, but is rather clumsy in expressing it as he has had no experience. At the same time, strange things begin to happen around Charlie. In the recreation room he is looking for attention whilst everybody watches Uhura sing. A moment later she finds herself choking slightly, unable to continue. Charlier draws a crowd by performing seemingly impossible card tricks
On the bridge the Enterprise picks up a signal from the Antares. It seems to be an attempt to warn them about something, but before there are any details the contact is lost. Charlie simply comments that the ship was not very well constructed - and a moment later, sensors report that the ship has exploded.
Later, Kirk is in the recreation room when Charlie asks if he can play chess with Spock. Spock wins the game very easily, angering Charlie. When Spock leaves the boy grimaces, and suddenly the chess pieces melt on the board. Subsequently Rand introduces Charlie to Yeoman Tina Lawton, who is rather closer to Charlie's age, in hopes of deflecting his crush. Charlie completely ignores Tina, prompting her to leave and Rand to comment on his rudeness. Rand goes to Kirk and says something will have to be done about Charlie's crush, and that if it continues she will have to end it herself by hurting his feelings. McCoy and Spock suggest that Charlie needs a strong male role model to help him through these kinds of things, and nominate Kirk as the obvious choice. Kirk reluctantly agrees, and takes Charlie to the gymnasium for a little training session. They do some throws and rolls, but Charlie becomes frustrated at how superior Kirk is in skill. When an observer laughs at his awkwardness, Charlie grimaces - and the man simply vanishes.
It is apparent that Charlie has some sort of special ability. Kirk speculates that he might be an alien Thasian. Spock has speculated on the possibility of Thasians existing, as a possible explanation for how Charlie survived on such a barren planet, but McCoy insists that the boy is Human. Charlie informs the stunned Kirk that he destroyed the Antares by making a warped baffle plate on the energy pile vanish. He regards his actions as justified since the plate would have given way eventually anyway, and because the crew were not "nice" to him.
Charlie uses his powers to take control of the Enterprise, demanding that it proceed directly to Colony 5. He lashes out at the crew whenever they anger him, including turning Yeoman Lawton into an iguana. When rand refuses another advance from him, he makes her vanish too. Upset, he begins to inflict his powers on the crew more and more in the aftermath.
The officers speculate that controlling a ship of the size and complexity of the Enterprise must surely be taxing for Charlie. They decide to try and overload his abilities by activating every system on the ship simultaneously, giving him more and more to have to control. Charlie struggles with the task, clearly having difficulty, but remains in control. However, at that moment a strange energy reading closes on the ship and a glowing green face appears on the bridge claiming to be a Thasian. The alien apologises for the trouble Charlie has caused, explaining that the energy beings which live on Thasus gave him the abilities in order to allow him to survive on the planet. They never intended others to be exposed to him, and will now take him back.
The prospect terrifies Charlie, who begs to be allowed to remain on the ship. He explains that the Thasians cannot feel anything or be touched, have no concept of love - remaining with them will be a sterile, empty life for him. The Thasian explains that there is no way to remove the power from Charlie, and that if he remained he would destroy those around him or they would be forced to kill him. The Thasian restores those Charlie caused to vanish and make Charlie himself fade away, presumably transported to their ship.
|2||42||2.2||I, Mudd||Norman's stunt double||Spock and McCoy encounter a recently arrived crewmember, Crewman Norman, in the Enterprise corridors. McCoy notes that something bothers him about the man. Not only is he avoiding a medical exam, but he seems unemotional and detached from the rest of the crew. Spock, taking this as a jibe against himself, dismisses the complaint.
Norman goes to the auxiliary control center, overpowering the personnel there and taking control of the ship to lock it onto a new course. He rapidly goes to the emergency manual monitor and engineering, effortlessly defeating multiple crewmembers and resetting the ship's systems to lock out any change in the course he has laid in. Finally he proceeds to the bridge where he points out that his alterations have connected the matter-antimatter pods to the main navigational bank with a trigger relay, meaning any attempt to change course will destroy the ship. He also opens a panel in his stomach, revealing that he is an android.
The ship spends four days at Warp 7 heading for an unexplored Class K planet. Norman remains dormant throughout, standing motionless on the bridge. On arrival he demands that Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura and Chekov to beam down, threatening to destroy the engines if they refuse. They beam to a facility on the surface where None other than Harry Mudd reveals himself to have been behind their kidnapping. Mudd declares that he is now Emperor Mudd the First, and that the crew of the Enterprise will remain on his planet for the rest of their lives and there is nothing they can do about it. Mudd is accompanied by multiple robots, many of them identical to one another. He reveals that after his last encounter with the Enterprise he managed to escape from prison and engaged in further petty crime, including reselling patents. He was caught on Deneb V and sentenced to death, but again managed to steal a ship and escape. After wandering for a while he chanced on this planet and explored it, finding the facility there along with androids running it. The facility is equipped with fantastically advanced technology, capable of building massive numbers of androids to any specification, along with almost anything else one could want. Mudd, of course, stocked the place almost entirely with hundreds of female androids.
Although it seemed like a paradise at first, Mudd soon grew bored with the planet. He decided to leave, but the androids are so determined to serve him that they refuse to allow him to leave the planet. Mudd eventually told the androids about the Enterprise and asked them to capture the crew so they would have other Humans to serve, and so allow him to leave. He tries to convince Kirk that it won't be so bad, demonstrating some of the pleasant aspects of the place - including an android replica of his own wife who nags him specifically so that he can have the pleasure of yelling at her to shut up. The androids reveal that they were built by a species from the Andromeda galaxy which is now long gone.
Spock conjectures that the androids do not operate independently, but must function via some kind of control control system which guides them all. He tries to quiz them on the subject but they politely decline to answer his queries.
The androids begin trying to tempt the officers to remain. They tell Uhura that an android body will last for some half a million years. Since a human brain can be installed in one, this would give the person almost perpetual youth and beauty. Chekov finds himself enjoying the prospect of being surrounded by beautiful female androids, whilst Scotty is intrigued by their incredibly advanced engineering technology. Meanwhile the androids have forcibly removed the crew from the Enterprise, putting an android crew aboard to run the ship. There seems to be no way to stop them.
Kirk is increasingly annoyed by the situation, and when an Alice series android promises him that they will do anything to make him happy he states that he cannot be happy without his ship. Alice seems confused by this and asks Norman to "coordinate" a response, before leaving.
Mudd prepares to depart, but the androids refuse to let him leave despite their earlier deal. They reveal that they plan to export vast numbers of androids to all Human worlds, giving them the same life of complete luxury as exists on their planet - along with the same lack of freedom.
Spock notes that there are hundreds of each model of android on the planet, with the exception of Norman. There is only a single Norman as far as anybody knows. This, combined with the way the Alice asked Norman to coordinate a response when she was confused, makes Spock speculate that Norman may be the control system he spoke of earlier. Since illogic seemed to confuse the Alice, they wonder if they might not be able to overload Norman's ability to command the androids if enough strange and inexplicable behaviour is presented to the androids.
Reasoning that the androids will expect an escape attempt the crew stage a mock one, with Uhura turning traitor and telling the Androids about it so that they can foil the plan. Now hoping to have them at their ease, the crew begin their real campaign. They each challenge the androids with surreal behaviour, spreading confusion and illogic amongst them. Spock informs two of the Alice series that although he loves one of them, he hates the other - stating that he responds to them so differently because they are identical to one another. The illogic of the statement causes both androids to shut down.
The crew begin to target Norman directly, making him more and more confused until Kirk finally informs him that Harry Mudd is a liar, and everything he says is a lie. Harry then informs Norman that he is indeed lying - prompting Norman to realise that if that is a lie then Mudd must be telling the truth, but that if he is telling the truth then he must be lying. Finally overwhelmed, Norman shuts down and all of the other androids shut down with him.
With the crew back aboard the ship and control restored, Kirk decides what to do with Mudd. He will be left on the planet, stranded with the androids to look after him. Mudd is pleased that his imprisonment will at least be pleasant - until he finds that Kirk has had at least 500 copies of his nagging wife constructed, all of them designed so that they will ignore any order to shut up. Harry is thus left to indefinite imprisonment under the eternal nagging of the woman he most hates.
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