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=== Story and production ===
 
=== Story and production ===
 
* [[Gene Roddenberry]] had written a one-sentence synopsis of this episode on the first page of his original series outline for ''Star Trek'' under the title "The Day Charlie Became God." The page is reproduced in the [[Herbert F. Solow]]/[[Robert H. Justman]] volume ''[[Inside Star Trek: The Real Story]]''. Writer [[Dorothy Fontana]] also confirmed that the episode was based on that story idea. Fontana developed the story and wrote the teleplay, but Roddenberry received story credit. [http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/dorothy-fontana]
 
* [[Gene Roddenberry]] had written a one-sentence synopsis of this episode on the first page of his original series outline for ''Star Trek'' under the title "The Day Charlie Became God." The page is reproduced in the [[Herbert F. Solow]]/[[Robert H. Justman]] volume ''[[Inside Star Trek: The Real Story]]''. Writer [[Dorothy Fontana]] also confirmed that the episode was based on that story idea. Fontana developed the story and wrote the teleplay, but Roddenberry received story credit. [http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/dorothy-fontana]
* This episode was originally scheduled to air further into the season, as all action took place aboard the ''Enterprise'', and it was basically a teenage melodrama set in the space age, both of which elements [[NBC]] disliked. However, as it required no new outer space visual effects shots (actually all ''Enterprise'' shots are recycled from the two pilots), its post-production took less time than other episodes. It was chosen to be the second episode to air, out of necessity, as no other episodes were ready for the deadline. The ''Antares'' was originally to be shown on screen, however when the early airdate was commissioned, this was eliminated. (''[[These Are the Voyages: TOS Season One]]'', p. 201)
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* This episode was originally scheduled to air further into the season, as all action took place aboard the ''Enterprise'' and it was basically a teenage melodrama set in the space age, both of which elements [[NBC]] hated. However, as it required no new outer space special effects shots (actually all ''Enterprise'' shots are recycled from the two pilots), its post-production took less time than other episodes, and it was chosen to be the second episode to air, out of necessity, as no other episodes were ready for the deadline. The ''Antares'' was originally to be shown on screen, however when the early airdate was commissioned, this was eliminated. (''[[These Are the Voyages: TOS Season One]]'')
* Also, the reference to [[Thanksgiving]] was included in the script because originally the episode was supposed to air in late-November. (''[[These Are the Voyages: TOS Season One]]'')
 
 
* "Charlie X" was adapted for a [[novels|novelization]] by [[James Blish]]. It was published in the first [[Bantam Books]] ''Star Trek'' novelization collection in {{y|1967}} under the name "Charlie's Law". (This name is a pun on {{w|Charles' Law}}, a law of physics dealing with how changes in temperature affect the volume of a gas.)
 
* "Charlie X" was adapted for a [[novels|novelization]] by [[James Blish]]. It was published in the first [[Bantam Books]] ''Star Trek'' novelization collection in {{y|1967}} under the name "Charlie's Law". (This name is a pun on {{w|Charles' Law}}, a law of physics dealing with how changes in temperature affect the volume of a gas.)
 
* The opening credits of this episode are the same as those used in {{e|The Man Trap}}, which included a "Created by Gene Roddenberry" credit. The credits at the close of the episode only list Roddenberry as Producer. Also, the credits for William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy are missing the "starring" and "also starring" designations. This episode followed "The Man Trap" in airdate order. The main titles were standardized for syndication, however the DVD prints restore the titles to their original configuration.
 
* The opening credits of this episode are the same as those used in {{e|The Man Trap}}, which included a "Created by Gene Roddenberry" credit. The credits at the close of the episode only list Roddenberry as Producer. Also, the credits for William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy are missing the "starring" and "also starring" designations. This episode followed "The Man Trap" in airdate order. The main titles were standardized for syndication, however the DVD prints restore the titles to their original configuration.
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=== Props and special effects ===
 
=== Props and special effects ===
* This is the only episode shot after the pilots to have no exterior views of the ''Enterprise'' using the updated "series" model. All of the shots are footage from {{e|The Cage}} and {{e|Where No Man Has Gone Before}} (see: above).
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* This is the only episode shot after the pilots to have no exterior views of the ''Enterprise'' using the updated "series" model. All of the shots are footage from {{e|The Cage}} and {{e|Where No Man Has Gone Before}}.
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* A large number of visual effects had to be nixed due to time constraints when the episode was moved ahead in airing schedule, to be broadcast in September (originally it was scheduled to air in November, hence the [[Thanksgiving]] reference). These included the ''[[Antares]]'', which was called to appear on screen in the script, but ended up unseen. (''[[These Are the Voyages: TOS Season One]]'')
 
* Publicity stills of Grace Lee Whitney were used on the playing cards Charlie modifies. (''[[The Star Trek Compendium]]'', p. 39)
 
* Publicity stills of Grace Lee Whitney were used on the playing cards Charlie modifies. (''[[The Star Trek Compendium]]'', p. 39)
 
* After Charlie transforms Tina Lawton into an iguana, the noise the reptile makes was that of the sound made by Sylvia and Korob when they returned to their true forms at the end of {{e|Catspaw}}.
 
* After Charlie transforms Tina Lawton into an iguana, the noise the reptile makes was that of the sound made by Sylvia and Korob when they returned to their true forms at the end of {{e|Catspaw}}.
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