All-time scariest TV characters -- #10: Gorgan
Show: Star Trek
Episode: "And the Children Shall Lead"
Out of all the original Star Trek episodes there were two alien beings that scared the poop out of me when I was young. One was those freaky flying parasites from the season one episode 'Operation: Annihilate' and the other was Gorgan from the season three episode 'And the Children Shall Lead'.
Really, to get technical, both Gorgan and his followers freaked me out. To paraphrase Hank Hill: "Those kids ain't right." Well, why should they be "right" when they were being controlled by their "friendly angel" Gorgan so he could find a planet to control? Plus, the fashion sense of those kids was just out of control. Lord, the late '60s was just a nightmare for clothing!
What really scared me was what happened at the end of the episode. As Kirk is showing the kids' a tricorder video of their dead parents, Gorgan begins to deform. I remember thinking back when I originally saw the episode on WPIX that the effect reminded me of what happens when film gets caught in a projector and begins to burn. Before he disappeared he was so deformed that I couldn't help but to stare in fascination at his horrible face.
To this day, whenever this episode of Star Trek airs I change the channel during the last two minutes or so to avoid the final scene. Some feelings just stay with you past childhood, I guess.