Re: Episode of the Week: Too Short a Season
...Sticking to rules and regulations would have saved lives there, yes. Had the episode played out this way but with Kirk as the Starfleet guest character, this would have been a blatant "Picard is a better man than Kirk" kind of event, perhaps raising audience ire rather than indifference.
Oh the trolling and flame wars this episode would have caused if Kirk had been involved... it would have been glorious!
"I had no idea you were so... formidable. " - Anan 7 to James T. Kirk, A Taste of Armageddon