Commodore Wesley confuses me
He confuses me too...he goes from a redshirt likely to die soon to a gold shirt in command of the Lexington just by changing his name.
That's a huge upgrade.
But really, his line, "What is kirk doing?" is just terrible.
It clearly should have been....
"Full phasers?--somethings gone wrong over there!!"
By saying Kirk's name as he did it implies Kirk is at fault and that's bad writing.
You can say he knew M-5 was malfunctioning and was wondering why Kirk hasn't stopped it, but that's just making up for the bad writing.
Unless he is a nut or has a pathological hatred for Kirk--he just wouldn't have phrased it that way.
I don't really think he does like Kirk, why call him dunsel?
Plus, I think that what many posters have mentioned, a captain is in charge and responsible and that's what he concludes, instantly, just after his unshielded ship is struck by full power weapons. I really don't think he's considering very much beside he just had something terrible happen and if this wasn't 60s network television his choice of words would have a been a bit more explicit. I don't think it's bad writing, it's the reaction of the character.
Why not blame Kirk, it's his ship.