The USS Hitler would have been less cutting considering the death toll that probe struck on Earth barely a century earlier.
If hundreds, or thousands of people died? Exactly why did Kirk let V'Gey wander off? Surely at the first sign of weakness it is his duty as a human being to stab this son of a bitch in the back
What death toll?
It's weapons didn't fire.
V'Ger turned off the power.
Every one in mid transport. Dead.
Everyone in a an aircraft. Dead.
Everyone in surgery or on life support. Dead.
Anyone relying on a forcefield to stay alive. Dead.
Anyone driving a car... 15 to 60 percent dead.