The Transformed Man wrote:
Well I would normally agree that "consensus" is probably a word that I would not have used in the script, but to suggest Kirk never sought out opinions or tried to come to some form of compromise throughout the series is a little misinformed. He still sought out advise whether he took it or not.
I never suggested such a thing, as I stated in my first post in this thread. Sure, he would ask for suggestions but wouldn't have meeting after meeting trying to reach a "consensus" before he made a decision. This episode almost reminded me of "The Enemy Within" where the "weak" half of Kirk pleaded with Spock and McCoy: "Help me. Somebody make the decision."