Re: what if Kirk called the Metrons out on their hypocrisy?
But suppose Kirk called the Metrons out by saying something along the following: "You say we are 'savages' because we have a right to defend ourselves [from what Kirk saw as a threat], yet you make us fight for your entertainment. That's something only the ancient cultures did. What makes you better than them?"
How do you think the Metrons would have responded?
"Obviously, you are an impertinent race of snotty violent children. We will send you to bed without supper and spank you all if you ever act up again... especially your females."
"You are speaking to a senior officer, Kirk!"