The Old Building & Loan wrote:
More often than not, the rest of the crew couldn't wipe their butts without Kirk there to order them. Even Spock didn't have the backbone to stand up to Decker in "The Doomsday Machine" until he got Kirk on the phone.
I'm afraid that's like comparing apples and oranges. The crew was following orders because they were supposed
to. Decker was outranking Spock but he was screwing with "Kirk's ship", and we all know how protective Kirk was about the Enterprise
However, no one was forced or ordered to undergo brainwashing in ST V. The basic premise (everyone suffers from some trauma) is debatable itself, but that Kirk was the only one to stand against it (and not McCoy) is just too hard to believe, IMHO.