This is a bit off the original post but relevant to discussing Kirk's attitude and body language of the Commissioner.
I don't really think Ferris was wrong about what he wanted but he did seem a little too much like he was enjoying Kirk's problem, saying he sympathizes with out and sympathy.
What I always thought was strange was the news they rescued five people and Kirk is just sooo happy, he didn't ask who. Uhura reamed out Spock when he didn't ask about one death, no one questions Kirk. I know it didn't happen, but could you even imagine the two that didn't return were Spock and Bones? Five survivors fits that, too.
While I like the episode, I think Space Normal Speed is just an artifact of this episode not being as good as it should have been.