Some discussion on another thread about TMP and the Enterprise being the "only starship in interception range" made me want to poke at another related element of Star Trek V (see quotes below). I do find it odd how Kirk chooses to deal with the hostage situation on Nimbus III. Consider the following: 1. Admiral Bob sends Kirk for his experience and wisdom in these matters. That said, his directions to Kirk are explicit. "Your orders are to proceed to Nimbus III, assess the situation, and avoid a confrontation if possible." 2. The hostage tape indicates that the prisoners have been treated fairly and have not been harmed. The request is for a Federation starship to come to Nimbus to negotiate for the release of the hostages. There's no indication of explicit violence being used to apprehend Paradise City (in fact, the Galactic Army of Light took the city without firing a shot) 3. Spock indicates that he likely knows and has a connection with the Vulcan who is responsible for the situation. And, despite all this, Kirk's plan is to achieve orbit of Nimbus, deceive the Vulcan leader under false pretenses, and send down an armed assault team to raid the city, defeat the occupying forces, and free the delegates. I know (and love) that Kirk is a man of action, and I get it...but it seems to me like this was an entirely unnecessary (not to mention unsanctioned) action by the Enterprise. I also realize there was tension here in that the transporters aren't working and the Klingons would arrive in under 2 hours...but Starfleet would have known of those issues as well I'd think. I say all this as an out-of-the-closet huge TFF fan....but upon examination...it seems more than a little crazy for Kirk to have raided the planet under these circumstances, without even a thought of an alternate path. Thoughts??