While chewing through season 2 I seem to find myself repeatedly frustrated with the ease with which the landing parties, usually headed by Kirk, submit to or are otherwise disarmed and subdued by "primitive locals". In "A piece of the Action" I literally lost count at how many times Kirk and co. would get held up, disarmed, only to escape and have the process repeat over and over. Kirk seemed content to merely rolls his eyes at the 2-3 Tommy guns being prodded into his body. He could have been killed at any point and was allowed multiple chances at escape due mainly to the stupidity of his captors. I know Starfleet is an extension of the supposed utopia that the Federation stands to be with all the flowery peacefulness and sagacious pacifism but one has to wonder...is it worth risking the lives of an exceptional officer and crew, a state of the art ship, all the money and time it takes to for construction/training, only to assure that force is only used when and if absolutely necessary? To be honest, anytime any real force is used by Kirk or his subordinates..it is only after they have long been at the mercy of some alien captor or enemy for the majority of the episode's screen time. If it weren't for the equally reposed and leisurely antagonists, Kirk and friends might well be killed off in just about every episode. It just seems like the phasers are handed over more than they are used.... Now i'm not in any way advocating that Kirk sends down the cast of Aliens as a landing party to each and every planet but the fact that self-defense in the face of mortal danger/threats seems to be taken with a air of reluctance and apprehension...to me it breaks immersion more than any green lizard body-suit. Is the paperwork really that bad? That much so that it's better to offer yourself and your crew up to be bound and gagged on a routine basis?