Fair enough and interesting background.<quoted text>
The coolest bad guys always quote Melville.
'Star Trek The Motion Picture' aka Star Trek 1, was actually written to be a series. When the studio decided to kill the series (which was to be called 'Star Trek New Voyages') they mashed up two scripts from the series and took the sets, props and actors who were already filming the pilot to make the movie.
That is the reason for the slow pacing. The scripts were written to build up to a mid season climax after six to ten episodes, not 132 minutes.
On its own, I would have to agree that 'STWOK' was a better film than 'STTMP'(much more watchable) But,'STTMP' was cinegraphically better and closer to the tone of the original 'Star Trek' series.
Can I take it you're also a Star Trek fan vs Star Wars?
I had looked up the Kahn quote but forgot it was Melville.
Reminds of a good short story - Bartleby the Scrivener.
He kept saying "I would prefer not to". Good stuff to the teenager I
was at the time I read it.(Him and of course Holden Caulfield.)