I'm not reading anything into the movie. I'm simply telling you what I took away from it. It's subjective so results may vary. To say that it's the most "popcorny" of the TOS films seems silly to me. TWOK was far more so for my tastes. As well as TVH, which you mentioned. I find TVH heavy-handed and my TFF disc has gotten much more play. Shatner tried to go deeper than a "Save the whales" theme. I agree that with you that he bit off more than he could chew, but I still thought it was a valiant effort and I respect him for it. As far a semantical quibbling, I look at it as you trying to put words into my mouth and for me that truly is the biggest turn-off on the net.