What was the "essence" that TMP was far away from or should have aspired to be? TMP was consistent with the tone and themes of several TOS episodes; in fact it was criticized as being a retread of a couple of them.
Which episodes had them staring at a blue screen for minutes at the time?
Last time I checked TOS was a fun space adventure show. TWOK was the movie more like TOS the series.
TMP ended up a mess but there are undeniable building blocks there that bespeak a movie crafted to be something thoughtful and substantial as well as entertaining.
Seemed more like it was boring and obsessed with its own special effects aka the afore mentioned blue screen stairing at.