I'd love to read what Harlan Ellison said.
The issue could have been more convincingly dealt with, if V'Ger had referred to itself in translation in more generic terms, such as as "The Seeker". But, no, they had to go for the low-brow, in a film which otherwise clearly had high-brow aspirations.
And, Jesus, it's not like this makes me hate the film, or that it "bothers" me. This thread isn't about what "bothers" me, or what I hate about the films. TMP's among my favorite Trek
films, for Pete's sake. I might've even watched it a hundred times, by now!