Re: Was I the only one who disliked Far Beyond the Stars?
... it was the only one written by the guy who created the whole thing.
Harold Livingston created "the whole thing?" He wrote Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
I like the episode but I think it's overrated. The whole affair was a little forced.
The episode was neither the best nor the worst. It was however heavy handed and preachy.
It's easy to support someones beliefs if they are identical to your own.
Tolerating beliefs that you don't personal embrace, or even fully understand, is harder.