Does anyone else prefer TMP
's orbiting space station to the gargantuan orbiting megalopolis from ST3
I always liked that appears more "credible", seemingly build from technology from "times past", not to mention it doesn't overwhelm the Enterprise
in terms of "awe".
The period for awe was TMP, when the refit 1701 was new. Starfleet is more than just large ships, so it was sensible to show how far space station tech advanced in the late 23rd century. Personally, I thought the SfS additions only added to a sense that it was more than one type of vessel serving every purpose, or the K-7 for every kind of station.