For all it's problems TMP had a grand, epic feel to it that for me hasn't been captured in any Trek film since (the new ones get close but are more 'blockbustery' if you get my meaning).
The special effects still look pretty good to me all these years later, the Enterprise flyby more or less my favorite scene in all of Trek and Goldsmith's score was utterly majestic and the best in the series...
A touch more action and a little more humor in the cast's performances and it would probably be my number 1 Trek film...
I Second That Motion! Very well stated, Smellmet! Your post managed to mirror my own thoughts - and feelings - about this incredible achievement in the STAR TREK legacy. Despite it's shortcomings, The Motion Picture
still has "legs."