I thought this was great. It felt like a feature length episode, and the hijinks the crew gets into are hilarious. I love the subplot of Spock learning to find himself, and friendship to Kirk again, it's pretty touching and raised quite a lot of questions about life, death, and the soul. It does get a little too much into the "Oh god why?!" of Whale hunting but I suppose it makes sense, it was just a bit annoying.