Them’s fighting words, Evan! Just kidding. What made EH so spectacular was its (at the time) original fusion of Space and the Supernatural. Take the claustrophobia, isolation, and frigid indifference of space and heap otherworldly anxieties on top of that, and the result was completely engrossing for me. I mentioned before that the original cut Anderson submitted to the studio was over 3 hours long. Perhaps all the development and nuance you found lacking is on the cutting room floor. Which is why I’ve dreamed of a Director’s Cut re-release for years!