Yes, it would have been neat. They had to keep the budget under control, though, I can imagine. It would have been a nice touch, but it would not have significantly added to the story. Still, we've had the pod bay again! That's at least something.Its just--damn-- why didn't they make the "wheel" on the Discovery? that is something I cannot believe they did not bring back.
That line was actually out of the novel version of the story. TBH, I agree, I love the line being used in the film too (if it had been in 2001, it would have been awesome, but it would have interrupted the mood of the star gate scene).I love the report at the beginning, and have no issue accepting the retcon of Bowman's "My God -- it's full of stars!" It's a line that still gives me chills.
I remember far less in the book -- and that far less tinged by contemporary issues. In the book. the final message from... whoever... was "Al these worlds are yours except Europa. Attempt no landing there." The "Use them together. Use them in peace." was added for the film.Hyams can't shoulder all the blame for that, Clarke shares it as well