I never touched this thread, but now I feel obligated to because my name just HAD to be brought up.
science fiction–nouna form of fiction that draws imaginatively on scientific knowledge and speculation in its plot, setting, theme, etc.
Most of the time, people think "futuristic" when the term sci-fi is mentioned, but just because it's not futuristic doesn't mean it's not sci-fi. For example, the entire Oocca thing seemed very sci-fi to me- not so much in the design of the awkward little creatures themselves, but the design of their... land? Not saying they weren't interesting, because the "history" on them provided by the adorabley nerdy (and handsome! ou la la!) Shad was very interesting... but it still had a science fiction feel to it that followed the exact definition of science fiction. While that may be fine for many games, I did not care too much for it in Zelda.
Likewise, I do not believe that the enemies are aliens, but their designs are very alien-like.
Examples of these are Chilfos, Twilit Bloat, and especially Shadow Beasts. Now, I think the designs are quite unique and interesting, but I personally think they look like something out of an alien flick on the Sci-Fi channel, and personally I don't think it's fitting for Zelda. I know plenty of people like them and think they fit fine, and that's fine, but my opinion is the opposite.
Now, I'm not a TP hater, but I don't have a problem saying that the game is far from being one of my favorites. There are so many reasons as to why: Music composition, overworld and dungeon design, items usefulness (or lack of), plot, Link being overshadowed, Zant, Ganon's cornrows, Zelda's lack of screentime.... there is SO much I could go into detail about, but I'm smart enough to know that doing so would only result in a billion people disagreeing and a billion people agreeing, and then a billion flame-posts that would just be utterly annoying.
Really, there are plenty of reasons to like it, love it, dislike it, hate it, and even feel "meh" about it. It all comes down to the gamers' preferences. Every Zelda game- heck every game period- receives both ridicule and applaud, love and hatred. It just depends on the person playing, and if you get all bent out of shape because somebody likes the game you don't or somebody doesn't like the game you do, then you'll never really have a positive gaming experience.