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I just don't think switching between 16:9 and "scope"-ish ratios actually has the effect that these directors who do it seem to intend.
If you're viewing on a matted fixed-height screen that opens up fo the 'scope sequences, so the wider content is actually bigger and more panoramic, then sure. Or even if you matte the 16:9 parts within the frame so that they're smaller.
Either way, the transition to 'scope has to be awe-inspiring, to evoke grandeur and vastness. And on any standard 16:9 home display, it will do the opposite because it's just smaller.
Movies that are made in 2.35 but insert sequences of IMAX footage (such as the last Mission Impossible movie) illustrate this point: it's the screen-filling 16:9 sequences that create the awesome panoramas on the home display, and the way it's used in the movie the filmmakers clearly understand this.
I don't think it's necessarily a big deal, and I'm sure it will be fine, but this is still made-for-TV where cinematic thinking may not accomplish the desired effect.