Yes, I see the argument here. I don't disagree overall with the vast swaths of storytelling that has gone on of late but perhaps it would bode well to pepper in some (more) stand alone stories that are started and resolved within a relatively short period of time.
That would be my preference, but I'm sure there'd be a ton of readers who would complain that "nothing happened" and "it's taking too long to catch up."
It's a catch-22 for the editors who are mapping out the plan, and for the writers who are executing it.
It's a testament to the writers that we've gotten some good, legitimate character development at all, amidst all the catastrophic scenarios that have occurred since 2381, story time.