I mean it certainly can be a writing issue. I guess there are just differently levels for me. I mean even if it is a writing issue that doesn't automatically mean that I want to string up the writers or treat it as less than entertaining. My standards are kind of weird like that. I don't mind Deus Ex Machinas, convenient forgetfulness has been part of Trek for a while, and incompetent bad guys pretty much reminds me of real life. Mileage will vary. Would I love Trek to something like you describe, with the 24-esque back and forth? Yeah, that would be more interesting to me. But Star Trek isn't just for me.