I'm going off of what Braga and Berman have said themselves. Of course none of the Star Treks have been militaristic, but TNG was IMO pure sci-fi. Maybe it was because Stewart was playing Picard so sternly, or maybe it was just how Roddenbery wrote the characters, but I just don't see how any of the Star Treks, with the exception of seasons of DS9, can be in any way compared favorably with TNG.
Voyager was a disaster. The captain treated her crew like she had them over for dinner. "Groan, I need coffee...*cheesy smile*"...
Enterprise, which I watched the first few episodes of and tried to re-watch recently, is even worse, IMO.
And regarding "24," its obvious you're not seeing what I'm talking about, so I'll point it out:
1) Chloe and Edgar having petty debates about computer usage. Both of them would be FIRED in a real government organization for that kind of stupid bickering, where neither is actually communicating to each other, but rather, just whining.
2) The disc that had the information regarding the pilot who'd stolen the stealth fighter sat on Edgar's desk for a whole episode. Once again, intolerable. The show actually portrays a lot of the terrorists progress/victory as being the result of poor communication within CTU. Now I don't have a problem with showing some poor communication, because obviously we had some in our own government a few years ago, but its every episode. Its as if they can't discover another plot convention other than bickering and incompetence.
3) The Vice-president was so blatantly incompetent, a man who'd spent years of his life fully understanding the role of the vice-president couldn't even work at a baskin robbins when the task was thrust on him. Don't tell me he was not ready for it and that we should give him a break. He gets paid a few hundred thousand dollars a year to be the vice-president, and then if something happens to the president, he becomes the president.
Frankly, I think you've just ignored most of the stuff I'm citing, or, you just don't think it demonstrates incompetence. Well there's no question that it DOES, but the argument you could provide, that everyone is being tested under extreme circumstances...I can only buy that to a degree, only tolerate that to the first episodes. Its like no one grows, no one learns from their mistakes.
And I'm sorry, if a bunch of people in the most important counter-terrorism branch of the US all had slept together and all had to constantly pull each other aside to talk about their relationships, the whole building would need to be blown up.