Is the Trek method of story telling dead?


I was watching Stargate SG1 the other day (8 seasons up on Hulu now), and I came away loving the fact that the first two Stargate series were based on the trek storytelling method. There’s probably another word for this, but I don’t know what it is. But it’s this self-contained episodic storytelling that I miss. I liked that a week would feature guest stars, a very self contained storyline, a villain of the week to take down, etc. Know the kind of thing I’m talking about?

I miss this. I want this to come back. Sanctuary seems to have a monopoly on this idea these days, and I’m sure there are others. SGU has yet to prove which direction it wants to take…long drawn out story or shorter forms of narrative. While I have no problem with long form, and love shows like Lost, Fringe, Flash Forward, BSG, etc., I’d love more shows to return to the old formula. There is just something…comforting about it, for lack of a better term.

Am I crazy? Do I just have antiquated taste in television?