i believe the fairness comment relates to the fact that this is an unbalanced argument. It is reasonale to presume that the shows foxus on the extraordinary, not the norm. We are not watching ordinary lives or ordinary ships. We are watching the very best and most unique of Star Fleet in those shows.
I do agree we take our lead from those shows, but we have to extrapolate a bit beyond that and add value to the things at the periphery of them. IN particular those ships and people who appear but upon which the shows do not throw a great deal of light.