It's funny you mention soap operas.
B5 was a "space opera" in the original, derisional sense of the word. It means hack writing, audience-baiting cliffhangers, and a lack of internal logic or consistency.
It's a bad show.
"Space opera" originally meant bad...it goes back to "horse operas": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
What's noteworthy here is, the term has been confused into being something of an enigma.
Society changed. "Fanbois" via the internet linked discussions of plot holes and bad writing to their personal ego. As in, if a work a "fanboi" likes has bad writing or plot holes, making it a "space opera" the "fanboi" would irrationally defend the work, not because they understand and can make a logical defense for the work, but because it offends their personal ego.
Combine this change with the proclivity of TV and film producers (who are content agnostic) progressively giving more credence to online fan comments.
So now, we have "fanbois" irrationally defending bad work, and the people who *make* the things paying closer and closer attention to what they say.
That's how we've gotten where we are now: total insanity.
It's insane for a "fan" of scifi to *want* a "space opera"....but that's exactly what is happening...fans now will post about how they "Wish [x] will be 'more space opera' when it comes out" or express frustration, "Why can't we have more space operas?"
Space Operas like Babylon 5 are badly written, poorly produced and make people stupider. It's the opposite of what Trek (or any good scifi) seeks to do.
Which is why GoT, TWD and others that try to be this way on purpose suffer. There is a large subset of confused people who actually advocate for bad writing now and it is hurting all of scifi.