the whole point of the show was the fear of growing up and this was represented by humanity locking themselves in the solar system and staying artificially primitive so they didn't have to go out and fight the real space monsters
They stopped using it for so long that everyone who knew how to use it died off and didn't teach enough people in the coming generations to keep it going. So it fell into disuse, then obscurity, then ignorance, over thousands of years until it was little more than a myth.
Asimov's Foundation series and WH40K have the same thing happen. When a civilization is in decline, you can't maintain the things that ensure your ridiculous technology is passed along to the next generation. No one knows how to build it, create it, or maintain it, so extant examples plod along until they finally break down and you end up with new production spaceships/giant robots/whatever that are nowhere near as effective because you copied what you could understand but forgot the black hole that powered the old stuff.
>>13709863 Not sure why I wrote build it and create it. I was going to say something about not understand the theory behind it because universities and other repositories of knowledge have suffered the same decline.
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