In real life the most important issues are never determined by skin-of-the-teeth escapes, cosmic conjunctions of improbable coincidences, or cliff-hanger fights against impossible odds --- unlike the situation in thrillers, soap-operas, and other popular modes of entertainment.
Sorry, but if things get to the point of derring-do, then somebody has seriously failed to plan ahead. Reality works with far less drama, via the accumulation of small details. There's a continuous tapestry of choices to be made: a succession of probabilities, pushed one way or another, by human action and random chance. There are billions of individual decisions: to study and learn and teach, to marry and raise families, to work and create value. And there are societal choices: to encourage or discourage various modes of behavior, productive or destructive.
And overarching it all, there's the constant challenge that George Eliot explored in Middlemarch: "... widening the skirts of light and making the struggle with darkness narrower ...". Generation by generation, year by year, day by day, moment by moment.
But it's tough to make a best-selling novel, a blockbuster movie, or a top-rated TV show out of that sort of thing ....