Daemian Lucifer wrote:The maquis were such a great idea for trek.It really is a shame that both tng and ds9 did the setup well only for voyager to have practically no payoff.This couldve been the focus of at least the whole first season.
The moment that Voyager more or less died for me was in--I believe--the third episode when Janeway says to either Tuvok or Chakotay "I think the crews are finally starting to get along". I was stunned, and for two reasons. First, there had been absolutely no evidence up to this point that the crews were not already getting along perfectly. Second, it signalled that the writers really weren't all that interested in the premise of their own show. I stuck around for, oh, about another half season or so out of misguided loyalty, but I was eventually overwhelmed by apathy--and also Neelix--and gave up. It is, as you suggest, a shame, because I still think that Voyager has the best pilot of any Trek show--I admit this is not a high bar to clear--and a lot of interesting hooks built into its premise.
As for the Maquis crew of Voyager, I'm not entirely sure how the show should have handled their differences with their Starfleet colleagues. I mean, the political conflict between the Maquis and the Federation is largely moot while everyone is stuck out in the Gamma Quadrant. So the thing that distinguished the Maquis from the Starfleet would have to be (or have been) their attitudes. I suppose I would have expected the Maquis crew members to, oh, be more willing to resort to force to get what they want or to prioritize their own wants and needs over those of random aliens in a way that idealistic Starfleet officers aren't supposed to. Maybe the show did do some of that later on, or from time to time, but it should have been a persistent theme from the very beginning.