John wrote:If, say, Voyager had featured the Maquis crew members gradually coming to embrace Starfleet ideals after seeing those ideas succeed in action, well, that would have been pretty cool. (For all I know this occasionally did happen in the 6.5 seasons I didn't watch when one of the writers suddenly remembered that the Maquis existed.) And that seems pretty idealistic to me.
Nah. The Maquis were fully absorbed into Starfleet by the end of the first episode. Granted, most of them had been former Starfleet officers, but the transition happened so fully and so quickly that one does wonder why they bothered with it at all in the first place.
I remember one episode later on where it was discovered that Tuvok had an old, secret holodeck program that trains his security officers on how to deal with things if the Maquis ever decided to turn on the crew. It was never used, and when the Maquis found out about it...they just kind of shrugged.
In another episode, after they later regained semi-regular contact with Earth, they learned that the Maquis had been completely wiped out by the Dominion. The Maquis crew members were upset about this, especially Belanna, but by the next episode it had been forgotten.
I think that was Voyager's true flaw--it's complete lack of consistency. They always talked about their limited resources, but never actually suffered from it. The ship could be battered and be fully restored the next episode. They not only build an entirely new type of shuttle craft (the Delta Flyer), but after it was destroyed, built a second, even better one. They played up the schism between the Maquis and Starfleet, but nothing ever came from it. And of course, poor Janeway's characterization was so varied from episode to episode, even the actress wondered if she was playing a schizophrenic.