This boils down to the talent behind
the shows less than the shows themselves. They were quite content to let the people behind Farscape
and Battlestar Galactica
do their own variety of space opera; I wouldn't be surprised if they had the same leinency if they had Star Trek: Voyager
- and the Voyager
staff weren't half bad, especially compared to some of their other programming.
Star Trek that appeals to the Xena crowd, wasn't that Andromeda?
It was made for a sci-fi crowd that liked Xena, which was all the rage at the time.
No. It's the Star Trek
film coming out this fall, written by former Xena
showrunners Kurtzmann and Orci.
And, actually, I don't think Voyager
owed much to Xena
(aside, perhaps, from the idea of a character like Seven of Nine). It was largely intended to be as TNG-like as possible, but with more action and, sadly, often less intelligence. Voyager
actually did do its fair share of engaging, thoughtful episodes, just not as much as TNG or DS9.