And once again, I have to say...the Hirogen WERE created by Voyagers writers,
No they weren't. The audience hated them from their first story because they were Predators.
Who is this "audience", anyway? Did you go door to door across America, polling viewers on what they thought of the latest Voyager developments? Did you scour every last corner of the internet to find out what people thought? Or is this simply your
experience with people you knew, web sites you visited, etc? Cause I can say that I NEVER encountered the venomous, teeth-baring hostility toward EVERYTHING VOYAGER that you have. And I spent plenty of time talking to friends about Trek when it was on and hanging out online looking up stuff on the shows in the late 90's. Plenty of people liked the Hirogen.
No, it was the negative reaction from the audience.
It was the writing of the Voyager writers that eventually ruined the HIROGEN.
Here's a thought: Perhaps this negative reaction from the audience that you keep hammering about was CAUSED by said audience, oh I dunno... not liking the writing?
Voyager certainly did not need a "constant villain". In fact, I think the show would have been more
interesting without one (and certainly, if they WERE going to use one, the Borg were a bad choice). But this is all technically off topic.
"I, Borg" was good, but "Descent" was terrible. The only really good thing was, as others have pointed out, Crusher commanding the Enterprise. That was cool in and of itself,
but the reason
for her commanding the ship was incredibly stupid. And even though it was also cool how they used the Metaphasic Shield tech to escape the Borg ship by skirting near a star, they even farked THAT up by having Crusher refer to it as something LaForge came up with, despite the fact that it was actually Ferengi scientist Dr. Reyga who invented the thing, in an episode focused on Crusher, no less!
It's like the writing staff were all on drugs or sleep deprived when crafting Descent.
Other than that, it had a dumb story (emo Borg hook up with Data's emo twin, then they turn Data himself emo... great), enough logic lapses and plot holes to fill a Borg Cube, and one of the most cringe-worthy lines in all of Trekdom: "The sons of Soong have joined together. And together... we will destroy
the Federation." Geez, Data... twirl that moustache any harder and it'll fall off. And... destroy the FEDERATION?? The whole thing? Why? No motivation is given to do this for Data, Lore, or the rogue Borg, making it "Because that would be eeeeevillllll
and we're eeeeeviillllll mwahahahahahahahahaahackghack *cough*"
Easily one of the worst eps of TNG's entire "good section" (seasons 3-7), and the worst of the two-parters.