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Old March 12 2012, 08:01 PM   #13
The Overlord
Re: Why were the Maquis even on Voyager?

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Now Worst case Scenario was a good episode, but here is the problem, it was set in the Holodeck instead of the real world. Its like the Maquis federation tensions had become such a non issue by season 3, the only to explore it was through the Holodeck.
That's part of the tension between the creators and the network that I mentioned before. Because of the network restrictions, the only way the writers could tell the kinds of stories they wanted to tell was through things like holodeck simulations, alternate timelines, duplicates of the crew, and the like. In episodes like "Worst Case Scenario," "Before and After," "Year of Hell," and "Course: Oblivion," you can practically see the writers straining against the restrictions, telling the kind of major, consequential stories they wanted to do but keeping it in contexts that would let them reset it all by the end of the hour.

The Maquis didn't have nearly enough of an impact on the series to justify their presence in the first place.
Because the original idea didn't work out as they intended, due to the network's policies. It's not unprecedented. A lot of things about TNG's original conception fell by the wayside due to producer changes. The Galaxy-class Enterprise was designed for deep-deep-space exploration, had civilians and families onboard so it could function as a whole community in space without needing external support, and had a separable saucer so the civilians could be left behind before the ship went into combat, but that all ended up being ignored in most of the series, with the ship mostly on diplomatic, political, or relief missions and the civilians being all but forgotten. And once Geordi became chief engineer, his VISOR became an almost irrelevant part of his character, except when some outside force co-opted it.

This sort of thing can happen with TV shows for multiple reasons. The creators may have ideas that they initially intend to develop as a major part of a show, but then once the show is in production, some of those ideas may end up falling by the wayside. Nobody can really know in advance exactly what will happen when a show goes into production, so plans will inevitably change.
But see the problem is those elements you mentioned were not as set up or given as much importance as the Maquis were in the lead up to Voyager and in the first two epsiodes.

Really civilians being on the Enterprise isn't something you have to refer to all the time, just seeing some kids, once and a while is enough. Some deal with Geordie's visor, we can see it on his face, we don't need to refer to it all the time. The saucer separation was just too expensive to do very often and frankly it wasn't that important.

There is a difference between having civilians on board and having terrorists on board. Terrorists on board isn't something you can just refer to off hand, like civilians being on board. The civilians don't have goals that run contrary to goals of the officers.

It seems like if the executives insisted there be no real conflict in this show, the whole Maquis angle should have been dropped in pre production. Its not something that can be ignored like not using the saucer separation very much. If the crew was made up of career star Fleet officers, them rallying around Janeway so quickly would make sense.
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