^Any evidence proving that he didn't consider that?
Well he either didn't consider it, or he did consider it and decided he didn't give a damn. Quite obviously.
Barge of the Dead
is one of my absolute favorite Star Trek episodes and my favorite VOY episode. I absolutely loved the concept and the execution. Its amazing how Bryan Fuller can go from writing total brilliance to total junk and back again.
Likewise, Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy
is another top notch episode that managed to be very funny which isn't common for Voyager in my opinion.
As for it being a strong start (although I'd disagree and say Equinox 2 wasn't that strong), it did have 3 excellent episodes at the beginning. The rest of the season has some really excellent shows that are some of my favorite too, but is a little inconsistent. I think season 6 would have been a lot better if Ronald D. Moore had stayed and was allowed more input too. Alas, twas not to be.