R. Star wrote:
Kes seemed to have the most story potential, but the writers just couldn't figure out what to do with it.
Seven was a dynamic character that went through an interesting character arc. It would've been a lot easier to take her seriously if they didn't have her parading around in a outfit that set women's rights back 200 years.
I was disappointed to see Kes go, but for better or worse it's what happened. The Seven character did give the show a much needed reboot of sorts.
Kes had a lot of potential that the writers never realized and 7 of 9 was a character who had an arc, so it would have been nice to keep both those things and get rid of someone unimportant, like Neelix or Harry Kim. Hell they would have gotten rid of Harry Kim, if Garret Wang didn't make into the list of the 50 most beautiful people.
I think the show needed a character with an arc, so having Seven on made sense, but it would have been nice to keep Kes as well.