I found out about this interview with Moore today, and I have to say, it is probably pretty controversal in the VOY fan community, because, boy, is Moore bashing the show!
Since Moore has defined Trek a lot, it is still an interesting read even for VOY fans:
Before it aired, I was at a convention in Pasadena, and [scenic illustrator, technical consultant Rick] Sternbach and [scenic art supervisor, technical consultant Michael] Okuda were on stage, and they were answering questions from the audience about the new ship. It was all very technical, and they were talking about the fact that in the premise this ship was going to have problems. It wasn’t going to have unlimited sources of energy. It wasn’t going to have all the doodads of the Enterprise. It was going to be rougher, fending for themselves more, having to trade to get supplies that they want. That didn’t happen. It doesn’t happen at all, and it’s a lie to the audience. I think the audience intuitively knows when something is true and something is not true. VOYAGER is not true.
I think this was the original intention of Voyager..........before much of the viewing audience stated loosing interest in Trek. DS9 was grittier than TNG but they still needed to bring the Defiant and Worf on the show to keep those TNG fans watching. If Trek had remained in syndication and not gone on UPN, then this is the Voyager we would have gotten but going on a major network to compete against ABC, NBC, CBS & even FOX changed the game.