Jim Gamma wrote:
^Except that they could have swung it round and said "This means we need to get home even more, to help with the war effort". At least, until the war actually ended.
But then their show would've been driven by events on a different show that wasn't on the same network, and that's not a desirable thing. Berman and the various Trek showrunners preferred to keep their projects mostly independent of each other, which was why the Dominion War was barely acknowledged in the TNG movies. It even went so far as DS9 never using a Sovereign
-class ship and rarely using an Intrepid
(with the exception of "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges," where it was cheaper to shoot on the Voyager
sets than to build sets for a whole new starship). True, the Maquis storylines in TNG and DS9 were meant to set up VGR (and Gul Evek appeared in all the Maquis episodes up through "Caretaker"), but after that, they all went pretty much their own ways with only infrequent crossover elements.