I completely understand that there are people who have no business dictating stories or show direction getting involved and causing problems. It certainly explains a lot, and I sympathize with the writers and producers.
And I completely agree. I like that you had some basic ideas of what would have made the show better for you. Of course you know that is one step away from writing fan fiction LOL. Have you ever thought about it?
Jacqueline Lichtenberg wrote a blog over two years ago about Voyager and Kathryn Janeway. It was a professional writer's POV of what didn't work, she also advocated "story arcs", and relationship stories.