WHY does Star Trek never give me what I want?!
You can say that again
[randomfanboyrant] Actually, I think it would have been more interesting if Q was the reason Voyager got stranded in the Delta Quadrant, instead of the Caretaker. Would have jibed more with Q "preparing" humanity for the Borg threat, as hinted in Q Who!
Imagine Janeway in pursuit of the Masquis, almost obsessively to rescue the undercover Tuvok. Q shows up at an inopportune time, Janeway and the Masquis bot offend Q, so he "teaches" them a lesson, and strand them in the Delta Quadrant, like he did with the Enterprise. That would have made Q's subsequent appearances a little more interesting and make more sense as he is "checking in" on Janeway, too, IMHO. [/randomfanboyrant]