Re: Better if they had allowed main cast to die?
They did have access to Commerce Hubs and Alien Repair Stations in the Delta Quadrant though.
It's not like they were all alone out there, which is the only way NuBSG got their plot to work.
You can rationalize DS9 staying so good so long, but that means VOY can be rationalized too.
I'm fairly sure in some episodes of TNG and perhaps DSN, we learn that Starfleet uses certain materials that the Romulans, Klingons, Cardassians etc.. don't use or haven't leanred how to manufacture. The DQ races all appeared initally to be less advanced.
So are we too believe that they stopped for repairs between every other episode and that each facility they stopped at was fully compatable with Federation technology.
On the continent of wild endeavour in the mountains of solace and solitude there stood the citadel of the time lords, the oldest and most mighty race in the universe looking down on the galaxies below sworn never to interfere only to watch.