Re: Why didn't they just keep their characters?
How much redemption would Tom Paris need? How much of a bad guy was he? He was captured on his first Maquis mission. Was that before or after the mission was completed? And what was the mission? Blow up a hoverbus full of Cardassian kids? Or destroy a Cardassian weapons depot?
Was Tom Paris ever really a bad guy, or was he just a wannabe?
Well they were treating him like the scum of the Earth in the Voyager pilot, but Starfleet is a very cliquish place.
"I was never a Star Trek fan." J.J. Abrams