Captain Kathryn wrote:
I've always liked them because Voyager wasn't in a good position to have a lot of recurring characters, let alone children. I thought they brought out human emotion and motherly instincts in Seven, so they served a purpose just by doing that.
I thought Voyager was in the perfect position to have a lot of recurring characters. Literally nobody can get on or off the ship, so they could have easily had a deep secondary cast and chose not to.