Agent Richard07 wrote:
I heard that they considered bringing Voyager home and just having the show set in Federation space like TNG. But if they did that, what would have happened to the Maquis? Would a quick pardon have been plausible?
Well that would have been a defining move for the show, for good or ill. Voyager already gets enough rap as TNG-lite as is and this could have only enforced it. On the other side of the coin, if Voyager got back around season 3 or 4 it would've dropped in right during the middle of the Dominion War, which could've been interesting both in that and establishing the post war setting.
To your point though about the Maquis, they'd probably get pardoned. Heck, they had just fought a bloody two year war with millions of deaths that Cardassia instigated so a guerrilla group that operated against them would likely be seen with more sympathy in hindsight. Too bad Voyager had no epilogue whatsoever, so we don't get anything beyond "they're home."