Re: Do fans want the prime timeline back?
I'm due for a rewatch, but as I recall, the exploration of the Gamma Quadrant and it's alien species were very few and far between even in the first few seasons with much of the GC alien of the weeks being occassional visitors to the station or a lost human colony here and there. The only exceptions I can think of are the time Miles & Julian were destroying some weapon for an alien civilization, and the time they found themselves on a Dominion held humanoid planet with Julian trying to cure a disease.
There were a very few non-Dominion plot lines in the Gamma Quadrant, but I'd never characterize it as alien of the week or anything close. How many QC species did our heroes meet?
"You have been examined. Your ship must be destroyed. We make assumption you have a deity, or deities, or some such beliefs which comfort you. We therefore grant you ten Earth time periods known as minutes to make preparations."