Now let me qualify one thing. I DON'T love, like, or even condone "C/7". But otherwise I really liked "Endgame". For people that like themes or arcs... it had the final chapter of the Delta Quadrant scourge... "The BORG". We had toyed with their remnents in season 3 and spied on them in 3's finale, had fought beside and with them in season 4, had infiltated them in season 5 and again in 6's finale and 7's premiere. It seemed only right and proper to put Voyager's (if not the Federation's) greatest nemesis down for the count at the end of season 7. Picard's bookend with Q is the closest Trek parallel I could draw on. For people who didn't want shortcuts or deux machine endings, we had the "original" timeline where our heroes suffered for 16 more years like Odysseus traveling home from the Trojan war and found a life after Voyager. B'Elanna a Federation Liason to the Klingons, Tom a Holoplay author, the EMH married and named, Harry a Captain, Naomi a Mother, Miral a Starfleet officer, Janeway a celebrated Admiral and Voyager a museum on the grounds of the Presido and its memory lauded on the news even 10 years after its return. Unfortunately we also discovered that things didn't always go as planned, when we realized Tuvok was a mental cripple, Chakotay died of a broken heart, and Seven died just 3 years after the nebula, along with another 21 other crewmen over the last 16 years of Voyager's trip home. For people who didn't want an escape handed to Voyager on a platter, or in a souped up Delta Flyer, we had our intrepid crew modify the Admiral's plan and make it their own, attempting in some small way to protect their families and homes from a menace they had come to know all too well. Of all the things about "Endgame" that I liked... I think meeting Admiral Janeway was the best. Everthing from her first orders to her Captain... "In case you haven't noticed, Captain I outrank you." to their coffee clatche in the messhall when they planned how to hoodwink the Queen, to their final scene together in the shuttle (both in its humor and in its honesty) grabbed me. ADMIRAL: It's about time. I'm not getting any younger, you know. JANEWAY: You're sure you want to do this? (raises the hypospray) ADMIRAL: Nooo, but Voyager isn't big enough for both of us. I can't help it. I liked it. And I would have thrown my glass of diet coke through the television screen had TPTB simply left Voyager IN the DQ at the finale's end (a'la the finale of "Quantum Leap") or killed our crew in an epic battle on the way home. The truncated end? Yes, it was quiet. I and everyone on the bridge of Voyager was in shock that their plan actually worked. They were finally in the alpha quadrant, and they were alive. "Thanks for your help, Admiral Janeway." Thank-you in so many ways. "Set a course, for home."