The fact that it was entirely about a political difference that no longer was present, kind of neutered it. Aside from that, the Maquis and Feds had no other real reason to be enemies because...well, without the DMZ thing they'd be morons to keep up the fight. If the other crew had been Romulans, the Fed's oldest enemies who have real differences, then I'd see a longer conflict. But even then there's only enough for 1 year or two. If they couldn't get over themselves after working together for a year or so, then they were never getting home. After all, DS9 resolved Sisko's tensions with Kira and Odo after 1 season and no one minded. Like I said, they weren't real enemies in the first place and the main reason for their conflict wasn't around anymore. Besides, the only reason they got stranded was because Janeway did exactly what the Maquis accused the Feds of NOT doing. She chose not to sacrifice the Ocampa to save herself and the crew, which is what the Maquis wanted the Feds to do over the DMZ and the Cardassians. Let's take a look at the various "Lost Ship" shows of the last 40 years worth remembering... Blakes Seven: Only intended to last 3 seasons, made it to four. Ends with everyone dead and the bad guys tougher than ever. LEXX: Drops the "Lost Ship" thing early in season 2, still only managed to make it to 4 seasons. Farscape: Dropped the "Lost Ship" thing after season 1, replaced it with the Peacekeeper/Scarran War and Wormhole tech storylines. Still only managed to make it to 4 seasons. NuBSG: Fell apart after 2 seasons, rot sets in by Season 3, needs literal Deus Ex Machina to end the show. It's just not sustainable. You need to drop it after a while and do something else. All those shows replaced the "Lost Ship" thing or already had other plots to begin with and STILL couldn't make it to 7. Sad thing is, Voyager did have good alternative plots that could've lasted the entire series like "Scorpion" or "The Void" but all they got for their efforts was panning. Meanwhile DS9 gets away with stuff like "Let he who is without sin". I always like Emissary the best out of all Trek premieres.