Voyager did more to get Star Trek back to it roots than any of the other series. The Next Generation was boring, Deep Space Nine was Star Trek in name only.
Anyone who wants to say that Star Trek: Voyager fans are a different type of fans, less relevant fans, or an inferior sort of fan is dead wrong. Star Trek: Voyager fans are the fans who like the vision of Star Trek the way that Gene Roddenberry originally envisioned it. These writers have shown the highest integrity as writer by making these decision to be true not only to Star Trek, but to themselves as writers seeking a challenge instead of seeking a easy safe route (it is offensive to hear anyone who would criticize people who are brave enough to show this creativity & seek these type of challenges).
I often hear Next Generation fans & Deep Space Nine fans bash Voyager fans as being a different type to Star Trek. Deep Space Nine was the most non Star Trek series of all, but those fans don't seem to notice that. Sometimes I wonder if they ever have even watched Star Trek: The Original Series (I know that I have met a few of them who haven't, and base all of they know about Star Trek on the Next Generation fans & Deep Space Nine, or a few said they didn’t watch it because it wasn’t “The Next Generation” enough). For one I am personally glad the Voyager was TNG-lite since TNG often seems to be “Star Trek Lite”.
It seems like a lot of Next Generation fans & Deep Space Nine fans don't want to consider the Star Trek: The Original Series, or Star Trek: Voyager to be real Star Trek since it doesn't meet their personal likes of what they want in Star Trek.
The Next Generation was too touchy-feely for me (*puke*). If I wanted to see people explore the inner depths of their emotions I would watch a soap opera! They never really explored much & seemed to only want to just frolic around on the holodeck, or when they weren't doing that they were ferrying diplomats all over the galaxy. Week after week of encountering the same alien races did become a bit stale & boring (the original series & Voyager were constantly encountering new races). Don't get me wrong I don't hate The Next Generation, but I never felt attached to it & I do credit it for making a substantial contribution to the Star Trek universe.
Voyager breathed new life into the Star Trek universe by unquestionably getting back to the basics of Roddenberry’s ideals "To explore strange new worlds” & “To seek out new life and new civilizations” & “To boldly go where no man has gone before".
Michael Piller who was one of the three executive producers of Voyager made this statement in the "Braving The Unknown" bonus feature that was included with the Voyager Season 1 DVD’s:
"We made it very clear that what appealed to us about that idea was that it took us back to the basics of Roddenberry's original idea that it’s a group of people in a ship alone in the unknown facing who knows what…”
“…the idea really was to go back and challenge ourselves as writers, to come up with the kind of material and face the kind of challenges that Roddenberry had to face when he created the original Star Trek”
Jeri Taylor also said about the following about creation of Voyager on the "Braving The Unknown" bonus feature:
“We felt the need to create an avenue for new and fresh storytelling. We are forced into creating a new universe. We have to come up with new aliens, we have to come up with new situations, and this makes it a great challenge for us, but we really felt it was the way to be the truest to the ideals of star Trek
George Takei in interview published 11/20/2007 for iF Magazine said:
“When Gene Roddenbery passed, that really was the end of STAR TREK, as we knew it. The series that came on immediately after was DEEP SPACE NINE, which was the polar opposite of Gene’s philosophy and vision of the future…”
The final 2 seasons of Enterprise were quite good in my opinion. Currently in the Enterprise boos they are telling the story of the Romulan War. I have found these books to be extremely well written. Reading these books make me realize how much we lost out on when they cancelled Enterprise & cut short by 3 years. These books really show there were so many good stories left to be told about the Enterprise NX-02 & Archer's crew.
I would have really enjoyed seeing the "Romulan War" storyline that is in the books be done as episodes during the final 3 seasons that were cut short from Enterprise.