I started a rewatch of Voyager, currently at Season 2, Episode 2.
During a Star Trek creative meeting, sometime between 1994 and 1995...
Chuck: "Guys, we still need some recurring antagonists for Voyager. The reqs department mentioned they had some leftover..."
Steve: "Huh? Why do we need a recurring antagonist for a show about a ship trying to make its way home?"
John: "Executives said we need to cut down a little on the budget. Recurring antagonists could probably cut 10% of production costs, you know, reusable masks and sets we wouldn't need to change that much, and all."
Chuck: "Right, as I said... reqs still has some unused old Klingon designs and mask prototypes, we could use those."
John: "Yeah, great idea. They could be warrior-like and require initiation rights, and they could tie into the pilot as well. You know, they're aggressive and violent."
Steve: "Guys, Klingons were the antagonists back in the 60ies, we need something else."
John: "Steve, really, nobody watches the old Trek any more. I like the idea, we could call them Kazon."
Chuck: "Woah, yeah, awesome idea. And Janeway destroys the only way home in the pilot so the Kazon can't use it to whatever, wipe some civilisations out or conquer!"
John: "That's totally, like, awesome!"
Steve: "Guys... why would she destroy the only way home? Besides, the crew won't like that at all. Especially not the Maquis that get stranded there with them. That's silly."
Chuck: "Nah, we'll just write a single episode dealing the internal issues. Let's put it at the end of Season 1, that'll fix things."
John: "Totally awesome. To make the Kazon even cooler, we could give their tribes ludicrous names. No, not tribes... more like sects!"
Steve: "Guys... really..."
John: "Shush, that's awesome. Let's bring it!"
It's really hard to believe that someone with average intelligence could possibly come up with the storyline how Voyager stranded in the Delta Quadrant and invent Delta-Klingons along the way. How did this shit ever get through approval?
Well luckily they had dropped the entire idea by Season 3. I thought about skipping Season 2, but I don't like to skip episodes. Not even the bad ones.
Requested: One Mark V ECM unit, 1000 km of Fullerene cable, one low-yield nuclear warhead.
Purpose: Surprise party for foreign dignitary.