Susan Gibney was seriously in the running to play Janeway. I thought she was attractive enough. This isn't a perfect ep, but I enjoy it for what it is. Picard taking the helm, his entusiasm over the discover of the ship and focusing on Geordi for a change (however imperfectly) are some of the highlights for me. It was nice at that point in the modern ST era that every
female object of attraction didn't have to be a sex bomb like Jeri Ryan or Seven of Vulcan.