It was kind of a necessity because he was fairly integral to it and nobody had mentioned to me that he was in the DQ fleet until the day before delivery!
That is hilarious. I actually wondered if it wasn't something like that. "He's WHERE? Aw crap."
And yes I got a kick out of it being Barclay being beamed halfway across the galaxy.
The irony was not lost on me.
Thanks for the answers!
I read the Genesis Wave books but it was a long, long time ago. I guess now that I think about it they were both in those, too.
It doesn't surprise me that CBS asked for the "outs." I didn't know that was the case with Janeway as well but that sounds about right. Your instincts about having him be DEAD dead saving the universe were dead-on - that would have been much better.