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Seeing as Commander Riker was restored using the transporter pattern buffer, when assumed dead, why is this not always used when someone dies? I guess for dramatic purposes it wouldn't be very interesting if no one ever was under the threat of dying, but is there any explanation in the series itself?

marked as duplicate by Izkata, Valorum, Moogle, Kevin May 1 '14 at 13:47

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  • Which episode are you referring to? This happened several times under different circumstances – Valorum May 1 '14 at 12:11
  • Riker was duplicated once, but I don't recall anything like what you're describing... – Izkata May 1 '14 at 12:21