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Truth is it's probably just bad, inconsistent script writing... That simple. I do love all Star Trek, it's my favorite sci-fi show. I've watched all episodes two times or more which is probably 1000+ hrs. But the writers and producers they hired over the years (including Berman and Braga) often seem to not know well the earlier shows, the culture of the ...


Out of universe answer: Because show viewers would then be more likely to perceive the transporter as a device which kills you and materializes a new, different person.

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