Nerys Myk wrote:
Why would the delivery system be called a synthesizer?
Because Scotty is a drunk and was confined to quarters when everything was going down. He was reading his tech journals and was a little deep in his cups when called to figure out the problem (hey this could work for Tribbles or any episode or movie really).
That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
Maybe it sythesized frozen food, like a Space Age Automat. You really wanted to eat the good stuff from Cookie in the galley, but you only had time for a Hot Pocket.
Well, okay, fine, even of they could replicate food, it was still never anything beyond that. It's still not a plot hole in Elaan of Troyius.
The scene in Trek 6 could still have just been the lit shelf Kirk dumped his filthy dishes. Could have been the sonic dishwasher for all we knew.