Re: Why didnt they just beam up Reeds communicator?
In line with what Timo
says, we have to remember that at this point in the series, Earth is still pretty much the babe in the woods regarding space exploration. There are possibly dozens of standard operating procedures they haven't yet considered, even with the Vulcans' "fatherly" advice, which they might just as likely ignore.
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