Re: What Was Scotty Doing There?
Well, Decker and Sonak ended up being unavailable for duty.
Even so, there were people who insisted that the Enterprise
would have been better off with them in place of their more established counterparts. Christopher includes a narrative that reads something like this: "If Decker were here, such and such wouldn't have happened..."
"Many things seem clever to an imbecile." --Captain Thelin th'Valrass, USS Enterprise-- "The Chimes at Midnight"