Re: Any mixed feelings about the transporter?
The transporter was a great idea, and helped to move the stories along. Imagine if the Enterprise had to land on a planet every week, how unworkable that would have been.
In the case of the shuttle, it served as a backup method of getting on and off the ship, which is just being smart. It would have made "The Enemy Within" about a two-minute long episode, though.
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