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No, just lucky. Being in a transporter loop for that long would probably lead to pattern degradation after awhile.

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You're saying that in an alternate universe, Scotty would have been the one to die as a result of pattern degradation, instead of the other guy?

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Possibly yes, it was random chance that the pattern degraded.

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Scotty connected the emitter array and the phase inducers while the pattern buffer was in a diagnostic cycle. Using power from the auxiliary systems, he was able to keep his pattern from degrading for seventy-five years. One of Matt Franklin's phase inducers was slightly out of line and failed. That caused his pattern to degrade over time, until it was down to 47%, after a point when he couldn't have been recovered. If someone was able to come for them 10 or 15 years earlier, he might have been recovered.

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