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Why Some Star Trek Writers Despised The Series’ Replicators
Replicators are a miraculous technology in “Star Trek.” They can create a meal simply by asking, but it will taste a little bland and synthetic.
Head honcho Ronald D. Moore commented on the frustrating convenience of replicators in "The Science of Star Trek: The Scientific Facts Behind the Voyages in Space and Time."
Moore was concerned that replicators robbed writers of their ability to write drama — if every object can be replaced out of thin air, then there are no needs.
This convenience may be why replicators have additional limitations such as using a lot of energy: it's not interesting for viewers if a replicator can solve every problem.