Now, all that being said, I might actually be ok with dead crew staying dead until you get to a starbase. I find it rather odd that they keep coming back from the dead right now. Then again, so do I.... Anyway, if that sort of a system were to be implemented, they'd certainly want to scatter more starbases around specifically to avoid the awful timesink that it would cause otherwise. Timesinks are pretty much the opposite of fun. Anyway, that's my take on things for whatever it's worth.
Keep in mind that the starship probably has 3 shifts of "employees" keeping her going 24/7.
The Captain has to sleep.
2 shifts are off in times of combat....maybe one is active. And in space, you do get lonely....