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"I don't know what happened to you, Rios, or the ibn Majid, but five minutes on this ship, and I know precisely what I'm looking at. You are Starfleet to the core."

Cristóbal "Chris" Ríos was a male Human who lived during the late 24th century. He was a fluent speaker of the Spanish language. (PIC: "Absolute Candor")

Starfleet Career

Vandermeer and Rios

Vandermeer and Rios

Rios, a former Starfleet commander, rose to the post of executive officer on the USS ibn Majid, a heavy cruiser, where he served under Captain Alonzo Vandermeer. His serial number was SC-850-705. (PIC: "Broken Pieces")

In 2390, while patrolling the Vayt sector, the ibn Majid encountered a small ship of unknown origin, and brought aboard its two passengers, Beautiful Flower and Jana. The Captain received a "black flag directive" from Starfleet Security to kill the two beings, otherwise his ship would be destroyed with all hands. Rios confronted Vandermeer, after he murdered the two beings with his phaser, and the Captain shot himself in the mouth.

Rios covered everything up, just as Vandermeer was ordered to do. He beamed the bodies into space, deleted the transporter logs, and told the fleet that the Captain had committed suicide for no reason. Six months later, Rios was discharged from Starfleet, officially for post-traumatic dysphoria. (PIC: "Broken Pieces")

According to La Sirena's ENH, Emil, Rios had grown cynical and distrusting since his departure from Starfleet. (PIC: "The End is the Beginning")

After Starfleet

By 2399, Rios had become acquainted with Raffi Musiker, and had assumed command of the starship La Sirena, serving with his fully utilized Emergency Hologram basic installation, each of which was programmed in his own image.

That year, he was recruited by retired Admiral Jean-Luc Picard to aid him in his search for Bruce Maddox. (PIC: "The End is the Beginning")

Personal life

Rios' records

Rio's vinyl records

When Rios was a child, his mother often sang him the lullaby "Arroz con leche". In 2399, he stated that he has no family. He also said that he liked to pretend that Vandermeer was his father. (PIC: "Broken Pieces")

Rios often smoke cigars and had a fondness for pisco brandy. He was a skilled soccer player and practiced the sport in his free time, keeping a soccer ball on board La Sirena.

Books of Rios

Some of Rios' book collection

He was an avid reader and kept a number of printed books in his quarters and lying around the ship. In addition to having read one of Jean-Luc Picard's books, he was fond of existentialist philosophy, having read philosophers such as Miguel de Unamuno, which he described as concerning "the existential pain of living with the consciousness of death and how it defines us as Human beings." (PIC: "The End is the Beginning", "Absolute Candor", "The Impossible Box")

He may also have had a romantic relationship with Agnes Jurati as the two shared a kiss after the events in the Ghulion system. (PIC: "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2")

Appendices

Appearances

Background information

Cristóbal Rios was played by Santiago Cabrera.

Michael Chabon noted that he is Chilean on his Instagram story responding to fan questions about PIC episode 8. (citation needededit)

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