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Cristóbal Rios

Star Trek Timeline [INTERACTIVE]

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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.Jean-Luc Picard

Cristóbal "Chris" Rios was a male Human who lived during the late 24th and early 25th century. (PIC: "Absolute Candor")

Biography

Early life

Rios was born in Chile on Earth. His mother taught at Starfleet Academy. When he was about eight years old, Rios sneaked into a flight simulator there and scored higher than any cadet in history. (PIC: "Assimilation", "Monsters")

Starfleet career

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Vandermeer and Rios

Rios rose to the rank of Starfleet commander and became 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 the Captain murdered the two beings with his phaser, and Vandermeer shot himself in the mouth.

Rios covered everything up, just as Vandermeer was ordered to do in order to protect the crew. 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")

Captain of La Sirena

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 due to his choosing the self-scan option upon his acquirement of the ship. One was an Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH) which was programmed with a light English accent and named Emil. Another was an Emergency Navigational Hologram (ENH) which was programmed with a light Northern Dublin Irish accent and named Enoch. One was an Emergency Hospitality Hologram (EHH) which was programmed with a Midwestern American accent and aptly named Mister Hospitality. Another was an Emergency Tactical Hologram (ETH) which was programmed to mostly speak Chilean Spanish, though he could speak accented English, and was named Emmet. Lastly, there was the Emergency Engineering Hologram (EEH) which was programmed with a Scottish accent and was named Ian.

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")

Return to Starfleet

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Captain Rios in 2401

Rios returned to Starfleet and was promoted to captain. In 2401, he was given command of the USS Stargazer. (PIC: "The Star Gazer")

Life in the 21st century

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Rios' life during the 21st century

After correcting the timeline, Rios chose to stay in 2024 with Teresa Ramirez and her son Ricardo. Together, Rios and Teresa formed the Mariposas, a medical movement. Rios captained the Mariposas through tough times and hard terrains while Teressa helped whoever needed help whenever they might need it. Ricardo would eventually go on to form a team of the brightest minds in the world who figured out how to use the alien organism brought back by Renée Picard from the Europa Mission to heal the ocean and clean the sky.

For the rest of his life, Rios and his family remained close friends with Guinan and presumably Renée who became Ricardo's "Auntie Renée." Teresa eventually died of old age while Rios died "slightly younger" in a Moroccan bar fight over medical supplies and his last breath was into a cigar.

After returning to 2401, Jean-Luc Picard visited Guinan who showed him a picture of Rios and Teresa and informed him of their fates along with some funny stories about his old friend. (PIC: "Farewell")

Alternate timeline

In an alternate 2401, Rios was a colonel in the forces of the Confederation of Earth, leading the eradication of the last vestiges of resistance on the Vulcan Front. (PIC: "Penance")

Personal life

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Rios' vinyl records

Rios was a fluent speaker of Spanish, using the distinct Chilean dialect.

He was ambidextrous and could draw using both hands at once. (PIC: "Monsters")

Despite his negative feelings towards Starfleet due to the circumstances of his departure, after having spent years in the service Rios kept up certain habits when it came to his ship. Having just boarded for the first time, Picard had quickly noted that La Sirena was kept in impeccable shape, and that her captain had maintained and stowed everything in accordance with Starfleet protocol. (PIC: "The End is the Beginning")

Family

When Rios was a child, his mother often sang him the lullaby "Arroz con leche". (PIC: "Broken Pieces")

According to Rios, his father "wasn't around much" and he never really knew him. (PIC: "Monsters") By 2399, Rios's mother had died, prompting him to state that he had no family. (PIC: "Broken Pieces")

Rios found father figures in both Vandermeer and Picard. He told Raffi that he liked to pretend that Vandermeer was his father. Internally, Rios called Vandermeer "Pops", and even nearly did so out loud a couple of times. (PIC: "Broken Pieces") After Picard’s temporary death, Rios was devastated, because he once again “let a heroic captain into his life”. He later said he thought of Picard as a father, though Picard did not see him as a son. (PIC: "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2", "Watcher")

Friendships

After his dismissal from Starfleet, Rios established a close friendship with Raffi Musiker. The two of them knew how to comfort each other, and had an easy rapport, often joking together or teasing each other.

According to La Sirena's various Emergency Holograms, Rios had grown cynical and withdrawn since his departure from Starfleet. (PIC: "The End is the Beginning", "Absolute Candor", "Broken Pieces") However, this assessment was undermined by Rios’s fast friendship with the passengers he took on his ship during his adventure with Picard. He quickly used Spanish endearments for Soji (“hija”) and Elnor (“hermano”), and looked up to Picard and Seven of Nine. (PIC: "Nepenthe", "Broken Pieces", "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2")

Even though he only spent a few hours with her, Rios remembered a peculiar eating habit of the android Jana, french fries dipped in peppermint ice cream. After seeing Soji for the first time triggered a post-traumatic episode in Rios, he apologized to Soji for his rudeness towards her by replicating her the same food. (PIC: "Broken Pieces")

Romantic relationships

Over the course of their time together on La Sirena, Rios developed a romantic relationship with Agnes Jurati. The two shared a number of funny but also emotionally fraught moments. Shortly after Bruce Maddox’s death, they decided to sleep together, though the encounter might not have been as romantic or uncomplicated as they had hoped. (PIC: "The Impossible Box").

After the events in the Ghulion system, Rios and Jurati became a couple, sharing a s kiss on the bridge. (PIC: "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2") However, their relationship did not last a full year and by 2401, they had separated. (PIC: "The Star Gazer") Despite their apparently acrimonious breakup, Rios continued to care deeply about Jurati. (PIC: "Two of One")

After time traveling to 2024, Rios and Doctor Teresa Ramirez developed a romantic relationship. (PIC: "Mercy") Despite their short acquaintance, Rios decided to remain in the 21st century with Ramirez and her son, while the others returned to their own time. He later married Teresa and according to Guinan, the two spent the rest of their lives together. (PIC: "Farewell")

Interests

Rios often smoked cigars and had a fondness for pisco brandy. He was a skilled soccer player and practiced the sport in his free time, keeping a collection of soccer balls on board La Sirena. He had a collection of different weapons (mostly firearms) stored in the ship's small armoury and a collection of mermaid art and figurines from numerous cultures adorning his quarters.

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Some of Rios' books

Rios was an avid reader and kept a number of printed books in his quarters. 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")

In addition to the printed books, Rios also had a fondness for other antiques. He kept Alonzo Vandermeers record player and vinyl collection (PIC: "Broken Pieces"), and expressed his appreciation for life in the 21st century after he and the rest of Picard’s crew got stuck there. He particularly delighted in the taste of non-replicated food.

Appendices

Appearances

Background information

Cristóbal Rios was played by Santiago Cabrera.

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