Picard Finally Shows Star Trek Transporter Error

Captain Rios suffers a gruesome transporter accident in Star Trek: Picard season 2 that’s unlike the usual mishaps that come from teleportation.

Warning: SPOILERS for Star Trek: Picard Season 2, Episode 3 – “Assimilation”

Captain Cristobal Rios (Santiago Cabrera) is injured in a rare carrier error in Star Trek: Picard season 2, episode 3. After traveling to 2024 in an effort to find “the Watcher” and the time discrepancy caused by Q (John de Lancie) who changed the Star Trek timeline into obscurity, reality of the Confederacy, Rios joined the Away Team consisting of Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) and Raffi Musiker (Michelle Hurd). Picard’s ragtag crew teleported to Los Angeles to search for the Watcher, but they were sent to different areas while Rios ended up badly injured by his arrival.


Carrier crashes are nothing new to Star Trek, and miraculous device malfunctions have spawned many memorable episodes. An evil double of Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), for example, was created by a transporter accident in the classic Star Trek: The Original Series episode, “The Enemy Within”. Another carrier error sent Kirk to the mirror universe in “Mirror Mirror”. Carrier pattern stamps also saved Starfleet’s life. Both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Discovery showed how the Model Pad could be used to protect Montgomery Scott (James Doohan) and the entire crew of the USS Discovery in the event of a disaster. At Star Trek: Deep Space NineIn the popular episode “Our Man Bashir”, the transporters kept Captain Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) and his crew alive long enough for them to be inserted into Dr. Julian’s 1960s secret agent holodeck program. Bashir (Alexander Siddig), who ultimately saved their lives.

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In Star Trek: Picard season 2, episode 3, “Assimilation”, Rios was actually teleported near the roof of a building instead of arriving safely like Seven and Raffi did. Chris immediately succumbed to gravity and was unable to grab onto a nearby emergency exit to break his fall. Instead, Captain Rios hit the concrete floor hard with a sickening thud, bleeding on the pavement as he passed out. It was a shocking and unexpected Star Trek transporter crash that doesn’t normally happen. Even if someone is teleported into a hostile environment, Star Trek has generally followed the trope that someone being transported gets to the ground safely, and vice versa on a spaceship’s transport mat.

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Rios teleported into the air and the fall was perhaps the most unexpected event in Star Trek: Picard season 2, episode 3, including Elnor (Evan Evagora) dying from the phaser wound he suffered from the magistrate. (Jon Jon Briones) and Dr. Agnes Jurati (Alison Pill) tricking the Borg Queen (Annie Wersching) after the cybernetician allows herself to be temporarily assimilated. Meanwhile, the Borg Queen is largely responsible for Rios’ transporter crash. After leading La Sirena’s successful time travel to 2024, the Borg Queen began draining the ship’s power to sustain herself. The crash of La Sirena and the Borg Queen’s assimilation of the ship rendered most systems inoperable, so the carriers ended up being unreliable, and Captain Rios suffered a terrible accident as a result.

Things got even worse for Rios after he was found and brought to a nearby clinic because ICE raided the building and detained him for illegality. Chris, Seven and Raffi have been warned not to draw attention because, as 25th century Confederate citizens, they have ID implants and vaccination chips that 21st century scanners can detect. Because Rios carries no identification, he was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Worse still, neither Raffi, Seven of Nine, nor Picard have any idea what happened to Chris and the danger he now finds himself in. Star Trek: Picard’The unexpected transporter crash has given rise to an interesting new story that puts Captain Rios in danger in the year 2024 and it will be fascinating to see how Picard’s motley crew saves Chris so he can continue his mission to fix the timeline. broken.

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Star Trek: Picard Season 2 airs Thursdays on Paramount+.

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