I never made it to Germany for the second of the Destination Star Trek conventions, so I am having to rely on other sources. I knew a few people that attended, and on the whole, the convention was very much like the first convention – Destination Star Trek London.
Not surprisingly, one of the main highlights were the talks. The guests were at their best. Among the talks were a TNG reunion, a DS9 reunion and the usual one man band talks.
Some of the best talks were with Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, LeVar Burton and Michael Dorn, who were generally talking about what they miss most about not working with each other.
A huge ensemble containing Armin Shimerman, Rene Auberjonois, Suzie Plakson, Robin Curtis, Hallie Todd, Jeff Combs, Carolyn Seymour, Connor Trinneer, Vaughn Armstrong, Dominic Keating and Gwynyth Walsh.
Suzie Plakson came out as herself. But it wasn’t long before makeup maestro John Paladin, before everyone’s eyes, transformed her into a certain fearsome Klingon.
The DS9 talk featured Rene Auberjonois, Armin Shimmerman, Jeffery Combs and Casey Biggs. The boys had a blast telling stories, poking fun at each other and doling out compliments, too. Shimerman revealed that Behr and Moore were seated in the audience, meaning, “Now we can’t tell you the truth about anything.”
Brent Spiner always goes down well, talking about his favourite episode “Brothers” and doing his famous Patrick Stewart impressions, even singing happy birthday to someone in Stewart’s voice.
Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, LeVar Burton, Gates Mcfadden and Brent Spiner – hosted by William Shatner – all had a blast making fun of each other, telling wild stories and recounting fond memories of Johnathan Frakes (who was not at this event).
Not forgetting the legend himself, William Shatner also graced the stage several times, poking fun at Geroge Takei, pondering if we are alone in the universe and the death of Captain Kirk.
One of the best things about DSTG was the museum. Anyone who attended Destination Star Trek London back in 2012 got a taste of it, but this year’s edition is twice as large and features mostly new and unseen props, all owned by Martin Netter, of FILMWELT and considers Trek his greatest passion. There are too many items to describe in detail, but here’s a sampling: Kirk’s ST:VI uniform, a Makeup Department Polaroid of Jonathan Banks, Porthos in an incubator, Brent Spiner’s set chair, a trio of Rene Auberjonois Odo-evolution masks (that Auberjonois himself comes over to marvel at), Tuvok’s ears, Majel Barrett’s TNG computer script, a TNG Borg costume, Archer’s NX-01 captain’s chair, a phase cannon and Gene Roddenberry’s electric typewriter from his home.
A mother, father and daughter dressed as T’Pol, Trip and Naomi Wildman who won Best Overall Costume, and the daughter won Best Kid Costume, too. And a very cool Ferengi won Most Authentic Costume.
One of DSTL’s many complaints was the evening parties, which this time seem to have been organised much better with a lot more Trek themed decorations, a better choice of drinks and more seats. The acoustics have also been reported as being much better, even winning the praise of Tim Russ.
This doesn’t mean that DSTG was complaint free, the seating organisation for the talks was not up to scratch, as again, people with priority seating were either left standing, seated further back, or received some verbal abuse from others when moving to the front of the line. These guys paid through the nose for this privilege, so take it on the chin guys!
But on the whole, it would seem that things were learnt from London’s failures to make DSTG a great event.