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Thousands of Star Trek fans from around the world beamed out to Dortmund for Destination Star Trek Germany, which kicked off on Friday with a franchise-spanning array of Trek guests, a Discovery exhibit, trivia contests, surprise panel “crash”-ing appearances by Trek stars, autographs, photo ops and more.

StarTrek.com was in the house and is pleased to share a recap of Day One:

Meet the Stars

Destination Star Trek Germany

As fans queued up outside the convention hall, 25 Trek guests met the German media that turned out to cover the event.

Destination Star Trek Germany Walter Koenig

Walter Koenig noted that he’s made peace with being so associated with Trek and Chekov. “Star Trek stood for something,” he said. “It spoke to people. It had a social conscience. And it still does in all of its manifestations and iterations. If, alas, I must be known for one role, one show, which is the case, I am happy that it is Star Trek as opposed to anything else.”

Destination Star Trek Germany Mary Wiseman

Mary Wiseman responded to a question about what goes on behind the scenes of Discovery by saying, “A lot of singing goes on backstage, some good, some bad... I provide the bad.”

Destination Star Trek Germany Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonois, Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell took to the stage with Rene Auberjonois and Nana Visitor. A journalist asked Farrell how she enjoyed being called Mrs. Nimoy now that she’s married to Adam Nimoy. Farrell beamed and enthused, “It’s great.” Visitor leaned into her friend and former DS9 costar and said, “I love it. If you know Terry and Adam, it’s perfect.”

Destination Star Trek Germany Chase Masterson

Chase Masterson revealed that she lived in Germany for three years as a child. Aron Eisenberg and Max Grodenchik seemed surprised to hear that. “My dad was in the Army,” she explained.

Destination Star Trek Museum

Destination Star Trek Germany Museum

Fans understandably ooh-ed and aah-ed at the DSTG’s museum space that gathers together remarkable, landmark items from 52 years of Trek.  

Destination Star Trek Germany Museum

The items range from comic book art, TNG production sketches, TOS medical equipment, a phaser signed by Patrick Stewart, and the gloves Spock/Leonard Nimoy wore during his heroic/tragic scene in The Wrath of Khan to Chancellor Gowron's costume and a screen-used TOS phaser that had spent decades in a private collection and wasn’t seen publicly... til now.

Destination Star Trek Germany Museum

Among the memorable costumes: Alexander’s/Michael Dunn’s “Plato’s Stepchildren” ensemble, Seven of Nine’s catsuit, Scotty’s engineering jumpsuit from The Motion Picture, The Wrath of Khan and The Search for Spock, and Janeway’s Borg costume.

Discovery Props & Costumes Exhibit

Destination Star Trek Germany Discovery Exhibit

Fans could get up close and personal to a variety of Discovery props and costumes, including Starfleet uniforms, a communicator, phaser, and tricorder.

Destination Star Trek Germany Mirror Badges

Destination Star Trek Germany Terran Command Insignia

The newest additions to the collection include several Discovery Mirror Universe badges and daggers.

The Original Series Bridge

Destination Star Trek Germany Original Series Bridge

One of Friday's top destinations was The Original Series Bridge, where fans could enjoy taking a photo in the captain's chair.

Destination Star Trek Germany Nichelle Nichols & Walter Koenig

A few very lucky fans went beyond the traditional photo opportunity for the chance to share the bridge with Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig.

Discovery's Captain's Chair

Destination Star Trek Germany Discovery Captain's Chair

Other fans chose to take command of the U.S.S. Discovery with their very own captain's chair photo or shared the bridge with a member of the Discovery crew.


Surprise Panel Crashers

Destination Star Trek Germany Robert Duncan McNeill & Aron Eisenberg

Throughout the day, some of the Trek stars popped up briefly on the Voyager Stage to surprise fans at the various panels and events. During the Star Trek Online panel with Aron Eisenberg, for example, Robert Duncan McNeill crashed the occasion.

Destination Star Trek Germany Mary Wiseman & Terry Farrell

Later, as Syfy Germany hosted a session with fans, the tandem of Terry Farrell and Mary Wiseman came out to say hi. As one might expect, the fans went just a little crazy. Will such drop-by visits happen all weekend long? Keep an eye on StarTrek.com to find out!

Opening Ceremony

Destination Star Trek Germany Discovery Selfie

The Enterprise Stage — the event’s main room — was the place to be early Friday evening, as the day ended with an official opening ceremony that featured the weekend’s master of ceremonies, Jordan Hoffman, welcoming the Star Trek stars to the stage, from William Shatner, Nana Visitor and Connor Trinneer to Nicole de Boer, Jeffrey Combs, Ethan Phillips and the Discovery actors, all of whom greeted the crowd and soaked in the fans’ loud applause and, in several instances, extended standing ovations. Here are some of the highlights:

Destination Star Trek Germany William Shatner

William Shatner (James T. Kirk)

Destination Star Trek Germany Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols (Uhura)

Destination Star Trek Germany Walter Koenig

Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov)

Destination Star Trek Germany Mary Wiseman

Mary Wiseman (Sylvia Tilly)

Destination Star Trek Germany Shazad Latif

Shazad Latif (Ash Tyler)

Destination Star Trek Germany Mary Chieffo

Mary Chieffo (L'Rell)

Destination Star Trek Germany Kenneth Mitchell

Kenneth Mitchell (Kol)

Destination Star Trek Germany Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonois, Terry Farrell

Nana Visitor (Kira Nerys), Rene Auberjonois (Odo) & Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax)

Destination Star Trek Germany Alexander Siddig

Alexander Siddig (Dr. Julian Bashir)

Destination Star Trek Germany Cirroc Lofton

Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko)

Destination Star Trek Germany Nicole de Boer

Nicole de Boer (Ezri Dax)

Destination Star Trek Germany Chase Masterson

Chase Masterson (Leeta)

Casey Biggs (Damar)

Destination Star Trek Germany Aron Eisenberg

Aron Eisenberg (Nog)

Vaughn Armstrong (12 Different Characters)

Destination Star Trek Germany Jeffrey combs

Jeffrey Combs (8 Different Characters)

Destination Star Trek Germany Max Grodenchik

Max Grodenchik (Rom)

Destination Star Trek Germany Robert O'Reilly

Robert O'Reilly (Gowron)

Destination Star Trek Germany Gary Graham

Gary Graham (Ambassador Soval)

Destination Star Trek Germany Ira Steven Behr

Ira Steven Behr (Deep Space Nine Executive Producer)

Destination Star Trek Germany Ethan Phillips

Ethan Phillips (Neelix)

Destination Star Trek Germany Robert Duncan McNeill

Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris)

Destination Star Trek Germany Connor Trinneer

Connor Trinneer (Charles "Trip" Tucker III)

Cosplayers

Destination Star Trek Germany Cosplay

Cosplayers were out in force on Day One of DSTG. We saw Bajorans, Klingons, Vulcans, a gangster, Klingons, some redshirts, lots of fans in Discovery uniforms, and much, much more. Here are a few of the favorites!

Destination Star Trek Germany Cosplay

Destination Star Trek Germany Cosplay

Destination Star Trek Germany Cosplay

Destination Star Trek Germany Cosplay

Destination Star Trek Germany Cosplay


Visit StarTrek.com again tomorrow for a recap of Day Two at DSTG. And be sure to check out our social pages for coverage throughout the day. 

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