The Powers of Matthew Star (1982–1983)

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The adventures of high-school student Matthew Star, who is actually a superpowered alien prince from another world.

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 Matthew Star (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
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 Walt Shephard (21 episodes, 1982-1983)
Amy Steel ...
 Pam Elliott (14 episodes, 1982-1983)
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Matthew Star was a prince on the planet Quadris, who was forced to flee to Earth when his planet's government was overthrown by despots. On Earth, he took the form of an ordinary high-school student (albeit one with superpowers), and was accompanied by his guardian Walt, who became the school's science teacher. The American government knew of Matthew and Walt's origin, and used them to act as agents on occasion. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Der Junge vom anderen Stern  »

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In the alternative pilot, Matthew was called "David". He didn't know about his true heritage or his powers. He also had a different guardian. It eventually aired as a "lost" episode. Peter Barton did a voice over at the start to explain the differences between it and the rest of the series. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Operation Double 007 (1993) See more »

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Inspired show!
9 March 2005 | by (Louisiana) – See all my reviews

Hundreds of shows have come and gone, but Matthew Star remains my favorite. The acting by the cast (especially Peter Barton, considering the fact he was around 26 playing a 16 year old) is superb and the original story lines up until the point mid-season when the show was revamped (at the network's request, I'm presuming) are fantastic.

The idea that as if growing up on Earth isn't hard enough, Matthew Star was expected to lead a planet of people to freedom some day, was inspired. There are great emotional scenes when you realize that despite being a prince with special powers, Matthew was humble and very unsure of himself at times.

My big regrets are that the show ended so abruptly and that the show isn't available on DVD to be enjoyed by our new generation of Sci-Fi fans (hint, hint). I sure would have looked forward to Season 2: The Return to Quadris!


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