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The Powers of Matthew Star 

The adventures of high-school student Matthew Star, who is actually a superpowered alien Prince from another world.
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Complete series cast summary:
Peter Barton ...  Matthew Star 22 episodes, 1982-1983
Louis Gossett Jr. ...  Walt Shepherd 22 episodes, 1982-1983
Amy Steel ...  Pam Elliott 13 episodes, 1982-1983
James Karen ...  Major Wymore 9 episodes, 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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USA

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English

Release Date:

17 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Junge vom anderen Stern See more »

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Runtime:

(22 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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In the alternative pilot, Matthew was called "David". He did not know about his true heritage or his powers, and also had a different guardian. The alternative pilot eventually aired as a "lost" episode. Peter Barton did a voice-over at the start, in order to explain the differences between it and the rest of the series. See more »

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Aliens from Quadris
1 March 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Poor Peter Barton what he went through to get this show on the air. I remember the stories about him being burned during the taping of this show and the whole thing had to be put on hiatus while he recovered. Then after the first season it was gone.

Like Kalel from Krypton Barton was a refugee from the planet Quadris who comes to earth with powers and abilities far beyond any teenage kid around. He also comes as a teen not an infant and he didn't come alone. His protector and adviser like Mentor was to Billy Batson is Lou Gossett, Jr. and they establish identities as typical teen kid and the school science teacher.

Our government is well aware of who they are and occasionally gets some unwilling missions from them. Otherwise he's dealing with the usual problems of a kid fitting in. Although with Barton's looks I doubt if getting girls was a problem. He did have Amy Steel whom he was constantly having to leave to do some mission.

Sadly the show was not picked up for another season and that's a pity because it had a following. Had Matthew Star had a comic book following the way Superman did the show might have hung around a bit. Look how many incarnations of that franchise there've been on the big and small screen.


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