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Quadris, twelve light years across the galaxy from Earth. It was home for us until an intergalactic armada conquered it. I fought by the royal family's side, but in vain. Even their remarkable powers weren't enough.
The Crown Prince and I escaped to the nearest planet on which we could survive and further his powers in order to some day return to free his people.
-- D'Hai/Walt Shepherd (portrayed by Lou Gossett, Jr.)
Matthew Star (Peter Barton) may very well have been the ultimate foreign exchange student—he didn't come from another country, he came from another planet. The brooding alien dreamboat was forced to leave his home planet of Quadris as a baby when his father—the planet's ruler—was overthrown by foreign invaders. Matthew was sent to Earth with his guardian, Walt Shepherd (LOUIS GOSSETT, JR), to mature and develop his natural superpowers of telepathy and telekinesis. Once he had fully matured, he would return to his planet to help reclaim his father's throne.
In the meantime, Matthew posed as a high school student at Crestridge High. Walt found work as a science teacher and football coach to stay close to Matthew. Which was probably a very good idea—both Quadrians had to constantly be on the lookout for their foes from back home, who would sneak to earth in various humanoid and robotic forms to get at Matthew. Other characters included Pam, Matthew's girlfriend, and Bob, his best friend.
The show experienced a change in plotting as it reached the mid-season mark. Matthew and Walt ceased using the school as a cover and went to work for the government, where Matthew now used his powers to battle foreign enemies under the direction of Major Wymore. By this time, Matthew's powers had become quite formidable and had expanded to include astral projection and transmutation.
The show was originally intended to premiere in the fall of 1981 (under its original title, "The Powers of David Starr") but was delayed until 1982 because Peter Barton was badly burned while shooting a stunt sequence. Lou Gossett Jr. was also injured during this same stunt. The Powers of Matthew Star lasted for one season, but will live on forever in the hearts of its fans.moreless