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Smallville: Metamorphosis

Bugs affected with Kryptonite cause a student to adopt the life cycle of an insect, and he targets Lana as his mate. Clark must rush to save her without revealing his superpowers. Meanwhile, Lex holds Lana's kryptonite necklace in his possession and ponders what to make of the strange stone...



Episode Info


Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 227601
Airdate: Tuesday October 23rd, 2001



  • Currently 9.1/10
9.1/10 (8 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Chad E. DonellaChad E. Donella
As Greg Arkin
Recurring
Gabrielle Rose (2)Gabrielle Rose (2)
As Greg's Mother
Main Cast
Tom WellingTom Welling
As Clark Kent / Kal-El

Recap

Outside Lana’s house Greg Arkin perches in a tree, his face palely lit by the glow from a camcorder screen. Inside, Lana removes her Homecoming tiara and corsage and drops them into a drawer already full of prizes and honors. Then she sees a small gift-wrapped package on the bed. She opens it and beautiful butterflies fly out. A dozen or more of them, green and blue, flit around the room. The watcher on the tree branch records all of this, then leaves the tree and enters an old Volkswagen. Belching smoke, he drives the ancient car away...

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Episode Notes
Chad E. Donella (Greg Arkin), is one of the many guest stars to appear in the "Final Destination" movies...

Freak of the Week: Greg Arkin - abilities of a common spider.

The Fortress of Solitude
This name comes from the actual Superman comic books. In these books the Fortress contains relics of some of Superman’s battles and other personal items. Access is through a large locked door set in the side of a hill. Superman leaves the key outside the door, but since key and door are both immense, one must have Superman’s flight and strength to lift and use it, so there is little danger in doing this. Superman retires to the Fortress when he wishes to be alone or needs to solve a problem.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Aeon SpokeDamaged 
Better Than EzraI Do 
CakeLove You Madly 
The CallingWherever You Will Go 
LifehouseEverything 
Papa RoachLast Resort 
Remy ZeroSave Me 
Turin BrakesUnderdog (Save Me) 
WeezerIsland In The Sun 


Episode Quotes
Clark: Dad, something else happened to me this morning. When I woke up, I was kind of floating.
Jonathan: Floating.
Clark: As soon as I woke up I crashed. I mean, Dad, what's happening to me?
Jonathan: I honestly don't know. As soon as you start breaking the law of gravity we're definitely in uncharted territory.

Lex: Kinda makes you wonder if you're with the right guy. One chucks footballs, the other helps save lives.
Lana: For someone who just moved into town you’ve got a lot of opinions.

Lex: What is it about Kents and gifts? It's yours. Hand it to Lana. Tell her what happened. Trust me, once she opens it, you'll win her heart. That necklace gives you the power. All you've got to do is use. it.

Greg Arken: Sometimes you're the windshield. Sometimes you're the bug.

Lex: You were tied to a stake in the middle of a field! Even the Romans reserved that for special occasions; you could have died!!

Mrs. Arken: What the hell has gotten into you?
Greg: About two million years of intelligence and instinct.



Episode Goofs
Tom's hair seem to go from long to short and back again in the scene where Clark, Chloe and Pete discuss his fort.



Cultural References
Greg The Bug Guy

Bares striking powers to that of Spiderman, who has the same abilities of a Spider.



Analysis
Greg Arken
Greg is probably intended as a send-up of Marvel Comics’ flagship character Spider-Man, who received his abilities after a radioactive spider bit him, and whose abilities are similar to those Greg demonstrated: great strength and agility, leaping and climbing, and webbing. In the comics Spider-Man's webs are artificially created but his other abilities are inherent.



Other Episode Crew

DeveloperAlfred Gough  |  Miles Millar
OtherJerry Siegel (Superman Created By)  |  Joe Shuster (Superman Created By)
Main Title ThemeRemy Zero
 
Warning: Smallville season 1 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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