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A meteor shower rains destruction on the small town of "Smallville", Kansas. Twelve years later, a young Clark Kent learns his true origins from his protective foster parents. As his powers start to emerge, Clark struggles to fit in among his peers. It is up to him to finally learn more about his past and the secret that surrounds him.
Tuesday October 16th, 2001
9.4/10 (10 Votes cast)
Guest StarsCo-Guest Stars
Meteors hurtle through outer space, and among them is a small space ship. The meteors pass the moon and shoot towards Earth.....Read the full recap
Smallville's population is established to be 45,001.
Hickory Lane is the street the Kent's live on.
Freak of the week: Jeremy Creek, who is able to produce electro magnetic powers.
Whitney Fordman's original last name was Whitney Ellsworth.
Jensen Ackles (who will later go on to play Jason Teague) was a candidate against Tom Welling for the role of Clark Kent.
Jonathan: Kids don't just fall out of the sky, Martha.
Martha: Then where did he come from?
Jonathan: I don't know. But he must have parents.
Martha: (examines spaceship) Well if he does, they're definitely not from Kansas.
Jonathan: We can't keep him. What are we going to tell people, we found him out in a field?
Martha: We didn't find him. He found us.
Martha: Where'd you learn your manners?
Clark: On a farm?
Chloe: Pete? Do you want to take a commercial break from the soap opera in your head? I've told you a hundred times, I am not interested in Clark.
Clark: I suppose you stashed my spaceship in the attic?
Jonathan: Actually, it’s in the storm cellar.
Chloe: Statistical fact - Clark Kent can't get within five feet of Lana Lang without turning into a total freak show.
The Porsche that strikes Clark show's no sign of impact when it goes over the side of the bridge.
The Fastest Man Alive
A website proclaims that Scott Higgs has run the hundred meter dash in under three seconds, and has been proclaimed the “fastest man alive.” His speed is nearly four times faster than the best human sprinter has managed as of 2006. The title “fastest man alive” commonly refers to the current record holder in the hundred meter sprint, but at this speed the website is probably a sly reference to The Flash, DC Comics own “Fastest Man Alive,” who along with Superman is a core member of the Justice League of America.
Pete Ross: We'd love to join you and Scooby in the Mystery Machine for another zany adventure, but we have to turn our permission slips in before homeroom.
This is a reference to the long running Hanna/Barbara cartoon Scooby Doo, who traveled around in a van they nicknamed "The Mystery Machine".
Man or Superman?
Lana asks Clark if he is Man or Superman when she returns his copy of a textbook about philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The comment actually comes from a 1903 play written by George Bernard Shaw, but the play is based on Nietzsche’s concept of the Superman, a recurring theme in his work starting about 1880 with the publication of Thus Spoke Zarathustra. This is a sly comment about Clark’s dual nature, one side of him strives to be man while the other is clearly Superman.
Do you believe a man can fly?
Superman, released in 1978, used the phrase “This summer... you will believe a man can fly” as an advertising tagline. This was arguably the first Superman film that did not take short cuts around Superman’s power of flight. Filmmakers used green screens and other cinematic trickery to portray the Man of Steel in flight. Lex's question to Clark is an homage to this film as well as foreshadowing Clark's eventual discover that he can fly.
The headline on the newspaper that Lionel is reading is "Queen Industries CEO, presumed dead." This is a nod at Green Arrow, one of Clark's fellow JLA members.
Allusions to Clark Kent’s nature
The two population tallies for Smallville (25,001 and 45,001) are round numbers with the addition of “1.” Mostly likely the odd “1” in each figure refers to Clark, who is part of Smallville and yet can never be entirely part of Smallville, or even of the human race. Another example occurs in the graveyard, when Clark stands before the statue of an angel in such a way that the angel’s wings appear to be on Clark’s back. This may foreshadow Clark’s power of flight (of which he is not yet aware) or it may intend to suggest a link to the divine in Clark, who will become a powerful force for good.