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Smallville: Pilot

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.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 475165
Airdate: Tuesday October 16th, 2001


Guest Stars
Sarah Jane RedmondSarah Jane Redmond
As Aunt Nell
Jade UntermanJade Unterman
As Young Lana Lang
Malkolm AlburquenqueMalkolm Alburquenque
As Young Clark
Matthew MunnMatthew Munn
As Lex Luthor (age 9)
Dee Jay JacksonDee Jay Jackson
As Cream Corn Farmer #1
Alvin SandersAlvin Sanders
As Cream Corn Farmer #2
Steve BacicSteve Bacic
As Garage Worker/Former Jock #1
Wendy ChmelauskasWendy Chmelauskas
As Laura Lang
Ben OdbergBen Odberg
As Lewis Lang
John GloverJohn Glover
As Lionel Luthor
Adrian McMorranAdrian McMorran
As Jeremy Creek
Justin ChatwinJustin Chatwin
As Young Lex
Amy EsterleAmy Esterle
As Fencing Instructor/Heike
Miranda CosgroveMiranda Cosgrove
As 5-Year-Old Lana

Co-Guest Stars
Jay Kirby (1)Jay Kirby (1)
As Ex-Jock / 2nd Victim
Main Cast
Tom WellingTom Welling
As Clark Kent / Kal-El


October, 1989
Meteors hurtle through outer space, and among them is a small space ship. The meteors pass the moon and shoot towards Earth.....

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Episode Notes
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.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bruce HornsbyThe Way It Is 
The CallingUnstoppable 
Capitol EyeLet's Go 
Eagle-Eye CherryLong Way Around 
Fear the ClownInside the Memories 
JudeEverything I Own 
StereoblisEight Half Letters 

Episode Quotes
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.

Episode Goofs
The Porsche that strikes Clark show's no sign of impact when it goes over the side of the bridge.

Cultural References
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.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperAlfred Gough  |  Miles Millar
OtherJerry Siegel (Superman Created By)  |  Joe Shuster (Superman Created By)
Main Title ThemeRemy Zero
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