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  • S 10 : Ep 21


    Aired 5/13/11

  • S 10 : Ep 20


    Aired 5/6/11

  • S 10 : Ep 19


    Aired 4/29/11

  • S 10 : Ep 18


    Aired 4/22/11

  • S 10 : Ep 17


    Aired 4/15/11

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tom Welling

    Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

  • Kristin Kreuk

    Lana Lang

  • Michael Rosenbaum

    Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

  • Allison Mack

    Chloe Sullivan

  • Erica Durance

    Lois Lane

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  • show Description
  • Smallville tells the tale of a teenage Clark Kent in the days before he was Superman. It is the town where he came from where very strange things started happening with his arrival in a spaceship in the midst of a meteor storm of green rocks. Clark must deal with a variety of individuals given powers by the green rocks, keep his powers a secret, cope with his friendship with a young Lex Luthor, and balance the two girls in his life, Chloe and Lana. The show also shows us how Lex Luthor develops from a friend of Clark's and kinda-okay guy to (presumably) the villain who will plague Superman in his later years.moreless

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  • Quotes (2617)

    • Jonathan: I know this has gotta be really hard for you. But you gotta just hang in there like we promised. Clark: I'm sick of "hanging in there." All I want to do is go through high school without being a total loser.

    • Pete: Statistical fact: If Clark moved any slower he'd be extinct.

    • Lana: (to Clark) Sometimes I dream I'm at school, waiting for Nell to pick me up. But she doesn't come, so my parents drive up. They're not dead, they're just really late. Then I get in their car and we drive back to my real life in Metropolis. That's usually when I wake up. But for a minute, I'm totally happy, until I realize I'm still alone.

    • Clark: Hey, this is a great place. Lex: Yeah, if you're dead and in the market for something to haunt. Clark: Well, I meant it's roomy. Lex: It's the Luthor ancestral home, or so my father claims. He had it shipped over from Scotland stone by stone. Clark: Yeah, I remember. The trucks rolled through town for weeks but no one ever moved in. Lex: My father had no intention of living here. He's never even stepped through the front door. Clark: Then why'd he ship it over? Lex: Because he could.

    • Clark: I'd give anything to be normal.

    • Jonathan: Sweetheart, 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.

    • Jonathan: Kids don't just fall out of the sky, Martha. Martha: Well, where did he come from? Jonathan: I don't know. But he must have parents. Martha: Well, if he does, they're definitely not from Kansas.

    • Young Lana: Do you want to make a wish? Martha: I would love to make a wish. Young Lana: Okay. Abracadabra.

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    Notes (1211)

    • In this version of the Pilot, Clark's spaceship is significantly different. It looked something akin to a big black egg covered in saucer-sized scales covered in tar, with a removable top section.

    • In the unaired pilot the Kents notice the schoolkids celebrating an apparent victory, just like in the aired pilot. But the script is changed. In the unaired pilot Jonathan says, "Looks like Smallville finally won", whereas in the aired pilot he says, "Looks like Smallville won again." Apparently Smallville has a much better team now that Martha Kent is played by Annette O'Toole.

    • The original version also included some footage that was cut for length and had a lot more music than the version that aired.

    • Milo Ventimiglia and Jensen Ackles originally auditioned for the role of Clark Kent.

    • In-joke: The school jackets the students are wearing have a Superman style shield logo on them with an "S" in the middle. It is only seen in "Pilot," and in the very next episode the jackets only have an "S" on them with the shield removed.

    • Originally Clark was to have developed his heat vision in a sex ed class (similar to "Heat"). It was dismissed for the time as the creative team thought it was too soon, and wanted to develop better visuals for it.

    • Aside from Principal Kwan's intro, the following scenes never made it onto the 70 minute airing: - An extension of Young Lex's jump from the helicopter which is followed up by Pete's father and uncle debating on Lionel's intention for buying the factory from them. - Earlier in the day, Pete and Chloe watch as Whitney and the rest of the jocks park their trucks (the same ones that Clark piles up at the end of the episode). - Lex meets Gabe Sullivan and assures him that he isn't going to fire any employees at the fertilizer plant. - Pete and Chloe are waiting for Clark to show up at the dance. They decide to dance together, but only as friends.

    • An adaptation of the episode was print in the first Young Adult Smallville novel (titled Arrival).

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    Trivia (2279)

    • When Lex's car is shown falling into the river, there is no damage on the front from hitting Clark or the guard rail.

    • The location of the Torch is different in the pilot from the rest of the whole show. Also the Wall of Weird changes its location from a closet to out in the open.

    • Trivia: The car that Lex drove off the bridge is a Porsche 911 SC.

    • Trivia: Lionel refers to his company as "LexCorp." In subsequent episodes it is called "LuthorCorp."

    • When Whitney punches Clark down before putting him in the truck, you can see an elastic band on Clark's forearm, It is probably the strap of an elbow pad Tom Welling used so he wouldn't scrape his elbows when he fell down.

    • How did Chloe get to be editor of the high school paper as a freshman?

    • Trivia: When Clark leaves for school at the beginning of the episode, he has a skateboard attached to his backpack. Clark never rides it and the skateboard was never seen again after this episode.

    • When Jonathan Kent shows Clark the spaceship, it appears that the ship has a very rough-lined surface. When Clark speeds away, we can see it is smoother.

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    Allusions (469)

    • Lana: What are you, man or superman? Apart from a reference to Clark’s future, it also refers to “ubermensch," a state depicted as a sign of greatness by Nietzsche. Nietzsche’s Superman was someone who could surpass his own nature and decide for himself what was good or bad without being influence by “pity, suffering, tolerance of the weak, the power of the soul over the body, the belief in an afterlife, the corruption of modern values." This is very paradoxical in the context of the show since Superman saves exactly those he should not, in Nietzsche’s mind.

    • 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 1969 Saturday morning cartoon Scooby Doo, Where Are You? which aired on CBS. The show dealt with a group of four high school students, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and their dog Scooby Doo, a loveable but cowardly Great Dane, who formed Mystery, Inc. The group was interested in the mysterious and supernatural and traveled around the area in a bright green van called the Mystery Machine. Over the decades the cartoon has had additional episodes and even hour long movies produced; finally culminating in the film Scooby Doo (2002) and a sequel Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004) which starred Freddy Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

    • Metamorphosis/Kafka::
      The title of this episode comes from a short story by an Austrian philosopher named Franz Kafka. It is about a young man who inexplicably transforms into a large cockroach, and is then killed by his mother. Chloe even makes a comparison between Greg and Kafka after Clark explains about Greg's "Bug-Boy" condition.

    • Chloe: At least we know how he's doing the Time Warp. Reference to the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The Time Warp is a dance that the Transylvanians do.

    • Cassandra: Cassandra is a classical character that was the most beautiful daughter of the king of Troy, who was given the gift of prophecy by the god Apollo. Cassandra rejected Apollo's seduction, so he cursed her so that no one would ever believe her predictions. The name "Cassandra", or otherwise "Cassie" was used for another psychic a year later on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    • Lex: I come bearing gifts...
      In order to gain leverage in the Battle of Troy, the Greeks had to devise a clever plan that would gain them access to the city of Troy. They constructed a huge wooden horse with a hollow belly and hid Greek soldiers in the horse's belly. The Trojans believed they defeated the Greeks and celebrated. In the early morning the Greek soldiers left the belly and opened the gate to Troy, allowing the Greek army to attack on the unsuspecting Trojans.

    • Kyle: He's somewhere between Bigfoot and the Blair Witch. Referencing The Blair Witch Project (1999), a movie supposedly made from footage found in the woods, chronicling three student filmmakers using a handheld camera to film their trek through the woods to make a documentary about the legendary Blair Witch.

    • Lex: Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird? Referencing the book To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) written by Harper Lee in which a black man is accused of beating and raping a woman after she had asked him to come onto her property to bust up an old chiffarobe.

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