Martha Clark Kent
Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor
Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton
Lionel Luthor (Recurring Season 1, Regular Season 2+)
Dr. Claire Foster
Sheriff Nancy Adams
Just before Pete backs his car out to pull the rope up, the rope can been seen to be slack, when Clark and Perry are supposedly hanging on to it for dear life.
As Clark rushes (superspeed) to the crossroads where their truck fell from the sky, surely he would have seen Perry standing there, and if he did, why didn't he react i.e., not continue or at least continue at a normal speed?
Perry had a rope attached to his ankle before he jumped. But when he was standing on the handrail, it was clear that there was nothing attached to his foot. He couldn't have hidden the rope because it would be drooping down.
A comet is made up of ice and rock. The ice would have melted within a million miles of the sun leaving only rock. Rock melts back into magma/lava at nearly 3000 F. The sun is more than 100x hotter than that. Theoretically, a comet wouldn't survive long enough to hit the sun's surface.
Perry should probably have a broken ankle as the result of his bungee jump. You jump 30' and get brought up short by a cord - bones break. (Bungee jumping involves a far safer method of securing the rope then just tying it around an ankle.)
A comet impacting the sun wouldn't cause "solar flares," which are internal disruptions in the sun's magnetic fields.
So Clark goes out and does chores with enough money in his wallet to pay for bus fare from that distance away? That kind of fare ain't cheap - does Clark really carry that much walking-around money?
When would Perry have had a chance to tie that rope on his leg? Presumbly Lana was with him the whole time, but she seems surprised he had a rope on his leg.
In the second-to-last scene in the barn with Lana, Clark says "I meant what I said back in the gorge". But Clark didn't speak to Lana more than a word or two. Presumably when he was about to die on the rope, (or after he was saved), he said something to Lana that was later cut out.
How come Perry and his camera crew didn't catch Clark setting the window on fire? Even if they didn't see how Clark did it, you'd think they'd be interested in that.
Pete is driving yet another car from the massive fleet of vehicles he apparently has at his disposal. At least this one survived the episode unscathed.
Several contributors felt that Clark shouldn't have been allowed to walk into a bar because of his age. In most places it isn't illegal for a minor to enter a bar - just to order a drink. Regardless, particularly in a small town, a teenager could probably go in as long as they don't order a drink, particularly if that teenager were known to the owner. Granted, the writer's can't seem to decide if Smallville is a "small town" or not.
The Kent's truck was at the very least dinged up in the last episode 'Slumber' but here it's fine.
When we see Lex talking to Lana, the handles of the Japanese swords in the background are turned to the right (signifying War). Later when Perry is there the handles are turned to the left (Peace). Does Lex just pick them up and swish them around from time to time?
Perry can see that Clark has no powers by his hands being severely rope burned. However, he fails to notice that Clark's hands healed so quickly after only one day. For rope burns that bad you would need to have them wrapped in gauze for a few days. Perry even shakes Clark's hand just before he got on the bus. Also, Lana should have noted it too when they talk the next day.
We should also just resign ourselves to the deep gorges, flowing mountain streams, and towering mountains of Kansas.
Lana must miss seeing Clark use his super-strength and speed in the barn at the end by a second or two - given everything else in the past and this episode, haven't they learned Clark shouldn't be using his super-powers unless he's absolutely sure no one could be around seeing him.
We should probably just give up and figure no matter how many freaks, weirdos, and wives are going to try to kill Lex, he's not going to have any security guards call him up when Lana or whoever decides to wander in. (Perry later in the episode is the rare exception here.)
How many fences does the Kent farm have? Seems like Clark is not just repairing fences, but putting in poles to make a new one every few weeks.
The Kents seem oddly impressed by Perry's threat of going after them with a settlement. The sheriff doesn't like him, "his breathalyzer test was off the chart," and there are several witnesses that can testify he was dead drunk before he drove off. The Kents might not want the attention, but it seems pretty unlikely Perry would ever get this case anywhere near a court or investigation.
What with the truck last week in "Slumber" (now mysteriously repaired), and the tractor this week, do the Kents have any vehicles left?
Lana doesn't understand how Perry could think Clark had super-powers? Just two episodes ago in "Extinction," she was thinking he might have super-powers. Okay, now she's "sure" Clark doesn't have super-powers, but she can't possibly understand how someone else might think that?
So...how old is Lana? We're told here the meteor storm occurred 15 years ago. Since she's a junior, that would make her 16-17 now - she didn't really look two years old in the pilot.
Several contributors have noted that things in this episode (Clark not having a new truck, Chloe still having the Wall of Weird) don't match up with the first fifteen minutes of the previous episode "Slumber." As noted under that episode, the first fifteen minutes of that episode were Clark's dream and did not actually occur.
At the very beginning, when Clark is leaving the house to meet Pete at the Talon, you can see him through the door's windows when he gets out. Right after, we hear the sound that he makes when he "runs," but you can still see him walk outside.
Perry and Clark fall, and Clark tells Pete that there's a rope in the car. Wouldn't Pete know this? He's the one who put it in the car!
Clark: It's been a weird day. My light speed gave out around Lake Tahoe.
Jonathan: That's gotta be a thousand miles.
Clark: I know. One second I'm racing across the country, the next I can barely jog. I tried to make it home. My super speed gave out again around Colorado Springs. I barely had enough money for a bus ticket.
Perry: "It fell off a truck." That's not an explanation, that's a punch line. I spent the morning combing through police records and newspaper stories. You're Johnny-on-the-Spot, Clark. You're Smallville's own hero on deck.
Clark: Trust me, Mr. White, there's nothing special about me.
Perry: Oh, that's where you're wrong, kid. So far I got you pegged as really strong and shock-resistant. The question is, what other tricks have you got up your sleeve?
Perry: (to Clark) I don't get you, kid. I strong-armed your parents, picked on your girlfriend, and ticked off your lady editor. And still, here you are trying to play the hero.
Perry: I made exactly two mistakes in my life, kid. The first was getting into journalism.
Clark: What was the second?
Perry: Thinking it mattered.
Clark: Mr. White, I've been looking for you.
Perry: And here I am. You may have the makings of a reporter yet, Kent.
Clark: Like you used to be? Chloe and I did some checking after you left.
Perry: Memories fade, but a Google search never forgets.
Clark: And another drink isn't gonna erase the fact that you used to be one of the best reporters in Metropolis. What happened?
Perry: Life is a journey, grasshopper, and sometimes the trip is smoother with a little lubricant.
Lana: I think you'd be more comfortable at the Wild Coyote [bar].
Perry: Well, I was 'til they threw me out.
Perry: I'm tellin' you [the Kent's Tractor] fell out of the sky!
Sheriff Adams: And last night you were begging the nurses to keep the flying monkeys out of your room!
Perry: Thanks again for the ride.
Clark: It's the only way I could be sure you get on the bus.
Perry: There's no way that (Lex) could have walked away from that crash without the miracle that is Clark Kent.
Perry: Memories fade, but a Google search never forgets.
Clark: You're a reporter?
Perry: In a past life.
Perry: (making a toast) To Littleville, Kansas, and all the Little Kansassians who live here.
Chloe: Weather service expects a light shower of threshing machines, followed by a drizzle of combines.
Music: "Blue" by LeAnn Rimes, "Walking In Memphis" by Lonestar, and "I Love This Bar" by Toby Keith.
This is not McKean's first time adopting the character of Perry White--he played the role in an SNL sketch "The Nightstalker" which aired on March 18, 1995.
The gym mats article that Perry mentions was posted at the real-life Torch website.
Strange Coincidence - This episode features a big subplot involving solar flares. Strangely, the week this episode aired, the sun really was experiencing large solar flares.
Michael McKean is billed as "Special Guest Star."
John Glover doesn't appear in this episode.
Director Jeannot Szwarc also directed the Supergirl movie, and worked with Christopher Reeve on Somewhere in Time.
First appearance of Dr. Claire Foster (who was mentioned in the preceding episode, "Slumber"). Dr. Foster is Superman's psychiatrist in the comics.
In this episode we learn that Clark's powers come from the sun's energy.
Michael McKean (Perry White) is married, in real life, to Annette O'Toole (Martha Kent).
Chloe: ...our resident Ghostbuster.
Referencing Ghostbusters, the 1984 Ivan Reitman sci-fi comedy movie about four ghost hunters/exterminators in New York City. It had a sequel in 1989 and two succeeding animated TV series versions.
Pete: You know I'm always up for a little Undercover Brother.
Reference to the satire movie Undercover Brother.
Sheriff Adams: And don't call me chief!
Line often said by Perry White in the comic books and movies, usually addressed to Jimmy Olsen.
Pretty clear parody on the X-Files show, including some bits about how the X-Styles writers make up stories similar to the incidents in Smallville (an allusion to some krypto-mutants are similar to the bad guys on X-Files?). Michael McKean played Morris Fletcher in several X-Files episodes, and guest-star Lorena Gale also appeared in two episodes of The X-Files. And at the end of the episode "The Post-Modern Prometheus," they played Cher's Walking In Memphis, while here they played the remix.
Perry: Life is a journey, grasshopper . . .
Reference to Kung Fu, with David Carradine.
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