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Airdate October 16, 2001
Production Number 475165
Written by Alfred Gough
Miles Millar
Directed by David Nutter

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SmallvilleSeason One

Guest Stars: John Glover (Lionel Luthor), Sarah Jane Redmond (Nell Potter), Adrian McMorran (Jeremy Creek)


Plot Overview

High-School Freshman Clark Kent is different than the other young men in his small Kansas town. His father won't let him play football. He stumbles at the mere presence of his crush, Lana Lang. He just can't seem to keep the jocks from picking on him.

His parents are about to tell him the truth, however. Clark isn't from Smallville. He isn't even from Earth. When his father shows him the spaceship he arrived in during a meteor shower, he begins to understand, and come to terms with his identity.

As his extraordinary powers begin to emerge, so do the powers of other Smallville natives. Affected by the same meteor shower which brought Clark, a man who has been in a coma for more than a decade awakens and wreaks havoc with electrical powers.

With help from his friends Pete and Chloe, Clark saves Smallville for the for the first, but not the last, time.


Arc Advancement





The Show

  • Annette O'Toole, who plays Martha Kent in this version of events, previously played (adult) Lana Lang in 'Superman III' (1983).
  • Not every scene with actress Cynthia Ettinger, the original Martha Kent, was reshot. In a scene with Clark and Jonathan in the barn and Martha outside in the background, you can tell that it's not Annette O'Toole.
  • The name of the Smallville High paper, The Torch, was also the name of the school paper were Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman's creators, worked in High School.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

  • When meeting Lana in the graveyard, Clark stands in front of an angel in such a way that the wings appear to be moving from his shoulders. This can be foreshadowing him being able to fly, or emphasizing his whole Christ-like role as savior later on in his life, or the fact that he is a "heavenly" visitor.
  • Lionel can be seen reading a newspaper with a headline referring to "Queen Industries." In the DC comics lore, Queen Industries is (or was) owned by Oliver Queen, aka Green Arrow.

Memorable Moments


  • Lifehouse - Everything
  • Bruce Hornsby - The Way It Is
  • Eagle-Eye Cherry - Long Way Around
  • Stereoblis - Eight Half Letters, Maybe
  • The Calling - Unstoppable
  • Jude - Everything I Own
  • Fear the Clown - Inside the Memories
  • Capitol Eye - Let's Go
  • Embrace - Wonder



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