Type
Scripted
Premiered
Oct. 16, 2001
Status
Completed/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
The CW TV Network
Smallville » Season 1
Smallville - 01x01 Pilot
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1x01 Pilot

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4.73/5 (15 votes)
First Aired: Oct. 16, 2001 on The WB

Summary: 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…
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Main Characters in this Episode


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Guest Stars

Nell Potter played by Sarah-Jane Redmond
Jeremy Creek played by Adrian Glynn McMorran
Young Lana Lang played by Jade Unterman
Young Clark Kent played by Malkolm Alburquenque
Young Lex Luthor played by Matthew Munn
Bill Ross played by Dee Jay Jackson
Dale Ross played by Alvin Sanders
Garage Worker played by Steve Bacic

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Episode Quotes

Jonathan: What are we supposed to tell everyone? That we found him in a cornfield?
Martha: We didn't find him. He found us.
Chloe Sullivan: I call it 'The Wall of Weird.' It's every strange, bizarre, and unexplained event that's happened in Smallville since the meteor shower. That's when it all began - when the town went schizo.
Clark Kent: Why didn't you tell me about this?
Chloe Sullivan: Do you tell me everything that happens in your life? We all keep secrets, Clark.
Lana Lang: Can you keep a secret?
Clark Kent: I'm the Fort Knox of secrets.

Mistakes/Goofs

  • Goof (revealing mistake): When Jonathan lectures Clark about the danger of accepting gifts from Luthers, the key he twirls is a GM truck key, not a Ford truck key.
  • Goof (continuity error): SPOILER: When the Kent truck flipped over in the ditch created by the spacecraft, they were suspended from the seat (now the ceiling), presumably by lap belts. However, the timing when getting into, and their behavior in the truck, suggests that they did not put the lap belts on.
  • Goof (incorrectly regarded as a mistake): Lana rides up to the cemetery on a horse but later walks home with Clark, leaving the horse behind. However, the cut is actually directly from the cemetery to a scene showing Clark and Lana walking towards Lana's house from the stables. Obviously they walked to the stables, with the horse, and left it there.
  • Goof (continuity error): After the meteor shower, the bit of hair that Mr. Luthor finds in the cornfield changes in his hands from stretched straight to curled.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): The Porsche that strikes Clark has no sign of impact when it goes over the side of the bridge. Clark is meant to be a "Man of Steel" and definitely would have caused visible damage to the Porsche as it flies over the edge.

Trivia

  • Kristin Kreuk was the first person cast.
  • Lionel Luthor is reading a newspaper which shows a headline about "Queen Industries" which, in the D.C. Comics, is owned by Oliver Queen, a.k.a. the Green Arrow. In the sixth season, Justin Hartley joined the cast as Oliver Queen.
  • Director David Nutter was given 16 days to make the pilot - twice the usual amount of time it takes to shoot an episode. Despite this, he still came perilously close to overrunning.
  • Jeremy Creek/"The Scarecrow" is loosely based on the DC Comics villain Conduit.
  • The pilot episode is sometimes merged with the second episode Metamorphisis and aired as a feature length movie in syndication.
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