Type
Scripted
Premiered
Oct. 16, 2001
Status
Completed/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
The CW TV Network

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1x01 Pilot

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4.67/5 (21 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

Episode Quotes

Jonathan Kent: I know this has gotta be really hard for you. But you gotta just hang in there like we promised.
Clark Kent: I'm sick of 'hanging in there'. All I want to do is go through high school without being a total loser.
Lana Lang: Do you want to make a wish?
Martha Kent: I would love to make a wish.
Lana Lang: Okay. Abracadabra.
Lana Lang: [talking about Nietzsche] So what are you? Man or superman?
Clark Kent: Haven't figured it out, yet.

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 (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): Closeups and wide shots on the Wall of Weird show different things next to each other. Watch the objects surrounding the finger article and the Wall of Fire article in the wide shot on Chloe, then look again at the closeups.
  • 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.
  • Goof (continuity error): The hole in the guard rail changes size and shape between the shot of Lex driving off it and another looking up at it from below.

Trivia

  • Lana picks up a book that Clark has dropped. The book is on philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche developed the concept of the superman.
  • Michael Rosenbaum was only cast about a week before production began.
  • This episode broke The WB's record for number of viewers for a debut series.
  • Kristin Kreuk was the first person cast.
  • The pilot episode is sometimes merged with the second episode Metamorphisis and aired as a feature length movie in syndication.
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